The Atlanta Braves fell to the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Monday night in the first match of a three-game National League set at Oracle Park out in San Francisco, California, marking the third straight loss for the Braves. Atlanta remains a game and a half behind the NL East-leading New York Mets, who lost to the Chicago Cubs earlier in the evening.
The Giants struck first with two runs off Spencer Strider in the bottom of the second inning on RBI singles from Willie Calhoun and Luiz Gonzales. They took advantage of a Vaughn Grissom error to notch another run in the bottom of the fifth. The Braves got on the board with a two-run single from Dansby Swanson in the top of the eighth. But that’s all she wrote offensively for the Braves, who were defeated by the Giants, again, by a final score of 3-2.
Strider was charged with the loss for Atlanta after giving up three runs (two of them earned) and nine hits, walking one, and striking out nine through five innings of work. Alex Cobb picked up the win and Scott Alexander secured the save for San Francisco.
The Braves are now 87-54 on the ’22 season. They will continue their series in San Francisco against the Giants tonight. First pitch is slated for 9:45 pm Eastern. Listen on WLAQ 1410 AM/96.9 FM; airtime is 8:30 pm.
In a minor league update, it is playoff time for the Rome Braves! The Braves will host the Bowling Green Hot Rods this evening at 7 pm in the first match of the South Atlantic League’s South Division Championship Series. Tickets and information are available at www.romebraves.com. Game two and three (if necessary) will be played in Bowling Green, KY.