PHILADELPHIA -- When the Braves acquired Matt Diaz from the Pirates last week, they believed that he would help lessen some of their struggles against left-handed pitchers. And by recording a pair of singles against southpaw Clayton Kershaw in Sunday's win over the Dodgers, Diaz showed he is capable of handling this role.
"That's Matty," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We all know what he can do."
After terrorizing left-handed pitchers over the course of five seasons for the Braves, Diaz signed a multiyear contract with the Pirates in December and struggled during the early months. But he has batted .421 against left-handed pitchers dating back to June 15.
Diaz made a second straight start for the Braves on Monday night, when they opposed Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.