ATLANTA -- This was a game the
They could have boarded their charter flight to Los Angeles on Friday night with a commanding lead over the
Instead, the Braves' 4-3 victory meant the best-of-five series was tied at one game apiece, leaving open the unsettling possibility that
In the aftermath of the loss at
But rather than question Mattingly's thinking or second base umpire Bill Miller's controversial ninth-inning call on a stolen base attempt by
"There were definitely a few opportunities out there," Gonzalez said.
The Dodgers had 10 hits to the Braves' six.
In five innings the Dodgers' leadoff hitter reached base. Only one of them scored, on a two-run home run by
The Dodgers were two for seven with runners in scoring position. Both hits were infield singles that failed to drive in the runner.
Seven men were left on base and the Dodgers hit into three double plays.
"We didn't take advantage," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez was quick to credit Braves starter
"They made pitches when they needed to," Gonzalez said.
As in the first inning, when Gonzalez grounded to short with one out and Ramirez on second base after an RBI double. Or in the sixth inning, when Gonzalez struck out with Ramirez again on second base, this time with no outs.
But one of the benefits of fielding a team as well-paid and experienced as the Dodgers is that a lot has to happen for visible signs of panic to appear. And, evidently, this defeat didn't meet the necessary threshold.
"It happens," Ramirez said with a shrug and a smile.
Ramirez drove in all three of the Dodgers' runs. In the first inning, he doubled to score
But the timely hits after that all belonged to the Braves, starting with a two-out double in the second inning by Andrelton Simmons that drove in Evan Gattis and tied the score, 1-1.
The Braves moved ahead, 2-1, in the fourth on another two-out single off Dodgers starter
Heyward's up-the-middle single off Rodriguez in the seventh inning was also with two out.
"Two-out singles in the playoffs are definitely the difference makers," catcher
The most painful of the Dodgers' double plays came in the seventh inning, when
Crawford commended the Braves' defense. "That was a really good double play," he said.
While the Dodgers have taken home-field advantage away from the Braves — the next two games will be at
If the Dodgers lose Game 3, do they start Kershaw on three days' rest in Game 4? Or do they have
Even if the Dodgers win Game 3, do they start Kershaw in Game 4 to try to avoid a return to Turner Field, where the Braves compiled the best home record in baseball? If they do that and still lose Game 4, Greinke could pitch Game 5 on regular four days' rest.