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October 7, 2013

Braves on the brink of elimination in NLDS

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By then, it was way too late.

Atlanta starter Julio Teheran and Ryu both made inauspicious postseason debuts in the first matchup of rookie pitchers in the playoffs since 2007. Neither stayed around long.

In addition to being shaky on the mound, Ryu made two major mistakes in the field before giving way to Capuano, who spent most of the season in the rotation before moving to the bullpen.

With the Dodgers owning a six-run lead in their first home playoff game since 2009, fans waved their blue souvenir towels with one hand and made chopping motions with the other in mocking Atlanta's trademark tomahawk chop.

Teheran took the loss, giving up six runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old right-hander struck out five, walked one and threw a wild pitch.

"I think he just left some balls out over the plate, you know, and made some mistakes," Gonzalez said. "And with this club, if you do that, you're going to look down at a gas tank with a lighted match."

Ryu allowed four runs and six hits in three innings, becoming the first South Korean-born pitcher to start a postseason game in the major leagues.

Despite his rookie status, the left-hander brought a wealth of experience from his native country in becoming the first player to go from the Korean Baseball Organization to the majors. Besides his seven seasons in the KBO, he had pitched in the 2009 World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium as a reliever.

Atlanta got to him with two runs in the first during another of Ryu's typically slow starts. Capuano came on to strike out three and walk three in three hitless innings.

Braves reliever Alex Wood gave up four runs — none earned — and three hits in 2 1-3 innings.

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