Just hours after the trade deadline, the Milwaukee Brewers took on the Atlanta Braves this evening in Atlanta. Both teams made improvements to their teams with key additions, and tonights action would be the first action for newly acquired Eduardo Escobar. In fact, Escobar would make his mark in tonight’s 9-5 Brewers victory.
Things did not look good early however. Atlanta came out firing on all cylinders against Brewers’ starter, Corbin Burnes, who seemed to be struggling with his stuff. Joc Pederson opened the bottom of the first with a single to left and advanced to second on a ground ball to Burnes. Pederson came around to score when Freddie Freeman singled to left. Freeman scored on on Austin Riley’s 22nd homer of the year.
Dansby Swanson was up next and singled. He followed that up by stealing second and eventually scoring on a single by Stephen Vogt. Just like that, the Braves were up 4-0.
Milwaukee came roaring back 4 runs in the top of the third and 4 runs in the top of the fourth. In the top of the third inning, Kolten Wong led things off with a single. That was followed up by a double from Willy Adames. Wong scored on a sacrifice fly from Omar Narvaez, and the Brewers were on the board.
Atlanta’s starter, Touki Troussant, walked Eduardo Escobar. Avisail Garcia would tie the game on his 18th homer of the year, plating both Adames and Escobar.
In the top of the fourth, Jackie Bradley Jr. led off by being hit by a pitch. He scored when Kolten Wong doubled.
Wong came around to score when Willy Adames hit a 420 foot bomb over the centerfield wall. It was his 12th of the season.
Atlanta put another run on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Corbin Burnes began the inning by issuing free passes to Freddie Freeman and Austin Riley. Freeman scored on a bang-bang play at the plate off of a Adam Duvall single to left. Riley went to second on the play. Riley would try to take third base on a fly ball to Jackie Bradley Jr., but instead this happened.
W O W— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 31, 2021
What a way to get out of the jam! pic.twitter.com/3SsnsKu4EB
Freeman’s run scored would be the last of the game for Atlanta, but the Brewers had one more run in them. In the top of the ninth, the new addition, Eduardo Escobar put his 23rd of the season over the centerfield wall. The home run sealed the deal for the Brew Crew as they continue to roll right along 7 games up on the Cincinnati Reds.
These two teams go at it again tomorrow evening at 6:20 CT. The pitchers will be Brandon Woodruff for Milwaukee and Kyle Muller for Atlanta. The game can be heard on WTMJ 620 and the Brewers Radio Network. The game can be seen on Bally Sports Wisconsin.