W: Jair Jurrjens (3-0)
L: Yovani Gallardo (2-2)
HR: David Ross (3)
MVP: Yuniesky Betancourt (+.254)
LVP: Yovani Gallardo (-.383)
Through five innings, things actually looked pretty good tonight.
Over the first five frames Yovani Gallardo had held the Braves to a run on six hits and two walks, tying a season high by striking out seven. Unfortunately, in the sixth the wheels came off. The Brewers' Opening Day starter allowed all five batters he faced in the inning to reach on two walks and three hits, and four of them came around to score as the Braves took the lead and blew the game open.
Meanwhile, the Brewers were only able to muster two runs against Jair Jurrjens, who pitched into the eighth and allowed just seven baserunners (all on hits). The best Brewer performance of the night came from Yuniesky Betancourt, who went 2-for-3 with a triple and drove in both Brewer runs.
Wil Nieves started at catcher and went 0-for-4 at the plate with three groundouts to second and a strikeout. Since picking up two hits on Opening Day he's gone 3-for-25 with three walks (one intentional). The Brewers are now averaging 3.3 runs per game when he starts, and 4.6 when he doesn't.