There is no place like home for Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner this season. While the southpaw has struggled in three starts at AT&T Park, he has thrived elsewhere. He takes the hill at home on Wednesday afternoon hoping to reverse the trend.
For a small window of how effectively Bumgarner has pitched on the road, take his past two starts into consideration.
Bumgarner has turned in back-to-back quality starts against the Braves and the Dodgers on the road, defeating both foes. He surrendered only one run on seven hits in 14 innings against the two clubs, walking two and striking out 17.
The southpaw has even gotten the upper hand in his altercations away from home, shutting down the Dodgers after yelling at Yasiel Puig, who performed a bat flip against Bumgarner following a sixth-inning homer on May 9.
"I was congratulating him. It was a really good hit. It was impressive," said Bumgarner, feigning innocence. "Again, I don't know why everybody got so mad. It escalated quickly for no reason. I think he said, 'Thank you.' I'm not sure if he did. I don't speak Spanish very well."
The Giants deserve congratulations for the way they managed to defeat Julio Teheran on May 3. San Francisco is the only team to score three runs against Teheran as well as beat him since the beginning of April.
They will try to do it again as Teheran aims to record his ninth quality start in nine tries this season when he takes the hill at AT&T Park. The key to the Giants' last victory against the right-hander was three solo home runs.
"They are pretty good hitters, and I made a mistake, and I've got to pay for it," Teheran said after losing to San Francisco. "They were the pitches I wanted to throw and where I wanted to throw."
Teheran made just one mistake against the Cubs, surrendering a home run to Mike Olt, walking two and striking out nine in eight innings on Friday.
"I felt great," Teheran said. "I was mixing my pitches a little better. Everything was working pretty well. There was one mistake I made. After that, I got run support and then I started focusing a little more on the game."
Giants: Sanchez's bat earns him a start
• Hector Sanchez started at first base for San Francisco on Tuesday, a product of his hot streak at the plate in his past 11 games. He is batting .254 with two home runs and 16 RBIs.
Sanchez has played first just one other time, doing so in a Cactus League exhibition. With Brandon Belt sidelined, Sanchez could earn a few starts at first base against lefties like Mike Minor, who started for Atlanta on Tuesday night.
"He's been driving in some key runs," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "You try to find a way to get that bat in the lineup."
Braves: Pastornicky to earn crack at everyday role
• Tyler Pastornicky appears to have to a chance to benefit from Dan Uggla's uncertain situation and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez's desire to bring Ramiro Pena off the bench rather than putting the switch-hitter in the everyday lineup.
Pastornicky, who ended an 0-for-21 slump by Atlanta second basemen with a seventh-inning single on Tuesday, is expected to see more time and receive the chance to lock down the role that once belonged to Uggla. He earned his third start in four games at the position on Tuesday night.
"I'm going to let them play a little bit, maybe play Pastornicky a little more at second base," Gonzalez said. "Give him an opportunity to play whether it's a righty, lefty, under-armer, sidearmer, just go out and play. And let Pena be what he's been successful with, playing once or twice a week. Let him go back to his normal role."
• Evan Gattis hit his first career triple on Tuesday night, bringing home Freddie Freeman on the extra-base hit to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead.
• The Braves scored four or more runs on Tuesday for only the second time in the past 15 games dating back to April 27.
• One night after homering and tripling in his Giants home debut, outfielder Tyler Colvin did not start Tuesday, asBochy sat down the left-handed batter against Minor, Atlanta's starter. Colvin likely will start Wednesday against Teheran.