The Braves took on the Dodgers this past weekend and came out with a 2-2 series split. Every game was exciting and I expected no less, especially considering that both of the teams are towards the top in the NL. In case you missed it, here are the recaps:
To be honest, you can't really be un-happy with a split. The Dodgers are a solid team and few teams come out of LA with a series win. Combine this with the fact the Braves haven't and won't have an off day for quite a while and it's even more impressive that they came out with a tie. Now onto the recap.
1. Game 3's 7th inning - 7 hits, 7 runs, a double and a HR by Troy Glaus. After looking awful at the plate during the first 6 innings, the Braves took their frustration out on the Dodgers bullpen.
2. Kris Medlen - Medlen dominated the Dodgers on Thursday night and if it wasn't for two defensive mistakes from Omar Infante, there's a chance that Medlen could've gone at least 8 innings. He kept his fastball down in the zone, his change-up was filthy as usual and his slider, for the first time in a while, was breaking nicely off the plate. Keep it up Kris.
3. Yunel Escobar - 9-for-16, 5RBI, 2BB, 1K; welcome back, Yunel. We all missed you. Now please keep it up in Arizona.
4. Jonny Venters - 3.1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 6K; how the Braves continue to turn out quality young pitchers year after year after year amazes me. Can you imagine an 8th/9th inning combo of Venters and Kimbrel in a few years? That's be unfair to opposing teams.
5. Open Thread Fan Participation - Three of the four games didn't end until after 1am and we still had more than 2,000 comments in each of the threads. Keep it up!
1. Peter Moylan in Game 1: I know Moylan came into a rough situation with runners on 1st and 2nd, but the Dodgers were the ripping the ball off of him. Medlen didn't deserve those 3 runs and PeMo wasn't able to strand them.
2. Eric Hinske - 2-for-11, 0RBI, 2BB, 3K
1. Jason Heyward - 2-for-17, 1RBI, 3BB, 8K, 10 LOB; Ouch. Probably the worst series for J-Hey this season.
2. Jesse Chavez - At this point, does it even surprise anyone if he gives up a run in a crucial situation?
3. Nate McLouth - 2-for-14, 1 RBI, 1BB, 2K, 10 LOB; Probably the worst ser....Yeah, this is the norm nowadays with Nate.
4. Takashi Saito Injured in Game 1 - That'll hurt a bit. The Braves need all their other relievers to step up immediately.
5. LA Fans flashing shining objects towards the Braves' fielders - You stay classy, Los Angeles.
Series MVP: Yunel Escobar
Series LVP: Jason Heyward
The Braves travel down to scorching hot Arizona to face the DBacks for a 4-game series. It'll be Lowe, Medlen, KK and Hanson on the mound for the Braves. I'm hoping for at least a split and we should probably in 3-out-of-4, but we'll see. First pitch is at 9:40EST on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with Thursday afternoon's game starting at 3:40.