On the other hand, this isn’t really what the Braves were looking for when they traded for Paul Maholm, but they’ll certainly take it. On a night where the offense didn’t do a whole lot (but when they did, got big results) Maholm threw a three-hit, complete-game shutout, striking out five and walking none, and needing only 95 pitches to do it. The Mets got two men to second base (on doubles in the sixth and seventh innings), hit into two double plays, and never had more than one baserunner in an inning. It Was Only The Mets (IWOTM) after all, but still an impressive performance.
The Braves themselves had only four hits, though they drew six walks. Their runs came on a pair of two-run homers, one early and one late. In the first, Michael Bourn walked (the first of three times he would on the night) and two batters later Jason Heyward set a career high with his nineteenth homer to make it 2-0 in the first. With one out in the eighth, Freddie Freeman singled and Dan Uggla hit a homer to make it 4-0. More than enough on this night.