I'll do a quick recap on this game because you really only need to know one thing. Maholm gave up 4 runs in the first inning. Game over. Yep. That's it. The Braves never overcame that 4 run deficit. What? You want more? Ok fine, since you asked nicely.
The Braves had 6 hits and 9 Ks. They were facing a guy that half the lineup had never seen before, so they of course didn't hit well. This shouldn't shock anybody at this point. It was a road day game against a new pitcher. I'm going to guess we lose 90% of those without looking at the stats. Chris Johnson had a pretty good day with 2 hits, and Dan Uggla actually got a RISP hit for the first time in a while. Too bad it came in a loss.
Maholm was awful. You can't give up 4 runs in the first and hope to win. He didn't even make it out of the 5th inning. To be frank, he's been a disaster on the mound since the end of May. The Braves are 2-5 in that stretch with him starting, and his ERA has moved up near 4.00 on the season. As things currently stand, he's our worst starter over the last month and a half. Hudson used to be a concern, but has since been pitching his butt off with no real support. We need Maholm to get his control together if we want to have our lefty presence work after the all-star break.
There's not really much else to say. The Braves didn't put enough people on base to have a real chance, and the pitching didn't contain the damage well at all. That results in a loss. You have to give credit to Polanco and Stanton who made the Braves pay with 5 RBIs. They are both very solid players on a very very bad ballclub. Every time I watch Stanton play, I think how much his talent gets wasted in that town. I hope very badly he can escape that franchise soon in a trade deal, or at the very least stick it to the Marlins in an arbitration deal.
Next up, a 4 gamer with the red legs inside Turner Field. Series preview up next. Keep that rain away!