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Braves can't outslug Dodgers, drop game 7-5

July 11, 2017

HERNDON, VA

In a very eventful game that featured a rain delay, multiple pitching changes, and a Dodgers pitcher throwing a live ball out of play, the Braves dropped a game to the Baltimore Dodgers 7-5.

The game got off to a fast start as the second pitch of the game was sent over the left field fence, making it 1-0 Dodgers. The homeruns wouldn’t stop there for the Dodgers. In the top of the 2nd inning, another solo homerun was belted over the centerfield fence, doubling the lead to 2-0 Dodgers.

However, the Braves would have an answer of their own. Alex Bernauer led off the inning with a walk. Two pitches later, Home Run Derby participant Richard Constantine sent a ball soaring over the center field wall, tying the game at 2. Braves starter Bryce Nightengale then sat the Dodgers down in order for a big shutdown inning.

In the bottom half of the inning, Cayden Stover and Ciaran Devenney both worked one out walks to lead to Constantine coming back to the dish. Constantine did not disappoint as he ripped an RBI double to left field, scoring Stover and giving the Braves a 3-2 advantage.

The Dodgers would regain the lead and never look back in the 4th. Following back to back singles, a passed ball, a walk, an error, and a sacrifice fly, the Dodgers would tie the game. Shortly after, a double to left center field and a passed ball would make the score 6-3 Dodgers.

In the bottom half of the 6th inning, Constantine stayed scorching hot and doubled off the left field fence, narrowly missing his second home run of the game. Nick Wheeler would follow with a perfectly placed base hit bunt, but a strikeout and a fly ball to left field in which the left fielder fired a perfect strike to home plate to nail Constantine would end the Braves threat.

The bottom half of the 7th inning was very eventful, as the Braves put the first two men on base. While the ball was still in play, the Dodgers pitcher threw the ball into the dugout, causing Cayden Stover to score from second. Much to the Dodgers displeasure, the score was cut to 6-4. Alex Bernauer would hit a sacrifice fly to center field to cut the lead to 7-6.

In the 8th inning, the Dodgers would scratch across another run on a bases loaded walk to pad their lead to 7-5. The Braves would be cut down in order in the 8th and the 9th inning to drop the game 7-5.

With the loss, the Braves drop to 13-19. Herndon will be back in action tomorrow, July 12, to face the Gaithersburg Giants at Oakton High School. First pitch is set for 7:00pm.

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