May 19, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves shortstop Ramiro Pena (14) celebrates with left fielder Justin Upton (8) after scoring a run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
If the Braves didn’t just sweep the Los Angeles Dodgers, I might be a bit bitter about having to come from behind, yet again, to get a win. However, that would be extremely greedy of me, considering a win is a win regardless of how it happens and–lets be honest–come-from-behind wins are just more exciting.
While last night was a bit more dramatic with back-to-back home runs and what not, this one came courtesy of an Andrelton Simmons bunt as well as Juan Uribe‘s dropping of said bunt. The Braves ended up winning 5-2 on Sunday afternoon.
The Braves picked on Kenley Jansen again, as Freddie Freeman led off the eighth with a single, and Brian McCann followed it up with a walk. The Dodgers brought Jansen out of the game right after that, hoping to avoid another late-game collapse, but the damage was done. Brandon League came in to pitch against Andrelton Simmons, who put down a sacrifice bunt to Uribe, and reached first after his error. With the bases loaded and none out, Gerald Laird came up and drove a line drive to right field to tie the game up. And to think, there are people out there who are calling for Laird to be traded…
The best individual performance of the game however, has to go to Mike Minor. He threw six innings while allowing just three hits and two earned runs. He struck out nine batters while walking just two. Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t able to get the win, but I’m sure he won’t complain too much that Chip and Joe don’t think he’s as good as he actually is.
Jason Heyward and Brian McCann didn’t record any hits but they both walked twice which is nice to see.
I have to feel bad for all the Dodgers fans out there because this series was rough for them. It’s nice to get a series sweep, especially when all of our bullpen pitchers are tearing all sorts of things day in and day out.
Stick around for the series recap by Brad.