Game Three: Andrew Suarez vs. TBA
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The Giants will skip Jeff Samardzija to give him an extra day of rest. Instead, Andrew Suarez will pitch in Atlanta on Sunday.
The Giants lefty had a solid outing against the Diamondbacks on April 11. He gave up four runs, but on just four hits, while striking out seven over 5.1 innings.
He lost another tough one this past week 3-2 to the San Diego Padres. In that one he allowed just two runs on four hits with five strikeouts.
Once again, the Braves lineup has zero experience against the Giants starter. That could certainly work to the Giants advantage this weekend.
For the Braves, you could either get a 20-year-old rookie or a 34-year-old veteran. Their Sunday starter is still undetermined at this time, but it will most likely by Anibal Sanchez coming off the disabled list or Michael Soroka.
Sanchez was doing great work for the Braves before getting injured. He’s allowed just two runs in 14 innings pitched this year.
Obviously the Giants have a ton of experience against him. Pence, once again, has done great work going 7-for-21 against Sanchez. Longoria is 6-for-17, while Belt is 3-for-9 and Gregor Blanco is 4-for-7.
Interestingly, not a single Giant has ever homered off Sanchez in 114 at-bats.
As for Soroka, obviously the Giants have no experience against him in the majors as he just made his debut. He was masterful against the Mets this past week giving up one run in six innings pitched.
This should be a very good test for the Giants as they go on the road to face a Braves team that is red hot.