Unfortunately for the
"I started trying to do too much in terms of effort level," Fife said. "Things went side to side instead of up and down."
In the deepest performance of his young career in the majors, Fife (1-1) was the tough-luck loser as the Dodgers fell to the Braves, 2-1. The 25-year-old right-hander threw 6-2/3 solid innings in his fourth start this season, giving up two runs on nine hits while striking out a season-high seven batters. Medlen (3-6) outdueled him, pitching 6-2/3 scoreless frames and, more importantly, smacking the eventual game-winning homer into the right-field stands.
Fife is two starts into his second stint with the Dodgers this season. After a rocky debut against the
“I thought he was sharp today with his breaking ball,” Dodgers Manager
Fife ran into trouble in the first inning as Andrelton Simmons hit a leadoff double left of center fielder
He tacked on two more strikeouts in the second inning, striking out Uggla and
"Division leaders? They're just another major league team to throw to," Fife said. "I definitely did a great job mixing. Looking back I probably could've done a better job going into hitters. We got by with what we did tonight and I feel pretty good about it."
Uggla crushed the 0-2 curveball over the wall in left-center field, and after B.J. Upton struck out swinging, the switch-hitting Medlen lifted his first career longball. Fife said the 89-mph four-seamer was supposed to stay away, but it missed by about six inches.
"A hanging breaking ball to Dan Uggla, I can live with that one," Fife said. "A mislocated fastball to a pitcher, probably one I'd like to have back."
"[Puig] kind of reminds you of that Ichiro- or Jeff Francouer-type arm," Fife said. "You kind of watch it happen and go, 'Wow.' "