Haren, Dodgers beat hapless Braves again, 4-2
Pretty good hitting, too.
Dan Haren pitched six innings and sparked the go-ahead rally with a single, leading Los Angeles to another win over the skidding Atlanta Braves, 4-2 on Tuesday night.
It was the second night in a row the Dodgers got production out of the ninth spot in the order. The previous night, Kevin Correia had two hits and scored a run.
“I was hoping I didn’t get thrown out,” Haren (10-9) quipped about his hit to right-center field. “It takes me about eight seconds to get to first.”
After allowing a fourth-inning homer to B.J. Upton that put the Braves up 2-1, Haren reached base with one out in the fifth. Carl Crawford followed with a double, sending Haren to third, and the pitcher scored the tying run on Yasiel Puig‘s grounder to third. “Puig hit the ball and I wasn’t sure if it was going to the pitcher,” Haren said. “I just went!”
Minor Has Something to Build On…
“I felt like I turned a corner a little bit,” Minor said. “Just the way I felt, pitches the way they were breaking, mechanically and getting on the mound and throwing strikes.”
Minor struck out Carl Crawford on three pitches — culminating in an 82-mph knuckle curve — and through the first two innings, he had more K’s (four) as he had in two of his last three outings (one each).
He threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs and a walk and for the third time in 11 games he didn’t give up a home run.
“I can’t wait until the next start, because he pounded the strike zone with his fastball and he threw a couple nice off(speed) breaking pitches,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez. “That was a really good outing. A solid outing.”
Here’s last night’s stats from baseball-reference.com. Trying to stay on an optimistic note, there is good news here: Minor scattered 8 hits, and yielded 3 earned runs, but his pitches looked crisper and like they actually had “life” in them last night. The 7 strikeouts recorded were the most in any game since 11 on June 20th vs. Washington, and 3rd highest for the year. He gave up only 1 walk and no homers – both stats are excellent signs (bettered only once in 2014).
Now if we can just get Mikey some offensive help. *sigh*
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E - - - - - - - - - - - - Dodgers 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 10 1 Braves 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 1
Something Else To Build On
Here’s the latest aerial photo of the new stadium site in Cobb County – courtesy of a WSB News Copter Cam and twitter:
— Mark McKay (@mckayWSB) August 13, 2014