The Braves have problems — everyone does — but they have one big problem, and that is Jair Jurrjens. Jurrjens is now 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA. If you’re looking for a bright side, he didn’t allow a homer, but that’s not much of a bright side. He didn’t strike out anyone either, and gave up three hits an inning.
The Braves loaded the bases in the first, but Jason Heyward struck out swinging. As usual, they wouldn’t get many other chances against longtime nemesis Chris Capuano. The Dodgers put together a little rally for one run in the bottom of the inning to make it 1-0, but David Ross tied it up with a homer in the top of the second.
The bottom of the inning went double-single-double, and suddenly it was 3-1. The Braves had a reasonable chance in the fourth, as Heyward and Ross got on leading off, but they wound up sitting at second and third after a strikeout and one of those nonsense bunt-the-runner-to-second-forget-about-the-man-at-third they’re so fond of these days.
Livan Hernandez could have hit for Jurrjens, and as it goes, should have. It seems like we’ve had a lot of guys who couldn’t get that first out of an inning this year. By the time Livan was in the game, a run was in and two were on. The Dodgers added a run to make it 5-1.
Livan staunched the bleeding for awhile, but the Braves didn’t seriouly threaten until Dan Uggla‘s eighth inning homer cut it to 5-2. Livan tired in the eighth — he is, after all, 423 years old — and gave up two runs, having to be relieved by Chad Durbin, who is actually an immortal demon sent to test managers’ souls. 7-2.