August 26, 2012 at 1:16 am by David Lee under Atlanta Braves
Game MVP: Jason Heyward, .246
Least Valuable Brave: Freddie Freeman, -.097
Most Valuable Giant: Gregor Blanco, .174
Least Valuable Giant: Madison Bumgarner, 44 game score
3rd – (ATL) Jason Heyward three-run homer for a 3-0 Braves lead, .297
5th – (SF) Joaquin Arias doubled to put two in scoring position with no outs, .134 (Giants scored one)
7th – (SF) Gregor Blanco two-run double for a 4-3 Braves lead, .174
Jason Heyward provided the big blow early in the game with the three-run shot off Madison Bumgarner. The .297 WPA produced was Heyward’s fourth-highest WPA play this season, and the Giants were never able to fully recover from it.
That’s because Mike Minor was on top of his game again, giving the Giants just two opportunities to get anything going. He produced a .211 BABIP against by taking advantage of San Francisco’s park, inducing 12 fly balls to four ground balls and three line drives. He pounded the zone well and didn’t walk anyone. Minor hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a start since June 30, and he hasn’t allowed more than one home run in an outing since June 24.
Bumgarner walked four batters in a game for the third time in his career, matching a career high. Two of those attributed to runs on the Heyward home run.