Aaron Blair against Madison Bumgarner is a mismatch. Giants pre-game radio feed said it and predicted MadBum would breeze through the Braves lineup and take poor Aaron deep. They were right about the former, but Aaron kept the Giants hurler in the park. Not so Joe Panik and Denard Span. The Giants announcers also said Buster Posey, sore neck and all, was in. The lineup, they meant. Everyone everywhere knows Posey is always and forever out.
Our Braves suited up. They played. Ender Inciarte led off with a line triple to center. Adonis Garcia turned a long at bat into a walk, runners on the corners now for Freddie Freeman. Freefanned, leaving it up to yesterday’s hero to produce the run. Matt Kemp’s sac fly to right brought Ender home.
After finding the strike zone, Blair gave up a Posey single, naught else. After one, Braves lead1-zip.
In the Giants second, Brandon Belt tripled to deepest center, then scored on a weak ground out. Panik homered to right. It did not reach McCovey cove. At least there’s that. Madbum struck out looking, tee hee, so after two, Braves now trail 2-1.
Span led off the Giants third with a double off the left center field wall, as Aaron continues to dig the hole. After a bounce out to the mound, Blair busted Posey in the elbow, runners now at first and second. Brandon Crawford lined to Ender for out two, and Aaron fell behind Belt 3-0 before getting out of the mess on another liner to Inciarte. It’s still 2-1 after three, but the Braves bats have been silent since the first.
Jarrett Parker opened the San Francisco fourth with a single, and Panik homered, again to right. The hole deepened to 4-1. Eduardo Nunez singled but was erased at second on a big league block and throw by Anthony Recker. Bumgarner fanned (chortle!) for out two, but Span made it 5-1 with his own home run. The kid may be something someday, but not today.
Tony wrecked Madbum’s consecutive out streak at 12,and Gordon Beckham (!) followed with a single. No runs scored, alas; but Aaron Blair departed, if not forever at least for today.
Ender doubled to start the sixth, and Freddie’s homer shortened the margin to 5-3. Hope is resurrected.
Ian Krol pitched well; Chaz Roe and Brandon Cunniff did not. A walked Posey scored on a Brandon Crawford triple. Belt walked on eleven pitches, putting Giants on the corners with one out. Parker tripled to drive in his second and third runs on the day and pushed the lead back to five. Hope, said Mac, should be avoided. It’s all but gone now at 8-3. Panik’s sac fly and Nunez homer made it 10-3. I despair. The hits kept coming. Conor Gillaspie hit a line drive at Matt Kemp, but he fell down and turned it into a triple, and then somebody else did something else, and the score read 12-3 with Posey at the dish and a runner on second. Buster walked for the second time in the inning. The Giants twelfth hitter of the inning, Brandon Crawford, was up to face the frame’s third Braves pitcher, Ryan Weber. Weber was greeted by Crawford’s single, but the Giants held the runner at third. Didn’t matter. Next hitter, whoever he was, drove him home. Braves tried to invoke the mercy rule, but MLB doesn’t have one. The inning ended with Kemp catching a fly in left. One out of two with the bat is good. Not so with the glove, Matt. Braves trail 13-3.