Well, we still can’t get any hits with runners in scoring position, but got enough runs on homers to win anyway. Of course, this team’s been underpowered all year…
Jair Jurrjens was probably less impressive than he’s been in any game since coming off the disabled list, allowing seven hits (five of them doubles!) and walking three, versus the same number of strikeouts, in six innings of work. But unlike his other games this year, the hits were all spread out and did just about the mimimum amount of damage. The Giants got a run in the first on a groundout, and another run in the second on a two-out double that fortunately only scored one run, with the pitcher Tim Lincecum only able to make it from first to third.
The Braves tied it up in the second, as Ankiel led off with a walk and Gonzalez followed with a homer. After that, it was tightrope time, as the Giants, for once, were the team with all the chances that they couldn’t cash in. The Braves didn’t really threaten… but with two out in the sixth, Hinske hit a solo homer to make it 3-2.
Venters came in for Jurrjens in the seventh, and was even more electric than usual, throwing eight strikes in eight pitches, recording two strikeouts and a 1-3 putout. The Braves couldn’t capitalize on a chance in the seventh, with Heyward grounding out and Chipper flying out with two runners on. Saito cruised through the eighth with no trouble, two flyouts and a popout. Billy Wagner lived dangerously but lived to tell about it, allowing a long flyout then catching a comebacker from Edgar Renteria, then a two-out single before rallying to strike out Freddie Sanchez to end it.
Homers. Good thing to hit. Let’s keep it up.