In a series marked by bad Giants defense, it was the Braves’ defense that helped lose two games. In the first game, it was McCann’s error (caused, admittedly, by uncalled interference). Tonight, after an endless rain delay, the Braves led 2-1 with two outs in the sixth but allowed two runs in that inning after Heyward, trying to cut off a runner at the plate (he maybe had a shot, but it was two out) made a bad throw that bounced off the plate. McCann couldn’t handle it and another run scored all the way from first. The Giants added three more in the eighth on a homer off of Medlen (in his second inning of work, again — maybe he’s just not a long reliever) and O’Flaherty. Kawakami got the loss despite pitching well.
The Braves’ runs came on homers. McCann hit a long two-run shot in the first, and Heyward hit his second opposite-field shot in as many days in the ninth. They just didn’t do very much in between — only four other hits. You need a great pitching performance and a good defensive performance to win when you only score three runs. On to San Diego.