Well, that’s why they have the best record in baseball.
The San Francisco Giants, in a nutshell, did what they’ve done all year. They hit a pair of home runs, they got great starting pitching from Logan Webb, and their bullpen nailed down a 5-0 victory.
It’s not ideal, especially on a night where the Phillies won, but it was probably going to happen sooner or later against this opposition. Now it’s time to just flush that one and go try to grab the series win tomorrow.
- Huascar Ynoa wasn’t vintage, but he was pretty good. I’m sure he wanted the breaking ball he hung to Logan Webb in the third inning back, but he got plenty of soft contact and worked around a few spots where his control was shaky. But he did what Max Fried did last night by keeping his team in the game. Sometimes that breaks right and sometimes it doesn’t.
- Two more hits for Austin Riley and a missile in the 8th inning that was caught. He is on top of everything right now.
- Welcome to Atlanta, Eddie Rosario. He struck the ball well for a lineout to deep left field in his pinch hit at-bat.
- 1-for-10 with RISP, and the worst of it was the 6th inning. The Braves had runners on the corners with nobody out after a Wilmer Flores error, but wasted it after Dansby Swanson popped out and Travis d’Arnaud tapped back into a 1-6-3 double play. It could’ve been a different game with a run or two there.
- Speaking of Swanson, he came up to the plate with a runner in scoring position four times tonight and went 0-for-4. You can’t go crazy about it with how well he has hit lately, but that was a night to forget.
- A ball that shorthopped on Riley in the 8th ended up costing the Braves a pair of runs, even though technically it wasn’t scored as an error. It probably wouldn’t have mattered, but it could’ve made the final six outs a little more interesting on offense.
- So, Chris Martin. He has a 5.27 ERA since the All Star Break and has only thrown two 1-2-3 innings in those 14 outings. Sticky stuff casualty, just having a bad month, a sign of aging, all of the above? Who knows, but it’s not pretty right now.
- The outfield in right center field was rough tonight. First Ozzie Albies had to make an over-the-shoulder catch on a ball in that triangle in the 4th, then a ball did drop in between Joc Pederson, Jorge Soler, and Albies in the 6th innings. Both cases looked like ones where an outfielder needed to take charge, and it didn’t happen either time. Can we get Ron Washington to work on pop-ups along with his work on ground balls?
- The Braves did not force the Giants deep into their bullpen, and that could matter tomorrow with some uncertainty about who will start the game for San Francisco.
- That was the first time all season the Braves have been shutout in a nine inning game at home, and the first time they’ve been shutout in a nine-inning game anywhere since the second game of the season up in Philadelphia. Start a new scoring streak tomorrow, I guess.
Former Brave Of The Day:
I suppose it kind of has to be Tommy La Stella again with his two RBIs, huh? Sigh.
Quote Of The Game:
“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.”
— Babe Ruth
Let’s just get Ian Anderson looking healthy and comfortable on the mound and then see where things go from there.