Game 44 Recap: Giants 8, Braves 2

The Atlanta offense went back to their fallow ways, as Brian McCann collected half of the team's 6 hits. Without standouts Yunel Escobar and Chipper Jones in the lineup again, the Braves were only able to collect 2 extra base hits, a Kelly Johnson triple and a Javy Vazquez double. Making matters worse, Jordan Schafer's struggles continue, as he collected the Golden Sombero, striking out in each of his 4 plate appearances.

Of course, not much went right on the pitching side of things either. The wheels fell off for Vazquez in the 5th and 6th innings, as he allowed all 5 of his runs between those two frames. And, after Jeff Bennett closed out the 6th, Buddy Carlyle came on and continued the Boyeresque streak he's been on. The time for Carlyle's exit from Atlanta has come; over his last 5 appearances, including today's game, he's allowed 12 earned runs in 7 innings.

And home plate umpire Jerry Meals deserves to get called out for his terrible performance today. He missed two interference calls when Juan Uribe obstructed Brian McCann, made a very questionable call when McCann seemed to tag out Fred Lewis at the plate, and generally had a strikezone that was wide and inconsistent.


Final - 5.25.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta Braves 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 6 0
San Francisco Giants 0 0 0 0 3 2 3 0 X 8 13 0
WP: Jonathan Sanchez (2 - 4)
LP: Javier Vazquez (4 - 4)

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