Game 96 Recap: Giants 5, Braves 1

Oh well, no sweep. But we did win the series -- our second series win of a 4-game series in a row. We're still 2-games over .500, and we should have a lot of confidece heading on the road, despite the loss today. Speaking of that loss, it was the bi-monthly bullpen blowup coming around for another visit.

I didn't get a chance to watch the game, but it seems like we didn't do much hitting in this one. Tip your cap to Barry Zito for pitching a good game. Sometimes you just get beat.

Mike Gonzalez took the loss and had some tough luck as he got struck in the arm by a batted ball. Will Carroll tweeted that x-rays were negative and the injury is listed as a left arm contusion. Bobby Cox once again unloaded the bullpen, using everyone in the pen except for Soriano. This kind of overuse is going to beat those guys down more and more and they are going to get less effective as the season goes on. I don't know if I'm barking up the wrong tree here, but I'm most concerned about the bullpen. And now with Mike Gonzalez going down for a while... actually, that might be the best thing for him -- get him some rest and come back in August fresher than ever.

Also a good recap of this game in this FanPost.


Final - 7.23.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco Giants 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 5 12 0
Atlanta Braves 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 2
WP: Barry Zito (6 - 10)
LP: Mike Gonzalez (3 - 3)

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