A bullpen game presents a number of challenges in itself, especially in the postseason. Brian Snitker and the Atlanta Braves were dealt an unexpected hand Wednesday when Huascar Ynoa came down with a sore shoulder and needed to be replaced on the NLCS roster. A difficult task got that much harder.
They were able to make it work in a 9-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the NLCS. An early offensive outburst certainly helped, but the Braves got a good performance from Drew Smyly in his first appearance this postseason.