Aug 11, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Carlos Frias (77) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the ninth inning at Turner Field. The Dodgers defeated the Braves 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Morning Chop for 8/12

Correia beats Braves in Dodgers debut

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ATLANTA — The Los Angeles Dodgers’ acquisition of Kevin Correia paid a quick dividend.

Picked up from the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, the veteran right-hander allowed just four hits and a run over six innings as the Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-2 Monday night at Turner Field.

“I was really excited to have this opportunity,” Correia said. “To get a win the first time out, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Correia, who was 5-13 with a 4.94 ERA for the Twins, kept the Braves off balance as he mixed his off-speed stuff with a fastball that sat around 90 mph. He walked just one, struck out five and threw 54 of his 82 pitches for strikes.

Correia (1-0) also went 2-for-2 and scored a run, making for a memorable Dodgers debut for the 33-year-old San Diego native who spent his entire career in the National League before signing with Minnesota as a free agent prior to the 2013 season.

 

Braves’ Heyward becoming player we expected

DAVID O’BRIEN / AJC / 8/11/2014

Jason Heyward. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Heyward turned 25 on Saturday, and lately the right fielder has been hitting like the player most of us expected him to be by this point in his career. Well, not with as much power as we anticipated, but otherwise, like that line-driving-hitting, aggressive-on-the-bases offensive force we envisioned but had seen only in spurts of a few weeks here and there since the spectacular first half of his rookie season in 2010.

Defensively, the strong-armed, speedy right fielder is as good or better than anyone in the game at his position. But offensively, Heyward is the first to admit he’s a work in progress. And lately, there has been plenty of progress.

In his past 23 games, Heyward has hit .386 (32-for-83) with eight extra-base hits (one homer), 13 RBIs, a .447 OBP and .518 slugging percentage.

And since the beginning of June, Heyward has hit .292 (62-for-212) in 57 games with 18 extra-base hits (four homers), 29 RBIs, 32 runs, 26 walks, 31 strikeouts, a .376 OBP and .425 slugging percentage.

 

Thinking Inside the Box

No, it wasn’t the best outing from Julio Teheran last night - but he didn’t get any help.  The box score says that all runs were earned, but that’s because Emilio Bonifacio‘s error on an obvious double play isn’t recorded since he did get one out on the miscue.  La Stella’s injury meant that he was not there to make the play instead, nor was his bat in the lineup.  Five combined strikeouts between Ramiro Pena and Chris Johnson (3) didn’t help, either.

Freddie Freeman, hitting a lot better lately, was the only Brave with multiple hits, so as has often been the case, no sustainable rally occurred and opportunities were missed (2 for 8 w/RISP).

The Dodgers have the best offense in baseball, and proved it again, despite only 1 extra-base hit.  They were 4 for 10 w/RISP.

   

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