August 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm by David Lee under Atlanta Braves
Game MVP: Chad Billingsley, 73 game score
Least Valuable Dodger: Mark Ellis, -.162
Most Valuable Brave: Mike Minor, 65 game score
Least Valuable Brave: Martin Prado, -.109
3rd – (LAD) Mark Ellis grounded into inning-ending double play with bases loaded, -.169
5th – (LAD) Luis Cruz solo homer for a 1-0 Dodgers lead, .169
Chad Billingsley pitched seven shutout innings for the Dodgers, giving up just three hits with two walks and four strikeouts. The Braves left runners on the corners in the third and a runner on third in the sixth. Otherwise, the offense couldn’t put anything together for a second straight game, as Billingsley had an equal number of ground balls and fly balls allowed while inducing just three line drives.
Mike Minor was equally impressive over seven innings, with the lone mistake being a home run to Luis Cruz. Minor did give up a few more line drives, but he pitched out of trouble in the second and fifth, and flashed a pretty solid changeup.
The series loss was the first for the Braves since July 17-19 against the Giants, a span of eight series. They’ll need to regain their offense in the upcoming series against the Nationals.