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Justin Upton, Paul Maholm an unbeatable combination for Braves

Apr 8, 2013, 11:54 PM EDT

Paul Maholm Reuters

Justin Upton went 4-for-4 and homered yet again while Paul Maholm pitched one-hit ball for seven innings in the Braves’ 2-0 defeat of the Marlins on Monday.

Upton leads the majors six homers, one more than Seattle’s Mike Morse, and he also chipped in with his second double tonight. He scored both runs for the 6-1 Braves.

Maholm, meanwhile, was Upton’s equivalent on the mound, pitching shutout ball for his second straight start. He struck out seven Marlins tonight, giving him 13 K’s in 12 2/3 innings on the season. Since arriving in Atlanta in a trade with the Cubs last summer, he’s struck out 72 batters in 81 1/3 innings, a rate that dwarfs anything he did previously with the Pirates. Before joining the Braves, he averaged 5.6 K/9 IP. Since, he’s at 8.0.

In all, the Braves allowed just two hits tonight, singles from Placido Polanco and Rob Brantly. Giancarlo Stanton walked three times and struck out once in his four plate appearances. He’s hitting .174 and has yet to drive in a run this season.

  1. hova84 - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Even as a Braves fan I felt bad for Stanton tonight. Glad he didn’t hurt us but he’s gonna have a lot of walks by seasons end.

  2. mississippimusicman - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    I just love how any time the MLB Network guys mention any team’s bullpen, they use the Braves as the yardstick.

  3. vallewho - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    But he is not gritty enough…

  4. Old Gator - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    The Iron Giant at least held off on the same crappy pitches he was lunging at yesterday and the day before in New York. I’m betting Tino Martinez had a sit down with him on the flight home. This is pretty much what we all expected was going to happen but, again, the Giant is historically a slow starter in April. I’ll just repeat this telling stat: he averages one dinger per 42 at-bats in April, and one every twelve at bats the rest of the way. This year will be a bit different because he has so little protection in the lineup and the Feesh are insisting on batting him third, instead of the logical thing which is batting Polanco third and the Giant cleanup. My gut feeling is that Brantley or Ruggiano will wind up batting fifth behind him before the season is out.

  5. phreakin - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Arizona’s worst fears are coming true

    • Old Gator - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Not really. More accurate to say that Arizona’s dumbest trade is blowing up in their face.

  6. stercuilus65 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Lord the Marlins are going to be historically bad this year. They are closer to a AAA club than they are a major league team.

    • Old Gator - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      This is a misnomer. The only guys on that field with green rookie service time are Brantley behind the plate and Hechavarria at short. Solano, I think, played most of last year. Everyone else in the starting lineup had at least a season under their belts, The veterans aren’t producing either. Polanco has been a kamikaze on the basepaths. The Iron Giant is barely getting to sniff a hittable pitch. Peanut Head couldn’t throw a beanbag through a clown’s mouth at a weekend carnival. It’s just an awful team across three generations of ballplayers. What Scrooge hath wrought.

  7. spudchukar - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Any evaluation of a players’ performance, requires an asterisk, a large one, when the said opponent is the present day Miami.

    • jjschiller - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:37 AM

      Well, its not like you can double-beat them. You play the schedule they give you, and you have to take care of business.

      I’m just glad the league’s whipping boy is in my teams division this year. Cards and Reds have been padding their Wild Card credentials by pounding on the Pirates, Cubs and Stros. Braves and Nats get a turn this season.

  8. elpendejo59 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Got to see this one in person. Definitely way more in attendance than I would have guessed. Left in a great mood as my beloved Braves won behind a great pitching performance by Paul Maholm and the bat of Justin Upton. We got on the Metrorail to head home. Got off at the Tri-Rail station and there is NO TRAIN. The security guard who was leaving said Loria decided not to subsidize the additional cost of running the extra train.You know, because us tax payers NEVER subsidized anything that benefitted him. Anyone who has been there knows, you don’t stay in that neighborhood at that time of night, so we did all we could do and called a cab. $200 cab ride back to West Palm Beach. Every time I think I can’t possibly hate Loria more he finds ways to make himself even more odious. wasn’t just us either. Families with kids stranded in a really bad neighborhood. Scrooge McLoria indeed. I’m done with this guy.

    • Old Gator - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      That’s a great/awful backstory to the game. Thanks for helping to account for most of the crowd – Braves fans! Of course.

      Classic scumbag Scrooge McLoria. Hey Jimmy – you want to try and justify this one? We know you’ve got at least one more limping rationalization up your sleeve.

  9. realgone2 - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    I’m a Braves fan but yeah beating the marlins is like kicking a cripple down a flight of stairs.

    • Old Gator - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      Oh come on. It’s not nearly that much fun.

  10. DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Yes, an unbeatable combination. That combo has now produced one victory in a row

    • chc4 - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      Spoken like a bitter, angry Phillies fan. Gosh your team is old, bad and old again. And your GM traded away all prospects for this old, bad team. Enjoy the next few years sucker!

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        Rather ironic you make a bitter and angry post accusing someone of being bitter and angry

        I am a fan of the Phillies – yes. I am also a fan of logic, and if you look at posts I make, I love pointing out oddities and conundrums in the in the words people use. And sorry – with all due respect to Paul Maholm and whichever Upton he is referring to (I already forget), you can’t call two players “unbeatable” when A) they have played together twice (does the term “small sample size” mean anything to you?), and B) they just got beat.

    • mississippiguy - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Pretty sure the headline was specifically referring to that one victory in a row. They were an unbeatable combination in that game.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        Perhaps. But not worded well if that was the intent.

        Throw your mother from the Train a kiss

    • jjschiller - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      Really reaching, goob.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:39 AM

        Really a bad byline. Sorry if that upsets you

  11. bravojawja - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Maholm is making up for Nate McLouth.

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