Game 4 vs Giants
Probable starters: RH Derek Lowe (16-12, 4.00) vs. LH Madison Bumgarner (7-6, 3.00)
• Lowe lost to Tim Lincecum 1-0 in Game 1 in San Francisco, while allowing only one run in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed four hits, including a run-scoring single Omar Infante should have at least been knocked down at third. Lowe makes his second start in his last three on three days’ rest. He held the Marlins to one run in 5 2/3 innings in a 5-1 win Sept. 29 on three days’ rest. The last time he pitched in the postseason on three days’ rest was Game 4 of the 2008 NLCS with LA. He gave up two earned runs in five innings in a no-decision in a 7-5 loss to the Phillies. He went 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA in two regular season starts against the Giants.
• After winning Game 3 Sunday night, Giants manager Bruce Bochy elected to go with the rookie left-hander in Game 4 rather than Lincecum on three days’ rest. The Braves have never faced Bumgarner, which is a scary proposition for a team that struggles against unfamiliar pitchers. Bumgarner is is making his postseason debut on 10 days’ rest. He was sharp to finish the season though, allowing only one earned run in 12 innings while winning his last two starts against the Diamondbacks and Cubs. He walked two and struck out 16 in those games. He’s 6-3 with a 1.91 ERA in 10 games on the road this season.