Tuesday, April 19, 2011
After winning two games in a row, the Dodgers were back to their losing ways, falling to the Atlanta Braves tonight, 10-1.
Hiroki Kuroda pitched a solid 6.1 innings, giving up just two earned runs and striking out four Braves. But it didn't make a difference. Atlanta starter Brandon Beachy, who pitched 6 scoreless innings, and the Braves bullpen held the woeful Dodger offense to one run.
But the offense, or lackthereof, wasn't the only issue with the boys in blue. The Dodgers bullpen completely imploded tonight. Kenley Jansen and Ramon Troncoso combined to give up 8 earned runs in the 9th inning, including a two-run homerun by Eric Hinske and a three-run homer by Dan Uggla. Jansen now has an era of 11.42 , Troncoso 20.25. Yes, that's an era of TWENTY!
In the top of the 9th inning, after the Braves had scored their tenth run, Vin Scully said, "Let's face it, this game is over". When Vin says something like that, you know it's bad.
Jerry Sands, in his second major league game, went 1 for 4 with a double. He also did some bad base running, making out while trying to go to third on a grounder to the shortstop. The kid's got some learning to do. Matt Kemp went 0 for 3 tonight with a walk, lowering his league-leading batting average to .438