The Braves got a Minor victory this evening, to split their two home games in Atlanta before the series moves to Dodger Stadium Sunday. The Dodgers outhit the Braves 10 to 6, but were beset by three GIDPs (Skip Schumaker, Mark Ellis, and Carl Crawford) that seemed to take the air out of any potential rally.
Zack Greinke pitched fine--6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB and 3 Ks--and muscled through an 83-pitch effort that wasn't his best stuff, and should have been enough to win (which went to the Braves' Mike Minor). Handed a two-run lead, a nightmare seventh inning involving Chris Withrow, Paco Rodriguez, Ronald Belisario, and J.P. Howell allowed the lead to stretch to 4-1.
Hanley Ramirez knocked a two-run HR to left in the eighth, with none out, to make it interesting at 4-3. But the Dodgers ninth-inning attempts to tie the game did not go well: A.J. Ellis with a one-out walk; Dee Gordon PR immediately CS for the second out; Andre Ethier with a two-out PH walk; and Crawford K swinging to end it.
Hey, it's one game. The series is now a best-of-3 series with two of the games at home. If we can string some of these hits together a bit better, we'll be fine. Credit Hanley Ramirez for going 3-for-4 with 3 RBI: the rest of you guys, take notes.
Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Julio Teheran features two 14-8 pitchers with ~3 ERAs. Take a breath. This is a minor speedbump, not a big deal.
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