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Braves-Giants NLDS Game 4 Score: 1-0 Middle Four

Torres showed bunt on the first pitch of the fourth inning, a tactic that really should have gotten more consideration with Glaus at third base. It worked out for Torres anyway as he hit a ball into the hole that Gonzalez couldn’t quite come up with (where he was assessed with a tough error). Gonzalez got a bit of redemption as Torres attempted to steal on the 3-1 pitch and was thrown down as Alex laid down a very slick swipe tag to erase the runner, getting the correct call from the umpire in the process.

Lowe did go to three-ball counts against Sanchez and Huff, so he labored a bit more, but he retired both in order and still has faced the minimum through innings. He’s thrown five strike outs, walked none, and the only baserunner has reached on an error. This is just the latest in excellent pitching performances to come out of this postseason, and it’s been very impressive early. Lowe is at 57 pitches now-how far can he go?

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.