Atlanta Braves Hold On, Top Dodgers 4-3


It wasn’t easy but the Atlanta Braves managed to hold on to a 4-3 lead and defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday night to clinch a home series victory.  Alex Wood was good but not great tonight in his 6.2 innings of work, allowing 3 earned runs on 4 hits and 4 walks, striking out 2.

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He managed to navigate a strong Dodgers lineup to earn his 7th win of the season despite giving up homers to both Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig.  I did enjoy how he handled a high stress inning in the top of the 6th.  Los Angeles seemed to have something in the works offensively in the 6th after getting the first two on, but Woody pitched with composure of a seasoned veteran in that tough spot.

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  • Atlanta was able to take advantage of the Dodgers offensively tonight with 10 hits.  Chris Johnson led the way for the Atlanta Braves going 3 for 4 with a double and two RBI’s.  Nick Markakis continues his great series against LA, going 2 for 4 with a triple, two RBI’s and a run scored.

    I loved his ability to avoid the tag at second in the bottom of the fifth, literally hanging on the bag with his finger tips.  It’s late in July, but I think Nick Markakis is finally recovered from his offseason neck surgery.  Expect a more complete season from him next season.

    And the Atlanta Braves’ bullpen had an outstanding 2.1 innings pitched tonight.  Jason Frasor, Luis Avilan, and Jim Johnson shut the door on the LA Dodgers’ offense as nobody got a hit or walked on the Atlanta relief corps this evening.  Since the David Aardsma signing, the Atlanta Braves’ bullpen has not been a loathsome burden for this ball club.  Turns out all Fredi Gonzalez needed was some veteran arms in the right field bullpen to have late inning success defensively.

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    In a very rough patch of the Atlanta Braves season, Atlanta has won the first two games over a World Series contending Los Angeles Dodgers team.  The Braves can sweep LA at home tomorrow afternoon when Julio Teheran takes the mound.  Fortunately for the Braves, Julio Teheran thrives at home as he has yet to lose a start at Turner Field this season.

    Atlanta hopes to continue its winning ways into the second half of the week.  You have to imagine that a hope sweep over the LA Dodgers could give the young Atlanta Braves a major confidence boost before heading to Busch Stadium to face the NL Best St. Louis Cardinals.  Here’s to a home sweep tomorrow afternoon and Go Braves!

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