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The Giants lost 3-1 in last night’s contest in Atlanta in an old fashioned pitcher’s duel that was a bit unorthodox in that it included five relievers in all. But that’s what constitutes starting pitching nowadays: five innings and done. For Jordan Hicks, it was the standard five-inning outing that saw him allow three runs to the Braves, with one coming in the bottom of the second thanks to an Adam Duvall double. Boy does he like to hurt the Giants! If Adam Duvall played all his game agains the boys in orange and black he would be a first ballot Hall of Famer!

The bottom of the fifth was the real killer for the Giants (and Hicks). The inning started well with Jordan retiring Kelenic (K looking) and Albies (fly out to center). But with two outs Ozuna and Olson singled to set up Austin Riley’s two-run double, a dagger to be sure. Riley is another Giant-Killer!

Those three runs would prove to be more than enough for Chris Sale, who was dominant in his six innings of work in which he gave up only one run and three hits. The run came from a Chapman double with two outs. Matt Chapman had two hits and continues to swing the bat beautifully in July. Sale would earn his 11th win and is a strong candidate both for the NL Cy Young Award and the league’s honor to start the All Star Game. After a few years in the injury wilderness, Sale has come back withe a vengeance and has not put on any pounds in the process. He looks like a tall High School kid wearing a Major League uniform but his stuff and his experience are all word class and he was simply better than the Giants on this night. As I mentioned, the Braves used three relievers, one each for the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. They gave up a grand total of one hit. The Giants had four hits on the night. The bats were mostly silent.

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Tonight’s Game

The Giants wrap up their series with the Braves tonight in Atlanta at 7:20 PM. It will be Logan Webb facing Charlie Morton, the ageless wonder.

Happy Fourth of July!