Braves Return Home After Disastrous Road Trip

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It's a good thing many fans of the braves were unable to see the games this past week as the Braves are now coming off of a disastrous west coast trip.

The Atlanta Braves’ recent journey to the West Coast has proven challenging as the team faced a series of tough matchups against formidable opponents. This road trip included a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, followed by a set against the Seattle Mariners. Despite their efforts, the Braves struggled to find their rhythm, concluding the series with a 1-5 record, which only adds to the mounting concerns back home about their performance this season.

The Dodgers, the favorites to win the NL pennant this year, dominated the Braves in a three game homestand.

The Atlanta Braves tried to salvage the series yesterday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, but ultimately fell to the Dodgers 5-1, concluding a disheartening three-game series sweep. The standout performance by Shohei Ohtani, who strengthened his early MVP case with a stunning 4 for 4 at the plate including two home runs, left little room for Atlanta to maneuver.

The game took a decisive turn early on when Ohtani connected with a curveball from Braves’ starter Max Fried, sending it 412 feet into the center field seats for a two-run homer in the first inning. This early blow set the tone for the rest of the game, with Ohtani continuing to dismantle Atlanta’s pitching. He added singles in the third and sixth innings, and in the eighth, launched a mammoth 464-foot solo homer off reliever A.J. Minter that rocketed deep into the left-center field bleachers.

Dave Roberts, the Dodgers’ manager, praised Ohtani’s historical performance. “He just keeps doing things that we just hadn’t seen before,” Roberts remarked. “That’s deep. People don’t hit the ball out there, whether you’re left-handed or right-handed.”

This game marked Ohtani’s first multi-homer outing with the Dodgers and the 17th of his career, tying him for the major league lead in home runs at ten for the season. Ohtani credited his recent success to the team’s overall performance, which he feels has bolstered his quality at-bats.

On the mound for the Dodgers, James Paxton delivered a masterful performance, pitching 6 2/3 innings while allowing only one run and five hits. Paxton’s control and rhythm seemed impeccable as he retired 16 of the first 18 batters he faced. “I finally felt some rhythm out there,” said Paxton, who had been striving for consistency in his recent starts.

Conversely, the Braves struggled to generate offense. Marcell Ozuna’s solo homer in the seventh inning was the lone bright spot in a lineup that has been underperforming recently. Braves’ manager Brian Snitker acknowledged the offensive difficulties, saying, “We’re in a little bit of an offensive rut, that’s all there is to it. It’s one of those things where if we only go through it one time this year, we’ll be lucky.”

The Braves now look ahead to a two-game series against Boston, hoping to rebound from their current slump. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are set to continue their momentum into an upcoming series against Miami, welcoming back Walker Buehler for his first start since June 2022.

As the Braves seek to recalibrate and address their offensive woes, fans and analysts alike will (hopefully) be watching closely to see how they adjust strategies to reignite their season.

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