When the opposing team has the same number of home runs as the Dodgers have hits, things will not turn out well.
The Dodgers offense was completely shut down in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Atlanta and pitcher Kris Medlen. In seven innings he gave up only two hits, three walks, and one run while striking out five.
The lone run came in the fourth inning after an Adrian Gonzalez walk. Skip Schumaker doubled on a drive down the left field line, Justin Upton bobbled the ball as it caromed off the wall, allowing Gonzalez to score.
This was the quickest I have seen Gonzalez hoof it around the bases, and without the extra effort he may have been stopped at third leaving the Dodgers scoreless for the night.
Chris Capuano was the Dodger’s only star of the night with another quality outing to the tune of 7.1 innings pitched, five strikeouts, and five hits allowed.
He has excelled his last two starts, with a combined twelve strikeouts, one walk, two earned runs and 10 hits in 13.2 innings. He is projected to start against the Cardinals during the next home stand.
After Capuano gave up a single in the eighth, Kenley Jansen was brought in. Jansen has been the Dodgers most reliable man out of the pen this year, but even he is prone to a bad night.
Jansen allowed back-to-back home runs to Evan Gattis and Adrelton Simmons, giving the Braves a 3-1 lead. Before Saturday he had only given up five earned runs and two homers in his 21 appearances of 2013.
The Dodgers, who had not produced so much as a hit since the fourth inning, went down quietly with two strikeouts to end the game.
The Braves have scored seven of their 11 runs this series with the long ball, not entirely surprising as they rank second in the NL in home runs, but still impressive.
Atlanta could have had another one added to their total, but in the first inning Matt Kemp robbed Jason Heyward of a solo jack with a perfectly-timed play at the wall.
The Dodgers send rookie, Matt Magill, to the mound on Sunday as they look to salvage at least one win from this series with Atlanta.