Barnes went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in a 4-3 win over Atlanta on Wednesday. Barnes gave primary catcher Will Smith a breather and contributed to the win with a third-inning solo shot to left field. The long ball was his second in his past three games and sixth overall this season. Though Barnes and Smith opened the campaign in a semi-timeshare, the latter's offensive performance -- Smith leads all NL catchers with 22 homers -- has propelled him to a clear-cut role as the team's top option behind the plate. Barnes has tallied 195 plate appearances this season to Smith's 414.
Barnes went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Thursday's 4-0 win over San Diego. Barnes opened the scoring in the third inning when he sent a Yu Darvish offering over the left-center field wall. The blast was the first since July 24 for the veteran catcher, who had entered the night hitless in nine at-bats over his prior nine games. Barnes is slashing .218/.314/.352 with five homers and 19 RBI in 189 plate appearances this season behind starter Will Smith.
Barnes went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in a 1-0 triumph over Colorado on Saturday. Barnes went deep off Colorado starter Kyle Freeland in the second for the game's single run and provided two of only seven hits in the contest. It was the backstop's first home run since June 22 and he's now 5-for-9 over his last three games.
Barnes went 0-for-4 with a walk and two runs Saturday in the Dodgers' 22-1 win over the Diamondbacks. Barnes benefited from the rest of the Los Angeles lineup teeing off on the beleaguered Arizona pitching staff, as he came around to score on a pair of extra-base hits with the bases loaded. The veteran backstop's .208/.327/.328 is serviceable enough for a catcher, but he's unlikely to cut into Will Smith's playing time because of it.
Barnes hit a solo home run in a pinch-hit appearance during Tuesday's loss to San Diego. The Dodgers' offense was quiet most of the game but pushed across a run in the eighth frame. With the team trailing by two in the ninth, Barnes was called upon to pinch hit and cut the deficit in half with a solo shot off Mark Melancon. The long ball accounted for his first RBI in what has been a rough month for the backstop -- he is batting only .174 in June, though he has worked five walks to register a respectable .321 OBP.
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