Eric Hinske celebrated his birthday last night with a sixth inning homerun to help the Braves beat the Giants 3-2 at Turner Field. The solo shot came off Giants ace Tim Lincecum and gave Atlanta its second straight win.
Hinske on his homerun
Jair Jurrgens pitched six solid innings to earn his fourth win of the season. The victory was extra special for Jurrjens because it came against the two-time reigning Cy Young winner.
Jurrgins on his win over Lincecum
Lincecum did strike out seven and take over the N.L. lead in strikeouts. He’s confident the Giants can bounce back and do well the next three games in Atlanta.
Lincecum on the rest of the series
Tonight the Braves will send Tommy Hanson to the mound to face the Giants Barry Zito. First pitch is 7:35.
This and that…
As expected, Kris Medlin has a torn ligament in his pitching elbow. It happened in the fifth inning of Wednesday night’s win against the Mets. He’s been placed on the disabled list and he will probably need Tommy John surgery. That procedure usually requires a full year of rehab.
The Phillies finished off a sweep of Florida last night. They were the beneficiary of a controversial call that helped them hold on for a 5-4 win in Miami. Philly has won 12 of its past 14 games and remains just two games behind Atlanta in the N.L. East standings.