LOS ANGELES, CA - When the Braves are on their game Los Angeles couldn't score a run. Unfortunately for Braves fans, that was only one of the three games. Atlanta's offense was not able to score more than three runs in the two games they lost. That all but sealed their fate as the Dodgers push Atlanta near .500.
Game 1: L, 5-2
Game 2: W, 5-0
Game 3: L, 4-1
The first game seen SP Tommy Hanson have his worst outing of the campaign giving up 9 hits, 5 runs and walking 3 for his first loss of the year. The Braves were able to get to SP Ted Lilly but couldn't score any runs. He gave up 7 hits but was fortunate to be to get out of jams, which lead to his second win of the year.
The second game seen Atlanta's Tim Hudson light it up. He pitched a complete game shutout allowing only 2 hits (late in the game) and 6 strike outs. That was easily Hudson's best outing of the year. RF Jason Heyward drove in all 5 at the plate, including a two run shot in the 3rd.
The rubber match had CF Matt Kemp come alive and knock in 3 of the 4 runs Los Angeles scored. C Josh Bard got the scoring started in the 3rd and they never looked back. SP Chris Capuano pitched strong despite his high number of walks, he was able to get outs when needed for his first win of the year.
The series seen the returns of CF Michael Bourn and 2B Dan Uggla to an Atlanta lineup that was looking for a spark of offense. Bourn and Uggla combined for 5 runs in the two games. "It was great to get back out there, obviously I'm not going to continue the numbers I had before the injury but it's nice to help out any way I can." Uggla stated.
Coming up next for the Braves is a four game home weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates (7-11). Atlanta looks for their first series win since the sweep of the New York Mets April 16-18.
PIT: Jeff Karstens (0-3, 23.60 ERA)
ATL: Brandon Beachy (2-1, 0.47 ERA)
PIT: Brad Lincoln (1-2, 3.31 ERA)
ATL: Mike Minor (2-1, 3.57 ERA)
PIT: Erik Bedard (0-3, 4.50 ERA)
ATL: Tommy Hanson (2-2, 2.36 ERA)
PIT: Charlie Morton (2-2, 1.93 ERA)
ATL: Tim Hudson (1-1, 3.57 ERA)
|National League East Standings - 2012|
|Braves Batting Leaders - 2012|
|Braves Pitching Leaders - 2012|
|Braves National League Ranks - 2012|
|Braves Power Rankings - 2012|
|The Chop Block|
August 12, 2012
- This past series relief pitcher Cory Gearrin tossed 4.2 innings allowing 4 hits and 7 strikeouts, including his 5th win of the year in game 2 against the Mets.
25-year-old Gearrin was recalled back in May after Kris Medlen was added to the starting rotation due to injuries. Gearrin has thrived under his latest call-up with an ERA of 1.12, second on the team behind closer Craig Kimbrel. "It's going to be a tough decision on who to send down when everyone gets healthy." manager Fredi Gonzalez stated.
July 29, 2012
- After the recent string of injuries to Atlanta's staff, GM Frank Wren decided to add some more depth in the minors. He scoured the free agent pool and decided to take a chance on 32-year-old journeyman Bobby Cramer.
Cramer last played for the Oakland Athletics in 2011. For his career he is 2-2 with a 2.53 ERA in just 9 games in two years. "He will be given a chance to earn a shot in the majors with our club." Wren stated. For now Cramer will join Gwinnett's starting rotation.
July 15, 2012
- 25-year-old SP Tommy Hanson has been cruising through batters this first half of the year. He leads the majors in most pitching categories, including the only pitcher to win 14 games.
As it stand right now he is the top candidate to take home the NL Cy Young award. "It would be a great honor but I know there is a lot of baseball to come." Hanson stated. If the first half was any indication, you can count on him being in talks of the Cy Young at the end of the year.
|Minor League Standings - 2012|