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Gabe Kapler, Zack Littell have a tense exchange in Giants’ win over Braves

Kapler and Littletell have a tense exchange in the Giants’ win over the Braves originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

Zack Littell didn’t put in a good performance in the Giants’ 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night at Oracle Park, and his night took a turn for the worse when manager Gabe Kapler pulled him out of the game.

After Alex Cobb pitched seven shutout innings, Littell came on and proceeded to allow four runners and two runs. Then, when Kapler came to the mound to take him out of the game, Littell shoved the ball into his manager’s hand with some force and said something that got Kapler’s attention.

Kapler looked at Littell as the reliever walked back to the dugout.

When Kapler returned to the dugout, he was flushed and led Littell down the stairs to the tunnel for a chat.

Littlell entered the game with a 4.74 ERA, but it jumped to 5.08 following his outing against the Braves, five days after he allowed four earned runs against the Dodgers.

It’s unclear what Littlel said to Kapler, but it will surely be addressed after the game.

Thanks to Cobb, the Giants completely controlled the game before Littlell got involved. The San Francisco starter allowed six hits, walked no batters and struck out seven. He lowered his ERA to 3.48 and earned his sixth win of the season.

The newest Giant, Willie Calhoun, made an immediate impact when he hit an RBI single in his first at-bat for the team in the second inning. Luis González followed with an RBI single of his own to give the Giants a 2-0 lead.

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In the fifth inning, Thairo Estrada reached on an infield single and Mike Yastrzemski scored on a throwing error by Braves rookie Vaughn Grissom.

Left-hander Scott Alexander relieved Littell in the eighth inning and escaped a jam with the tying run at third base. Kapler gave him the ninth inning, and despite giving up a leadoff single, he went on to nail out the win and record his first save of the season.

The victory is the third in a row for the Giants and brings their record to 68-73.

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