The first seven batters faced by Paul Maholm were a disaster. He ended up giving up two runs in the first, and it would’ve been more if he hadn’t picked a guy off. But for the next 5 innings, he was actually pretty okay. No more runs, not a whole lot more baserunners, and even a few strikeouts. Which would’ve meant the Braves were in pretty good shape, except for the offense forgot to show up. Well, most of it did. Evan Gattis made he presence known. In his 3 ABs, he hit (1) the longest HR in the majors this year (Joe’s call: “Wowie wowie.”), (2) a long flyout to deep CF that might’ve gone out if the wind hadn’t been blowing in, and (3) another towering homer, this time to left. Unfortunately for the Braves, these were the only hits they got in THE ENTIRE GAME. I mean, they were going against Cole Hamels, so it’s sorta understandable. But common. 8 no-hit innings outside of two ABs against Gattis….
So that means that between the 2 runs in the first and a rare run surrendered in the 8th by David Carpenter, the Braves were done. If only Oso Blanco had gotten a 4th AB, they might still be playing….