Heading into this series, expectations were that things were set up for Atlanta to get on a post-All-Star Break roll, beginning with a road series win against a terrible Chicago White Sox team. The Braves looked to be well on their way to doing just that by winning the first game 6-4, and taking an early 4-0 lead in game two, which makes this series loss all the more frustrating.
Pitching was the culprit in game two of the series, as Paul Maholm was rocked for seven runs and seven hits before leaving with a sprained left wrist in the fourth inning. The same cannot be said for Sunday's game, as Mike Minor fired a fantastic complete game performance, striking out eight while allowing three runs (two earned).
Offensively, Justin Upton continued to swing it well with four hits and a walk during the three games. Chris Johnson added five hits to his season total, including three in the series opener. Andrelton Simmons tallied one hit in each game and hit his ninth homer of the season in game one.
Freddie Freeman returned to the starting lineup Saturday and showed no ill effects from his injury. He connected on his tenth home run of the season in Saturday's game, then went 2-4 at the plate on Sunday.
For Chicago, Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios did most of the damage against Atlanta. Out of the leadoff spot, De Aza tallied six hits, including a double, and a two walks for the series. Rios also had six hits, including a massive grand slam in game two of the series. Both De Aza and Rios stole a base during the three-game set.