Though the Atlanta Braves have enjoyed some recent success in San Francisco, they understand their key four-game series against the surging Giants won't be an easy one.
While the Braves try for a fifth consecutive win at AT&T Park, Barry Zito looks to continue his career success against them and help the NL West-leading Giants to a fourth straight victory overall Thursday night.
Atlanta (71-53) is atop the NL wild-card standings, but needed a 5-1 win Wednesday at East-leading Washington to snap a four-game skid. The victory could provide a huge boost for the Braves, who head to San Francisco, where the Giants return after sweeping Los Angeles to complete a 5-1 trip and take a 2 1/2-game lead in the West.
"I think if we were heading out to the Left Coast having lost five in a row, there's always that little check in your spirit in the back of your mind," third baseman Chipper Jones said. "This win allows us to take a deep breath and hopefully build some momentum going out West...