The Braves and Giants boast two of the best pitching staffs in the league, and this series certainly proved why. All three Braves wins in the series were by one run and only lost by two in their only loss because of a ninth-inning comeback that fell just short.
Jair Jurrjens, in his first start off the DL, would've had a more decent outing had it not been for one inning. He allowed five runs in six innings, four of them in the fourth. Tim Hudson allowed four runs in eight innings in Monday's game.
In contrast, the two rookies the Braves threw at the Giants, Randall Delgado and Mike Minor, dominated. They combined for 12 innings, five hits allowed and 13 strikeouts. A Cody Ross home run was the only blemish in the run column against them. Arodys Vizcaino also made an appearance and earned his first major-league win.
As for Cody's home run skip, I personally didn't appreciate it, but he can do that all day as long as the Braves are the ones high-fiving at the end. That's retaliation enough.
The Giants hit three solo home runs in the series. Add that to the stretch of solo home runs hit before this series, and they've hit 27 of their last 28 home runs with no one on base.
The series win extended the Braves' lead in the Wild Card to six games.
The NL West-leading D-backs come into town for a three-game series starting Friday.