Friday night's series opener with the San Francisco Giants was over as soon as it started for the Atlanta Braves. In a 6-0 loss, Gregor Blanco led off the game with a home run off Kris Medlen and the Giants never looked back.
The game was essentially a tale of two polar opposite teams. The Giants recorded six doubles, three by Buster Posey alone, and the Braves were struck out 10 times by Madison Bumgarner. It was a season-high fourth straight loss for Atlanta.
"Right from the beginning, we go down 1-0, and they added some runs, which probably made it even tougher to face him, but he was pretty good," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said on braves.com. "Our bats didn't look very good because of that, I think. He threw breaking pitches behind in the count, spotted his fastball and made some great pitches on two-strike situations to our hitters. We couldn't put the ball in play when we had two strikes."
The Giants scored off Medlen in four of his six innings and in each of the first three. After homering in the first inning, Blanco also produced an RBI-single in the second. Posey and Hunter Pence traded doubles to start the third inning, and Posey and Brandon Crawford did the same in the fifth.
Medlen had a truly strange game. He allowed hits to six of the first 13 batters he faced ,but then hesat down seven in a row.
"I felt like I was ahead of guys, and it's just one of those frustrating games, really," Medlen said. "They're a team that doesn't strike out a lot. They lead the Major Leagues in not striking out, so they put the balls in play."
Atlanta's offense, meanwhile, continued their trend of not giving Medlen any support. Chris Johnson didn't record the Braves' first hit until the sixth-inning. Freddie Freeman singled in the seventh, and Andrelton Simmons recorded an infield single in the ninth. When Simmons advanced on Jason Heyward's grounder, he became the first Braves baserunner to reach second base all night.
The Braves have now scored just 11 runs during their four-game losing streak.Tags: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Brandon Crawford, Buster Posey, Chris Johnson, Freddie Freeman, Gregor Blanco, Hunter Pence, Kris Medlen, MLB, San Francisco Giants