It was a back and forth day for the Atlanta Braves in their game against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, but by the time the game was over Atlanta had been blown out by a 10-4 final score. The Giants, who also won game 1 of the series, win the 3-game series; Atlanta won the 2nd game of the series. With 26 wins, San Francisco now has the best record in the Major Leagues. The Braves still own a 1.5 game lead in their division, the NL East, with 22 wins.
The Braves started Julio Teheran, who up until yesterday had a 1.71 ERA. He struggled from the very beginning of the game though, giving up 3 1st inning runs and experiencing control problems all day. All in all his stat line read: 3 1/3 innings pitched, 7 hits, 5 runs (only 4 earned runs), 5 walks, 4 strikeouts, and he’s charged with his 3rd loss of the season. After the game, Teheran’s ERA went to 2.20.
Giants starter Madison Bumgarner wins his 5th game of the season despite struggling through much of the game as well. He pitched 5 innings, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits; he walked 1 man while recording 5 strikeouts. Bumgarner’s ERA rose from 2.83 before the game, to 3.25 after the game.
Atlanta scored 2 runs in the 1st inning; Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson each hit RBI doubles. San Francisco countered in the bottom of the 1st with 3 runs. They plated another run in the bottom of the 2nd inning on an Evan Gattis throwing error, Gattis’ 4th error of the season. Down 4-2 in the top of the 4th inning, the Braves tied the game on an RBI double by Evan Gattis and RBI triple from Andrelton Simmons. Simmons’ already has 4 triples this year. Atlanta wouldn’t score again.
The Giants scored 6 more runs throughout the rest of the game, 3 of them off Alex Wood who came on in relief of Teheran and worked 2 2/3 innings. San Francisco also scored runs off Atlanta relief pitcher David Carpenter, who gave up 2 runs in the inning he pitched. Hunter Pence, Michael Morse, and Brandon Crawford hit their 3rd, 9th, and 5th home runs of the year for the Giants. Gregor Blanco and Pablo Sandoval added RBI’s for them as well. Blanco stole 3 bases, giving him a season total of 4; he also scored 3 runs. The San Francisco bullpen worked 4 scoreless innings without even allowing a hit.
The Braves are off today before beginning a 3-game series on the road Friday with the St. Louis Cardinals. Ervin Santana (4-0, 1.99 ERA) will try to keep up his success when he makes the start for Atlanta. The Cardinals will send Lance Lynn (4-2, 3.83 ERA) to the mound. After their series with St. Louis, Atlanta begins a 9-game home stand, playing the Milwaukee Brewers, Colorado Rockies, and Boston Red Sox.
By Chris Castle