Thanks to an appearance by the Good Tommy Hanson, the Braves got some measure of revenge. (Posey was out four more times.) Hanson had command of all his pitches, for perhaps the first time all year, and allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out seven in seven innings. The Giants’ lone run came in the seventh, scoring on a groundout after a leadoff double and a wild pitch.
The Braves led 4-0 at the time, having chased Madison Bumgarner in the third, when they scored all their runs. McLouth led off by working a walk, and after a Hanson bunt Prado also walked. Jason Heyward‘s second hit of the night (hopefully that’s it for his slump) brought home McLouth to make it 1-0. Chipper doubled off the wall, Commmando Cody Ross somehow not making the game-saving play, scoring both runners. Freddie Franchise‘s single capped the Braves’ scoring. The team more or less went into Hibernation Mode from there, garnering only three more baserunners — two of them Freeman, who is just on a tear.
After Hanson left, Venters, whose availability was in doubt, pitched the eighth, getting a strikeout and two groundouts as is his wont. After pitching two innings yesterday, Kimbrel was not as dominant as usual and got three ball-in-play outs for the easy save.