The San Francisco Giants host the Atlanta Braves Thursday in the final game of a four-game series. The teams split the first two games of the series. The Giants are now 21-26 while the Braves are 26-23. Right hander Kevin Gausman (2-3) gets the start for the Braves, while Madison Bumgarner (3-4) gets the start for the Giants. Game time is 3:45 p.m. ET at Oracle Park in San Francisco
Braves bullpen falters
The Braves snatched defeat from the jaws of victory Tuesday as they gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the ninth to lose 4-3. The Braves fell to 26-23, which puts them in second place, 2.5 games behind the Phillies. Starter Julio Teheran put together another solid start, allowing 1 run on 3 hits in 5.1 innings. But their closer Luke Jackson gace it away in the 9th, allowing 3 runs, including a walk-off double by Joe Panik. Josh Donaldson and Nick Markakis both had 2 hits, while Markakis, Brian McCann, and Freddie Freeman each had an RBI.
Despite the setback, the Braves have been on a nice run lately, winning 7 of their last 10 games. They average 4.8 runs per game, which is 13th in the MLB, They are batting .261 as a team, which is 3rd in the league, and they have a slugging percentage of .442, which is 8th. Freddie Freeman leads the Braves with an average of .316 with 11 home runs and 30 RBIs, while Nick Markakis is batting .292 with 4 HR and 27 RBIs. Ronald Acuna is batting .206 with 11 HRs and 31 RBIs while Ozzie Albies is batting .259 with 7 HRs and 21 RBIs, Darby Swanson is batting .250 with 7 HRs and 29 RBIs, while Josh Donaldson is batting .263 with 7 HRs and 21 RBIs, while Brian McCann is batting .293 with 3 HRs and 17 RBIs.
The Braves have a team ERA of 4.38, which is 16th in the league. They have a WHIP of 1.37, which is 22nd. Kevin Gausman gets the start for the Braves Thursday. Gausman is 2-3 with an ERA of 4.31. He was solid in his last outing, gaining a no-decision .
Panik hits walk-off RBI single
The San Francisco Giants improved to 21-26 with a come-from-behind walk-off win against the Braves in the second game of their three-game set. The Braves took a 3-1 lead into the ninth, but closer Luke Jackson couldn’t hold the lead. With two outs, Kevin Pillar hit an RBI single to drive in Brandon Crawford to make it 3-2. After a single by Pablo Sandoval, Joe Panik followed with a tw0-run single to give the Giants a 4-3 win. Panik and Buster Posey each had 2 hits. Shaun Anderson pitched well for the Giants, allowing only 2 runs in 5 innings. Trevor Gott (2-0) got the win in relief. They are still in last place in the NL West, but are just a half game behind Colorado.
The Giants are not a great offensive teams in baseball. They average 3.8 runs per game, which is 25th in the MLB. They have a team batting average of .222 which is 26th in the league, and have a slugging percentage of .369, which is 26th in the MLB. They are 27th in home runs. Pablo Sandoval leads the team with a batting average of .299 along with 7 HRs and 16 RBIs. Buster Posey is batting .260 with 2 HRs and 14 RBIs, while Steven Duggar is hitting .246 with 3 home runs and 21 RBIs. Also, Joe Panik is hitting .254 with 2 HRs and 15 RBIs, while Brandon Belt is hitting .229 with 7 HRs and 18 RBIs. Evan Longoria is hitting .230 with 6 HRs and 18 RBIs.
When the Giants win, it’s usually due to their pitching, which has been better as of late. They have lowered their team ERA to 4.45, which is 19th in the league. They also have a team WHIP of 1.30, which is 13th in the league. Madison Bumgarner gets the start for the Giants. The left hander is 3-4 on the year with a 4.21 ERA. He won his last outing but gave up 4 runs in 5 innings.
- Giants are 3-7 in their last 10 Thursday games.
- Giants are 8-20 in their last 28 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Giants are 5-13 in their last 18 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Giants are 2-8 in their last 10 vs. National League East.
- Giants are 2-6 in Bumgarners last 8 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Braves are 7-1 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Braves are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Braves are 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
- Braves are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League West.
- Braves are 5-0 in Gausmans last 5 starts with 4 days of rest.
- Braves are 4-1 in Gausmans last 5 starts.
- Braves are 4-1 in Gausmans last 5 starts on grass.