From Phil Shuman:
We Can Dream Can't We ?
Put away the brooms, Dodger fans. Yes we were getting a little cocky last nite after Kershaw dominated the Braves in game 1, but tonite, game 2 at the "Ted" was a little different. I was there for every grueling moment of it, from Grienke's cautious start to Hanley's lazy fly ball homer to Dee Gordon being called ( wrongly ) out at second, to Carpenter coming in and blowing away Puig, walking pinch hitter Andre Ethier and striking out the puzzling Carl Crawford to end it. So.. the last to first saga continues... we move back to Chavez Ravine, Sunday nite, 5 ; 07 Pacific, I'll be there for Fox 11, loving every second of it, hoping that some of my enthusiasm rubs off on you.
The Braves fans are kinda fun.. not as rowdy as Dodger fans, which, I don't have to remind you, isn' t necessarily a bad thing. the Ted is big, and loud, and nice, and it's easily accessible right off the main drag, with giant screens and long lines for intersting food, and a decent press box and all that. The tomahawk thing is REALLLLLLLY annoying if you're an out of towner, and I can't believe that in politically correct California that would even fly, but I guess the folks here are used to it , and over it, as are, apparently, the Native Americans.....
Magic was in the stands, next to mystery owner Mark Walter, who I've yet to hear speak more than a word or two... Tommy was there... and a handful of loyal and loud and dedicated Dodger fans.. but tonite was clearly the Braves nite.... It's possible I'm coming back to the A T L for game five now.. and though no one who bleeds Dodger Blue wants that to happen.. if we have to come back, we have to come back.. At least I know my way around a bit. If you've got any great ideas for Dodger stories.. shoot me a tweet or an email via the website... thanks. See you Sun from Dodger Stadium.
Mike Minor slammed his fist into his glove after getting out of a jam with a strikeout. Luis Avilan pumped his arm wildly after escaping another mess with a huge double play.
The Braves were fired up for this one, with good reason.
Atlanta got the win it had to have before heading to Los Angeles.
Minor pitched six strong innings, Jason Heyward had a two-run single and the Braves pulled off some nifty plays in the field, holding off the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 on Friday night to even the NL division series at one game apiece.
In a postseason already marked by defensive miscues all over the place, including some shaky plays by the Braves in Game 1, Atlanta's defense came through by turning three double plays -- none more crucial than the one Avilan started in the seventh to escape the inning with a 2-1 lead intact.
Heyward came through in the bottom half with a two-run single.
Good thing for the Braves, too.
Hanley Ramirez drove in all three runs for the Dodgers, including an impressive show of the strength in the eighth for a two-run homer. He cleared the wall down the left-field line with a one-handed swing off David Carpenter.
Not taking any chances, the Braves went to closer Craig Kimbrel for a rare four-out save. He ended the eighth by retiring Juan Uribe on a groundout, then pitched around two walks in the ninth -- again getting a hand from the defense.
Pinch-runner Dee Gordon attempted to steal, but catcher Gerald Laird unleashed a strong throw that Andrelton Simmons scooped on the short hop while making the tag in one motion, all while blocking Gordon's left hand from bag with his knee.
Laird pumped his fist twice and let out a scream, Gordon was wide-eyed in disbelief at the call. Kimbrel finished it off by striking out Carl Crawford with a 98 mph fastball.
After an off-day, the best-of-five series resumes with two games at Dodger Stadium on Sunday and Monday. A deciding Game 5, if necessary, would be back in Atlanta on Wednesday.