So, all the Braves needed tonight was for Mike Minor to outpitch Tim Lincecum. And lo and behold, he did — for six innings, anyway, before turning it over to the firm of O’Flaherty, Venters, and Kimbrel.
Minor looked in trouble early, allowing a double to lead off the game to Commando Cody Ross and working a lot of deep counts. But he got out of those deep counts with strikeouts, getting nine of them; his only walk was intentional. He limited the Giants to four hits.
The Braves got only five hits in eight innings against Lincecum, but one of them was a solo shot by Chipper Jones in the fifth. Lincecum actually faced the minimum through three (Dan Uggla walked, but was caught stealing on another one of those dumb send-the-runner-3-and-2 plays) before Michael Bourn led off the fourth with a single. I don’t know how he doesn’t score from first on a Brian McCann double, but he didn’t, anyway.
The Giants got only one baserunner against the bullpen, that a two-out pop fly against Eric O’Flaherty. Jonny Venters got three ground balls; Craig Kimbrel had a popup (Uggla made a great play in the Bermuda Triangle to catch it) and two strikeouts. Pretty good series, I suppose.