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Dodgers' Tony Gonsolin aims to stay hot vs. Braves

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Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves

  1. The Dodgers and Braves are meeting for the second time this season, with Los Angeles winning the series in April 2-1. Despite losing eight of the last 10 series matchups since 2016, the Braves have won four of its last five home games against the Dodgers.
  2. Los Angeles has scored 8+ runs in three straight games, which is tied for the longest 8-run streak in MLB this season. Over the past two seasons, the Dodgers hold a record of 52-1 (.981) when scoring eight or more runs in a game (regular and postseason), which is the third-best record in MLB in those games.
  3. Tony Gonsolin holds the best record (9-0), ERA (1.58), and opponent batting average (.150) in MLB this season, becoming just the second pitcher in MLB since 1921 to have an ERA below 1.60 and opponent batting average .150 or below in his first 13 games (minimum 65.0 IP), joining Jacob deGrom last season.
  4. The Braves rank second in MLB with 108 home runs this season, one of two teams in MLB with 100+ home runs this season (Yankees -- 117). Atlanta has hit 108 or more home runs through 71 games just one other time in franchise history (111 in 2003).
  5. Max Fried has reached seven or more wins in four consecutive seasons, which is tied for the second-longest active streak of any pitcher in MLB, trailing only Gerrit Cole (nine straight seasons with seven or more wins).
  6. Dansby Swanson leads all shortstops in MLB this season with 95 putouts and 190 assists through 71 games, which is the most putouts and assists through 71 games by a shortstop on the Braves since Swanson himself in 2017 (103 PO and 191 A).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/24/2022 thru 6/26/2022
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Tony Gonsolin will try to become the first pitcher in the major leagues to reach 10 wins on Sunday night when the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers face the Atlanta Braves in the rubber contest of a three-game series.

The teams have split the first two games. The Dodgers posted a 4-1 victory on Friday before seeing their four-game winning streak come to an end with a 5-3 setback the following day.

Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said the playoff atmosphere around the series has elevated the play of both teams.

"I mean these are fun games to be a part of. They're gut-wrenching, but they're fun," he said. "There's a lot of emotion out there and energy and it seemed like everybody (in the crowd) stayed throughout the whole game."

Gonsolin (9-0, 1.58 ERA) will be opposed by Atlanta rookie Spencer Strider (3-2, 3.40) in the final regular-season meeting between the clubs.

Gonsolin is coming off a win over Cincinnati on Tuesday in which he allowed two runs on three hits in five innings. The right-hander is 4-0 in four June starts with a 1.16 ERA in 23 1/3 innings.

"It's just throwing a lot more strikes," Gonsolin said. "I feel like I'm throwing a lot more competitive pitches this year and able to get some early contact, which allows me to be more efficient and go deeper into games."

Gonsolin is 1-0 with an 0.90 ERA in two career starts against Atlanta. He beat the Braves on April 20 by allowing one hit over six shutout innings.

He will be opposed by the hard-throwing mustachioed Strider, who is coming off his worst start since joining the rotation. Strider gave up a season-high six runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision against San Francisco. He had fanned 11 in his previous start against Washington.

"There are days when you don't feel good and you've got to work on getting outs and getting ahead of guys and still try to pitch," Strider said. "I didn't have great command and feel, so there's no reason to muscle up and try to throw hard. It's a matter of getting ahead and executing with two strikes."

Strider has yet to face the Dodgers in his career.

Both shortstops are swinging hot bats going into the finale.

Los Angeles' Trae Turner went 2-for-4 on Saturday and has 12 hits over his last five games to raise his average to .320.

Atlanta's Dansby Swanson went 2-for-4 with a home run on Saturday to raise his average to .307. He has gone deep four times over the last four games.

Atlanta right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. left the game in the ninth inning for precautionary reasons. Acuna fouled a pitch off his foot earlier and Snitker didn't want to take any chances. Snitker said afterward that Acuna will receive treatment before determining whether he will play.

"It was just really, really sore," Snitker said. "We didn't want him coming out of the box hurting anything else, so we'll see where he's at."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 26, 2022

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