Already five wins in hand on the road trip, the Braves are looking for a sweep in San Francisco.
Here’s what to know about the team’s latest affairs:
1. The Braves won their first series in San Francisco since 2011 thanks to Mike Foltynewicz’s one-run complete game. It was the righty’s second time going the full distance in 2018 after the Braves didn’t have a pitcher do so in 2017.
2. Tuesday’s 4-1 victory also ensured the Braves 81 wins, meaning they’ve earned their first non-losing season since winning 96 games in 2013. They entered the year as one of five National League teams that hadn’t posted a winning season in that frame. The Reds, Marlins and Padres will see their streaks continue, while the Phillies could end theirs.
3. As great as Foltynewicz has been, his rotation comrades have been excellent since Kevin Gausman joined the team July 31. The rotation leads the majors with a 3.49 ERA and has held opponents to a .206 mark. Their 223 strikeouts over that span are fifth most in baseball.
4. Ronald Acuna went 1-for-3 with a triple in Tuesday’s win. Pitchers are beginning to stray away from him, and as a result he’s walked 11 times over the past eight games. His 12 walks are second most in the bigs, trailing only Bryce Harper.
5. The Braves historically fared poorly against the NL West, and they began this season with an 8-18 mark. They’ve since produced a 6-1 trip entering Wednesday’s finale in California. The Braves could clinch their first six-win west trip since 2011 in sweeping the Giants.
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