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Giants, high-scoring Braves shut out season collection

Having dug themselves one other gap, the San Francisco Giants will search to repeat latest historical past after they try to keep away from a three-game sweep by the hands of the visiting Atlanta Braves on Sunday night time.

The ultimate matchup of the common season between the golf equipment is anticipated to show right into a second consecutive survey of the San Francisco bullpen, with Tristan Beck (3-2, 3.34 ERA) up first. The Giants used 4 relievers after opener Ryan Walker in Saturday’s 7-3 loss.

Proper-hander Jared Shuster (4-2, 5.00), recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett earlier within the week, is the scheduled starter for the Braves.

Atlanta’s win Saturday made it two straight over the Giants in San Francisco and 4 of 5 going again to its 2-1 collection win at house final week.

For the second straight week, the Braves will go for a collection sweep on Sunday, a place in no way unfamiliar to the Giants. Not solely did they lose the primary two video games in Atlanta final week, however they’ve additionally dropped their first two conferences with the Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies this month.

The collection in opposition to the A’s was only a two-gamer. On the opposite three events — together with final week in opposition to the Braves — the Giants prevented a sweep by successful the third recreation.

Final Sunday’s win additionally got here with an opener on the mound — Jakob Junis — and required a two-out, bases-loaded stroll to Joc Pederson within the ninth to supply the difference-making run in a 4-3 win.

The Giants have gone simply 5-14 because the opener of the Oakland collection on Aug. 5, with the final 10 losses having all come to heavyweights — the Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, Braves and Phillies.

Giants supervisor Gabe Kapler wasn’t making excuses when he admitted after Saturday’s recreation that his crew is simply operating into higher groups.

“We’re going up in opposition to a few of the finest offenses in baseball. Not simply a few of the finest offenses — however sizzling, good offenses,” he stated. “It is powerful to restrict their run output. And if you happen to’re not in a position to restrict their run output, it’s important to determine a solution to outscore them, and we’re not doing that.

“It is simply not ok in opposition to these actually good groups which can be enjoying higher baseball than us.”

The Braves have gained 4 in a row, each out-hitting and out-pitching the Giants within the first two video games of this collection, 5-1 and 7-3 wins. Michael Harris II, Austin Riley and Orlando Arcia have contributed house runs to the 2 wins, whereas beginning pitchers Spencer Strider and Max Fried mixed to permit simply three runs in 13 innings, adopted by a bullpen that has given up one run in 5 innings.

Whereas his teammates have offered the facility, Ronald Acuna Jr. has flashed a few of his pace within the collection, swiping his 59th base in Saturday’s win. He is now one steal and two house runs away from turning into the primary in baseball historical past to steal 60 bases and hit 30 homers in the identical season.

However the Braves are far more than Acuna.

“Everyone is aware of it could possibly be any person, anyone, that is gonna choose the crew up. So we’re all in good moods,” catcher Travis d’Arnaud stated/ “Even when we get out, it is like, no matter, the man behind us is gonna choose me up. It makes hitting so much much less hectic.”

The rookie Shuster has by no means confronted the Giants. Beck made two reduction appearances for the Giants in opposition to the Braves final weekend, permitting simply two hits in 4 innings and placing out 5.

—Subject Stage Media

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