National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, June 16th
(All times Eastern)
San Francisco Giants (35-32) at Atlanta Braves (40-28), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Francisco - Tim Lincecum (4-6, 4.70)
Atlanta - Julio Teheran (4-3, 3.62)
(Sports Network) - Looking to end a nine-game road trip with a winning record,
the San Francisco Giants try again to secure a rare series victory in Atlanta
as they conclude a three-game series with the Braves.
The Giants sit 4-4 on their swing following Saturday's 6-5 setback that saw
the Braves rally for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Evan Gattis got Atlanta's rally off San Francisco closer Sergio Romo started
with a pinch-hit walk with one out. Andrelton Simmons then reached base on
Joaquin Arias' fielding error before Jason Heyward singled to load the bases.
Romo walked Justin Upton to force in the tying run and Freddie Freeman won the
game in walk-off fashion with a run-scoring single that snapped San
Francisco's two-game winning streak.
"That's baseball. You can only control certain things," Romo said. "I went out
there and tried my best. It didn't go so well. It's never a good feeling when
you let your team down."
The Giants, who took three of four at home over the Braves from May 9-12, were
looking to win just their third series in Atlanta since 1994 after claiming
Friday's opener. They took two of three at Turner Field last season and can
still secure two straight series victories in Atlanta for the first time since
April 11-12 and June 8-10, 1990.
B.J. Upton hit a pair of homers and had three RBI while scoring three runs for
the Braves, who halted their four-game skid. Chris Johnson had an RBI.
"It's good to beat these guys," Johnson said. "They've had our number early in
the year at their place."
One day after turning 29 years old, Giants starter Tim Lincecum will be the
one trying to get his club a gift tonight with a series victory.
Lincecum snapped a three-start slide with a solid effort versus Toronto on
June 4 as he held the Blue Jays to a run and three hits over seven innings.
However, the right-hander struggled in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, yielding four
runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and two walks in 4 2/3 frames of a loss.
"I was throwing some bad pitches that weren't even near the zone," said
Lincecum. "And the ones I did get over there they were able to get good swings
That includes opposing pitcher Gerrit Cole, who in his major league debut hit
a single off of Lincecum in the second inning that plated the first two runs
of the 8-2 decision. Lincecum fell to 4-6 with a 4.70 earned run average in 13
starts this season and 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in six on the road.
The former NL Cy Young Award winner did beat Atlanta on May 12 with seven
scoreless innings, striking out seven. He moved to 7-5 in his career when
facing the Braves with a 2.99 ERA in 12 starts.
It has been a swing of high and low for Braves starter Julio Teheran, who
starts tonight's finale looking to put a rough outing behind him.
The 22-year-old took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of an outing versus
Pittsburgh on June 5, striking out 11 before giving up his first hit of the
game with two outs in the frame. He also walked two in the 5-0 win, but
struggled in an encore performance at San Diego on Monday.
Teheran was handed a 7-6 loss by the Padres and yielded five runs on six hits
over six innings. He did not walk a batter, but gave up a pair of home runs in
falling to 4-3 on the year with a 3.62 ERA through 12 starts.
Facing the Giants for the first time in his career on May 9, the right-hander
yielded three runs over seven innings to pick up a victory.
06/16 10:28:40 ET