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02-20-2019, 03:34 AM,
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It’s been a challenge for him
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rather than pop Miles Mikolas Jersey , Ronald Acuna Jr. started the game with a popup. The big-hitting rookie never got into the swing at Dodger Stadium, and neither did the rest of the Atlanta Braves.Hoping to break loose in their first postseason appearance since 2013, the Braves instead were blanked on six singles Thursday night, losing 6-0 to the Los Angeles Dodgers to begin the NL Division Series.Acuna and fellow rookie Ozzie Albies were held in check, as were veterans Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis. Atlanta never got a runner past second base against Hyun-Jin Ryu and trio of Los Angeles relievers.Acuna, who was 0 for 4 and struck out twice, said he didn’t think there was any pressure participating in his first postseason game.“Never, to be honest. I don’t see any need to put any unnecessary pressure on ourselves,” he said.Two hallmarks that propelled the Baby Braves to 90 wins and the NL East title were nonexistent in Game 1 — solid starting pitching and timely hitting.Atlanta though has continued a late-season offensive slump as this was the third time in the past six games they have been shut out. The Braves have scored three or more runs just once in their past six.All-Star Mike Foltynewicz, Atlanta’s best pitcher all season, allowed four runs on three hits in two innings. The right-hander, who had not allowed a home run in four of his last five starts, allowed two longballs, including a leadoff drive by Joc Pederson on his third pitch.Foltynewicz threw 28 pitches in the first and almost didn’t get out of the inning. He loaded the bases with two outs before striking out Yasiel Puig. Foltynewicz got into more trouble in the second inning Bud Norris Jersey , allowing a three-run shot to Max Muncy after hitting Pederson with a pitch and walking Justin Turner.Foltynewicz said that he had the same feelings as if it were a regular start, but manager Brian Snitker thought that pitching in his first postseason game might have gotten to him.“I think he was amped up, overthrown, got out of the delivery a little bit,” Snitker said. “He got hurt quick, really. I mean, we’re lucky he got out of the first inning. But, you know, it was just a situation there you get behind against a guy like that, we were just trying to try and stop the bleeding there a little bit.”The 20-year-old Acuna reached on shortstop Manny Machado’s error to lead off the sixth but was caught stealing when he missed a sign from third base coach Ron Washington.“It was just a kid, I think, that was out there and thinking that his teammate’s going to put that ball in play and he’s going to try to help make something happen,” Snitker said of the missed sign.The 21-year-old Albies was 1 for 4 and 24-year-old Johan Camargo was hitless in four tries.Snitker’s overall assessment of his team?“I think they were jacked up and excited, and it’s a big moment to this point in their career http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/...tte-jersey , Folty included. And take nothing away from what he did all year, I mean. And it was good for him to experience this,” Snitker said.“And I think guys now, since we have experienced it, they’ve been through a lot, they’ve come back a lot all year,” he said. “And I think they’ll come back with a little more sense of what we’re in for tomorrow.”Sean Newcomb, mentioned by Snitker before Thursday’s game as a possibility to start Game 3 on Sunday, was the first pitcher out of the bullpen and went two innings. That would leave Kevin Gausman and Julio Teheran as the likely starters.The Braves’ task of evening up the series on Friday could be one of their more difficult games of the season as they face Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.“I think everyone knows we have our hands full,” said Freeman, who was 1 for 4. “It was nice to get the first game out of the way. A lot of young guys got their first playoff game so hopefully we can score some runs tomorrow.”Anibal Sanchez, who will start for the Braves, didn’t seem that fazed about the matchup.“I don’t think too much about the pitchers that I’m going to face. I just try to keep my mind on the hitters that I’m going to face against Dodgers,” Sanchez said before Thursday’s game. “I think they got a pretty good lineup. It’s no doubt how good Kershaw is and what he’s been doing for his whole career. But at the end Yadier Molina Jersey , I don’t want to put that impression in my mind.” BALTIMORE — The Oakland A’s received more bad pitching news Tuesday but kept marching merrily on and increased their winning streak to five. They will try to move that to six Wednesday when they take on the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.Oakland lost top starter Sean Manaea as the team confirmed that “Manaea will have arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder on Sept. 19… in Los Angeles.” Manager Bob Melvin told the media before Tuesday’s game that they’re not expecting to see the pitcher in 2019.“I think the specifics we’ll talk about more so after the surgery, so we know exactly what was repaired,” Melvin told the media. “But unfortunately, it’s another one we’re going to have to wait basically a year for, and we really and truly feel for him.”Article continues below ...Manaea ends the season with a 12-9 record plus a 3.59 ERA and is part of a large number of Oakland pitchers who’ve had surgery or gone to the disabled list for a long stretch.Still, the A’s keep winning. Their offense has stepped up and made the A’s a dangerous team. For example, Stephen Piscotty, who had an RBI single in Tuesday’s win, now has a 12-game hitting streak plus a six-game RBI streak after going 3-for-4 with an RBI in the 3-2 victory over the Orioles on Tuesday.As for Wednesday’s game, the A’s might turn to their bullpen. The team now has 21 pitchers on board thanks to the September roster expansion, and there has been no official announcement yet, various media reports have Liam Hendriks (0-1, 6.32) will start, likely as part of a bullpen effort.Hendriks has made 17 appearances this season http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/...cil-jersey , with 14 coming in relief. The Australian is 0-0 with a 6.10 career ERA in 16 games (one start) against the Orioles.Baltimore will start Andrew Cashner (4-14, 4.89). The right-hander has run into the same problem as many Oriole pitchers — too many homers allowed. He’s given up a career-high 24 home runs this season.Cashner has pitched well several times but also like other Oriole pitchers, just hasn’t always gotten the needed run support.The veteran has a 1-0 record with a 4.30 ERA in five games (four starts) versus the A’s.Also regarding pitching, Baltimore starter Alex Cobb’s blister problems got him again Tuesday. He had to leave after just two innings as the blister issue came up once more, and the Orioles needed to take him out.“It’s been a challenge for him,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after Tuesday’s game. “He was really frustrated, and we’ll look at it again, see how it manages.”The Orioles, meanwhile, have dropped five in a row. They are struggling at the plate and also on defense, where several mistakes have helped opponents score in recent games.Baltimore made several moves before the series opener. The Orioles selected the contract of outfielder DJ Stewart from Triple-A Norfolk and recalled right-hander Cody Carroll from the same team.They also reinstated catcher Andrew Susac from the restricted list and moved Mark Trumbo and pitcher Pedro Araujo to the 60-day disabled list.
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