No walk-off heroics this evening, as the Dodgers drop the first game of the four-game Braves series and fall to 2-8 against the NL East, since Kris Medlen and the Braves kept the Dodgers in check much more than the final score would have one believe. Kris Medlen lulled the Dodgers to sleep through seven, finally giving up 3 R and 2 ER in the eighth inning to make it appear, in the box score, like a close game.
But it wasn't. Lost in the euphoria of the last two walk-off victories, both in extra innings, was the fact that we did not score in 22 of our last 24 frames. Tonight, the impotent offense waited much too long to get started, led by Rafael Furcal (0-for-4 in the leadoff slot), Matt Kemp (0-for-3), Manny Ramirez (0-for-4), and, most notably, Russell Martin (0-for-4 with 3 Ks). Aside from seeing former Dodger Takashi Saito come in for the Braves in the ninth (Saito left with an injury with two out and an 0-2 count on Martin, who promptly struck out on Jonny Venters' one and only pitch thrown), there wasn't much to watch in this game. The Braves win their ninth in a row, and the Dodgers fall to 1.5 GB the idle Padres.