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wasn’t booing Yasmani Grandal or chanting his backup’s name http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , the fans largely sat in a disappointed hush while the Milwaukee Brewers’ pitching staff mowed down their team.The Dodgers‘ miserable Monday night only got more intriguing after the Brewers’ 4-0 victory in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series, when Enrique Hernandez wondered aloud why his team and its fans didn’t come to play.“We had no energy,” the Los Angeles second baseman said. “The stadium had no energy. The fans had no energy. Overall, it was a pretty bad game for everybody who calls themselves Dodgers.”The Dodgers fell behind after three batters and never caught up during their first home game of the NLCS. Los Angeles went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position, struck out 14 times and managed just five hits.This comprehensively frustrating evening required an outlet, and Grandal is wearing a target during his miserable postseason. Dodger Stadium, normally a cauldron of excitement in October, had little to cheer and plenty to lament.After Grandal committed his third passed ball of the series in the eighth inning, a portion of the crowd chanted “We want Austin!” in a call for the catcher’s unsung backup, Austin Barnes. And when Grandal struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Chavez Ravine was filled with boos.“I don’t really hear the noise outside,” Grandal said. “I value my opinion way over anyone else, so that’s what keeps me sane.”The other Dodgers definitely heard the booing, and Hernandez was unhappy with every aspect of the atmosphere at Dodger Stadium for an enormous playoff game.While the second baseman didn’t deny the Dodgers’ role in their poor performance, Hernandez also cited the home fans for not doing their part.“Since the first inning when (Ryan) Braun hit that (RBI) double, the stadium kind of went quiet for the rest of the evening Justin Smoak Jersey , and it (stinks) that they got loud just to show (up) Yasmani,” he said.“He’s trying his best,” Hernandez added. “Catchers have a lot going on. The game revolves around them. They’ve got to call every pitch. They’re involved in every situation in the game. It’s the playoffs. It’s the big leagues. If (fans) think they can do it, go ahead. Put on your gear and catch 99 (mph) with breaking balls that have a lot of movement. He’s been one of the best catchers in the game for a while now. He’s having a little bit of a rough patch, which we all as humans, as baseball players, go through. It’s just bad timing.”Immediately after Game 3, manager Dave Roberts said Barnes will start Game 4 on Tuesday.“(Grandal) had a tough night, and obviously the fans voiced their opinion,” Roberts said. “And they’re passionate. They want to win. They want the best out of all of us, especially in the postseason. So I know it’s not personal. … They were just as frustrated as we all were.”In his final postseason before free agency, Grandal dropped to 3 for 22 with 10 strikeouts — including three in Game 3, along with a popup that turned into a ground-rule double.And Grandal’s most glaring failures aren’t even at the plate, but behind it: The veteran made two more defensive miscues after committing two errors and two passed balls in Game 1.Grandal’s passed ball drew the fans’ greatest ire, even though happened after the Dodgers already trailed by four runs. Grandal has tied the big-league record for the most passed balls in a playoff series.The unlikely chant for Grandal’s backup also reflected the big-budget Dodgers’ desperate frustration with their own inability to seize the important moments near the halfway point of this series. Game 3 was full of those missed moments, and it pushed the defending NL champions halfway to elimination.Along with his batting woes and his latest passed ball http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , Grandal also failed to control a wild pitch by Walker Buehler in the sixth inning, allowing Travis Shaw to score the Brewers’ second run from third base.Shaw was only on third because center fielder Cody Bellinger appeared to misjudge Shaw’s long fly, allowing it to carom off the wall for a triple that probably could have been the third out of the inning.And Buehler was still in the game because Roberts attempted to get some extra innings from his young starter instead of employing his customary quick hook.None of those mistakes and debatable decisions was individually decisive. Add them all together, along with the Dodgers’ inability to seize any moments of their own, and LA is down 2-1.While the Brewers celebrated after escaping the ninth, Dodger Stadium made almost no noise.“It’s just a shame that they were quiet all game and they only got loud to throw out the boo birds,” Hernandez said. “It’s a playoff game, and it didn’t feel like a playoff game. Not just because of the fans, but because of how we were playing the game. Just overall a bad game for all of us.” KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Bothered by a sore elbow, Mike Foltynewicz will not be ready to pitch for the Atlanta Braves on opening day.The All-Star right-hander has yet to make an appearance in a spring training game because of discomfort in his elbow that began about two weeks ago. While not believed to be a serious issue, Foltynewicz was forced to push back his throwing schedule.General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Monday the team has been mapping out his routine for the next several weeks, but that won’t leave enough to time for him to be ready for the March 28 opener at NL East rival Philadelphia.“We’re just trying to figure out at what point do we get him up to five innings?” Anthopoulos said. “He’s not that far removed from throwing (off the mound), but we still want to be careful how we build him up. If he was going to come back as a reliever, he’d be ready to go that first series. But right now, the way it’s trending Aaron Sanchez Jersey , it’s going to take a little bit of time in the season to get him stretched out to start.”Foltynewicz was expected to make his first opening-day start after emerging as Atlanta’s top starter last year, when he went 13-10 with a 2.85 ERA and was selected for his first All-Star Game. He recorded 202 strikeouts in 183 innings for the Braves, who won the NL East title and made their first playoff appearance since 2013..With Foltynewicz out, the Braves could go with right-hander Julio Teheran (9-9, 3.94 ERA in 2018) on opening day for the sixth year in a row. Lefty Sean Newcomb (12-9, 3.90) is another possibility.“Philadelphia has a lot of right-handed bats,” Anthopoulos said. “Obviously, Bryce (Harper) is fantastic from the left side, but it is a right-handed-hitting team. Certain guys do line up well with right-handers. That being said, we’re playing more than one game against them. I know it’s a big deal who gets the opening-day start. We’ll just line things up and see who gives us the best chance to win.”The Braves have been plagued by nagging injuries during spring training, which has altered the throwing schedule for pitchers such as A.J. Minter, Darren O’Day, Mike Soroka, Max Fried and Kevin Gausman. But Anthopoulos said all are expected to be ready to pitch by opening day.The team is keeping a close eye on Minter, who had 15 saves last season and is competing for a spot as the closer. He hurt his left shoulder in a minor car accident about two weeks ago.“Being left handed, the seat belt is over on the left side and he said he felt it on top of the shoulder http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey ,” Anthopoulos said. “He’s moving in the right direction, feeling better. Because he’s a reliever and we’re building him up to throw an inning, we have time.”Minter is scheduled to return to the mound this weekend.“Assuming he feels good, we can progress and move pretty fast after that, “Anthopoulos said. “Obviously, it’s a day-to-day thing. We’ll see how he’s progressing. But we’re still optimistic that he could be ready to go by” the first game.Though the Braves will only need four starters early in the season because of multiple off days, Foltynewicz’s absence could open a spot for one of the numerous young pitchers competing for a spot in the rotation. In the early going, 23-year-old Kyle Wright has been especially impressive, throwing five scoreless innings in his first two spring appearances, with no walks and six strikeouts.While the former first-round pick was expected to spend at least one more year in the minors, he could change that timeline if he continues to shine in spring training.“We believe in him long term,” Anthopoulos said. “But I wouldn’t have told you that I would have thought coming into camp that he’d be right there battling for a rotation spot the way he’s throwing. … I’m curious to see if he can keep it going. But he looks great, his stuff looks great. He’s right there in the mix the way he’s throwing the ball.”
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