The Atlanta Braves will try to keep the pressure on the rest of the NL East Saturday evening when they continue a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants. The Braves took the opener Friday with a come-from-behind 6-5 win thanks to a four-run seventh that was capped off by a big three-run home run by Jorge Soler. Atlanta enters play Saturday with a 69-58 record and a 5.5 game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies in the division standings.
Brian Snitker announced before Friday’s game that Huascar Ynoa and Ian Anderson would start the remainder of the series against San Francisco. A couple of off days earlier this week allowed Snitker to juggle the rotation and give Drew Smyly and Charlie Morton and extra day of rest.
Ynoa will make his third start since returning from the injured list Saturday. His emergence has been one of the biggest surprises of the 2021 season. He returned from the injured list on August 17 and picked up where he left off allowing just three hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings against the Marlins. Ynoa allowed four hits, three runs and struck out nine over six innings in his last start against the Yankees.
The Giants will counter with right-hander Logan Webb who has put together a solid 2021 season. Atlanta will have their work cut out for them as Webb has been lights out in August posting a 1.72 ERA in five starts this month. He allowed five hits, one run and struck out seven in his last start in Oakland. He has allowed two earned runs or less in 12 straight starts dating back to May 11.
Soler had three hits in Friday’s win and is hitting .333/.469/.708 with seven walks and three home runs over his last seven games for Atlanta. Austin Riley added two more hits and drove in a run while raising his season line to .303/.376/.535 for the season. He is hitting .429/.467/.571 over his last seven.
Saturday’s game is scheduled to get underway at 7:20 p.m. ET and can be seen on Bally Sports Southeast.
Game Date/Time: Saturday, August 28, 7:20 p.m. ET
Location: Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: Bally Sports Southeast
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network