Dodgers Beat Braves, Behind Group Effort

The Dodgers returned home last night after their 6 game road trip in quite a fashion, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-2. It was the way they needed to respond after losing 12-0 to the Houston Astros on Sunday. This was one of those games that you didn’t think they could lose; everything was going right for the Dodgers. It actually didn’t seem that way from the beginning, when Dodgers starter Chris Capuano was in a two out bases loaded jam in the first-inning, eventually striking out Jason Heyward to escape the trouble.

The offense got hot early against Braves starter Jair Jurrjens, and never looked back. Dee Gordon started the game with a leadoff single, and didn’t waste any time getting into scoring position, stealing his 9th base of the year. He eventually scored on a RBI single from Andre Ethier, which tied Matt Kemp with 22 RBIs on the season. The Braves got the run right back in the second-inning, with a solo home run from former Dodger catcher David Ross. I know it seems like 100 years ago, but he did wear Dodger blue from 2002-2004. Anyways, believe it or not the Dodgers got 3 consecutive singles in the bottom half of the second-inning from James Loney, Juan Uribe, and AJ Ellis! The Uribe and Ellis singles both went for an RBI giving the Dodgers a 3-1 lead after two. Capuano continued to escape any trouble he got himself into and pitched his best game of the year so far. He finished with 7.0 innings-pitched, allowing 6 hits, 1 run, and striking out 5.

Once again in the fourth-inning the Dodgers got 3 hits in a row from Loney, Uribe, and then Ellis giving the Dodgers a 4-1 lead on another RBI single. This was almost more exciting to see than a Matt Kemp home run, seriously I’m joking. The Dodgers got another run in the fourth-inning to go up 5-1 on the Braves, when Gordon hit a sacrifice fly that scored Uribe. Atlanta got their second run in the eight-inning on another solo home run, this time it was Dan Uggla who hit one off of Josh Lindblom. The Dodgers added two more runs in the bottom half of the eight-inning to go up 7-2, when Uribe got a 2 RBI single, making it his first four hit game since 2007. Scott Elbert pitched a perfect ninth-inning to give the Dodgers their 13th win of the season, and a perfect 7-0 record at Dodger Stadium.

This wasn’t just another win for the Dodgers, it was the biggest win they’ve had so far this season. They had guys besides Kemp and Ethier get the job done, which could boost the confidence of this team. It could also take some of the pressure off of Kemp and Ethier, who maybe feels like if they don’t produce, it will be hard to win games. The game pitched by Capuano could mean that their number 3 starter can go deep into games, if necessary. I’m not saying that this one game can have these effects, but this win could mean more than you think. If the Dodgers can keep getting anything close to the group effort that they put on display tonight, the wins will pile up.

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