National League Game Summary - Los Angeles at Atlanta|
(Saturday, May 18th)
Final Score: Atlanta 3, Los Angeles 1
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Evan Gattis spoiled a terrific start from Chris
Capuano with a two-run homer in the eighth inning that lifted the Atlanta
Braves to a 3-1 comeback win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field.
"I don't know," Gattis said. "It just happened that way. I'm just glad it went
my way. I fouled off some awesome pitches and got one that I could handle and
thank God it went out."
After Capuano went 7 1/3 innings without allowing a run, he was lifted in
favor of Kenley Jansen (1-2) with one away and a runner on first in the eighth
after Gattis was announced as a pinch-hitter. Gattis fouled off three straight
pitches after working the count to 2-2 before unleashing his blast into the
left-field seats for his second pinch-hit homer of the year and a 2-1 Atlanta
"What could I do?," added Jansen. "I'm not going to let that bother me. Tip
your hat. He hit a good pitch. You've got to go in there. Period. He's
creeping up on home plate every time I'm throwing outside. I put it where I
wanted to put it."
Andrelton Simmons homered on the very next pitch to provide an insurance run
for Craig Kimbrel, who closed it out in the ninth for his 13th save of the
Chris Johnson had three of Atlanta's five hits off Capuano, whose final line
included a run allowed and five strikeouts.
Kris Medlen went seven strong for the Braves, allowing one unearned run on two
hits while fanning five. Cory Gearrin (1-0) needed just nine pitches to get
through the eighth.
The Braves have taken the first two of this three-game set with Los Angeles
after dropping their previous two games.
The Dodgers broke through first with a run in the fourth inning. Skip
Schumaker slapped a Medlen offering down the third-base line for a double,
with Adrian Gonzalez -- who drew a 10-pitch walk earlier in the frame --
coming around to score when Justin Upton mishandled the ball out in left
Capuano nearly allowed a first-inning home run to Jason Heyward, but Matt Kemp
made a leaping catch at the wall to rob the Braves' young right fielder.
Capuano did not allow more than one baserunner in an inning all game.
Capuano laid down sacrifice bunts in his first two at-bats ... Los
Angeles went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position ... Upton's error was
his fourth of the season.
05/19 00:47:24 ET