After a rough four-game series against the Cubs, the Giants rebounded and took two of three from the struggling Braves.
Johnny Cueto was sent to the hill to oppose R.A Dickey for the rubber match of the series. Giants pitching has been solid of late, but the bats were looking to pick up the slack, and they did just that.
After Johnny Cueto allows a couple of hits to start off the game, he escapes the early trouble in the first. Giants bats would come up and produce right away, as they plated two runs in the bottom of the first. With the help of an Eduardo Nunez single, and two walks from Belt and Posey, the Giants were able to score on a wild pitch and a ground out.
Finishing off the top of the second with five strikeouts already, Cueto is cruising through the Braves lineup. Cueto’s doing his job, and so are the Giants bats. Bottom of the second, Joe Panik leads off the inning with a triple, to be scored by the next batter Gorkys Hernandez, who lines a single to right. Cueto would lay down a sac bunt moving Hernandez to second.
Followed by a Denard Span walk, Hernandez would later come around to score on an Eduardo Nunez single to left, extending the early lead to 4-0 Giants. Another wild pitch would move the runners over to second and third, and following a Buster Posey walk, the bases would be loaded. Brandon Crawford taking advantage, drives a single to left scoring one and then another on a defensive miscue from Kurt Suzuki, giving the Giants a commanding 6-0 lead.
The very next inning, Giants bats continued to scorch R.A Dickey. With a lead off walk from Panik, Gorkys Hernandez would collect his second hit of the day, moving Panik over to third on a single. Johnny Cueto would help himself out with a sac-fly to right, scoring Panik, and extending the Giants lead to 7-0 in only the third inning.
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Cueto would cruise through the first five innings before running into trouble in the top of the sixth. After allowing a single and a double to lead off the inning, Cueto would bare down and strike out Matt Adams before Kurt Suzuki would knock in the Braves first run on an RBI ground out. Cueto would finish off the inning striking out Rio Ruiz, as he limits the damage in the sixth. Cueto would finish the sixth with 106 pitches on the day, 19 more than R.A Dickey who really struggled in this game.
Bullpen would take over, as Bryan Morris and Josh Osich would handle the seventh and eighth innings, holding the Braves to the one run. The bullpen would shut down the Braves, as the Giants give Johnny Cueto his fifth win of the year. Cory Gearrin came in for the ninth to close it out. An all-around great game from the Giants propelled them two a very important series win against the Braves.
After todays game, the Nationals come to town for what will be a very difficult series against one of the NL’s best teams. Giants will send Matt Moore, Jeff Samardzija and Matt Cain up against Tanner Roark, Gio Gonzalez and Max Scherzer. Tune into NBCS and KNBR 680 this week, and make sure to come back to aroundthefoghorn.com for everything Giants.