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Braves Vs. Giants Score: Madison Bumgarner Pulled In Third; Atlanta Leads Through Three Innings, 4-0

Madison Bumgarner's struggles continued as the Braves got to him for four runs in only 2.2 innings. Atlanta leads through three, 4-0.

The first two innings were scoreless, but the Braves scored four runs off Bumgarner in the third that chased him with two outs. Consecutive walks set up a RBI single by Jason Heyward, his second in the game already. That was followed by a double off the right field wall by Chipper Jones, which scored both runs. After Brian McCann struck out for the second out, Miguel Tejada kept the inning going with a botched grounder, which set up a RBI single by Freddie Freeman for a four-run lead.

Bumgarner allowed four runs on four hits in 2.2 innings, walking two and striking out two. He threw 67 pitches without even reaching the fourth inning, but he did throw 45 strikes. Even so, his command was off considerably, missing down the middle more than once. I have a feeling this is why his line drive rate is at 30%.

Tommy Hanson has pitched three scoreless innings, allowing one single with no walks and two strikeouts. While his slider hasn't been great, his curve has picked him up a lot so far. The fastball is looking pretty good, as well.

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