MLB Game Recap - San Francisco at Atlanta
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

STL
2
CHC
1
F
TOR
4
NYY
3
F
SEA
3
BAL
5
F
WAS
6
MIA
4
F
NYM
8
CIN
1
F
CHW
10
DET
1
F
BOS
4
TB
5
F(11)
PHI
2
CLE
5
F
SF
0
ATL
6
F
KC
3
MIN
4
F
PIT
1
MIL
10
F
LAA
4
HOU
6
F
TEX
0
OAK
8
F
ARI
9
SD
0
F
COL
5
LAD
12
F

September 20, 2019 7:20 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

San Francisco (74-80)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

Atlanta (95-60)

1

0

1

0

2

2

0

0

x

6

7

1

W: Foltynewicz (8-5)

L: Beede (5-10)

SF - HR: none

ATL - HR: Acuna Jr. (41) , McCann (12)

Braves clinch 2nd straight NL East title, eliminate Giants
Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:53 PM

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves clinched their second straight NL East title as Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his 41st homer in a 6-0 win over San Francisco on Friday night that eliminated the Giants from postseason contention in Bruce Bochy's last year as San Francisco manager.

Acuna scored three runs to back Mike Foltynewicz (8-5), who allowed three hits in eight innings. Atlanta's 19th division title tied the New York Yankees for the most since Major League Baseball split into divisions for the 1969 season.

Atlanta's win ensured it will finish ahead of second-place Washington and will start the NL Division Series at home on Oct. 3, most likely against the NL Central champion.

Braves players ran onto the infield to celebrate as soon as Acuna caught Alex Dickerson's game-ending flyout.

Atlanta (95-60) moved into sole possession of first place for good on June 12. Led by Acuna, Freddie Freeman, Josh Donaldson and a offense that produced a franchise-best 241 homers, its lead swelled from 5 1/2 to 10 games in six days ending with a 9-4 home win over Washington on Sept. 7.

The Braves, who have not won a postseason series since 2001, secured a playoffs berth last week and needed a few extra days to clinch the division. They lost three in a row for the first time since July 16-18 but have won two straight.

Bochy was given a standing ovation when a video tribute was played before the second inning. The 64-year-old is retiring after 25 seasons as a major league manager, including 13 years in San Francisco highlighted by three World Series titles. He managed his 2,000th regular season win this week.

Foltynewicz (8-5), who also won last year's clincher in Game No. 155, is 4-0 with an 0.69 ERA in four starts this month. He has won seven straight decisions in a span interrupted by a six-start demotion to Triple-A Gwinnett, but the Braves have won his last 12 starts, the longest streak in the majors this year.

Josh Tomlin finished a four-hitter.

Freeman's sacrifice fly in the first and Ozzie Albies' RBI single in the second built a lead. Acuna hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Brian McCann added a two-run homer in the sixth off Tyler Beede (5-10), who allowed seven hits in six innings.

Mike Yastrzemski had all three hits for the Giants (74-80).

UP NEXT

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his third start Saturday since Tommy John surgery.

Braves: LHP Max Fried (16-6, 4.25 ERA) has allowed 21 earned runs over 23 1/3 innings in his last three starts.

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Pitchers of Record

San Francisco IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
T. Beede (L, 5-10) 6 7 6 2 5 9.00 1.500
Atlanta IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
M. Foltynewicz (W, 8-5) 8 3 0 1 7 0.00 0.500

Batting Leaders

San Francisco AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
M. Yastrzemski 4 3 0 0 0 0 4 0 3.0
S. Vogt 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.3
Atlanta AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
R. Acuna Jr. 2 2 3 1 2 2 6 0 6.5
B. McCann 3 1 1 1 2 1 4 0 2.1

Team Comparison

SF ATL
At Bats 32 29
Hits 4 7
Batting Average .125 .241
On Base Percentage .152 .343
Slugging Percentage 0.156 0.483
Doubles 1 1
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 0 2
Total Bases 5 14
Walks 1 5
Strikeouts 7 5
Stolen Bases 0 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 6 5
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 0/6 1/4
Double Plays Fielded 3 0
Errors 0 1

2019 Regular Season - ATL Leads Series 4-1

Date Result Winner Loser
Mon May 20 ATL 4 @ SF 1 M. Soroka A. Suarez
Tue May 21 ATL 3 @ SF 4 T. Gott L. Jackson
Wed May 22 ATL 9 @ SF 2 M. Fried J. Samardzija
Thu May 23 ATL 5 @ SF 4 L. Jackson R. Moronta
Fri Sep 20 SF 0 @ ATL 6 M. Foltynewicz T. Beede

Game Information

Stadium: SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 37,419
Game Time: 2:21
Weather: 77F, Clear
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?