Dodgers lose a sloppy game to Atlanta Braves, 7-5

first_imgIt also rained for the better part of four innings.Yet the biggest difference from the Dodgers’ previous two games was the short outing delivered by starting pitcher Brandon Beachy. Beachy, making his second start for the Dodgers since returning from Tommy John surgery, lasted only four innings against the Braves and allowed four runs.“The stuff’s there,” Beachy said. “The stuff feels good. It’s a matter of executing it. It’s frustrating. That’s the word, because I feel like I can execute and I do. Then I don’t.”A two-run home run in the first inning by Nick Markakis gave the Braves an early lead. Beachy walked consecutive batters in the fourth inning — the first was intentional, the second gave the opposing pitcher a free base — and Peterson dropped a bloop double on the left-field line to drive in two runs.“I don’t even think about that pitch, that play,” Beachy said. “It’s how I got to that point. That’s where I failed, getting to that point.”Beachy said he expects to take his next turn in the rotation in five games.“It has to be” my expectation, he said.But Mattingly said that Beachy’s next start remains a topic for discussion. Right-hander Carlos Frias, who’s made 12 starts for the Dodgers this season, is already eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list. He might well be fully recovered from the tightness in his lower-right back by the time Beachy’s next turn in the rotation comes up.After a frustrated Beachy spoke to the media following Monday’s game, he entered Mattingly’s office and didn’t leave for several minutes. Given that Beachy has a minor-league option in his contract, and the Dodgers need to make room for outfielder Carl Crawford on their roster Tuesday, Beachy’s next start might well come for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Beachy wasn’t solely to blame for the loss. Former Dodger Juan Uribe’s RBI single off Adam Liberatore (2-2) made the difference in the game and hung the left-handed pitcher with the loss.Down 4-0, the Dodgers rallied for four runs against Braves starter Matt Wisler (4-1) in the fourth inning. Two scored on an RBI double by Howie Kendrick. The next batter, Gonzalez, drove in two more with his 21st home run of the season.The Dodgers out-hit the Braves 14-11 but scored only one run after the fourth inning, when they loaded the bases in the ninth inning with none out, and a run scored on a double-play groundout by Howie Kendrick. The batter, Jace Peterson, rounded first base and went to second. The Dodgers’ catcher, Austin Barnes, threw the ball to second, short-hopping shortstop Jimmy Rollins. Ciriaco sprinted for home plate as Rollins’ throw arrived too late.“Yasiel’s throw’s got to be down,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “That started the roll. The dominoes fell from there.”Atlanta scored two runs in the inning, the difference in the final score.The Dodgers’ defense has usually been averse to risk, errors, and risky errors to this point in the season. Monday’s game was different. Neither team was charged with an error in the scorebook, but between the throws by Puig and Barnes, and the decision by Dodgers third base coach Lorenzo Bundy to send Adrian Gonzalez home on a single by Scott Van Slyke in the eighth inning (Gonzalez was out by a wide margin), there seemed to be a lot of ill-advised decisions. ATLANTA >> Dodgers baseball is always a less sloppy affair when Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw pitch. The two aces didn’t allow a run Saturday or Sunday, each falling one inning short of a complete game. The wins might have felt clean and crisp regardless of the weather, but a rainstorm forecast for the Washington, D.C. area held off, and Kershaw and Greinke left the Nationals’ players and coaches plenty of time to make their dinner reservations.The Dodgers’ 7-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Monday was neither clean nor crisp.At various points, thunder clapped in the distance while flashes of lightning left fans oohing and aahing. Others ran for cover. A rumble had barely dissipated in the sixth inning when Yasiel Puig wound up for a throw to home plate, past his cutoff man, with the Braves’ Pedro Ciriaco running from second.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more