Braves Outgun Giants in Extra Innings 9-6, Complete Sweep at AT&T

The San Francisco Giants were swept in their 3 game set with the Atlanta Braves at AT&T Park. For more discussion on the Black & Orange, head over to our Giants blog, McCovey Chronicles, to get in on the action.

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Giants vs. Braves, Series Recap: Braves Sweep Leaves Giants Scratching Their Heads

After the San Francisco Giants put up a 7 spot on the Atlanta Braves’ Jairo Asensio in the seventh inning of today’s game, I was sure the ‘magic inside’ was going to brew up another win. But, that was last year, this is this year. And this year, all I’ve got is a big question mark.

They’ve been hitting all right, but haven’t been coming through in the field much. The pitching has been decent, but not when they really need it. And whenever the Giants add an L to the schedule the phrase ‘shot themselves in the foot’ has popped up in my mind more than I’d like to remember. Is that a good thing or a bad thing though? Are these Giants really much different from last year? These questions simply lead me to more questions.

But after watching the starting and relieving pitchers struggle and the Giants hitters having relatively little success against the Braves this weekend, all I can do is ponder more questions.

Giants Pitcher of the Series: Jonathan Sanchez- The Sanchize didn’t have a long outing today, but considering the circumstances, it was a great one. Sanchez went for 5 innings, allowing 2 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks and 5 strikeouts after having to get intravenous fluids Saturday and Sunday due to dehydration from the flu. He kept the Giants in the game, more than they could have asked from him today. Really gutsy performance from Sanchez.

Giants Hitter of the Series: Pat Burrell- Pat the Bat had been slumping a bit, but was 6-9 this series with 3 runs, an RBI, and a double. He seemed to be in a all or nothing funk with his 5 homers already, but came up with a lots of hits this series to raise his average to .270 for the year.

Upcoming Schedule: The Giants are off for the East Coast as they embark on a 10 game road trip, with their first stop in the Steel City with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Matt Cain will take on Charlie Morton in the first game, but according to the San Jose Mercury News’ Andrew Baggarly they next two starters are ‘undecided’ for the G-Men. Bochy’s got something cooking up in that oversize noggin of his…

For more discussion and analysis of the Black and Orange, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get your fix.

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Giants vs. Braves, MLB Scores: Braves Outgun Giants 9-6 in Extra Innings, Complete Series Sweep

It was a crazy afternoon at AT&T Park as the San Francisco Giants found themselves in an back-and-forth battle with the Atlanta Braves on the shores of McCovey Cove. Both teams traded blows, got into each other’s bullpens, and had themselves an old-fashioned dogfight down to the last pitch. Unfortunately for the home team, the Braves were all over Brian Wilson, and completed the sweep by a score of 9-6.

Chipper Jones started it off with a 2 RBI ground rule double in the first, followed by a two run Buster Posey homer in the fourth. Not to be outdone, Jason Heyward came back with a 3 run homer in the 7th, followed by a 4 run 7th by the Giants. Miguel Tejada started it off with a bases loaded walk, then a RBI groundout by Nate Schierholtz. Then a 2 RBI double by Aaron Rowand, who had been 0-9 for the series prior, gave the Giants back the lead. Dan Uggla came up in the 8th, and blasted a tying home run into the left field bleachers, forcing extra innings. Nate Mclouth hit a 2 RBI single with the bases loaded in the 10th, followed by a Brian McCann RBI single to make get to the final score of 9-6, all off of Brian Wilson (L 0-1) who pitched both the 9th and 10th innings.

Jonathan Sanchez, who had been battling the flu all week, had a decent start going 5 innings with 2 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Jeremy Affeldt was roughed up in his inning of work, allowing the 3 run jack by Heyward after walking two, Sergio Romo faced only Dan Uggla in the 8th, yielding a homer, while Guillermo Mota and Javier Lopez had perfect innings of work.

The Braves Brandon Beachy lasted for 6 full innings, allowing 3 hits, 2 runs, no walks, and 7 strikeouts. Releiver Jairo Asencio was whom the Giants roughed up in the 7th with 4 runs and 4 hits, but the rest of their bullpen was stellar this afternoon as Eric O’Flaherty got the win (W 1-1) and Johnny Venters notched his first save of the year.

With the loss the Giants fall under .500 to 10-11. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants have an off day tomorrow, and then are off to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates for a 3 game set at PNC Park. Matt Cain (2-1 3.42 ERA) will square off with the Pirates Charlie Morton (2-1 3.33 ERA) for the series opener on Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled for 4:05 PT.

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Giants vs. Braves, MLB Schedule Preview: Giants Look To Jonathan Sanchez to Avoid Sweep by Visting Braves

The San Francisco Giants have had back-to-back shaky starts from their starting pitchers against the Atlanta Braves this weekend, and now will have to rely on a somewhat ill Jonathan Sanchez to avoid being swept at home.

Sanchez (2-1 3.13 ERA) has been battling the flu over the past few days but will still be looking for his third quality start in a row today. The Giants offense has been seriously struggling, not scoring more than 2 runs in any of their past three games, so a quality start from the Sanchize is almost a must. He’s got a 1-2 record with a 5.55 ERA in eight career appearances against Atlanta, which hopefully he will improve on today. Now it’s up to the Giants offense to respond with some clutch hits.

As for the Braves, they hand it over to right-hander Brandon Beachy (1-1 3.86 ERA) in an attempt to finish out the series sweep for Atlanta. Beachy pitched 6 scoreless against the Dodgers in his last start, earning his first win of 2011, and will be shooting for a repeat performance at AT&T this afternoon.

at 10-10 for the season, San Francisco needs to get themselves a win before they embark on a 10 game road trip with stops in the Steel City, the Nation’s Capital, and the Big Apple.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PT this afternoon, and will be broadcast of CSN Bay Area, KNBR 680 AM, KIQI, and KATD 990 AM.

For more discussion and analysis of the Black and Orange head over to our Giants blog, McCovey Chronicles, to get in on the action.

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Giants vs. Braves, MLB Scores: Tim Hudson Stellar as Giants Fall to Braves 5-2

The San Francisco Giants found themselves amidst a pitchers duel this afternoon, usually a good thing with their ace on the mound. But unfortunately for the G-Men, Tim Lincecum was the second best Tim pitching this afternoon. The former Oakland A and current Atlanta Brave Tim Hudson was stellar on the mound as he led the Braves to a 5-2 victory at AT&T Park this afternoon.

Tim Lincecum (L 2-2) didn’t have his usual sharpness on the mound today, finishing with 6.1 innings pitched, 6 hits, 5 earned runs, 6 strikeouts, and a career high 6 walks. His 110 pitches consisted of only 62 strikes, and I get the sense he wasn’t on the same page as Eli Whiteside, playing today in place of the resting Buster Posey.

The Giants offense was held in check for the second straight game by the Braves, as their lone run came from a Cody Ross single in the 2nd. It was Cody’s first RBI and hit of the season, finishing the day 2-4; a silver lining in the dark cloud that was today’s game. Pat Burrell was 3-4 with a two doubles and a single, Miguel Tejada had an RBI sac fly, while Timmy gave himself a batting average for the year with a single today as well.

Tim Hudson (W 3-2) was locked in on the mound today, and was one out away from his 24th career complete game. He finished with 9 hits, 2 runs, no walks, and 4 strikeouts. Craig Kimbrel got his 6th save of the year.

Martin Prado had 3 of the Braves 5 RBI this afternoon, going 2-3 with two doubles. Brian McCann accounted for the other two RBI with a single in the 7th, finishing the day 1-5. Jason Heyward was 2-3 with two walks as well.

With the loss it moves the Giants to 10-10 on the season. Full box score can be found here.

The Giants will look to avoid being swept at home tomorrow as lefty Jonathan Sanchez (2-1 3.13 ERA) will take on right-hander Brandon Beachy (1-1 3.86 ERA) for the Braves. First pitch is set for 1:05 PT and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.

For more discussion and analysis of the Black and Orange, head over to our Giants blog, McCovey Chronicles to get your fix.

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Giants vs. Braves, MLB Schedule Preview: Giants Looking to Right the Ship Behind Tim Lincecum

Tommy Hanson and the Atlanta Braves made sure the San Francisco Giants short home stand got off to sour start last night, taking out the defending champs 4-1. Now the Giants will send out their ace Tim Lincecum (2-1 1.67 ERA) to face the Braves Tim Hudson (2-2 4.05 ERA) looking to return the favor.

The G-Men have won their last four series after their 1-4 start against the Dodgers opening weekend, and will have to take the next two to extend that streak to 5 against the Braves. The Giants were swinging the lumber in those series, hitting 12 home runs over their last eight games. Their bats remained silent for the most part last night, but hopefully will send a souvenir or two out to the cheap seats this afternoon.

Timmy’s been off to a great start, and loves facing the Braves. In his 8 previous starts against them he is 6-2 with a 2.89 ERA. Not to mention his 14 strikeout, 2 hitter he threw against them to start the NLDS last fall. Let’s hope he’s on his A game today, beacuse when he is, the Braves usually aren’t.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PT and can be seen on the FOX network and heard on KNBR 680 AM, KIQI, and KATD 990.

For more discussion and analysis of the Black and Orange, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.

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Giants vs. Braves, MLB Scores: Braves Trump Giants 4-1 with Big Third Inning

With the San Francisco Giants back home for the weekend, the Bay was looking for some good pitching from Madison Bumgarner and some of big innings with the lumber tonight. Unfortunately, they didn’t get much of either as Bummy left early and the offense stayed quiet as the Atlanta Braves beat the Giants by a score of 4-1 tonight.

Bumgarner (L 0-3) lasted for a mere 2.2 innings tonight, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Home umpire Derryl Cousins seemed to be squeezing Bummy a little bit as he wasn’t getting some pitches called strikes. Obviously frustrated on the mound, skipper Bruce Bochy thought it best to yank the kid earlier than later this evening. Ryan Vogelsong made a scoreless 3.1 inning relief appearance, as did Guillermo Mota, Dan Runzler, and Sergio Romo for an inning apiece.

The Giants offense consisted of a Pat Burrell RBI groundout in the 7th, and nothing more. Pat the bat had a single as well, bumping his average up to a whopping .214 for the season, while Miguel Tejada’s single bumped his average to .209. Cody Ross remained hitless in his first two games thus far, but Pablo Sandoval stayed hot, ripping a double in the 7th.

The Braves Tommy Hanson (W 2-3) was on his game tonight, going for 7 full innings allowing only 3 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, and seven strikeouts. He was very impressive in his best outing of the season thus far, as was young Johnny Venters in his perfect inning of work and Craig Kimbrel who picked up his 5th save of the season.

The Braves did all of their damage against Bumgarner in the 3rd as a Jason Heyward RBI single, a 2 RBI Chipper Jones double, and a Freddie Freeman RBI single were enough to seal the G-Men’s fate.

With the loss it moves the Giants to 10-9 for the season, 3 games behind Colorado in the NL West. Full box score can be found here.

Saturday may turn into a pitchers duel as Tim Lincecum (2-1 1.67 ERA) squares off with the Braves Tim Hudson (2-2 4.05 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PT and can be found on the FOX network or KNBR 680 AM.

Full more discussion and analysis of the San Francisco Giants head over to McCovey Chronicles to get your fix.

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