Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Series Recap

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 4: Randall Delgado #40 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 4, 2011 at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

The Braves ran into a hot team this weekend. The Dodgers had won nine of 10 entering the series and very nearly swept the Braves. They showed just how hot they had been with the way they won.

Brandon Beachy had a decent outing on Friday with nothing to show for it. He left the game with the lead, but Arodys Vizcaino gave up four straight hits and the Dodgers never looked back. This is the first time in his young career that Vizcaino has really been knocked around, but he'll bounce back.

Both teams Saturday had base runners all over the place and couldn't score, but only L.A. managed to push any across. Is it just me, or does it seem like the Braves have games like that at least once a week?

Sunday's win was notable for a few reasons. First of all, it ended with Martin Prado's fourth game-winning hit of his career. It also marked Jack Wilson's first start with the Braves; he was 1-for-4 and played third base. He made his debut in Friday's game and struck out as a pinch-hitter. He should add some quality depth to the Braves bench. Also, it marked the major-league debut of 27-year-old Antoan Richardson. On top of that, he smacked his first major-league hit on the very first pitch he saw.

Matt Diaz had two hits in Sunday's game. Since his return to Atlanta, Diaz is 5-for-8. We love our caveman!

Meanwhile, Jason Heyward continues to struggle. He was 0-for-7 in the series and has only two multi-hit games since August started, both of which have come in his last 10 games.

However, Alex Gonzalez was on base seven times in the series (four hits, three walks). This is mind-boggling considering he usually struggles to get on base that much in a week. When he walked twice in Saturday's game, it was the first time he had done that since June 14 last year. He drew as many walks in the series as he did the entire month of August.

Dan Uggla continues to amaze. He hit two home runs in the series, bringing his season total to 32. His high is 33 set last year, so he could very easily pass that mark by the end of the season. Considering how much he struggled to start the season, that makes his home run total even more impressive.

The Braves are 7.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East and 8.5 ahead of St. Louis in the Wild Card.

Have a nice Labor Day!

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