MLB: Giants Take Series From Braves
The San Francisco Giants went 7-3 on a 10-game road trip before heading home for a seven-game home stand against the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins. The Giants started off the home stand by going 2-1 against the Braves and winning their 9th series of the season.
Monday: Giants 4, Braves 2
Tyler Colvin received his first start as a member of the Giants on Monday night and did not disappoint. In his first at bat of the evening Colvin drove a pitch by Gavin Floyd into McCovey Cove in right field. It was only the 65th “Splash Hit” by a Giants hitter in AT&T Park’s 14 year history. Tim Lincecum was lights-out all night, going 7 2/3 innings and striking out 11 batters, while only allowing two hits. One of the hits Lincecum allowed was a homerun to BJ Upton to tie the game. The Giants put up three runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to grab a 4-1 lead. Freddie Freeman smashed a homerun into McCovey Cove to lead off the 9th inning, but Sergio Romo closed the door after that for his 13th save of the season. It was the first time in AT&T Park history that there were two splash hits in the same game.
Tuesday: Braves 5, Giants 0
After losing the first four games of the season series to the Giants, the Braves decided to actually win one. Mike Minor was dominant throughout the game, going 6 2/3 innings and set down a stretch of 16 consecutive batters at one point. Evan Gattis knocked in a run with an RBI triple in the 4th inning before the Braves tacked on three more runs in the 6th inning. The Braves half of the 6th inning was continued longer as Jason Heyward had a nifty slide under Buster Posey’s tag at the plate. The play was challenged by Bruce Bochy, but the ruling on the field stood and the inning continued long enough for the Braves to open the game up.
Wednesday: Giants 10, Braves 4
The Braves opened up the scoring on Wednesday with two runs in the top of the 1st inning, but Hunter Pence would have nothing of this. Pence hit an opposite field homerun above triples-alley in right center field, 421 ft., above the 20ft. wall and onto the arcade to tie the game at 2-2. The Giants’ bats were alive as they tacked on runs in six of the eight innings they were up to the plate. Michael Morse hit his 9th home run of the year on a line drive to right field and Brandon Crawford continued his hot start with his 5th home run of the year by hitting one into the Cove for the Giants’ 66th splash hit.
The National League West leading San Francisco Giants (26-15) are now 5-1 on the season against the National League East leading Atlanta Braves (22-17). The Giants will continue their home stand with a four-game set against the Miami Marlins beginning on Thursday night. The Braves will travel to St. Louis for a three-game series against the Cardinals beginning on Friday.