You know, you don’t often see a pitcher (or a team — in three innings of work the bullpen allowed no hits or runs) allow four hits, all of them home runs, in a game. (AAR says that pitchers have allowed at least four homers and no other hits 32 times in major league history.) Six runs on four hits is unusual enough. Every baserunner Ben Sheets allowed (he walked two) scored. Needless to say, his magical start is beginning to run into mundane reality.
The Braves actually scored first, Michael Bourn leading off the bottom of the first with a walk and scoring on a Martin Prado double. But from there, it was frustration after frustration for the Braves, who finished the inning by leaving the bases loaded. They were just getting started, as for the nith they stranded eleven men to the Dodgers’ one. In the second, Sheets allowed three consecutive solo homers with one out. He then retired the next thirteen in a row, until two out in the sixth, when he walked two men then grooved a pitch to Hanley Ramirez, who hit his second homer of the night to put the game away.