It’s just growing more difficult to remember those times, when his inconsistency is constantly marked by games where he fails to deliver. Games like Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to the
Mattingly called on Hatcher to start the eighth inning with the score tied, 1-1. Hatcher immediately gave up a lead-off single on his first pitch to Andrelton Simmons and walked pinch-hitter Todd Cunningham on four pitches.
Having seen this before, Mattingly quickly brought the hook. Hatcher was gone after throwing just five pitches. And it was still too late, both runners eventually scoring.
Adam Liberatore took over and got two outs but then unleashed a wild pitch that sailed over the head of catcher
Hatcher (1-4) took the loss and saw his earned-run average climb to 6.91. Team confidence in him has to be waning.
The Dodgers did get one run back in the ninth when Alex Guerrero homered off Atlanta closer
The loss cut the Dodgers’ lead over the
Unfortunately for Greinke, one of the hits he gave up was a solo home run to
The Dodgers, meanwhile, weren't having any more success with Atlanta left-hander Alex Wood.
They finally scratched together a run in the fourth inning after Jimmy Rollins singled off the glove of Juan Uribe, who had been traded to the Braves Wednesday morning (initially it was ruled an error). Two outs later after Rollins advanced to second on a groundout,
The Dodgers missed an opportunity to take the lead in the fifth inning. First A.J. Ellis lined a hit just below the 375-foot sign in left. It certainly looked like a double. But Ellis hit it so hard, and in truth is so slow, that the ball ricocheted directly to