As expected, it took a tough lefty for the Braves to break into the win column this weekend, beating Madison Bumgarner 7-3 Saturday. The two finish the series on Sunday Night Baseball with Tim Hudson and Tim Lincecum facing off.
- Jason Heyward got the scoring started with a 3-run homer on a belt-high fastball down the middle of the plate, a spot he somehow has a ton of trouble hitting. I don’t know if he was cheating or not, but it’s a good sign that he was able to hit that ball.
- Mike Minor pitched a good game, walking none and striking out five in 6.2 IP. Chad Durbin allowed a two-out, two-run double to spoil Minor’s line a bit.
- Jeremy Affeldt provided the insurance with two bases-loaded walks in the 8th, giving the Braves a major-league leading 17 on the season. It was also the third time they had consecutive bases-loaded walks.
- The Braves took advantage of an uncharacteristically shaky Bumgarner. The four walks tied a season high, and those two games are the only games above two walks in his 26 starts.