Final Score: Los Angeles Dodgers, 2 @ Atlanta Braves, 5
What, you mean you hadn’t gotten your fill of the Dodgers blowing the game in the eighth inning? Because they figured they’d do it the third day in a row, for good measure.
Following a 100-minute rain delay, today’s game got underway with Carl Crawford hitting a leadoff double. He came in to score on a two-out single by Adrian Gonzalez. The second Dodger run, coming in the third inning, was also Crawford scoring on an a Gonzalez RBI—this time a sac fly—on the heels of a hard double to left field by Matt Kemp. That was the last hit the Dodgers would get all game.
Matt Magill looked pretty good through his first four innings today. He got into a bit of trouble in the fifth, giving up the first Braves run of the game (it was unearned, as the runner reached on an error), but then got out of his jam. He was lifted after giving up a base hit in the sixth inning, with a final line of 4 H, 3 BB, and a career-high 8 K.
It’s hard not to be pleased with Magill’s efforts so far, outside of that one game in San Francisco. He has, for the most part, fit into this turbulent pitching rotation adeptly, with the Dodgers consistently unable to capitalize on it. He has yet to receive a decision.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, with a runner on, no outs and J.P. Howell on the mound, the rain started pouring again and yet another delay kicked in. After more than half an hour, the game—unfortunately—started back up. I know I was hoping against hope for a rainout and an (admittedly cheap) win. Mark Ellis, reactivated from the DL today after missing three weeks of play (with Tim Federowicz being optioned to AAA), made his first error of the season, botching what ought to have been a double play—but the Dodgers still managed to squeeze their way out of the inning.
Kenley Jansen, who recorded the last out of the seventh, put the first two runners on in the eighth for Brandon League. League once again showed he no longer seems to have the magic touch he had last year, allowing four runs to score before getting out of the inning. That was, naturally, the final nail in the coffin, as the Dodgers went quietly in the ninth (outside of a walk to A.J. Ellis).
Other things of note: Scott Van Slyke was removed in the bottom of the seventh after he hurt himself with two foul balls off his left leg. And, if we want something, ANYTHING positive to think about, A.J. Ellis held his own behind the plate, throwing out two runners who tried stealing second on his watch.
The Dodgers now head to Milwaukee to face the Brewers for three games. Tomorrow, Clayton Kershaw will battle Yovani Gallardo. Start time is 5:10 PM on KCAL.