October 6, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) pitches during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves in game three of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves tie Los Angeles Dodgers after mulitple Dodger fielding mistakes


The Los Angeles Dodgers got off to a great start after Carl Crawford hit a home run in the 2nd inning. the 4-2 lead would quickly evaporate though, with help from a couple of Dodger fielding miscues. After three consecutive Braves singles from Justin Upton, Freddie Freeman and Evan Gattis loaded the bases, Brian McCann hit a groundball that should have been a fairly easy 3-6-1 double play. As Ryu hustled moseyed to cover first base he was unable to catch the ball and get his foot on the bag in time to get the extremely slow-footed McCann at first base.

A simple mistake that is practiced repeatedly in spring training, the pitcher must get his foot on the base prior to attempting to catch the ball. That mistake was not the only bizarre play for Ryu in the inning. Chris Johnson came up next with runners on first and third base. He hit a groundball back to Ryu that he fielded and threw home attempting to get Freeman at the plate. The throw was very late and there was never really a chance to get the out at home. The correct play would have been to throw to first. It almost seemed like he thought the bases were loaded and he had a force out at home. We will have to wait for that question after the game.

Ryu was fortunate to get a double play on the next batter to get out of the inning without further damage. Stay with us as we continue to keep you posted on this NLDS game.

Tags: Atlanta Braves Brian McCann Evan Gattis Freddie Freeman Hyun-Jin Ryu Justin Upton Los Angeles Dodgers MLB