Game 1 of the National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and Braves was every bit the pitcher’s matchup that was advertised. Well, it was right up until the last portion of the game. Walker Buehler got the ball for Los Angeles going up against the incredibly effective Max Fried for Atlanta. 

Starting Pitching Gets it Done

Walker Buehler and Max Fried finished with very different stat lines, but both left the game with only 1 run on the board. Buehler walked 5 total batters and was pulled with nobody out in the 6th inning. he finished up with just 1 run allowed, a monster shot by Freddie Freeman. 

Max Fried was borderline dominant in this be, cruising through 6 innings of work with limited damage. The Dodgers piled together 4 hits and a pair of walks, but the only run came on a Kiké Hernandez solo shot

Both Bullpens Come Through

This game ultimately came down to which team had the better bullpen. The Dodgers and Braves bullpens traded blows back and forth, each coming up with huge outs. Dustin May came on in the 6th for Walker Buehler with runners aboard and stranded them. Victor Gonzalez followed him up in the 8th and struck out Charlie Culberson to strand the bases loaded. 

Blake Treinen came on in the 9th inning and gave up a mammoth solo shot to Braves third baseman Austin Riley. That put the Braves up for good as they would go on to take Game 1 of the NLCS from the Dodgers. The Braves would go on to add a few more runs via base hit and a home run by Ozzie Albies. 

Up Next for the Dodgers

The Dodgers and Braves are back at it again Tuesday afternoon in Arlington. Cayton Kershaw gets the ball for Los Angeles and will go up against Ian Anderson. The start time for that one is set for 3:05 PM Pacific Time. 

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