The Giants finished off the season series against the Braves with their 5th victory in 6 games. Pretty good against a good team. They also beat the Braves' best starter on what was not a representative day for Julio Teheran. Good thing the offense showed up, big time, because Madison Bumgarner was not at his best, either.
Here is the difference between Madison's last outing and this:
May 9: 8 IP, 4 h, 1 run, 8 K, 1 BB, 76/112 strikes/pitches (0.67)
May 14: 5 IP, 7 h, 4 run, 5 K, 1 BB, 57/96 strikes/pitches (0.59)
Teheran was worse, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) in 3 1/3 innings to raise his ERA to 2.20. The Giants batted around in the 2 run 1st inning, leaving Matty with a chance for another grand slam (he struck out). The Braves got Teheran out of there after 84 pitches.
The Giants' relievers, Gutierrez, Machi (2 IP) and Lopez, kept the Braves scoreless. However, Giants' batters continued to add to what seemed, at the time, like a precarious lead.
Pence, 4 hits, 3 rbi and a home run (isn't that a good thing?)
Sandoval, 2 for 3 and an rbi before leaving with, reportedly, a sore toe.
Colvin, 2 hits.
Morse, 1 very big slump-breaking fly.
Crawford, 3 hits, 3 rbi and a home run.
And last but not least, Gregor Blanco, just when he was looking fairly useless, got a hit and walked twice, stole 3 bases and scored 3 runs.
The Giants now lead the league in 2-out rbi hits. That is probably reason #1 for the turn around this season.
3 home runs for the home team! Final score 10 - 4.
Save some of that moxie for the Marlins, boys, they are always tough on the Giants at home.