WP: Chase Anderson (7-10) LP: Joel De La Rosa (0-5) Save: Tyler Thornburg (4) Homeruns: Atl, Freddie Freeman 2 (21), Mil, Chris Carter (26)
For seven innings tonight, Braves pitchers shut out the Brewers on five hits. Unfortunately for them, that didn’t include the third, and the Brewers’ four spot was just enough to make a winner out of starting pitcher Chase Anderson.
Atlanta scored first, turning a lead-off double by A.J. Pierzynski in the third into a run when Ender Inciarte singled him in on a looper into center. Pierzynski had been bunted to third by pitcher Joel De La Cruz, and tagged up in case it was caught. Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ throw was late, but the Brewers got Inciarte trying for second.
The Brewers answered with four runs in the bottom half of the third with five hits. Villar led off with a bunt single and advanced to third on a hit and run single to right from Orlando Arcia. Ryan Braun drove in Villar to tie the game. Scooter Gennett’s fielder’s choice to second left runners on first and third, Chris Carter launched a long homerun off of the scoreboard in center, and the Brewers led 4-1.
Freddie Freeman led off the fourth with a long homer to center, bringing the Braves within two. Anderson kept Atlanta off the board into the sixth, where he walked Freeman on four pitches before striking out Matt Kemp on a 3-2 fastball. That ended the night for Chase, with Blaine Boyer coming in for the final two outs in the inning, allowing an infield single but no runs.
Anderson ended his night going 5.1 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Braves starter Joel De La Cruz left after four innings when a hard shot by Arcia caromed off of his shin (directly to Freeman, who made the tag on Arcia for the final out of the inning). De La Cruz was limping noticeably leaving the field. He ended the night with 4 innings, 7 hits, 4 earned, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.
(Jeff Francoeur had his second pinch hit appearance of the series and lost his bat swinging for the second time. His first, on Monday night, went over the Braves’ dugout and into the seats.)
The Braves shaved another run off of the lead when Freeman led off the eighth with his second homer of the game, this one off of Corey Knebel. Freddie ended the night 3-3 with a walk. Knebel retired the next three, the last two on strikeouts.
Tyler Thornburg worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save.
The final game of the four game series will be played tomorrow afternoon, and the Braves (43-71) will send Roberto Hernandez (or Fausto Carmona) (1-0, 5.40) (Roberto may or may not be 35) out to face Matt Garza (2-3, 5.03). Garza is looking to improve his chances for a waiver deal to a contender, and the Brewers (50-62) are looking to salvage a split.