Dodgers Are Limp
It doesn’t seem to be getting much better for the slumping Dodgers (17-25), who were pushed aside by the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field this past weekend.
In Sunday’s 5-2 drubbing, the Dodgers managed three hits, and Kenley Jansen (1-3) took the loss, retiring one batter during the Tribe’s four-run, eighth inning.
The Dodgers led 1-0 in the first inning on Adrian Gonzalez’s infield hit, and his sacrifice fly in the third inning made it 2-0.
Another eighth-inning rally gave the Braves a 3-1 victory on Saturday as pinch-hitter Evan Gattis deposited Jansen’s fastball for a two-run homer, and Andrelton Simmons followed with a solo shot.
The Boys in Blue moved in front 1-0 in the fourth on Skip Schumaker’s double to left.
Chris Capuano’s seven and one-third innings with five hits, one run (earned), five strikeouts and no walks were wasted.
Justin Upton drove in five runs, but it was his homer (14th) in the sixth inning with the bases loaded that catapulted the Braves to an 8-5 triumph on Friday as Hyun-Jin Ryu lasted five innings and gave up two runs (earned) with five hits.
Scott Van Slyke (two hits) homered and had two runs batted in with two runs, Nick Punto added two hits, while Dee Gordon, Ryu and Carl Crawford each had an RBI.
Zack Greinke (2-0) returned from the disabled list and scattered five hits with one run (earned) in five and one-third frames as the Dodgers stymied Washington, 3-1, at the Stadium on Wednesday.
Gonzalez, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier all had two hits, Gonzalez an RBI, while Kemp scored two runs and Ethier one.
Clayton Kershaw (4-2) held the Nationals to five hits, no runs with 11 strikeouts and one walk across eight and two-third innings as the Dodgers sailed to a 2-0 verdict on Tuesday.
The Dodgers pulled ahead 2-0 on Ethier’s third-inning single off Dan Haren (4-4), who went seven innings.
Jordan Zimmerman (7-1) was masterful over seven and two-third innings on Monday as the Nationals walked away with a 6-2 decision.
Zimmerman allowed nine hits and two runs (earned), fanning five and walking none, while Ryan Zimmerman had three RBIs and Adam LaRoche two RBIs.
Crawford and Gonzalez each finished with two hits, while Kemp and Schumaker each drove in a run.