Earlier this week, we saw Dodgers ace Walker Buehler get snippy with the media, deflecting questions about his remarkably tight pants. Tuesday it was Mark Melancon’s turn to get feisty, not showing much patience with a reporter who wanted to discuss Atlanta’s near collapse in the Braves’ 8-7 victory over Los Angeles in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series.
The Braves jumped out to a 7-0 lead Tuesday night but almost let it slip away, escaping by the skin of their teeth after a furious ninth-inning rally that saw Los Angeles strand the tying run (Cody Bellinger) at third base. Melancon, who recorded the game’s final out on A.J. Pollock’s grounder to Austin Riley (who belted the go-ahead homer in Monday’s series opener), seemed flustered by a question posed by a local beat writer. David O’Brien was curious what “positives” the Braves could take away from Tuesday’s nail-biter, an inquiry that had the veteran bullpen arm scratching his head.
“We didn’t blow a lead,” said Melancon. “I don’t really understand your question.” When O’Brien pressed further, again alluding to the Dodgers’ late-game heroics, the 35-year-old dismissed him, refusing to answer what he perceived as a “terrible” question.
“I’m not even going to answer it,” Melancon said bluntly before moving on. The awkward exchange quickly made the rounds on social media with one fan tweeting at O’Brien to “do better.” Unfortunately for Twitter user “Mikey P,” he submitting his complaint to the wrong O’Brien, instead lashing out at “Dave” O’Brien of 99.5 “The Mountain.” The Denver-based radio host then mistakenly directed him back to Red Sox play-by-play announcer, Dave O’Brien, causing even more confusion (the handle he was looking for was @DOBrienATL).
Either way, it’s clear Melancon did not appreciate O’Brien’s line of questioning. Atlanta will seek to take a 3-0 series lead Wednesday when the Braves and Dodgers meet for Game 3 of the NLCS Wednesday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Kyle Wright and Julio Urias are the scheduled starters.