HR: Gomez (1), Heyward (1), Freeman 2 (2)
Today's game started off great, anyway. On the very first pitch of the game, Carlos Gomez hit a pitch deep into center field for the Brewers first home run of the season. And unlike yesterday, Gomez couldn't be thrown out making silly running mistakes!
Kyle Lohse managed to maintain that lead for a while, with five strikeouts over 4⅔ innings before Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer in the top of the fifth. Lohse also gave up a solo homer to Freddie Freeman his next inning and finished tossing seven frames with three earned runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out eight Braves hitters on the day.
Freeman, meanwhile, was not done. He teed off for one more solo shot in the 8th inning off Zach Duke. Jim Henderson relieved Duke after the latter picked up the first two outs of the inning. Henderson struck out Justin Upton in his only batter faced.
A Carlos Gomez walk and stolen base allowed him to score from second when Aramis Ramirez singled in the bottom of the eighth, but Khris Davis, Rickie Weeks and Mark Reynolds were sat down in order by Craig Kimbrel to finish the game. The Braves had added on one more run in the ninth, anyway, so it was a long shot the Brewers could make it back.
Gomez was the star of the night offensively for the Brewers, picking up the homer, two walks, and his first stolen base. Ramirez also continued a hot start with a 2-4 night and Jonathan Lucroy also picked up a couple of hits. The rest of the team? Not so great. Khris Davis was the worst of the bunch as he left three runners on base during an 0-4 night while striking out twice. If he doesn't start swinging well, the Brewers might find themselves in a tough spot.
Then again, it may have just been that Braves starter Alex Wood was excellent tonight. After the Gomez home run, he allowed just four more hits while tossing seven innings. He allowed just one earned run in 20 spring training games, so I guess the Brewers can be proud to tag him for one in seven.
The Braves and Brewers play one more tomorrow. It's an early game, starting at 12:10 pm.
Your gifs of the game for tonight will either be up later tonight or early tomorrow morning.