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I can literally sum up this game with one observation.  Once Joe Morgan and Jon Miller start rambling on about a topic completely unrelated to the game at hand (i.e. steroids; how original!) for more than one inning, you know either 1) your team is spanking the other team or 2) your team is in the process of getting spanked (very technical).  Regardless, both situations warrant your remote getting lodged in TV set; it's science.  I know Chip Caray isn't the best play-by-play announcer, but come on.

One other thing to note is we have played fairly pedestrian in nationally televised games.  According to my sources, our record over the 8 games in which we've been televised on either FOX, ESPN, or TBS, has been 4 - 4, with 25 runs scored and 24 runs allowed.  And with that, this miserable recap:

Dodgers 9 - Braves 1

MVP: David Ross.  In his one plate appearance, he walked.  He was the only Brave to have a positive WPA (.002).  Gooooo team!

LVP: Jair Jurrjens.  For what it's worth, he was pitching fine until that fifth inning.  Then the wheels came off.  His final line:

5.0 IP, 10 H, 1 HR, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, -.150 WPA

MIP: Matt Kemp's bomb in the fifth inning.  With 2 outs and runners on first and second, Kemp sent one into dead center.  That increased the Dodgers odds of winning by .317, or 31.7%.  Ouch.

UotG: No one played well.  Like I mentioned above, only David Ross, who came in as a pinch hitter, managed to have a positive WPA.  At least we scored one run, however.  If Billingsley wasn't forced to leave the game, it likely would've been worse.

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