WP: Jaime Garcia (1-1)
LP: Jimmy Nelson (1-2)
HR: Matt Kemp (4,5,6), Dansby Swanson (2)
It was another game to forget about.
The pitching staff was blasted tonight, giving up 11 runs on 20 hits. About half of that was given up by Jimmy Nelson, who allowed five runs on eleven hits in five innings. His control wasn’t there all night, he only walked one but also only had two strikeouts. His ERA is now up to 5.34, and he’s given up nine runs (eight earned), fourteen hits, and seven walks in his last two starts.
The bullpen came in to try to keep it there, but they struggled just as much. Tommy Milone made his third appearance out of the bullpen, and allowed four runs on six hits, two of those going for home runs. His ERA is up to 6.43, and he’s allowed a run in every one of his relief appearances. Jhan Marinez took the eighth and allowed another two runs on two hits, one of those being a home run. Only Jared Hughes didn’t allow a run tonight, as he just gave up a hit in an inning of work.
Once again, it was Jaime Garcia who stymied the Brewers. It wasn’t his best performance against them, as he gave up two runs on three hits and walked five, but it was more than enough tonight. Meanwhile, on the Braves offense, Matt Kemp single handedly won the game for the Braves, going 3-for-5 (all three hits were home runs) with five RBI.
Meanwhile, the Brewers offense had a rough night of their own. They only managed four hits, with two of those coming from Jonathan Villar. While they did draw seven walks, they couldn’t convert those into runs, as they went 0-for-7 as a team. In fact, none of the runs scored on a hit. Santana drove in a run by taking a bases-loaded walk, Keon Broxton scored on a wild pitch, and Eric Thames brought a run in when he hit into a double play.
Couple of other notes from the game. Travis Shaw left the game in the fifth inning with a bruised right hand. Ryan Braun was ejected in the eighth after a questionable strike three call that he argued. A fan also got ejected after interfering with a ball in the field of play that was catchable (Orlando Arcia was declared out on fan interference).
The series comes to an end tomorrow, as well as the homestand. Matt Garza takes the mound to try to avoid the sweep for the Brewers. Mike Foltynewicz will counter for the Braves. First pitch is at 1:10 pm.