Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs Series Recap

Scott Cunningham

The Upton brothers had a ninth inning moment for the ages, and Atlanta swept the Cubs in dominating fashion.

It didn't take long for the Braves to record their first sweep of the 2013 season, taking care of Cubs in all three games over the weekend at Turner Field.

The defining moment during the series of course happened Saturday night, as B.J. Upton led off with a game-tying home run, and brother Justin Upton ended things with a solo shot two batters later. It was a productive series for the Upton brothers, as Justin went 4-12 with two home runs and a double while driving in four.

Filling in for the injured Andrelton Simmons in the leadoff spot for two of the three games, B.J. got his bat going with three walks and three hits, including a home run, in the top spot of the order. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he would consider keeping the elder Upton there for a bit.

Speaking of filling in for Simmons, shortstop Ramiro Pena had himself quite a series at the plate Saturday and Sunday. Pena came through with a huge line drive single Saturday to cut Atlanta's deficit to 5-4, then cranked out two hits and two RBI in the series finale.

Mike Minor pitched a gem on Friday, striking out seven while allowing just five hits and one run in seven innings of work. Tim Hudson followed suit on Sunday, allowing just three hits and one run while walking two and striking out seven in 6.2 innings of work. The Braves also got great work for their bullpen, as the group combined for a line of 8 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, and 8 K's.

Jeff Samardzija allowed four runs in 5.2 innings of work Sunday, but showcased his strikeout ability yet again as he punched out 13 Atlanta hitters during his start. Jason Heyward was among his victims on Sunday, striking out three times. Heyward failed to record a hit during the series, but did reach base once each game thanks to two walks and a hit by pitch.

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