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Nomo blanks Braves, Dodgers win 1-0

LOS ANGELES - Hideo Nomo outdueled Tom Glavine, and the Los Angeles Dodgers backed down the Atlanta Braves in a 1-0 masterpiece Monday that opened Dodgers Stadium for the season. Nomo, making his second start of the year, tossed the major leagues' first shutout of 1996, a three-hitter in which he walked five and struck out six. In a game that matched two of the NL's best pitchers, Glavine gave up only five hits and one run in seven innings, striking out nine. But he gave up three of those hits in the third inning, when a Raul Mondesi single capped the game-winning rally. Nomo stranded seven Atlanta baserunners as the Dodgers stepped past Colorado and out of the NL West cellar. The Rockies lost their home opener 9-6 to the Chicago Cubs, who blew a 6-0 lead but rallied behind a three-home run from Scott Servais in the seventh inning. (Expanded game re-cap and interviews follow box score info!)




Braves vs. Dodgers Apr 08, 1996 NL FINAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E - - - - - - - - - - - - ATLANTA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 LOS ANGELES 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 x 1 5 0 (FINAL) BATTERIES: ATL - TOM GLAVINE, BRAD CLONTZ (8TH) AND JAVIER LOPEZ LOS - HIDEO NOMO AND MIKE PIAZZA WP - HIDEO NOMO (1-1) LP - TOM GLAVINE (1-1) SAVE - NONE HOME RUNS: ATL - NONE LOS - NONE TIME: 2:24 ATT: 53,180 PROBABLES: ATL - JOHN SMOLTZ (0-1, 8.53) LOS - PEDRO ASTACIO (0-1, 9.82)
ATLANTA (0) AT LOS ANGELES (1) - FINAL

ATLANTA                ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
Grissom cf              3  0  0  0   1  0   1  .161
Blauser ss              4  0  1  0   0  1   1  .185
C Jones 3b              3  0  0  0   1  1   1  .500
Mcgriff 1b              3  0  1  0   1  1   1  .333
 Walton pr              0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .250
Justice rf              4  0  1  0   0  0   1  .296
Klesko lf               3  0  0  0   1  1   1  .455
J Lopez c               4  0  0  0   0  2   4  .200
Lemke 2b                2  0  0  0   1  0   1  .200
Glavine p               1  0  0  0   0  0   0  .250
 a-D Smith ph           1  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 Clontz p               0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
Totals                 28  0  3  0   5  6  11

a-grounded to second for Glavine in the 8th.

BATTING: 2B - Blauser (1, Nomo). S - Glavine. Runners left in
scoring position, 2 out - Lemke 1, J Lopez 2, Blauser 1, C Jones
1.  Team LOB - 7.

BASERUNNING: SB - Justice (1, 2nd base off Nomo/Piazza); Grissom
(3, 2nd base off Nomo/Piazza). 

LOS ANGELES            ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
Deshields 2b            4  0  0  0   0  2   0  .242
Butler cf               4  1  1  0   0  0   0  .206
Piazza c                4  0  3  0   0  0   0  .441
Karros 1b               4  0  0  0   0  1   4  .257
Mondesi rf              3  0  1  1   0  2   0  .313
Blowers 3b              3  0  0  0   0  1   2  .120
Ashley lf               2  0  0  0   1  1   0  .250
R Cedeno lf             0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
Gagne ss                2  0  0  0   1  0   0  .292
Nomo p                  3  0  0  0   0  2   2  .000
Totals                 29  1  5  1   2  9   8

BATTING: RBI - Mondesi (4). 2-out RBI - Mondesi. Runners left in
scoring position, 2 out - Nomo 1, Blowers 1.  Team LOB - 6.
FIELDING: Outfield assists - Butler (Grissom at 3rd base). 
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    Atlanta        - 000 000 000  --  0
    Los Angeles    - 001 000 00X  --  1
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ATLANTA                      ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
Glavine (L, 1-1)              7       5   1   1   2   9   0   2.08
Clontz                        1       0   0   0   0   0   0   1.42

LOS ANGELES                  ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
Nomo (W, 1-1)                 9       3   0   0   5   6   0   2.77

Pitches-strikes: Nomo 115-66; Glavine 123-80; Clontz 11-7. 

Ground balls-fly balls: Nomo 11-9; Glavine 8-4; Clontz 2-1. 

Batters faced: Nomo 34; Glavine 28; Clontz 3. 

UMPIRES: HP--Bill Hohn. 1B--Larry Poncino. 2B--Terry Tata.
3B--Gerry Davis.
T--2:24.  Att--53,180.   Weather: 78 degrees, partly cloudy.  
Wind: 5 mph, left to right.

ATLANTA (0) AT LOS ANGELES (1) - HOW THEY SCORED

LOS ANGELES 3RD:  Deshields struck out looking.  Butler singled 
to left.  Piazza singled to right, Butler to second.  Karros 
flied out to right center.  Mondesi singled to right, Butler 
scored, Piazza to second.  Blowers grounded out to shortstop.  

ATLANTA 0, LOS ANGELES 1.

GAME RECAP
Hideo Nomo pitched a three-hitter and outdueled Tom Glavine as
the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves, 1-0, in the
Dodgers' home opener before 53,180. 

The pitching matchup was a battle between the 1995 National
League Rookie of the Year and the 1995 World Series Most
Valuable Player. 

Nomo (1-1), who was 13-6 as a rookie last year, recorded the
first complete game shutout of the 1996 season and the fourth of
his career. The only hits allowed by Nomo were a single by Dave
Justice in the second inning, a two-out double by Jeff Blauser
in the eighth and a leadoff single by Fred McGriff in the ninth.

"I tried to make the run count," said Nomo.  "I wanted to finish
this game." 

Glavine (1-1) pitched seven innings and allowed one run on five
hits with nine strikeouts.  He was relieved by Brad Clontz to
start the eighth after throwing 123 pitches. 

The Dodgers scored the game's only run on a two-out, R-B-I
single by Raul Mondesi in the third inning. After Glavine struck
out Delino DeShields, Brett Butler and Mike Piazza hit
back-to-back singles.  Eric Karros flied out before Mondesi
delivered the R-B-I single. 

"The way he (Nomo) pitched, I thought one run might be enough,"
said Mondesi.  "It (the hit) felt great." 
Piazza had three of Los Angeles' five hits. 

Nomo rebounded from a poor performance in his first start of the
season.  He lasted just four innings and allowed four runs on
seven hits in a 5-2 loss at Houston five days ago. 
"The difference between today and the last game was that I kept
the ball down and was in a very good rhythm," said Nomo. 

But Nomo was in complete command in his second start, never
allowing a runner to reach third base until the ninth inning. He
walked five and struck out six.

McGriff led off the ninth with a single, advanced to second on a
checked-swing grounder by Justice and moved to third on a
groundout by Ryan Klesko.  But Nomo retired Javier Lopez on a
fly ball to center to end the game. 

"His pitch count was low, but I wanted to double check," said
Dodgers pitching coach Dave Wallace.  "He said he was fine and I
said its your ballgame." 

Nomo walked McGriff and Klesko in the fourth inning, but struck
out Lopez to end the inning.  And after allowing the two-out
double to Blauser in the eighth, Nomo struck out Chipper Jones
to end the inning.

The loss was the fourth in five games for the Braves. Atlanta
has scored 38 runs in its three wins, but just seven runs in its
four losses. 

The Dodgers opened the season with five losses in seven road
games. 


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