10/09/10 12:39 AM ET
Braves look to build on stirring rally vs. Giants
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
Bochy said the focus for his club is now on Game 3."We go to Atlanta, and we know we're facing a good pitcher in Hudson," Bochy said. "They have a good staff there, and we're going to do all we can to win Game 3. That's where our concentration is now. As far as the other games, we'll worry about that after Game 3." If a decision has been made about a Game 4 starter, Bochy is holding it close to the vest, though it may depend on the result of Game 3. "We travel tomorrow," he said. "We'll talk about it and decide what we're going to do." Game 3 should be the pivotal game of the series. Teams taking a 2-1 lead in NLDS play have won the series 15 of 16 times since the Wild Card and three-tiered playoff format were adopted in 1995. The only team to rebound from a 2-1 deficit and win the series was the 2002 Giants. They lost Game 3 at home, but won Game 4 to force a fifth game back in Atlanta, where they beat the Braves, 3-1, to take the series. Those Giants ultimately lost the World Series to the Angels in seven games. Only five outs away from taking a commanding 2-0 lead in their current series against the Braves on Friday night, these Giants can't take too much solace in the past. "Obviously, we're upset right now about the game," said Giants starter Matt Cain, who pitched 6 2/3 innings of seven-hit ball without allowing an earned run. "But we'll put that past us tonight, go on the plane tomorrow to Atlanta. We've got to go get our work done down there." Both teams have played through tons of adversity this season and didn't secure playoff berths until this past Sunday's final day, when the Giants defeated the Padres, 3-0, to win the NL West and the Braves nipped the Phillies, 8-7, to capture their first Wild Card berth. Both teams bounced back after having lost on Friday and Saturday. Now the Giants must bounce back once again. "You have to, because it's part of the game," Bochy said. "[The Braves] came back on us tonight. That's a tough loss, no getting around it, but you have to bounce back. They fought hard. Their 'pen shut us down for the final nine innings [without a run].
"But we travel to Atlanta now. We've got to bounce back and win a couple games."
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