The Braves could easily be ahead 2-0 in the series, but still head back to Atlanta with home field advantage.
The Braves evened their NLDS matchup against the Brewers on Saturday, utilizing an outstanding effort from Max Fried to win 3-0. Fried worked six shutout innings, striking out nine batters while keeping Milwaukee hitters off-balance throughout. In support of the left-hander, the Atlanta offense scored two early runs off Brandon Woodruff, then tacked on another when Austin Riley blasted a homer to right-center in the sixth inning. The bullpen was hardly perfect, but escaped trouble in each of the final three innings.
With Fried exiting having thrown just 81 pitches, his availability for the remainder of the series will certainly be worth monitoring. Fried would be on regular rest in the event of a Game 5, and with Morton unlikely to pitch on short rest for Game 4, Brian Snitker will have a tough choice in the event the series goes the full five games. Either way, the Braves manager should be confident given how each starter performed on the road against Milwaukee this weekend.
The Braves may have been rather quiet on offense this weekend, but there can be zero complaints with the two starters. Max Fried was incredible, while the offense did just enough to earn the Game 2 victory and steal home field advantage for Atlanta.
The youngest bats in the Atlanta lineup were the best on Saturday, with Albies and Riley providing all the power for the Braves.
Tyler Matzek inherited trouble in the seventh, created trouble in the eighth, and shut down both scoring opportunities for the Brewers.
The Dodgers even their series against the Giants with a 9-2 win.
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