August 25, 2012 at 1:54 am by David Lee under Atlanta Braves
Game MVP: Angel Pagan, .244
Least Valuable Giant: Brandon Crawford, -.163
Most Valuable Brave: Freddie Freeman, .143
Least Valuable Brave: Ben Sheets, 28 game score
1st – (ATL) Jason Heyward solo homer for a 1-0 Braves lead, .133
2nd – (ATL) Freddie Freeman solo homer for a 2-0 Braves lead, .115
2nd – (SF) Ryan Vogelsong inning-ending double play with bases loaded, -.174
3rd – (SF) Pablo Sandoval RBI double for 2-1 Braves lead, .100
3rd – (SF) Sandoval scored on a wild pitch to tie game at 2, .142
4th – (SF) Angel Pagan RBI triple for a 3-2 Giants lead, .175
4th – (SF) Marco Scutaro RBI single for a 4-2 Giants lead, .106
Trying to win on solo home runs doesn’t get you far in San Francisco. Despite two homers from Freddie Freeman and one by Jason Heyward, the Braves’ offensive struggles continued. Outside the three long balls, they managed three singles and reached second base once. The Braves had a .136 BABIP due in large part to a 56% fly ball rate and 35.7% infield fly ball rate as a team. It’s tough to get hits when you do these things.
Ben Sheets’ lack of strikeouts is beginning to take its toll. After suffering from three infield hits early in the game that led to nothing, he gave up two run-scoring extra-base hits and three total extra-base knocks in his four-plus innings of work. Sheets threw more changeups than curveballs in the game, a sign he didn’t trust his breaking pitch, and he had just three whiffs.
Sheets has 10 strikeouts in his last 23.2 innings. Good teams take advantage of pitchers lacking swing-and-miss stuff, and this is what will continue to happen with Sheets if he can’t regain his curveball.