SAN FRANCISCO – During the past two nights at the ballpark by the bay, Braves hitters provided something of a salve for recently struggling Giants pitchers. The hosts were not as kind to Braves pitcher Ben Sheets.
Freddie Freeman hit a pair of solo homers and Jason Heyward went deep, too, but the Braves had only one other hit in 6-1/3 innings against Ryan Vogelsong during a 5-3 loss at AT&T Park. It was their sixth defeat in seven games and Sheets’ third in a row.
Sheets (4-4) was charged with nine hits and four runs in 4-1/3 innings, the first time he lasted fewer than six innings in eight starts since signing with the Braves after two years in semi-retirement. He had three walks and two strikeouts.
“I hate the way I pitched,” said Sheets, who has a 7.71 ERA during his three-start losing streak, with 21 hits and 20 runs (18 earned) allowed in 16-1/3 innings. “I feel like I made some good pitches, just didn’t put anybody away.”
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