Dodgers 2, Braves 1

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves – Box Score – August 14, 2010 – ESPN.

Hate.

Derek Lowe had a really weird night, and evidently has forgotten how to win. He went six innings and allowed one run on ten hits, all of them singles, and threw 104 pitches. (He was getting squeezed a bit, but walked only one, and that intentional.) The Dodgers don’t have a whole lot of power right now but they beat out a lot of singles. The only run they got against Lowe was on a double play in the fourth.

The Braves, of course, did nothing to support him, as has been the case for the last several weeks, though Lowe is pitching much, much better than he was when he was 9-5. He’s 11-10 now. The only time they really threatened to help him was in the sixth, when Omar Infante led off with a single — his second hit of the game, accounting for half the team total. Heyward hit a screaming liner that held up for Matt Kemp in center, then Gonzalez hit a rocket to left that Scott Podsednik — who is nobody’s idea of a great outfielder, and by the way had three more hits today, I hate Scott Podsednik — somehow caught over his head.

Then Venters, of all people, allowed a run on two more singles in the seventh. The Braves finally got a hit with a runner on base in the bottom of the inning, Melky doubling with Matt Diaz on first, and Matt then came home on a pinch groundout by David Ross, but they got Omar this time, stranding Melky, and the Braves didn’t get anything going in the last two innings. And the Stupid Mets lost to the Phillies so the lead is back to two games.

20 thoughts on “Dodgers 2, Braves 1”

  1. Why are the Braves so hesitant to call up rookies? It seems every other team is doing it. At this point I say pray and fast for the pinkie and march and protest for freedom for Freeman.

  2. @3

    Why haven’t the Braves made a move to up grade the outfield? That’s what I want to know.

  3. Seeing how the Braves have two rookie of the year candidates, and at least twenty percent of the current roster (Heyward, Venters, Minor, Hicks, and the Lisp — also, maybe, Conrad, Dunn, and Diory) are rookies, I don’t think you can accuse them of not utilizing rookies. They don’t think Freeman is ready. Personally, I don’t see how he could be worse than Glaus, but they’re closer to the situation.

  4. why does it take bobby so long to shake things up? glaus has been utterly horrible for 2 full months. his slugging percentage was the 2nd worst out of the starting lineup and he batted 4th! his ops is .550 since june 15th (it peaked at .886 on june 13th).

  5. You know Bobby. Glaus drove the bus to first place and Bobby’s going to be loyal to him until the front office says otherwise.

  6. I want to go the world series. I will wash prado until it turns into Spartacus…the XXX one.

  7. Freeman’s just another word for nothing left to lose.

    Has that been said yet? Trying to pitch in.

  8. @7 You obviously don’t know Bobby well enough.

    @5 Hey, we have Ankiel!!!

    I like Troy, but he simply can not function right now. Can they at least call up Freeman to platoon with Glaus? Glaus needs to be on DL like Heyward was in June.

  9. Bobby on having Heyward square around on his first pitch in the sixth:

    “I was trying to get him a good pitch to hit on the next one.”

    I don’t think Jason realized that as he took the next pitch…

  10. Freeman bats lefty. There’s no reason in the world the Braves couldn’t call him up to platoon with Glaus and send down Martinez who Bobby will never pitch anyway (and thankfully so). Why the Braves always feel it is necessary to keep a terrible pitcher on the roster just in case they get in another 18 inning game is baffling.

  11. freeman’s line from the doubleheader last night:3-6, a double, a home run, 2 runs, 2 rbi

  12. Freeman is making me sick with the numbers he is putting up. I guess it is so close to September that they just want to wait.

  13. At what point do we start to be concerned about Heyward’s ability to stay healthy in future years ?

  14. @19- That is why I try to temper my expectations of greatness for Jason. He played 127 games in 2008 and only 99 games last year. Hopefully, it’s just a matter of “growing into” his body.

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