By Earl Heath, Sports Writer 

The Dodgers were sporting a seven-game winning streak when the Atlanta Braves visited Chaves Ravine. 

It wasn’t the usual three game series it was a reunion for some key players on both teams. Before the opening game newcomer Freddie Freeman visited the Braves dugout to catch up with some old friends. 

“It’s the first time I have seen these guys since the parade,” said Freeman. “We won a championship last year so that’s what we were all talking about over there.” 

The Orange County native spent 15 years in the organization was a five time All-Star and 2020 National League MVP. 

It was also the return of Kenley Jansen, who signed a one-year 16-million dollar contract with Atlanta. The former Dodger ace reliever who spent 12 seasons with the club.  

While with the Men In Blue he had 350 saves, was a three time All-Star and won a World Series.   

There was a pre-game tribute to Jansen as his entrance song “California Love” echoed from the speakers at the stadium.  

Justin Turner Dave Roberts and Dodger president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman all played tribute to him on the field. 

I always appreciate Dodger fans,” said Jansen.” “They were hard on me at the end. I understand that because I’ve put such a high standard on myself.” 

He later added “I love them and I know they will love me.”    

In Game One- Freeman homered in his first at-bat against his former team. He went to “Rip City in the bottom of the first with a 390-foot blast. 

Trea Turner emptied the bases with a double in the fourth. Cody Bellinger had two hits and knocked in two runs. 

Clayton Kershaw (2-0) went five innings giving up his first run of the year while striking out seven on 71 pitches to earn the victory. Newcomer Craig Kimbrel came in and got the save with a 7-4 win in front of some 50,682. 

In Game Two- It was Atlanta’s Max Fried who silenced the Dodger bats going seven innings giving up just two hits. The former Harvard Westlake standout retired the first fifteen batters before Hansen Alberto singled to right in the sixth. 

Walker Buchler (1-1) took the loss giving up 8 hits in five innings of work. The Braves came away with a 3-1 win in front 51,889 at the stadium.