Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/19)

Game 1: Monday, April 18
LA Dodgers4
Game 2: Tuesday, April 19
LA Dodgers1
Game 3: Wednesday, April 20
LA Dodgers6
Game 4: Thursday, April 21
in 12
LA Dodgers5

Braves 10

(8-10, 4-5 away)

Dodgers 1

(8-10, 5-5 home)

    10:10 PM ET, April 19, 2011

    Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California 

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    LAD 000000100 1 5 0

    W: B. Beachy (1-1)

    L: H. Kuroda (2-2)

    Braves-Dodgers Preview


    Looking for a spark for their anemic offense, the Los Angeles Dodgers called up top prospect Jerry Sands before their last game.

    After a productive debut from Sands, the Dodgers hope he can build off the performance Tuesday night when they seek their first three-game win streak of the season against the Atlanta Braves.

    Generating offense has been an issue all season for Los Angeles (8-9), which entered Monday near the bottom of the majors with 52 runs scored. It was held to two runs in three straight contests before showing a little more punch in a 4-2 win over Atlanta (7-10) on Monday.

    Ted Lilly pitched seven scoreless innings and the Dodgers scored three times in the first. Even the struggling James Loney, who came in batting .150, was able to get things going, finishing with two hits and a pair of RBIs.

    Sands, the Dodgers' minor league player of the year last season, made his major league debut in left field and was 1 for 3 with a sacrifice fly. The 23-year-old batted .400 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 10 games with Triple-A Albuquerque. He was a 25th-round draft pick in 2008 out of Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C.

    "Right here, right now, it's time to give it a shot," general manager Ned Colletti told the Dodgers' official website before the game. "It'll be exciting to see what he can do."

    Sands doubled his first time up and added a sacrifice fly in the third.

    Atlanta's Tim Hudson threw a pitch that sailed behind Sands' head in the sixth and Lilly threw behind Nate McLouth in the seventh, earning both teams a warning from the home plate umpire.

    "(Hudson) signed a ball and sent it over. It was a classy move by him and I appreciate that," Sands said. "He said 'Good debut' and told me it got away from him a little bit. But I wasn't looking into it at all. I watched him growing up, so that'll definitely go in the trophy case."

    The Dodgers will try to keep things going against Brandon Beachy (0-1, 5.19 ERA), who struggled over 5 1/3 innings against Florida on Thursday, giving up five runs and seven hits in a 6-5 loss. He struck out eight and left without a decision.

    Beachy, winless in six major league starts, will be making his first appearance against the Dodgers.

    The right-hander may not be able to count on much support from his offense, which is 3 for 16 with runners in scoring position the last two games. Jason Heyward, moved up to the second spot in the batting order, went 0 for 4 Monday. He's hitting .143 the last six games.

    Heyward is 0 for 5 with a walk and a strikeout against Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 3.48), who looks to rebound from his first loss. Kuroda was reached for six runs and 10 hits over five innings of a 9-5 loss to St. Louis on Thursday. The right-hander entered that start with a 1.72 ERA.

    Kuroda is 1/3 in four career starts against Atlanta despite a 1.93 ERA. He hasn't received much support from his teammates, who have scored four runs in those 28 innings.

    Los Angeles' Andre Ethier has a 15-game hitting streak, the longest current run in the majors and one shy of his career best in 2006.

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    Gameday Matchup

     AtlantaLos Angeles
    Current StreakL5W1
    Last 102-87-3

    Pitching Matchup

    AtlantaLos Angeles
    B. Beachy
    7-3, 3.68 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/24 at WSH
    6.0 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = Loss
    H. Kuroda
    13-16, 3.07 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at ARI
    6.0 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.AtlantaLos Angeles
    1. M. Prado, LF J. Carroll, SS
    2. J. Heyward, RF C. Blake, 3B
    3. C. Jones, 3B A. Ethier, RF
    4. B. McCann, C M. Kemp, CF
    5. D. Uggla, 2B J. Uribe, 2B
    6. F. Freeman, 1B J. Loney, 1B
    7. A. Gonzalez, SS J. Sands, LF
    8. N. McLouth, CF A. Ellis, C
    9. B. Beachy, P H. Kuroda, P

    Research Notes

    Nate McLouth is 1-for-9 (.111) with a strikeout in his career against Hiroki Kuroda.

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