The LA Dodgers take on the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are 12-4 and tied with the Washington Nationals for the best record in the National League. The Braves come to Chavez Ravine with a record of 10-6.
Dodger Pitcher Chris Capuano is in a jam early with two Atlanta runners on base, and then he loads the bases with a walk to Mike Diaz. And just like that, he strikes out Hayward to keep things quiet. No score yet.
Dee Gordon leads off the bottom of the first with a single up the middle, and follows that with a steal against pitcher Jair Jurrjens, reaching third on a sacrifice by Ellis. Kemp then walked. Andre Eithier sent a shot to short right field, sending Kemp to third and Gordon home. Dodgers 1, Atlanta 0.
David Ross puts Atlanta puts the second pitch into the center field stands, tying the score. Capuano strikes out pitcher Jurrjens. Dee Gordon then gets his uniform dirty stopping a hard shot to second, and the Dodgers shut the door. Dodgers 1, Atlanta 1
Loney gets on with a double to center. A single RBI from Juan Uribe sends Loney home. Then Uribe gets home following a single. Dee Gordon then reaches first on a hit to short center field, but gets shot down trying to steal second. Dodgers 3, Atlanta 1
Freddie Freeman gets on base with a single, but stays there as the inning ends. Dodgers 3, Atlanta 1.
Kemp grounds to third. Ethier flies out. Dodgers go quietly.
Dodgers 3, Atlanta 1.
The Braves put runners on first and third. Following a strike out of Wilson and a meeting on the mound, Dodger pitcher Capuano gets Jurrjens on a 2-4 sacrifice. Bourn grounds to second to end matters for Los Bravos this inning. Dodgers 3, Atlanta 1.
(I have now had dinner, popcorn, a chocolate soft-serve and diet coke. And they haven’t put out the Dodger Dogs yet.) Loney leads off the fourth with a shot to short left for a single. Juan Uribe follows with a single of his own, sending Loney to third. Loney comes home on a single by A.J. Ellis, and the Braves bring in Livan Hernandez. Uribe comes home on a long sacrifice to left by Gordon. Dodgers 5, Atlanta 1.
Capuano strikes out Freeman. Dan Uggla sends a single to deep left. (Dodger Dogs are now out in the press box. I can smell them.) Heyward sends a bullet right at Loney at first to end the inning. Dodgers 5, Atlanta 1.
The Dodgers have so far welcomed Atlanta reliever Hernandez rudely with a sacrifice by Gordon, a single by Kemp, and another by Ethier. Ethier was then caught in a double play. Still Dodgers 5, Atlanta 1.
Bravos go 1-2-3. Gone.
Loney flies out to center. Uribe singles to short center. A double play ends the inning. Dodgers 5, Atlanta 1.
Following an Atlanta single, Prado flies out to deep center. A double play ends the inning. Capuano is done for the night, after 108 pitches and 60 strikes. Dodgers 5, Atlanta 1.
Tony Gwynn Jr. sends a shot right at the shortstop. Two ground outs follow. Dodgers 5, Atlanta 1.
Josh Lindblom (1-0, 0-0 ERA) takes the mound for the Dodgers. Dan Uggla says “Hello” with a homer on his first pitch. Lindblom then strikes out Juan Francisco. Justin Heyward grounds out. David Ross does the same. Dodgers 5, Atlanta 2.
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Matt Kemp opens the inning with a single. His buddy Ethier follows with one of his own. Pinch hitter Adam Kennedy sacrifices 1-3 to send the runners to second and third. Loney is intentionally walked to load the bases. Juan Uribe brings two runs home with a single to right. Atlanta brings in reliever Chad Durbin. AJ Ellis grounds into a double play. Dodgers 7, Atlanta 2.
Scott Elbert (0-0, 5.40 ERA) on the mound for the Dodgers. Retires the first two Atlanta batters. Bourn flies out.
FINAL: Dodgers 7, Atlanta 2.
Coming up: Manager Mattingly from the Clubhouse.
Dodgers: 7 runs, 15 hits, bringing their record to 13-4.
Atlanta: Second loss in a row; 3-2 record on their road trip.