Braves > Giants Get to Miller in Seventh and Beat Braves

| May 29, 2015

Braves Baseball

Kyle Taylor, Valdosta Today Sports

ATLANTA – After avoiding the sweep by the Dodgers, everything was looking to be headed in the right direction with Shelby Miller (5-1) on the mound to start a series with the Giants in San Francisco.

Things continued to look to be going well until the seventh inning when Brandon Belt hit a solo home run off Miller to put the first run on the board. Shelby reacted post game like any ace would by taking the blame.

Miller told AJC.com, “Tough hit to give up at that point of the ballgame. I can’t do that right there. I’m taking the blame on that loss.”

The Giants would pour on six more runs in the eighth off of Atlanta’s relievers, Brandon Cunniff and Donnie Veal, and beat the Braves by a final score of 7-0.

Chris Heston (4-3) pitched 7 1/3 innings of shut out ball, allowing only four hits to Braves hitters, while striking out six. The box score will not tell the whole story in this one, but nonetheless, it goes as another shut out against the Braves, who have been shutout three times in the last seven games. This came after being shutout only once in the first forty games this season, according to Braves radio reporter, Ben Ingram.

Newcomer, Juan Uribe, once again got the start over Chris Johnson on Thursday night, and got his first hit with the Braves on a single to right field.

Shelby Miller continues his dominance by not allowing more than two runs, something he has accomplished in every start he has made this season. Miller is finding himself to be the new ace of the Braves and a likely candidate to be considered to start the All-Star game for the National League. Max Scherzer, Zack Greinke, and Gerrit Cole all will make strong cases, but at this point Miller will find himself right in the mix.

Having faced some better pitching lately, the Braves hitters continue be frustrated at the plate. Fredi Gonzalez decided not to keep Miller in the game in the eighth after pinch-hitting Pedro Ciriaco, following an Andrelton Simmons single. Instead of leaving his pitcher in the game to put down a bunt, he opted to end Miller’s night.

Fredi Gonzalez spoke with MLB.com, “There are so many different ways you could go through [the eight inning]. Obviously, we didn’t make the right decision.”

Pierzynski told the same reporters, “It was just one of those games. You’re not going to win a lot of games scoring zero runs.”

Mike Foltynewicz (3-1) will get his second road start of the season on Friday night, as the Braves take on old friend, Tim Hudson (2-4). First pitch from AT&T Park at 10:15 PM ET.

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  1. Bowler300 says:

    Mgr never should have taken Miller out. MGR LOST this one. I swear a 10 yr old could be a mgr.

    • Kyle Taylor says:

      The great managers are known for how they handle players and their baseball instincts. In hindsight, this one didn’t look to go Fredi’s way.