Folty did not have his good stuff last night. The Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, nick named Folty by Braves fans and coaches, had enjoyed 3 quality starts prior to last evening’s game. Foltynewicz had control issues and had to rely primarily on his fastball. Unfortunately Foltynewicz left a few of his fast balls up and the Giants hitters took advantage. The Giants hit 2 homeruns last night until Foltynewicz was taken out of the game in the 5th inning.
The ball park in San Francisco has a stadium that seems to cater to left handed batters. Just like at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, it seems fly balls can virtually fly off the bats of players. Barry Bonds was a power bat for the Giants and like Freddie Freeman, he batted left handed. Before Bonds retired he had hit more homeruns than any other player in Major League Baseball. He enjoyed playing and hitting at AT&T Park. The ball can at times travel out to the bay in San Francisco.
The Braves could not get anything going off the Giants starting pitcher Ty Blach last night until late in the game. Blach had a 3 hit shutout into the 8th inning until the Braves got their first run of the ballgame. Brandon Phillips tried to lead the late inning charge but it was too little too late. The Braves had 2 runners on in the 9th inning and Matt Adams had an opportunity to tie the game with a homer, but that big hit never came. The Giants ended their 4 game losing streak.
The series finale will be played this afternoon in San Francisco at 4pm. Watching the games live was a challenge but ultimately it seemed much harder to get some rest not knowing how the Braves were playing. This afternoon’s game will be a relief time wise for Braves fans as they look to win the series. The starting pitcher for the Braves is R.A. Dickey and if the Braves want to leave San Francisco with a spring in their step, the team needs to rally together and focus on this game, not on the next series in Los Angeles. GO BRAVES!!!!!