Scott Van Slyke #33 of the Los Angeles Dodgers makes a sliding catch for an out of Evan Gattis #24 of the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on June 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
Matt Magill made his major league debut on April 27 against the Brewers, lasting 6.2 innings allowing two earned runs, two walks and striking out seven. He has not made a quality start since.
Magill lasted just 3.2 innings on Sunday giving up four hits, seven runs, four earned, and a whopping six walks. He threw 84 pitches, only 43 of which were strikes, and walked a batter in each inning in Sunday's 8-1 loss to Atlanta.
His lack of control caught up to him in the third inning after walking Jason Heyward and an error from Adrian Gonzalez put runners on first and second with one out. Freddie Freeman singled, Evan Gattis hit a RBI sacrifice fly, and Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer to make the score 4-1 Braves.
Adrian Gonzalez's error was his seventh of the season. The three-time Gold Glove winner averaged of 7.5 errors per season at first base in his career coming into 2013.
Magill could not get out of the fourth inning after walking two and giving up a single to Jason Heyward. With bases loaded Freddie Freeman hit a double off the wall, clearing the bases to score three runs for a 7-1 lead.
In his last two starts Matt Magill has walked 14 batters in 9.2 innings. He now has more walks than innings pitched or strikeouts on the year.
Magill is only being used due to injuries to the rotation, and the return of Chris Capuano next week should mark the end of Magill's current trip to the majors. Hopefully he will find his command in the minors because with the way things have gone this year it would not be a surprise to see him come up for another injury.
Ronald Belisario, Matt Guerrier, Paco Rodriguez, and Peter Moylan had 5.1 innings of relief to cover. Belisario gave up a solo home run to Dan Uggla, his second of the game, but Geurrier, Rodriguez and Moylan threw a scoreless inning each.
The Dodgers had their best chance to score in the first inning after Yasiel Puig and Nick Punto singled, and Adrian Gonzalez walked. The bases loaded, no outs, situation only yielded one run as Skip Schumaker hit an RBI single to score Puig.
The Dodgers left 11 runners on base and only had six hits after the first inning. Two of those hits were from Yasiel Puig.
Puig went 3-5 and was the only Dodger with multiple hits in the game. It was his fifth multi-hit game in seven career starts.
The Dodgers appeared set to win the four-game series with the Braves after winning the opening two games, but end up splitting.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, currently in first of the NL West, come to Los Angeles on Monday for a three-game series that the Dodgers ought to win with their top three pitchers on the mound. Clayton Kershaw, Zach Greinke, and Hyun-Jin Ryu will match up against Wade Miley, Ian Kennedy, and Patrick Corbin.