On Thursday night, Barry Zito continued the trend of great outings by San Francisco starting pitchers by taking a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves. In the past four games, Giants starters have collectively put up a 1.26 ERA and earned all four of the team's wins. Hector Sanchez, filling in for an injured Buster Posey for the second straight start, had a two-run double in the fifth inning to lead the Giants to victory.
If the Giants want to win again, they'll need to see a bounce back performance by Ryan Vogelsong. In his last two starts, he has allowed 11 runs in 5 2/3 innings, adding a big blemish on his otherwise-great season. With Posey potentially returning to the lineup after sitting out two games with tightness in his right hamstring and completing the battery with Vogelsong, he may had an added boost both behind the plate and in the form of run support in the lineup.
Braves starting pitcher Ben Sheets hasn't been pitching too well himself, which is a good sign for the Giants possibly extending their win streak to five games. In his last two outings, Sheets also allowed 11 runs but lasted a little longer with 12 innings pitched. He especially struggled to keep the ball in the park in his last start against the Los Angeles Dodgers by allowing four hits, all of which were homers, becoming the first pitcher in five years to give up back-to-back-to-back home runs.
The San Francisco Giants will host the Atlanta Braves at AT&T Park located in San Francisco, CA on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 7:15 p.m. PT. This will be the second game in a four-game series.
Giants lead season series 3-1.
Atlanta comes into the matchup with a 71-54 record and in second place in the National League East. They are 35-25 when playing on the road and have won five of their last 10 games.
San Francisco enters the game with a 70-55 record and in first place in the National League West. They are 36-26 when playing at home and have won seven of their last 10 games.
Starting pitcher matchup:
Atlanta: Ben Sheets
2012 season: 4-3, 3.07 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 31 Ks
Numbers vs. Giants in last five years: 2-1, 1.80 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 25 Ks
San Francisco: Ryan Vogelsong
2012 season: 10-7, 2.85 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 117 Ks
Numbers vs. Braves in last five years: 0-0, 0.99 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 9 Ks
Where to watch and listen to the game:
The game can be watched and heard live locally at the following:
In Atlanta: PTV, FSS, WNNX 100.5, & WCNN 680
In San Francisco: NBC Bay Area, KNBR 680, & KTRB 860
Pitching statistic leaders:
Atlanta: Tommy Hanson & Tim Hudson - 12 wins; Craig Kimbrel - 1.17 ERA; Tommy Hanson - 123 strikeouts
San Francisco: Madison Bumgarner - 14 wins; Sergio Romo - 2.09 ERA; Madison Bumgarner - 160 strikeouts
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