I suppose the dominance and success that Rafael Soriano enjoyed for much of the season couldn't continue indefinitely. Our big mean-looking reliever didn't look very mean to the Dodgers hitters. In the ninth inning it was a different kind of three up three down for the closer as the first two men reached and then Andre Ethier slugged a 3-run homerun for the walk-off win. It was Soriano's third blown save on the season, and the second in the last 10 days.
That ruined a good outing by Braves starter Derek Lowe in which he once again controlled the damage. Chipper Jones had a good day offensively with his second 3-hit game in a row, including a homerun and a stolen base. Matt Diaz also had three hits, and Adam LaRoche stayed hot with a 2-for-3 night and a walk (again, why isn't he hitting higher in the order?).
Tough loss, but we've still got three more games with these Dodgers, and we need to put this one behind us and go out there and win this series.
|Final - 8.6.2009||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||0||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||3||5||12||0|
|WP: Scott Elbert (2 - 0)
LP: Rafael Soriano (1 - 3)