R.A. Dickey ate 6 more innings. Â They were not delicious.
The Giants picked up 7 runs in the first 3 innings to take the series 2 games to 1. Â Dickey allowed 6 hits and walked 5 in the first 2+ innings, and 6 of the runs were earned. Â Johnny Cueto and 3 relievers held the Braves to 7 hits, 3 by Matt Kemp.
I’m going to say something that may be considered heretical: Â I’ve never believed in “hibernation mode.” It’s perfectly natural for a team to go many innings without scoring a run, no matter how many runs they score early on. Â In fact, it’s the nature of the game. Having said that, the Giants went into hibernation mode. Â A sacrifice fly by Cueto in the 3rd marked the first of 18 consecutive outs the Giants made to close out the game. Â Matt Wisler recorded the final 6 of those, 1 by strikeout.
The series loss marks the first lost series since the 2 game sweep in Houston, May 9 and 10. Â The Braves have a 10 and 7 record over this stretch, and maintain a 1/2 game lead over the 3rd place Mets, who play later on ESPN because New York. Â Keep hooooooooooope! alive.
The Braves try again on Monday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anywhere-There-Might-Not-Be-Dodgers-Fans, 9:07 pm Eastern time.
The funniest thing I ever heard about San Francisco: Â “Buster Posey was safe.” – some umpire. Â (Note: full disclosure, this is NOT the funniest thing I ever heard about San Francisco.)