For 7 1/3 innings and 91 pitches, Dodgers starter Chris Capuano had the Braves in fits. He left after allowing a rally starting single to B.J. Upton, but it was a masterful performance by the 34-year old. Fast forward eight Kenley Jansen pitches later, and all of Capuano's hard work had been undone.
The scouting report to throw Evan Gattis high fastballs and breaking balls away apparently hadn't made its way to the Dodgers' clubhouse, as Jansen pounded Gattis with cutters in the zone before "El Oso Blanco" turned on one and lined it into the left field seats for a two-run home run that put Atlanta up 2-1 game. The TV broadcast had really cool video of Justin Upton giving Gattis a scouting report on Jansen before Gattis went to bat.
Andrelton Simmons followed with a home run of his own, pulling a high fastball to left field as well to up Atlanta's lead to 3-1. Craig Kimbrel slammed the door with two strikeouts in the ninth to record his 13th save of the season.
Up until the eighth inning, the game was a pitchers duel between Capuano and Atlanta starter Kris Medlen. Capuano kept the Braves off balance all night, rotating his sinker and changeup en route to five strikeouts and eight whiffs on his changeup.
Atlanta almost got to Capuano in the first, as Jason Heyward connected on a shot to deep center that looked like it was going to get over the fence for a home run. However, Matt Kemp had other plans as the Los Angeles center fielder made an absolutely perfect read on the ball and an insanely good catch to rob Heyward of a home run.
Luckily, Medlen was up to the challenge of matching Capuano pitch for pitch.
The right-hander allowed just two hits and one run (unearned) while walking three and striking out five in seven innings of work. After struggling with location in recent starts, Medlen was much better in that aspect today and recorded 14 whiffs on 112 pitches.
The only blemish against Medlen came in the fourth inning when Adrian Gonzalez walked with one out and came in to score on a double from Skip Schumaker that Justin Upton bobbled in the corner. It was ruled an error on Upton, so the run was unearned.
Cory Gearrin pitched an impressive eighth inning to receive the win, his first of the season. Chris Johnson was the only Brave to record multiple hits, as the third baseman singled three times in three plate appearances.