The Atlanta starter, who came into the playoffs riding a five-game winning streak, gave up nine hits and five runs in four-plus innings. Medlen finally got the hook when he plunked Yasiel Puig with a pitch right between the shoulder blades.
“I think I need to make better pitches,” Medlen said. “I think it was just one of those games where even when I felt like I made pitches, they still found places to put them. They’re a great team, and when you have an opposing pitcher on the mound who is as good as Kershaw, I mean, there’s not a lot of room for error — and I had a lot of error tonight.”
Of course, Medlen would’ve fared better if he’d gotten any help from the guys behind him.
The Braves played some truly atrocious defense, though they were not charged with an error.
In the second, rookie left fielder Evan Gattis flopped to the ground in an attempt to catch a sinking liner, only to look very much like the converted catcher he is. The ball hit by A.J. Ellis rolled all the way to the wall for an RBI double, putting the Dodgers ahead 2-0 on a play that an outfielder with even a modest amount of experience probably would’ve grabbed fairly easily.
“I thought there was a couple plays that we could have made,” Fredi Gonzalez said. “I think that the guys were just a little amped up.”
Adrian Gonzalez began to put it out of reach in the third, driving a pitch over the center-field wall for his first postseason homer, a two-run shot that made it 4-0 as a sense of doom fell over a Turner Field crowd that had been so raucous in the first when Medlen struck out the side.
“Getting that 4-0 lead, we were really comfortable,” Gonzalez said.
Not that Atlanta fans haven’t seen this all before.
The Braves are perhaps best known for winning only one World Series title during a historic run of 14 straight division titles. Now, they’re already in the hole as they try to snap a streak of losing seven straight postseason series since 2001.