It’s always important to get off to a quick start in a series, and that proved to be just what the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers did on Wednesday as their NLDS began. The Braves really did get off to one, seeing Ronald Acuna, Jr. homer to put them up 1-0. Though they did fall behind by as many as 4-1 at one stage, he would later be hit on the hip to spark them late in the game.
Travis d’Arnaud hit a homer to break the tie and also had an RBI double at one stage, helping them win 9-5 to take a 1-0 lead in Houston. Elsewhere, the Dodgers were doing the same against NL West foe San Diego. The Padres fell behind in the series after a 5-1 loss, giving up an early one-run lead with a disastrous sixth frame. The Dodgers walked a ton, literally, and it eventually paid off in a big inning that included four hits. Those were the only four hits they’d have all game, but it was all that mattered as they got off to a winning start in the home of the Texas Rangers. Now we’ll see if the Padres have anything for them, or if the Miami Marlins can mount a comeback in Game 2 on Thursday.
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