• Exclusives

    Braves take series in Gotham, welcome Padres

    Arriving at Citi Field, the Braves weren’t even sure they would get in the first game of the series due to rain. However, the Braves were able to play their 3-game set against the Mets and rained offense in Queens. The Braves saw two pitching gems from Kris Medlen and Paul Maholm in addition to the 24 hits the boys put on the board over 3 games.

    Line scores, notable offense and interesting stats from each of the 3 games:

    Game 1:

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Braves 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 4 1
    Mets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0

    W: Maholm (10-7) L: Harvey (1-3)

    Notable offense: Dan Uggla 1-for-2 with 2 walks and 2 RBI and Jason Heyward 1-for-4 with 2 RBI.

    Interesting stats: Paul Maholm improved to 6-1 with a 1.18 ERA in his 8 starts (6 for the Cubs, 2 for the Braves).

    Game 2:

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Braves 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 13 0
    Mets 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 8 0

    W: Medlen (3-1) L: Santana (6-8)

    Notable offense: Michael Bourn 3-for-5 with an RBI; Freddie Freeman 2-for-4 with a 3-run HR and 5 RBI; Jason Heyward 2-for-5 with an RBI; and, pitcher Kris Medlen 1-for-2 with an RBI.

    Interesting stats: Johan Santana had never pitched fewer than 3 innings in an outing prior to the 2012 season. In 2 outings against the Braves this season, he has been chased from the game after 1 1/3 innings. An important stat and one that is going to make moving Kris Medlen back into the bullpen a difficult decision for Fredi Gonzalez, the Braves are 16-1 in Medlen’s 17 starts going back to the 2010 season (prior to Medlen missing time to Tommy John surgery).

    Game 3:

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Braves 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 5 7 1
    Mets 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 x 6 10 0

    W: Niese (9-6) L: Sheets (4-2) SV: Rausch (2)

    Notable offense: Freddie Freeman 1-for-3 with a solo home run; Martin Prado 2-for-4 with a walk and 2 RBI; and, stolen base for Michael Bourn (30th).

    Interesting stats: Freddie Freeman leads the National League in RBIs when batting with runners in scoring position and 2 outs at 31.

    BACK TO BRAVES COUNTRY…

    Monday: Stults (2-2, 2.72) vs. Minor (6-8, 4.95)

    Tuesday: Richard (9-11, 3.79) vs. Hudson (11-4, 3.77)

    Wednesday: Volquez (7-8, 4.03) vs. Maholm (10-7, 3.50)

    Thursday: Marquis (8-10, 5.05) vs. Medlen (3-1, 2.28)

    The Braves finished the New York series with 11 wins in their last 16 games on the road. They are now 34-22 on the road this season. As they head back to Turner Field to face off against the Padres for 4 games, they hold a 32-26 record at home.

    Entering the series against San Diego, the Braves are 66-48 on the season and 4 1/2 games behind the Nationals in the NL East. Atlanta is currently sitting atop the National League Wild Card standings. The Padres are below .500 with a 51-65 record.

    The Braves continue their new “high socks Monday” approach to winning games on what had become the most dreaded day of the week for Atlanta. Since all players began sporting high socks on Monday, the team is 2-0. While the Braves have turned around their luck on Mondays, they have gone 0-2 on Tuesdays since breaking their 0-12 Monday losing streak.

    Atlanta welcomes San Diego to Turner Field beginning tonight at 7:10 (EST).

    Before you go, please take a look at Andrew Hirsh’s piece on the Cy Young conversation surrounding Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel.

    Tara Rowe is an independent historian and beat writer for BravesWire.com. Follow Tara on Twitter @framethepitch" href="https://twitter.com/#!/framethepitch">@framethepitch.