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The Giants are getting their first look at the Atlanta Braves’ talented outfield. Most of it, at least, since right fielder Jason Heyward is recovering from an appendectomy.
Heyward, left fielder Justin Upton and center fielder B.J. Upton are all billed as five-tool players. It’s nothing the Giants haven’t seen before, though decades have passed since they possessed an outfield of this ilk.
Fans of a certain age will agree that the threesome of left fielder Gary Matthews, center fielder Garry Maddox and right fielder Bobby Bonds demonstrated multiple skills. They played together for only two full seasons, 1973-74, but their prodigious talent was unforgettable.
The addition of Marco Scutaro last season was a big reason the San Francisco Giants went on to win their second World Series in three years.
He’s now keying their recent surge.
Scutaro looks to continue his offensive barrage as the Giants go for a second straight win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
Brian McCann hit a long, two-run homer into McCovey Cove, but that was about the only thing to recommend of the Braves’ performance Friday night against the Giants at AT&T Park.
The Giants opened a huge lead against Tim Hudson with six runs on seven hits in the fourth inning, then cruised to an 8-2 win before a crowd of 41,387, the 185th consecutive sellout at the picturesque ballpark by San Francisco Bay.
Facing Tim Hudson usually means bad news for the San Francisco Giants.
They turned the tables Friday night in an 8-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves, beating the veteran right-hander for the first time in seven years.
The Giants drove Hudson from the game in a six-run fourth inning that represented their biggest rally of the season.
On the Giants’ six-run fourth inning
“It was a nightmare inning, obviously. I didn’t make very good pitches to get the inning going, and then it seemed like when I needed a break here or there, some balls found some holes, they hit some balls that were tough plays, and we just had a hard time stopping the bleeding. A break didn’t go our way, that’s for sure.”
The Atlanta Braves’ home game against the New York Mets that was postponed by rain on Saturday has been rescheduled as part of a split doubleheader on June 18.
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