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  W: M. Foltynewicz (8-5)   L: T. Beede (5-10)
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SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 37,419

Braves poised to clinch NL East against Giants

According to STATS
According to STATS

San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves

  1. The Giants are 11-6 on the road against Atlanta since 2014, their best winning percentage as the visitor against any NL team over that time frame. San Francisco is just 4-8 on the road against the NL East in 2019, however, and has lost six straight road series against that division dating back to last season.
  2. Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his 40th homer of the season on Thursday, and two other Braves (Freddie Freeman, 38; Josh Donaldson, 37) are within striking distance of that mark. Only three teams in MLB history -- the 1973 Braves, 1996 Rockies and 1997 Rockies -- have had three players with 40 or more homers in a season.
  3. Kevin Pillar's 84 RBI since joining the Giants on April 2 are the second-most by any player in the division era (since 1969) who started the season with another team. Willie Montanez had 85 after being traded from the Phillies to the Giants in 1975.
  4. Mike Yastrzemski's home run at Boston's Fenway Park on Tuesday was his 13th on the road since May 31. Eugenio Suarez (18), Ronald Acuna. Jr. (17) and Pete Alonso (15) are the only NL players with more over that period.
  5. Mike Foltynewicz has posted a 1.00 ERA through his first three starts of September, second-lowest among qualified NL pitchers so far this month (Adam Wainwright, 0.33). He's just 1-7 with a 5.19 ERA in 11 starts vs. NL West teams since August 2017, with the lone win coming against the Giants on Sept. 11, 2018.
  6. Tyler Beede and Johnny Cueto, the Giants' first two scheduled starters of the series, have not allowed a run while pitching at least five innings in each of their last two starts. The last San Francisco pitcher to go three straight starts of five or more innings while not giving up a run was Jeff Brantley in 1992.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/20/2019 thru 9/22/2019

The Atlanta Braves will have a chance to clinch their second straight National League East championship Friday night when they host the San Francisco Giants in the opener of three-game series at SunTrust Park.

Atlanta (94-60) reduced its magic number to one after beating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 on Thursday. One Atlanta win or one Washington loss will ensure a division title for the Braves.

San Francisco (74-79) had its three-game winning streak broken by the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Thursday. The Giants are just 19-26 after a blistering 19-6 July convinced the team brass to hold out hopes for a wild-card berth.

The Braves will send right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (7-5, 4.80 ERA) to the mound for the opener against San Francisco rookie Tyler Beede (5-9, 5.02).

The teams have not met since May 20-23, when the Braves won three games in the four-game series in San Francisco.

Foltynewicz has pitched well since spending a month at Triple-A Gwinnett. In the eight games since his return, the 2017 All-Star is 5-0 with a 2.76 ERA. In his most recent start on Sept. 14 against the Washington Nationals, Foltynewicz gave up one run in six innings with one walk and five strikeouts of a 10-1 win.

"I think I'm back to where I was last year," Foltynewicz said. "I got sent down to figure a lot of things out. I went there because I know how good this team is. I know I can help this team win."

Foltynewicz started the first game of the playoffs last season against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but only recently has been considered a legitimate contender for one of the postseason starts in the rotation. Catcher Brian McCann likes what he's seen from Foltynewicz since his return.

"He's been really, really good," McCann said. "He's been working both sides and getting that two-seamer going and the four-seamer. He's getting early-count outs and putting away guys when he gets two strikes on them."

Foltynewicz has not faced the Giants this season. In seven career starts, he is 3-3 with a 4.47 ERA against San Francisco.

Beede will be making his 21st start of the season. He snapped his personal six-game losing streak against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 7 and built on that success when he beat the Miami Marlins on Sept. 14. Beede has not allowed a run in 11 1/3 innings combined over his last two starts.

"He went out there and did it again," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "Good stuff. Good fastball; it had good life to it. He had a good breaking ball going, changeup. He got us deep in the game and could have stayed out there a little longer."

Beede will be making his first appearance against Atlanta.

Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his 40th homer on Thursday. Acuna became the third player in history to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Eddie Mathews (47 in 1953) and Mel Ott (42 in 1929).

"It's crazy the year the kid's had," manager Brian Snitker said. "He's not a finished project. He's going to get better. If he stays grounded and headed in the right direction, the sky is the limit."

Acuna needs three stolen bases to become the fifth player in baseball history to have 40 homers and 40 steals in the same season.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 20, 2019

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