The Los Angeles Dodgers won two straight games to extend the NLCS to a Game 7. However, the Atlanta Braves and Dansby Swanson have started this decided they way they hoped to.

Swanson wasted no time making his presence felt with a home run off pitcher Tony Gonsolin to give the Braves a 2-0 lead and find a measure of calm after two straight defeats, via Pitcher List:

Swanson has shown that he is capable of contributing when needed for the Braves with two homers and eight RBI this postseason. He has been swinging a hot bat in the past few games of this series. The dinger off Gonsolin only helped continue the struggles of the Dodgers’ starting pitchers in the early innings of this series, with the exception of Walker Buehler.

Pitcher Dustin May lasted only one inning after failing to find the strike zone. He gave up back-to-back walks to put a runner in scoring position without any hitters taking the bat off their shoulders. This allowed the Braves to strike first thanks to the bat of left fielder Marcell Ozuna, who drove in a run to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead before Swanson padded it.

The onus will now fall on the Dodgers’ bats to pick up the slack should their pitching woes continue. It is safe to assume that the Braves will hesitate to make any mound changes should they start to show signs of life.

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