Offense beginning to shine in Giants win 7-1; Barrage of pass balls and six hits takes Dickey and Braves out of their game

May 28, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants’ Eduardo Nunez, left, slides to score on a wild pitch by Atlanta Braves pitcher R.A. Dickey, right, in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 28, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Things may have ended well for R.A. Dickey, but it was a disaster in the first three innings for the veteran knuckleballer.

Dickey gave up seven runs on six hits, and threw a wild pitch in those first three innings and that was it for the game; however, the seven runs were too much for the Atlanta Braves to overcome and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Braves 7-1 before a crowd of 42,343, the 513th consecutive regular season sellout at AT&T Park.

The veteran pitched six innings, allowing those seven runs on six hits, walking five and striking out two, as he saw his record fall to 3-4 on the season.

On the other side of things, Johnny Cueto pitched a great game, as he also went six innings, allowing one run on six hits, walking just one and striking out eight and raised his record to 5-4 on the season.

Following a Gorkys Hernandez triple that scored Joe Panik, who led off the inning with a walk, Dickey retired the next 12 batters before getting replaced by Matt Wisler.

The Giants got on the board in the bottom of the first inning, as Eduardo Nunez scored on a Kurt Suzuki passed ball.

Brandon Crawford drove in the second run of the inning, as he grounded out to Matt Adams at first, who tossed to Dickey, who was covering to scored Brandon Belt from third base.

Things got worse for Dickey and the Braves in the bottom of the second inning, as Hernandez drove in Panik. After a Johnny Cueto sacrifice bunt for the first out of the inning, Denard Span walked, then Nunez singled in Hernandez. Following a Brandon Belt fly out, Buster Posey walked for the second time in as many at-bats to load the baes, Crawford hit a two-run single to bust the game wide open.

Hernandez picked up another RBI in the bottom of the third inning, as he tripled in Panik, who led off the inning with a walk. That Hernandez triple would be the last batter to reach base for the Giants for the remainder of the game.

Dickey and Wisler retired the final 18 batters that the Giants would send to the plate after the Hernandez triple.

NOTES: Matt Moore looks to extend the Giants winning streak up to three, as he takes the mound on Monday afternoon, while Tanner Roark will take the ball for the Washington Nationals.

It was on this date in 2006, that Barry Bonds passed Babe Ruth for second place on the all-time home run list. Bonds hit a 90 mile per hour fastball off of Byung-Hyun Kim of the Colorado Rockies in the bottom of the fourth inning to pass Ruth.

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