Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
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Braves' Acuna becomes youngest to hit post-season slam

Braves' Acuna becomes youngest to hit post-season slam

Los Angeles Dodgers' Manny Machado flexes after hitting a clutch three-run homer in NLDS Game 4 against the Atlanta Braves. By the time he exited the game, the Braves had gotten to Rich Hill for two runs on a Kurt Suzuki single to put them in front, 2-1.

Ryan Madson retired both batters he faced in the fifth in relief of starter Rich Hill, and Kenley Jansen pitched a flawless ninth to clinch the win, striking out the final two batters.

Getting back to the playoffs ahead of schedule after a massive rebuild, Atlanta simply didn't have the experience, depth or power to stick with the power-packed Dodgers.

Snitker said he discussed the change with general manager Alex Anthopoulos on the flight home after Atlanta's 3-0 loss Friday. Los Angeles had a franchise-record 235 homers during the regular season and hit eight more against the Braves, accounting for 14 of its 20 runs. "We're not built like that yet". But Los Angeles did their damage with two on and two out in the sixth inning after the Braves elected to turn over the pitching duties to Brad Brach after Jonny Venters went 1 2/3 innings.

Puig stole second without drawing a throw and came home when backup shortstop Charlie Culberson failed to knock down Freese's sharp grounder up the middle. He allowed just two hits but yielded five runs while striking out seven and walking three over five innings.


Now Atlanta must face Walker Buehler, the rookie who shutdown the Rockies in the NL West Tiebreaker by throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

Hill isn't much of a hitter, but he sure made Foltynewicz work for an inning-ending strikeout in the fourth.

The Braves brought out another Hall of Famer to deliver the ceremonial first pitch.

With the series on the line, the Indians sent Mike Clevinger to the mound against Dallas Keuchel with the season on the line.

Cable and satellite subscribers can watch the NLDS Game 3 live stream at Fox Sports Go by logging in with their provider credentials.

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