After four wild games in Arizona over the weekend, the Braves pitched well and executed timely hitting in a 4-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Monday against.
The Giants struck in the third inning as Austin Slater bounced a ball over Johan Camargo’s head to plate old friend Gorkys Hernandez. That was all San Francisco would be able to get against Sean Newcomb, who threw his best game in a month. Newcomb worked six innings, striking out eight and (most importantly) walking none. He surrendered just three hits — all singles — two of which came in the afore mentioned third inning.
San Francisco’s lead was short lived as Kurt Suzuki singled Freddie Freeman home in the top of the 4th to tie things at 1-1.
In the seventh, Ozzie Albies stole a run — literally. After a soft grounder snuck through the middle, Ozzie aggressively rounded first base and baited a throw from the center fielder. Ozzie took off immediately and had second base, and the errant throw bounced into the dugout to advance him to third. Dansby Swanson followed with a sacrifice fly to right to score Albies and make it 2-1.
The Braves’ bullpen duo of Shane Carle and Jonny Venters (mercifully) retired six straight in the 7th and 8th to set things up in the 9th.
Kurt Suzuki led off the final frame with a double off the wall that missed being a homer by two feet. Lane Adams came on as a pinch-runner and scored easily as Albies tripled into triple’s alley at AT&T Park. Dansby executed a perfect safety-squeeze to extend the lead to 4-1.
A.J. Minter came in the 9th and struck out two batters in a perfect inning.
The Braves’ win extended their division lead to 5 games and lowered their magic number to 15.
The Phillies and Nationals were postponed on Monday as Philadelphia’s grounds crew forgot to put the tarp on the field over the weekend as storms rolled through. Seriously. They’ll play a doubleheader tomorrow.
The Braves and Giants will continue their series on Tuesday night as Mike Foltynewicz and Andrew Suarez (6-10, 4.33 ERA, 4.24 FIP) take the mound. First pitch is at 10:15 p.m. ET so you’ll want to make another pot of coffee.