Giants 1, Braves 0
Giants lead series 1-0
WP: Lincecum (1-0)
LP: Lowe (0-1)
Let's start with this: the Braves pitching tonight lived up to the billing. They were phenomenal. 6 Braves pitchers combined to allow 1 run on 5 hits while walking 4 and striking out 9. Starter Derek Lowe was solid: 5 1/3 IP, 4 each of those hits and walks, and 6 strikeouts. Lowe left the game with men on the corners, after allowing a Buster Posey double with a one base error to lead off the sixth. Jonny Venters came in, and got out of the inning on one pitch, getting a DP grounder to short. He'd stay in to pitch the 7th, and get a pair of strikeouts while retiring the side in order. The Giants got their run in the 4th inning under dubious circumstances. Posey led off with a walk, and stole second on a strikeout at the plate. Onl thing is...he was out at second by 10 feet. Blown call, story of the playoffs so far. He advanced to third, and after an INEXPLICABLY STUPID call to intentionally walk the ice cold Pablo Sandoval, Braves killer Cody Ross singled off the glove of Omar Infante to bring in Posey for the lone run of the game. Talk radio will be going crazy about that one tomorrow, thats for sure. The blown call most definitely cost the Braves the game. Announcers were talking about the umpire being in a bad position...well, isn't the umpire the one who puts himself into position? Still his fault. Stupid stupid stupid.
Not that it mattered. The Braves offense couldn't hit their way out of a wet paper sack tonight. Infante led off the game with a double off Tim Lincecum. He then set down 18 of 19 Braves, with a Jason Heyward walk accounting for the lone baserunner during that stretch. Brian McCann doubled in the 7th, and died on third base after a weak ground out by Alex Gonzalez and a fantastic one pitch at bat by Matt Diaz led to a routine fly out. Starting Diaz was a mistake, as he went up in every at bat hacking like his life depended on it. He hit nothing good all night and looked terrible in the process. 5-9 in the order went 0/15 with 8 strikeouts. Awesome performance guys, way to really work the count and hang it on him. The pitches these guys weren't even close...crap in the dirt, the other batter's box...just a terribly undisciplined performance. Don't get me wrong, Lincecum pitched great. But the garbage the Braves were swinging at made him look a hell of a lot better than he was. Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic.
Tomorrow is another 9:30 game. Tommy Hanson will start for the Braves, provided he's OK after fouling a ball off his eye during batting practice today. Early reports are that he's fine and will be able to make the start. Countering for the Giants is Matt Cain, a guy who constantly underperforms his peripherals...until this year, of course.