San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves: Live Score, Analysis and Reaction

Matt Foster@@mattmf86Contributor IJune 16, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 15: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves is mobbed by teammates after knocking in the game-winning run in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Turner Field on June 15, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves square off tonight for what will be the rubber match of a three-game series between the two playoff hopefuls.

After being shut out by Madison Bumgarner and company on Friday night, the Braves got their revenge on Saturday, beating closer Sergio Romo in walk-off fashion.

B.J. Upton, who has struggled mightily thus far in the 2013 season, looks to have finally found his swing. He took Giants starter Chad Gaudin deep twice in Saturday’s affair, and the Braves will hope that his resurgence continues tonight against former-ace Tim Lincecum.

The depleted Giants hope to close out a tough road swing with a win, which would give them an acceptable 5-4 record on the trip. Considering the fact that they are missing leadoff man Angel Pagan and slugger Pablo Sandoval, the Giants would be thrilled to return to the friendly confines of AT&T Park only trailing the first-place Diamondbacks by a half game.

Here are the lineups for tonight’s showdown:

Giants:

Blanco CF
Crawford SS
Posey C
Pence RF
Belt 1B
Torres LF
Arias 3B
Noonan 2B
Lincecum RHP

 

Braves:

Simmons SS
Heyward RF
J. Upton LF
Freeman 1B
B.J. Upton CF
McCann C
Johnson 3B
Pena 2B
Teheran RHP

A fun fact via Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News: If Tim Lincecum is victorious against the Braves tonight, he would be the second pitcher in the last 50 years to beat the same team on both Mother’s and Father’s Day. The other pitcher to do it was John Burkett, who did so in 2000 as a member of the Braves.

Hey, if Lincecum pitches well again tonight, he can probably get away with not buying his dad a Father's Day gift.

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