Evan Gattis’ rise from janitor to starter on the Atlanta Braves is one of the best stories of the baseball season.
That said the first playoff game for El Oso Blanco is off to a rough start. In the top of the second, playing out of position in left, Gattis dove and couldn’t catch A.J. Ellis’s ball allowing Juan Uribe to score. Gattis’ natural position is catcher, but looked fairly nimble trying to lay out for the grab.
It only got worse in the bottom of the inning. Gattis managed a hit off Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw but was promptly doubled-off first by Yasiel Puig on Chris Johnson’s routine fly-out to left. (Isn’t Puig the guy with supposedly poor base running habits?)
The Dodgers lead 4-0, which might be more than enough with Kershaw on the hill.
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