Well, you can’t win ’em all. In a tight game the whole way, the Braves couldn’t quite get the big hit and the stellar relief work they got last night. As a result, they fell 4-3 to the San Francisco Giants, who managed to salvage a game from the three-game set.
Today was the first game in awhile where a bullpen episode has really cost the Braves, but with the game tied 3-3 in the top of the ninth, Kirby Yates sure had one. He allowed the first three Giants to reach base in the inning, all on free passes. He walked Michael Conforto to lead off the frame before hitting both Thairo Estrada and Wilmer Flores with pitches. He suddenly seemed to find his command again, striking out both Patrick Bailey and J.D. Davis to come to the brink of getting out of the inning. But he just as quickly lost it again, walking Joc Pederson on four pitches that weren’t close and forcing in the winning run.
Meanwhile, the offense was pretty quiet today. Orlando Arcia launched a two-run homer in the second to give the Braves a 2-1 lead at the time, but that was it until the eighth. Ronald Acuna and Eddie Rosario walked with one out and the Braves down 3-2. Austin Riley followed with a strikeout, but with Matt Olson batting, Acuna attempted to steal third and forced a wild throw into left field by San Francisco catcher Bailey. That allowed Ronald to score the tying run and advanced Rosario to second. The Giants intentionally walked Olson at that point and brought Marcell Ozuna to the plate with a chance to give the Braves the lead. Giants reliever Camilo Doval strike out Ozuna though, sending the game to the ninth still tied.
Max Fried struggled for much of his outing, particularly in giving up three runs on two homers over the first three innings. He locked in later in his outing and allowed only a couple baserunners over his final 2.2 innings. Overall, he gave up three runs on nine hits over 5.2 innings. I think it’s pretty clear he’s still trying to fully find his command after his long layoff. Thankfully, the team has enough of a lead where he has the chance to do that.
Michael Harris was scratched prior to the game, apparently dealing with a sore foot after taking a foul ball off it last night. He’s apparently day-to-day and nobody seems especially concerned.