Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants
The Atlanta Braves and the San Francisco Giants meet on Thursday for game four of their series at Turner Field. The Giants are -140 favorites over the Braves with an over/under run total set at 7.
The Atlanta Braves fought the good fight on Wednesday and never gave up until the final out but in the end they had too much ground to make up and fell to the Giants. Martin Prado had two hits and drove in two runs, Jason Heyward had a hit, and RBI, and scored a run, and Michael Bourn had a hit and scored twice as the Braves scored five runs on eight hits. On the mound Jair Jurrjens didn’t have his best stuff as he allowed eight hits and five earned runs while striking out just one over six innings of work to take his fifth loss of the season and Scott Linebrink allowed a hit and two runs in an inning of work that proved to be costly. For Thursday’s game Atlanta starts Mike Minor who has won his last two decisions. For the season Minor has allowed 54 hits and 24 earned runs while striking out 37 in 44.2 innings of work.
The San Francisco Giants desperately needed a win on Wednesday and they got it though they had to gut it out at the end. Mike Fontenot had three hits and scored twice and Pablo Sandoval, Aubrey Huff, and Nick Scheirholtz all had two hits each as the Giants pounded out 11 hits scoring seven runs. Starter Matt Cain allowed five hits and a run while striking out nine over eight innings to get his 10th win as Dan Runzler allowed three runs and Jeremy Affeldt allowed one as they nearly let the Braves back in. For Thursday’s game San Francisco starts Tim Lincecum who doesn’t have the win-loss numbers we are accustomed to but he has the big numbers everywhere else. For the season Lincecum has allowed 126 hits and 47earned runs while striking out 175 over 164 innings of work.
Atlanta is 8-3 in their last 11 against the A.L. West, 7-3 in their last 10 games overall, and 5-0 in Minor’s last five starts. San Francisco is 6-13 in their last 19 games overall, 18-7 in their lst 25 road games against a left handed starter, and 13-5 in Lincecum’s last 18 road starts. San Francisco is 1-5 in the last six meetings of these two.
We just aren’t going to see a lot of runs with these on the mound and the overall pace of this one should be brisk; it’s an under all the way.