The San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves will conclude a four-game series when they meet one more time at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Thursday afternoon. Atlanta won the opener but then melted down late on Tuesday for its second loss in the past three outings. The Giants’ victory was their third in the last four.
Four of the first five batters in Atlanta’s lineup delivered a pair of hits on Tuesday and the top six combined to go 10-for-25. Nonetheless, another collapse by the bullpen cost the Braves as they suffered their second loss in three games on the heels of a four-game winning streak. Freddie Freeman delivered an RBI single to extend his hitting streak to seven games.
Final: Giants 4, #Braves 3.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 22, 2019
Right-hander Kevin Gausman (2-3, 4.31 ERA) is taking the mound for Atlanta on Thursday. Gausman has hurled two consecutive quality starts, but his ERA had been at 5.00 prior to those outings so his sample size of success remains small. He has gone six straight starts without working more than 6.0 innings–something Atlanta will want to change given how bad its bullpen has been throughout this 2019 campaign.
The Giants staged an unlikely late rally to even up their four-game set against the visiting Braves. San Francisco scored three runs with two outs in the ninth inning on Tuesday, with Joe Panik’s two-run single providing for a 4-3 victory over Atlanta. Kevin Pillar ignited the rally with an RBI single and Panik finished with two hits for the Giants, who have won three of their last four contests. Panik has been swinging a hot bat, as he has hit safely in seven of his last eight games and 17 of 19.
Madison Bumgarner (3-4, 4.21 ERA) will oppose Gausman on Thursday. The left-hander has been solid but unspectacular of late–good enough for the Giants to win each of his last four starts. Right now you know just about exactly what you are going to get from Bumgarner every time he takes the mound: around 6.0 innings worked with three or four runs allowed to go along with somewhere between six and eight strikeouts and one to two walks. He has struck out 64 batters compared to only 11 walks this season.
The Atlanta Braves are:
- 2-6 in their last eight road games against left-handed starters
- 1-5 in their last six Thursday games
The San Francisco Giants are:
- 4-0 in Bumgarner’s last four starts
- 5-1 in Bumgarner’s last six starts on four days of rest
- 9-3 in their last 12 games that are the fourth in a series