It was a good news/bad news game. First the bad news. The Giants didn’t play that great. The good news? The Braves were worse.
The Braves scored two runs in the third inning and one run in the eighth. All runs were charged to starting pitcher Matt Moore, who had a decent outing—he even got the W. He allowed the three runs, seven hits, one walk and six strikeouts.
Mark Melancon came into the game to close it out, and got the save for the first time since May 27th when the Giants beat the Braves, 6-3 at AT&T Park. Weird.
The Giants didn’t score any runs until the eighth inning, when the wheels came flying off the Braves’ bus. Hunter Pence led off with a single–it looked like the third baseman could have made the play, but he bobbled the ball. Pence reached second on an error but was called out on the play. Manager Bruce Bochy challenged and the ruling on the field was overturned. Brandon Belt reached first on the play. With two men on, Austin Slater hit a three-run dinger to take the lead.
Kelby Tomlinson got a base hit and scored on Denard Span‘s RBI single. Span scored on on a throwing error when Brandon Crawford reached on a force attempt. Brandon Belt put the cherry on top with a solo home run in the ninth.
It was messy, loaded with missteps, mistakes and downright errors, but right now we’ll take what we can get. Clean innings are for other teams, other times. They’re over rated anyway.
The final score was: Giants 6, Braves 3
I hate to cheer for another team to bobble the ball and miss plays, but they’ll get over it and we can’t afford to be picky.
In the meantime, could someone please shut off the heater? It’s getting way too warm here and it’s making me cranky.
20 June 2017