Giants 7, Braves 1

R.A. Dickey ate 6 more innings.  They were not delicious.

The Giants picked up 7 runs in the first 3 innings to take the series 2 games to 1.  Dickey allowed 6 hits and walked 5 in the first 2+ innings, and 6 of the runs were earned.  Johnny Cueto and 3 relievers held the Braves to 7 hits, 3 by Matt Kemp.

I’m going to say something that may be considered heretical:  I’ve never believed in “hibernation mode.” It’s perfectly natural for a team to go many innings without scoring a run, no matter how many runs they score early on.  In fact, it’s the nature of the game. Having said that, the Giants went into hibernation mode.  A sacrifice fly by Cueto in the 3rd marked the first of 18 consecutive outs the Giants made to close out the game.  Matt Wisler recorded the final 6 of those, 1 by strikeout.

The series loss marks the first lost series since the 2 game sweep in Houston, May 9 and 10.  The Braves have a 10 and 7 record over this stretch, and maintain a 1/2 game lead over the 3rd place Mets, who play later on ESPN because New York.  Keep hooooooooooope! alive.

The Braves try again on Monday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anywhere-There-Might-Not-Be-Dodgers-Fans, 9:07 pm Eastern time.

The funniest thing I ever heard about San Francisco:  “Buster Posey was safe.” – some umpire.  (Note: full disclosure, this is NOT the funniest thing I ever heard about San Francisco.)

Author: Rusty S.

Rusty S. is a Braves Journal reader since 2005 and an occasional innings-eater. It was my understanding that there would be no expectations.

49 thoughts on “Giants 7, Braves 1”

  1. Funny stuff, Rusty. This was the definition of Hibernation Mode. Those losers! Wait…

  2. See a lot of chatter around us taking Adam Hassley OF from UVA. Doesn’t seem like a Brave type pick

  3. @4

    Austin Beck
    we have already written the check
    said Coppy, enough of all this pitching
    High School Power will stop everyone bitching.

  4. There doesn’t seem to be much hype around anyone other than Hunter Greene in the draft, so our draft position (and associated monies) seem to be really hurting us. Had we tanked to a higher slot, we could have gone under slot in the first pick and had a lot more money for the remainder of the draft. The way the draft has played out has made that a worse arrangement than originally perceived. Once again, I’m not sure how you would have lost just one more game to get that money, but with how many picks down the range that have gone so well for us in the last 2 drafts (especially last year), I think we’re going to wear that.

    Does it make sense for the Braves to win in the 60’s again to secure a higher slot for next year? I had thought that the 2016 roster needed to win more games to demonstrate that some of the talent has developed, but there’s so much talent bubbling to the big league level that this season just doesn’t really seem to matter. If you get to the second half, and you deal away everyone valuable (Johnson, Phillips, Markakis, Adams, the three SPs), and you have a young player to put in there (several players in AAA could be barking in the next 2 months). Then you could win in the 60’s but say it’s because you have the youngest, most talented roster in baseball, and next year is a legitimate playoff-contending team, perhaps even World Series contending team. I think people still come out to STP, the FO is almost vindicated, and you get a ton of draft money for next year, which will be the last year you’ll have a high draft slot. Everybody kinda wins there. I don’t think that made sense last year, but I think it does this year.

  5. If you want to laugh and cry, consider that we drafted Hursh in the 1st round of ’13 and Victor Caratini in the 2nd round. We’ve decided to hold onto Hursh, who was recently demoted to AA at the age of 25, and we traded Caratini, a catcher, in 2014 for Emilio Bonifacio, James Russell, and cash. Caratini now has a .900 OPS in AAA for the Cubs (23 years old). Seriously. We then drafted 5 catchers the next year and 4 the year after because catcher became a huge position of need. Huh. Really can’t make this crap up.

    We definitely needed a change at GM. But after the Coppy worship has intensified over the last couple years, when all he’s been is a glorified auctioneer (a good one, at that), I now have joined the others that wonder, “Where was John Schuerholz during all of this?”

  6. Rumor this morning is we want Austin Beck at 5 because he will sign an under slot deal

  7. If I have to read the word legitimate one more time I’m going to set myself on fire. Happy Memorial Day.

  8. Under-slot only makes sense if you plan on stockpiling several other top 100 picks, like we did last year. I don’t know that we have that same flexibility in this draft. If we don’t, then taking the best player on the board seems like a novel idea. If it’s a pitcher, so be it.

  9. I think we take the best player this year.

    Newk was good again last night. Let’s show Dickey, Colon and Boni the door

  10. I’ve never let not knowing anything about who’s available stop me from jumping in. I’d like to get a power hitting college third baseman. I’m not nearly so convinced that we have very much close-to-major-league talent among position players, and what we do have may look good as individual pieces, but when you try to build a lineup out of them, there’s a dire lack of power.

  11. Harper got clocked a couple times. But I think he got one good one in, too. Fun at the ol’ ballpark!

  12. Good for Harper. The beaning has been excessive. I’m surprised he contained it this long.

  13. Apparently, Chip and Joe are broadcasting this game, which is taking place in Anaheim, California, from the depths of the Amazon jungle over a cell phone.

  14. I thought maybe Chip was trapped in the bottom of a well. But apparently they’ve now rescued him. Oh well.

  15. @25 Andrelton thinks so too. Of course he homers off Julio like everyone else does…

  16. @30

    Man…why do Major League teams continue signing Ricky Nolasco? That guy seriously sucks.

  17. Mike Morin
    morin sorrow than in anger

    Eric Young Jr effectively ended Hudson’s Atlanta career – he never pitched again for us if memory serves me right . Was Young playing first base for the Mets that night?

  18. that has to be the single best inning pitched against us this season..thank goodness he didn’t start.

  19. Did Chip really just say that Sammy Sosa’s home run race in 1998 was with Albert Pujols and not Mark McGwire?

  20. @32

    Just remembered…Hudson was pitching, Young was the hitter and trying to reach on an infield dribbler, Hudson covering first, collision. I think that’s right.

    Julio looks very vulnerable.

  21. Maybin wasn’t rung up on that checked swing. Ugh. Hope things don’t go south.

  22. John Coppolula
    Be bop a lula
    nineteen fifty six
    he’s still searching for the perfect mix.

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