Atlanta Braves Clippings
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Braves battle back to beat Giants in extras
By Carlos Collazo and Chris Haft / MLB.com | 2:53 AM ET
ATLANTA -- Adonis Garcia's two-run homer off Ryan Vogelsong in the 12th inning erased San Francisco's one-run lead and gave the Atlanta Braves a
9-8 triumph Monday night over the Giants.
"He's got some pop, especially to right-center," said Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who had a four-hit night with a clutch homer of his own. "I tell
you what, if you give him a pitch out over [the plate], he'll whack you pretty good, and he's done that against some pretty good guys."
San Francisco grabbed an 8-7 edge in its half of the 12th as Buster Posey singled to drive in Kelby Tomlinson, who celebrated his Major League
debut by lacing a pinch-hit single. But Jace Peterson opened Atlanta's half of the 12th by reaching safely on shortstop Brandon Crawford's throwing
error. Up came Garcia, who homered on a 3-1 pitch.
Earlier, the Giants matched a season high with four home runs, including two by Crawford, which gave them a 6-0 lead after four innings. Then the
Braves drove Giants starter Matt Cain from the game with four sixth-inning runs, three on Peterson's homer. Chris Johnson also homered to lead
off the Braves' seventh and narrow their deficit to a single run. Nori Aoki's ninth-inning RBI single gave the Giants a seemingly safe 7-5 edge, but
Pierzynski's two-out, two-run homer off Santiago Casilla forced extra innings.
"A lot of good things happened," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Unfortunately, you'd like to think you're going to hold a six-run lead and we
couldn't do it."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Peterson's pop: After a 26-game stretch where Peterson hit just .167 with four doubles, the Atlanta second baseman is responsible for three-run
homers in back-to-back games. Peterson's blast to right-center in the bottom of the sixth cut the Giants' 6-0 lead in half and provides some hope
that the 25-year-old infielder is starting to make the adjustments needed to end his prolonged slump.
"He's been swinging it," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "For a guy who came out of the All-Star break -- and you guys know the numbers, you
guys posted the numbers -- you know he's been struggling. But the last three or four games, he's starting to swing it, starting to drive in some big
runs for us."
Brandons blast off: The Giants have only three sets of back-to-back homers this year. Brandon Belt and Crawford have contributed two of them,
including Monday's second-inning sequence. Their slugging helped set the pace that sustained the Giants in the early going.
Posey clobbered a two-run homer in the third inning before Crawford hiked his team-leading homer total to 18 with a two-run clout in the fourth.
Foltynewicz comes out flat: Mike Foltynewicz didn't bring his best stuff to the table Monday and saw the Giants take advantage of a poorly located
fastball. San Francisco homered four times in four innings against the Atlanta rookie, who struggled to throw his curveball for strikes and also left
several hanging sliders over the plate in his six innings on the hill. Foltynewicz has now allowed home runs in eight of his 10 starts this season,
including four straight.
"He just was missing up a little bit," Pierzynski said. "His last start he was really good down and away, especially to righties, and he was just missing
a little bit up [in the zone]. And this team can hit -- especially in the middle of their lineup. They can hit, and they can hit homers. And they just
didn't miss him tonight."
Cain struggles: The other starting pitcher, San Francisco's Matt Cain, didn't fare much better. He worked four batters into the sixth inning, allowing
four runs and a season-high 10 hits. Of the 40 hits Cain has yielded this season, 19 have gone for extra bases.
Cain denied that he weakened in any way after blanking Atlanta for the first five innings.
"I felt good the whole time," he said.
"It was incredible, with the crappy night I had, just to see them battle back. They saved me tonight, and the defense played great tonight. I didn't
strike anybody out so they were running all over for me today, which was awesome. But I missed a couple bad pitches, missing my spots up and
away, just giving up the home runs, which made me sick to see them go out just by that little bit, but a home run's a home run. The team was
outstanding tonight." -- Foltynewicz
Peterson's line drive down the right-field line during the second inning was initially called foul, but a quick review showed that the ball found some
of the chalk, and Peterson was promptly put on second base.
The Giants contested the ruling on an 11th-inning play in which Ehire Adrianza was thrown out on an attempted steal of second base. Following a
video review, the call on the field was confirmed.
Giants: Jake Peavy will hope for better luck and a livelier offense Tuesday when he confronts Atlanta beginning at 4:10 p.m. PT. Last Wednesday,
Peavy blanked Milwaukee for six innings but received no decision as the Giants didn't score until the seventh.
Braves: Atlanta will counter with Shelby Miller, who is looking to end a streak of 13 consecutive winless starts. Over that period, Miller has posted a
3.19 ERA but has received just 2 runs of support per game.
Braves show plenty of fight in big comeback
By Carlos Collazo / MLB.com | 1:23 AM ET
ATLANTA -- After the fifth inning Monday night, with the Braves down to the Giants by six runs, most people probably penciled in another loss for
But not the 2015 Atlanta team itself. No, veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski took advantage of the comeback Jace Peterson started with a three-run
home run in the sixth inning and tied the game with a two-run blast of his own in the bottom of the ninth -- paving the way for Adonis Garcia's
walk-off, two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning.
A 9-8 Braves victory -- not exactly how anyone drew it up, but unsurprising to the players.
"There might be some nights where you get out-talented, but they will never be out-fought," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "Those guys
don't give up."
It would have been easy, after Mike Foltynewicz allowed four home runs within the first four innings, but it never happened.
"To get this win tonight and fight the way we did, everybody kept going, we played the whole game," said Peterson, who now has three-run
homers in back-to-back games. "To be down 6-0, it speaks highly of a team. And I think that tonight we kind of showed that."
For Pierzynski, who's been around the Majors for "20 to 30 years," according to Chris Johnson -- who also homered in the game -- it was one to
"It was probably one of the most fun wins we've had," said Pierzynski, after his third four-hit game of the season. "Just to continue to battle,
continue to fight, guy after guy getting a big hit. Then go down again in the 12th and coming back. It's fun."
The Braves are 10 games under .500 and eight games back in the National League East, 10 games back in the Wild Card race. The Trade Deadline
saw the front office send away two of the team's best offensive pieces, Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe, to the Mets in a continued effort to rebuild,
while the team's two franchise players, Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons, are both dealing with injuries.
But that hasn't stopped any of the players in the clubhouse from going all-out on a daily basis.
"This team doesn't quit; this team doesn't go away and it's not going to stop," Pierzynski said. "We've lost a lot of guys ... but this team still goes
about it the right way, which is one of the things we should be most proud of, is that this team, every day, comes to play.
"And will fight and scrap and do everything they can to try to win the game that night, and we might come up short, but we're giving everything we
have and that's all you can do."