The San Diego Padres got the bats going early against Atlanta Braves starter Paul Maholm, and Edinson Volquez pitched seven stellar innings, as the Padres completed the series sweep of the Braves on Wednesday afternoon, 5-3.
San Diego stayed true to their series form, by jumping on the Braves early. In the previous two games of the series, the Padres had scored 5 of their 10 runs in the first 3 innings. It was no different on Wednesday afternoon, as the Padres put up 3 runs in the 1st inning.
The Braves got one of those runs back in top of the 3rd. The Braves had runners on the corners when Justin Upton’s blooper knocked in Andrelton Simmons for the Braves first run of the game. That left the Braves with runners on the corners once again, with Freddie Freeman at the plate. It looked like the Braves would add another run in the inning, but that threat was killed by a great double play that was started by Padres third baseman, Chase Headley. The Padres led 3-1 after the 3rd Inning.
San Diego added to their lead in the 5th inning when Chris Denorfia, the Padres right fielder, sent a 2-run shot over Justin Upton’s head in left. Denorfia’s homer made gave the Padres a 5-1 lead.
The score stayed the same until the 8th inning, when the Braves made another late inning push. Justin Upton hit his 15th home run of the season, to cut the Padre’s lead to 5-2.
Jason Heyward has been a bright spot for the Braves, as he continues to add points to his batting average. Heyward was 2-5 for the game and with his hit in the 3rd, extended his hit streak to 10 games.
Edinson Volquez, who has been shaky for the Padres, shut down the Atlanta offense. Volquez pitched 7 innings, gave up 1 run, and struck out 9 batters.
It was not the same story for Braves starter, Paul Maholm. Maholm only pitched 5.2 innings, and gave up 4 earned runs.
The Braves will head back home to Atlanta where they have had better success. They will start a 3 game set with the Giants on Friday night at 7:10 ET.