The Atlanta Braves took a commanding 2-0 series lead in the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a thrilling, 5-4, come from behind victory on Sunday night.
Max Scherzer started the game for the Dodgers but only lasted 4.1 innings while throwing just 79 pitches. Per ESPN.com, after the game Scherzer admitted to having a “dead arm.”
“My arm was dead,” Scherzer said after watching his Dodgers suffer a second consecutive walk-off loss and fall to the Braves 5-4 in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series. “I could tell when I was warming up that it was still tired.”
Scherzer had just pitched three days prior in the closeout game against the San Francisco Giants. While he only came in for the 9th inning, it clearly had a lasting impact on the ace of the staff for the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made a peculiar move in Game 2 as he opted to go to one of his other starters, lefty Julio Urias, in the 8th inning. Urias is scheduled to start Game 4 for LA. Roberts doesn’t believe the relief appearance will have an impact.
“Not at all,” he said when asked whether the relief appearance would impact Urias’ effectiveness the next time he pitches. “That’s why he was ready, available [in Saturday’s Game 1], didn’t throw a side — to prepare for one of these two games.”
The Dodgers will look to rebound back in LA after finding themselves in a surprising 2-0 hole to the Braves in the NLCS.