Taking three cuts after the Braves' 3-1 loss to the Pirates on Saturday night.
1. Maholm's streak is no more
He would go 25 13 innings -- 50 13 if you include spring training -- without allowing a run. But the best run of Paul Maholm's career would come to a screeching halt, somewhat ironically in the place where his career started.
In the sixth inning he issued a lead-off walk to Starling Marte -- who came in mired in an 0-for-7 slump -- and he would be doubled home by Andrew McCutchen, then Gaby Sanchez followed with a two-run home run.
Maholm would suffer his first loss of the season, but it doesn't downplay what's been one of the more surprising stories of the season for Atlanta.
He wasn't seen as the Braves' ace to open the season, but Maholm looked every bit the part to open 2013. He was the sixth pitcher since 1920 to win his first three starts without allowing run, and the third since 1966, joining Luis Taint, Woody Williams and Zack Greinke.
That run has included a ...