The first inning got off to a fast start as the Giants went down in order against rookie pitcher Mike Soroka. The Braves offense jumped on Andrew Suarez quick as well after a Ronald Acuña Jr. single mixed with some shaky defense from the Giants. After Nick Markakis reached on an error Jose Bautista walked to bring up Tyler Flowers who reached on an infield single to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.
After a scoreless second inning the Giants went to work with a leadoff single from Gregor Blanco and a walk by Andrew McCutchen. Nick Hundley and Pablo Sandoval then hit consecutive singles to score two runs for San Francisco to put the Giants back in front up 2-1.
With nothing going for the Braves the Giants continued to get run after run in the fourth after consecutive infield singles by Alen Hanson and Austin Jackson. Gregor Blanco and Andrew McCutchen then added on to the lead with a fielders choice and sac fly to put the Giants up 4-1.
Neither team was able to get anything going over the next couple of innings as the Braves and Giants bullpens battled back and forth. For the Braves Sam Freeman, Jesse Biddle, Peter Moylan, Dan Winkler and Arodys Vizcaino combined for 5 scoreless innings after Mike Soroka was pulled in the fifth inning.
The Braves made a great attempt at a comeback in the bottom of the ninth after Jose Bautista led off with a single and was brought around to score on a Kurt Suzuki double and the Braves inched a run closer on Ender Inciarte’s groundout RBI. Sadly the comeback fell just short as Ozzie Albies fouled out to end the game at 4-3.
The Braves could not finish the comeback and ended up taking the series sweep at home from the suddenly surging Giants.
Stay tuned for the Braves next series with the Rays beginning Tuesday.