Braves Beat Giants 6-5 in Atlanta Heartbreaker

By Melissa Felkins

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After two solid winning games this week, and what appeared to be yet another win today, the Giants fell to the Braves in the bottom of the 9th tonight after a walk-off hit by Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman.

Chad Gaudin pitched 5 innings, giving up 4 hits and 4 earned runs, including 2 home runs by B.J. Upton. Suffice to say, it wasn’t his strongest outing to date, however, for the most part, it wasn’t horrible given that the Giants score their 5 runs in the first 5 innings. The Giants kept the Braves scoreless up until Sergio Romo loaded the bases in the bottom of the 9th and walked in the tying run (with a little help from the umpire). Freeman came to the plate with the bases loaded and got this first hit of the day — the game winning hit unfortunately.

The heartbreaking loss put aside, there were some good things we saw out of the Giants today.

  • Tony Abreu went 3 for 5 in at-bats today and turned a nice double play with Joaquin Arias and Posey
  • Buster Posey played first base today and hit yet another double after hitting 3 doubles yesterday
  • Andres Torres got 2 hits in the leadoff spot
  • Hunter Pence knocked in 2 RBIs
  • Juan Perez looked good in the outfield, and got a hit, but I wasn’t overly impressed with him at the plate

The Giants look to take the series against Atlanta tomorrow with Tim Lincecum on the mound.