The Kenshin Kawakami Curse continues. Kawakami gave up two runs in each of the first two innings, then settled down from there, shutting the Dodgers out for the next four. Meanwhile, the Braves got two runs in the third on a single by Yunel and an error off of Melky’s bat to cut it to 4-2.
They had some chances after that, but couldn’t get the hit they needed until two out in the seventh, when Yunel hit a two-run double that I believe Manny Ramirez has still not quite reached. (He’s not a fielding savant, okay?) 4-4, new game. Melky couldn’t get Yunel home, and Bobby decided to send Kawakami out there to get another inning and maybe a win.
That was a mistake. A couple of hits later, O’Flaherty was in. He allowed one of Kawakami’s runners to score, then got a double play to end it. The Braves couldn’t get another run, and it was 0-8 time.
Jason Heyward had by far the worst game of his young career, taking the Platinum Sombrero — 0-5, with five strikeouts, one to end the game.