Braves Overpowered By White Sox

Turner FieldThe Atlanta Braves scored 6 runs but came out on the losing end of Saturday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.  The victory for the White Sox sets up a rubber match in the series tomorrow afternoon.

Braves starter, Paul Maholm, did not have a great outing and left the game due to injury. Maholm left the game in the 4th inning with a sprained wrist.  The severity to the injury is not known at this time.

It looked like the Braves were in complete control as they were up 4-0 in the early stages of the game.

Freddie Freeman kept the Braves 2nd inning alive with a great slide to break up a double play chance.  The slide by Freeman gave Dan Uggla a chance to hit in the inning.  With Evan Gattis on 1st, Uggla belted a home run over the left field fence.  The Braves were up 2-0 after the homer from Uggla.

The Braves added 2 more in the 3rd to give them what seemed to be a commanding 4-0 lead.  Justin Upton singled to left field that allowed Joey Terdoslavich to score and gave the Braves their 3rd run of the game.  They would add another in the inning on a fly ball from Freddie Freeman.  Jose Constanza was able to score on the sacrifice fly.

That is when things would start going downhill for Maholm and the Braves.

Alexi Ramirez got the White Sox started with a single to left field.  Josh Phegley, the White Sox catcher, scored on the play and cut the lead to 3.

With the bases loaded, Alex Rios hit a grand slam off Paul Maholm that put the Sox up 5-4.

In the 4th inning, the White Sox would get a commanding lead of their own as  3 singles brought in 4 runs and increased their lead to 9-4.

Josh Phegley singled to left in the 7th inning to give the White Sox their 10th run of the ball game.

Freddie Freeman, returning from injury, cut into the White Sox lead in the 8th inning.  With Chris Johnson on base, Freeman hit his 10th homerun of the season, to cut the White Sox lead to 10-6.

That would be all the scoring as the White Sox cruised to a 10-6 victory over the Braves.

As you can tell by the 6 runs, the Braves bats were pretty good on Saturday afternoon.  Every one of Atlanta’s hitters recorded a hit.  Justin Upton was the only Brave with a 2 hit game.

Pitching was rough for the Braves on Saturday.  Paul Maholm and David Carpenter combined for 6 IP, and 9 ER, 7 of those earned runs belonged to Maholm.

Game MVP:

Freddie Freeman: 1-3, R, HR, and 3 RBI’s

Freeman had half of the Braves RBI’s on Saturday afternoon.  He is the game’s MVP for the little things he did.  His slide into 2nd to break up double play allowed Dan Uggla to bat in the inning.  Uggla then homered.  His good at bats combined with doing the small things gets Freeman’s today’s MVP.

Mike Minor will be going for his 10th win of 2013 on Sunday afternoon.  He looks to start the 2nd half, the same way he started the 1st half. He will be opposed by Jose Quintana (4-2, 3.71).