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Burch Smith chops up Braves offense, Padres win 4-0

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Atlanta managed just four total hits of offense and struck out 13 times.

Kevin Liles

Atlanta's offense lately has been, well...offensive. So is it any surprise that the Braves get shut out by a rookie that has more or less been horrible this year?

Burch Smith allowed just three hits in seven innings as the Padres leave Atlanta with a 4-0 win in the series finale.

The pitching matchup clearly favored the Braves coming in. Opposing hitters were hitting .325 against Smith; Julio Teheran has been having a stellar rookie campaign with a 3.05 ERA and 154 strikeouts.

Teheran retired 14 straight hitters after giving up a pair of first-inning hits, but those pesky Padres struck again when Will Venable singled in the sixth and scored on Jedd Gyorko's single. Chase Headley followed that with - surprise - a home run. Tommy Medica added a home run in the seventh.

The Padres couldn't figure out Teheran until the sixth inning, but none of Atlanta's hitters could figure out Burch Smith. The rookie struck out seven through four innings and didn't allow a hit until Teheran singled leading off the sixth. Smith finished with 10 strikeouts in seven innings.

Win Expectancy Chart

Source: FanGraphs