Taking the loss to the Braves wasn't so much of a big deal; it was a one-run loss (all three runs given up by Hyun-Jin Ryu (who went 5.2 IP and gave up 6 H, 3 ER, with 2 BB and 7 Ks). The playoff-contending Braves were bound to win one against us sooner or later, so to have us win the first five meetings before dropping a game is pretty impressive. And Ervin Santana, who took the win, is now 12-6; not too shabby.
What is shabby however, is Ryu's leg injury, suffered in the sixth inning when Ryu grabbed the back of his top right leg after walking B.J. Upton in the sixth. Ryu immediately motioned for a trainer; walked off the field under his own power, but something is off. Jamey Wright mopped up the game.
Carl Crawford continues to be on a positive roll, with an RBI in the second inning that was followed by a Miguel Rojas RBI, for a 2-0 lead. Despite 11 hits overall (two from Crawford, Dee Gordon, and A.J. Ellis, the latter of whom is still batting sub-.200 (.188)), the Dodgers couldn't score any more in the last seven frames.
Giants won, so the lead slims to five games against the Dodgers, who own the best record in the NL. We've got one more at Turner Field tomorrow morning, so go to bed early!
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