Dodgers Report: Jair Jurrjens

3 up, 3 down: Dodgers 7, Braves 2

April, 23, 2012
4/23/12
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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers, who allegedly has fashioned their hot early-season start around a weak schedule, began what figures to be a challenging six-game homestand by hammering the Atlanta Braves 7-2 on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers got a strong pitching performance from Chris Capuano, and their offense came to life one day after being shut out in the final game of their series in Houston, this time pounding out 15 hits, nine of them against normally formidable Braves starter Jair Jurrjens, who was knocked out after three-plus innings.

The good

Busting out. James Loney, Juan Uribe and A.J. Ellis, who hit sixth, seventh and eighth in the Dodgers lineup and whose averages coming into the game ranged from .211 to .222, combined to go 8-for-11, score four runs and drive in five. Uribe led the way, tying his career high for hits in a game by going 4-for-4 to raise his average from .211 to .286.

Wriggling free. With his pitch count rising fast, Capuano, who to that point had been in and out of trouble and generally pitched like the fifth starter he is, worked deftly out of a first-and-third, nobody-out jam in the fourth to preserve a two-run lead, with an assist from the fact that jam came in a good spot in the Braves' order. Capuano began his escape by striking out Jack Wilson. After Jurrjens bunted David Ross to second, Michael Bourn grounded harmlessly to second, stranding both runners in scoring position. The Dodgers came back in their half to score two runs, doubling their lead.

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BA LEADER
Yasiel Puig
BA HR RBI R
.294 14 62 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Gonzalez 23
RBIA. Gonzalez 106
RD. Gordon 87
OPSY. Puig .857
WC. Kershaw 19
ERAC. Kershaw 1.70
SOC. Kershaw 219