Camilo Duvall shuts the door; Giants sprint to victory over the Braves appeared in the original Bay Area Sports NBC
Star closer Camilo Duval hasn’t been given many opportunities lately.
The Giants, 2-8 in their last 10 games, called out their name on a big home run in the eighth inning to close the door on San Francisco’s much-needed 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday at Oracle Park.
The Giants mostly cruised through another bullpen until Taylor Rogers walked two batters in the eighth. Giants manager Gabe Kapler called out Duvall’s name with Braves star player Austin Riley facing off.
Duvall did his job, striking out Riley and Marcel Ozuna, but catcher Patrick Bailey made it through A rare defensive foul And he threw the ball into left field while trying to catch Ronald Acuna Jr. passing third base, allowing him to score and tying the game.
The Beautiful Braves came back in the top of the ninth.
Atlanta’s Kirby Yates walked Michael Conforto to start the ninth inning and hit two batters to load the bases. He sniffed the next two batters, but walked Joc Pederson with the bases loaded gift-wrapping the Giants.
Duvall then retired the Braves to record the win. It was Duvall’s fifth appearance of the August, and he tied 1 2/3 innings pitched for longest outing of the season.
The Giants didn’t put up an offensive showing on Sunday, but they did pull off 10 strikeouts and saw some encouraging signs from one of their best juniors.
Louis Matos, who was called up Sunday after three games at Triple-A, started the scoring by hitting a 425-foot home run in the second inning. It was his second homer, and his first since hitting his seventh career two-run homer on June 24.
The Braves answered in the next inning on a two-run offense by Orlando Arcia, but Wilmer Flores—the Giants’ MVP for most of the season—knocked out a two-run homer to regain the lead. the third.
Four San Francisco batters hit two hits each on Flores, Matos, Tiro Estrada and JD Davis.
The Giants will continue their road trip with a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies starting Monday. They’ll see Atlanta again later this week when the Braves visit the Bay Area for a weekend series at Oracle Park.