ARLINGTON, Texas – The Baby Braves were the Battered Braves in their first loss of these playoffs.
Now the young pitchers who had been so poised and effective in the postseason must try to get Atlanta back on track.
Rookie starter Kyle Wright and the Braves gave up a postseason-record 11 runs in the first inning of a 15-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series on Wednesday night.
The 15 runs allowed in the first three innings were more than the Braves permitted in their first seven postseason games combined. And those 13 previous runs included seven scored by Los Angeles in the final three innings of Atlanta's 8-7 win in Game 2.
The Braves will have to remind themselves they still lead the series 2-1, with Game 4 on Thursday night in the first NLCS with no days off since 1978, and the first ever at a neutral site, the home of the Texas Rangers.
“I think at the end of the day it only counts as one game, right?” shortstop Dansby Swanson said. “Everybody in the clubhouse knows that.”
Another young arm making his postseason debut, Bryse Wilson, is next as Atlanta looks to retake control of the series. The Braves advanced to the World Series each of the previous three times they went up 2-0 in a seven-game NLCS, most recently in 1999.
It appears the 22-year-old Wilson will be facing LA's career leader in postseason victories, Clayton Kershaw. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after the game the lefty was expected to start just a few miles from his Dallas home after being scratched from Game 2 because of back spasms.