Hoping to continue their 7-game winning streak, the Braves were derailed by the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night. They then lost the second game of the series after midnight in the 11th inning. The Braves were able to salvage the third game of the series, avoiding the sweep, behind an awesome outing by veteran Tim Hudson.
It was an interesting series for veteran Chipper Jones. In game 2, Chipper Jones hit a solo homer, tying him with George Brett for the most RBIs by a third baseman. He called out his former teammate, Melky Cabrera, for antics that angered players and Atlanta fans alike. And, on defense, he made a spectacular play that may have jarred his finicky knees causing two throwing errors and a few days on the bench to rest. Fredi Gonzalez has said he would like to see Chipper play in 3 of 4 games against the Nats.
The line score for each of the three games against the Giants:
W: Zito (8-6, 3.75) ; L: Jurrjens (3-3, 6.20)
W: Casilla (3-4, 3.34) ; L: Varvaro (1-1, 5.28)
W: Hudson, T (8-4, 3.70) ; L: Bumgarner (11-6, 3.12) ; SV: Kimbrel (28)
The Braves finished their six game homestand with a 4-2 record.
4-GAME SERIES IN NATION’S CAPITAL…
Friday: Hanson (10-5, 4.02) vs. Strasburg (10-4, 2.66)
Saturday Doubleheader (Game 1): Sheets (1-0, 0.00) vs. Jackson (5-5, 3.89)
Saturday Doubleheader (Game 2): Delgado (4-9, 4.52) vs. Lannan (0-0, –)
Sunday: Jurrjens (3-3, 6.20) vs. TBD
Going into the 4-game series against the Nationals, the Braves are 3 1/2 games behind Washington in the National League East. The Braves are 26-17 on the road while the Nationals have that same record at home.
Randall Delgado will return from Gwinnett to start in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. He will be facing John Lannan who is making his 2012 big league debut after pitching all season for Triple-A Syracuse where he has gone 6-8 with a 4.60 ERA. Delgado will likely return to Gwinnett after this spot start. This is, of course, dependent on the Braves not making a trade for a starting pitcher like Dempster between now and Saturday afternoon.
The Nationals welcome the Braves for the 4-game set beginning tonight at 7:05 (EST).