Another day, Another Marlins shutout
The Miami Marlins offense was shutout for the 17th time this season, the latest pitcher to benefit from facing the putrid Marlins offense, Paul Maholm.
Maholm lasted six innings for the Atlanta Braves, allowing five hits, walking none, while striking out six Marlins. Maholm gathered his 13th win of the season. He has been a strong trade deadline acquisition by the Braves.
While Maholm was hard on the Marlins offense, they did not fare any better against the Braves bullpen. The Braves bullpen limited to the Marlins to just one hit over the final 2 and 1/3 innings, striking out six of the eight hitters that batted.
This included a ninth inning, where Craig Kimbrel struck out four Marlins. Kimbrell struck out Greg Dobbs, then Donovon Solano struck out, but was able to reach first base. Kimbrell recovered and was able to strike out John Buck and Gil Velazquez to end the game.
The Braves have not allowed a walk, so far, in the first two games of the series.
Josh Johnson's Wild Night
Josh Johnson yielded three runs (two earned), struck out seven, but he also walked five hitters. The biggest hit off of JJ, came from the bat of Martin Prado, who hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the first. The homerun turned out to be the game winning run for the Braves.
In his last two starts, both against the Braves, has gone 12 innings, striking out 12 hitters, while walking eight. Like I mentioned in a post yesterday, pay attention to Johnson's next start, which will likely be next Monday against the Mets, as that could potentially be his final start as a Marlin.
Entering the game, Miami was averaging 2.1 runs of support when Josh Johnson Johnson took the mound. After the teams 17th shutout, that figure is sure to go down.