Win: Brandon Beachy (1-1)
Loss: Chris Narveson (1-1)
HR: Jones (2), Heyward (2), Lucroy (2)
MVP: Weeks (.025)
LVP: Narveson (-.361)
The Brewers really can't win in Atlanta, can they? For the second consecutive year, Milwaukee was swept by the Braves in Turner Field. It's also the third straight year that they have been swept in a series by the Braves. Also, the Brewers have not won a series in Atlanta since 2009 when Yovani Gallardo and Jeff Suppan both pitched shut-out starts.
The Brewers offense just couldn't get it going today, Some very good pitching and a little old fashioned bad luck kept them off the basepaths. Luck was especially a factor in the 7th inning. During that frame, Norichiki Aoki hit a line drive to left field near the foul line, but the Braves had him scouted so well that Martin Prado only had to move a few steps to make the catch. Then, after a Rickie Weeks single, Nyjer Morgan lined out to Tyler Pastornicky who promptly caught Rickie Weeks off first base for the double play.
Milwaukee did have a bit of a rally in the ninth inning. A Ryan Braun double was followed by a Corey Hart double to score one run. Then, after a Mat Gamel fly out, Jonathon Lucroy hit a two run homer to bring the Brewers to within three. Unfortunately, the rally ended there as pinch hitter George Kottaras struck out to end the game.
Brandon Beachy was excellent for the Braves today. He went seven three-hit innings and didn't give up an earned run. He also struck out six Brewers hitters.
Chris Narveson stunk, to put it bluntly. He made it just four innings, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks, including a three run home run by Chipper Jones and a solo shot from Jason Heyward. Narveson looked very hittable today. Another short start by a Brewers starter just serves to hurt the bullpen more, as well.
Narveson was followed to the mound by Marco Estrada, who gave up two hits in one inning, and Manny Parra, who allowed two hits in two innings.
Ron Roenicke brought John Axford in to get some work in the eighth inning, and he continued his early season struggles. Axford allowed two runs (one earned) on two walks and a hit while securing just one out. Of 26 pitches, 14 were strikes for Axford.
Overall, not a whole lot of good coming from the game today. The best news might be that Milwaukee is done playing in Atlanta this season.
The Brewers get a much needed day off tomorrow before a nine game home stand beginning with the Dodgers Tuesday night.