The San Francisco Giants’ typically subdued offense came alive in the series opener in Atlanta, while its revered pitching staff shut out the Braves.
There certainly seems to be a decent chance for a similar result in the second game with the formidable Ryan Vogelsong squaring off against Mike Minor, owner of the league’s worst ERA.
Vogelsong looks to pitch the NL West-leading Giants to a season-high fifth straight victory Wednesday night against a Braves team trying to bounce back from its first loss in two weeks.
San Francisco (50-40) arrived in Atlanta having scored the sixth-fewest runs in the majors, but its offense put on a display against Jair Jurrjens in Tuesday’s 9-0 win. All-Star Buster Posey, a Georgia native, had his second straight three-hit game and drove in a season-high five runs, while Melky Cabrera finished with two hits and scored twice for the Giants, who’ve won all four games since the Midsummer Classic after a 2-7 stretch heading into the break.
San Francisco finished with 13 hits and is one victory away from winning its second series at Turner Field since its opening in 1997.
The Braves (49-40) entered Tuesday’s game averaging 6.1 runs during a season-high seven-game winning streak, but they were five-hit by Barry Zito and a pair of relievers. Two-time All-Star Michael Bourn, batting .409 with five runs in his previous five games, was hitless in four at-bats, while Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones were a combined 0 for 7.
“We just didn’t get it done like a team,” Jurrjens said. “I didn’t make pitches, we didn’t hit, we didn’t field. That’s a team loss.”
Atlanta, which dropped 3 1/2 games back of NL East-leading Washington, could again have some trouble offensively against Vogelsong (7-4, 2.36 ERA), who owns the majors’ fifth-best ERA.