Madison Bumgarner's coming out party was Game 4 of the 2010 National League Division Series at Turner Field. He pitched the Giants to a series victory, giving up only two runs in six innings to end former Braves manager Bobby Cox's career.
"There wasn't a whole lot of pressure," Bumgarner said following the game, noting that two-time defending NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum would have pitched Game 5 back in San Francisco had he lost.
Bumgarner has blossomed into one of the best left-handers in the game since that cold October night in Atlanta, and he has also continued to pitch well at Turner Field, posting a 1.71 ERA in three starts at the park since his first taste of the postseason.
As Bumgarner opposes young Braves southpaw Alex Wood on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. ET, he hopes to recapture some of that Atlanta magic. The Giants' lefty has lost three straight starts, including a season-worst effort on Monday against the Padres.
He gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and four walks in five innings, admitting afterward that he left a lot of pitches out over the middle of the plate. His ERA climbed to 3.74, and he has surrendered 45 hits in 33 2/3 innings in 2014.
"I was a little off," Bumgarner said. "I have to figure out what it was and work on it, get it fixed before my next start. My command obviously wasn't very good."
Wood is also aiming to bounce back after giving up seven runs on 10 hits in a season-worst outing on Tuesday at Marlins Park. However, Wood's last outing was a hiccup rather than part of an ongoing slump like Bumgarner's last start.
Wood entered Tuesday's start with a 1.54 ERA and has tallied four quality starts in six outings this season. In order to get back on track, Wood needs to regain the control of his breaking ball he lacked in Miami.
"You can't really make a whole lot of mistakes," Wood said. "It's safe to say there were a whole lot of mistakes made by me tonight. A few, I wish I had back. But that's baseball."
Braves: Quite a quantity of quality starts
Julio Teheran surrendered three runs in seven innings on Saturday, marking Atlanta's 23rd quality start in 29 games. The Braves trail only the Brewers for the Major League lead.
Atlanta starters have recorded three straight quality starts, upping their total to 15 in the past 18 games. Teheran leads the team with seven, Aaron Harang ranks second with five, and Wood and Ervin Santana are tied with four each.
Teheran is tied with Reds starter Johnny Cueto for the MLB lead at seven.
• B.J. Upton extended his hitting streak to seven games with a third-inning RBI double on Saturday. He is batting .250 (7-for-28) with three walks and nine strikeouts during the streak.
Giants: Home run record is going, going, matched
San Francisco homered three times against Atlanta on Saturday night to extend its streak of consecutives games with a home run to 10. It is the longest such streak since the Giants homered in 10 straight games from Sept. 23-Oct. 10, 2001.
The club now has 39 home runs, which ranks second in the Majors behind the Rockies, who entered Saturday with 40. Each of San Francisco's past nine homers has been a solo shot. The Giants lead MLB with 28 solo home runs.
• Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence both saw hitting streaks end on Saturday night. Pence's 10-game hitting streak was snapped. He batted .410 (16-for-39) during the streak. Pagan's streak ended at six. He batted .364 (8-for-22) during his streak.
• Jason Heyward went 2-for-3 against Bumgarner in Game 4 of the 2010 NLDS, but he is just 3-for-13 with a homer and three strikeouts against him in the regular season. Justin Upton is batting .450 (9-for-20) against Bumgarner, while Dan Uggla is hitting .056 (1-for-18) with a double, two walks and eight strikeouts against the southpaw.
• Buster Posey has hit safely in 15 of his past 16 games against Atlanta.
• The Braves have lost five straight games for their longest losing streak since May 21-28, 2012. It ties for the second-longest losing streak under manager Fredi Gonzalez. Atlanta lost five straight to end the 2011 season.
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.