Braves Go Belly Up Against Brewers

Fredi Gonzalez

Fredi Gonzalez got tossed Monday night by notoriously lousy umpire, Angel Hernandez

A trio of home runs helped the Milwaukee Brewers defeat the Atlanta Braves in game 1 of the series.  Brewers home runs, and a lack of Braves hitting, led to a 5-0 Brewers win on Monday night.

Carlos Gomez got the home runs and scoring started for the Brewers in the 1st inning, when he hit a solo homer off of Braves pitcher, Mike Minor.

Jonathan Lecroy homered off Minor in the 5th inning.  This home run, with Norichika Aoki on base, gave the Brewers a 3-0 lead.

The Brewers 3rd homerun of the night, came off the bat of Aramis Ramirez, in the 8th inning.  The Brew Crew added another run in the inning, when Yuniesky Betancourt reached on an infield single.  Sean Halton scored and padded the lead to 5-0 for the Brewers.

The Brewers had the same amount of home runs as the Braves did hits on Monday.  The Braves were only able to record 3 hits during the game.  Only 2 of those hits came from Atlanta starters.  Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons were the only 2 starters with hits.  Elliot Johnson got the 3rd hit when he came in to pinch hit.

The Braves rested a good bit of their regulars during Monday’s game.  Paul Janish played 2nd, Terdoslavich played 1st, and Evan Gattis played catcher on Monday.

The Braves need to play well this last week, if they want home field advantage in the playoffs.  They have started to fall as of late and will probably only be ½ game in front of the Cardinals at the end of play on Monday.

All regulars should be back in the lineup tomorrow night for game 2 of the series.  Freddy Garcia (4-7, 4.52) will take on Tyler Thornburg (3-1,1.96).  The Braves lineup will have another tough task as Thornburg has been unhittable recently.

  • Al

    Fredi blew another important game with his mass substitution, a complete failure for the 2nd time this month.

  • BravesBeliever

    I’ve come to the conclusion- and I know this is no revelation- that the Braves are what I would call a “Perfect Storm” team. If the Bats are hot, the starting pitching at least decent and the bull pen at the level they have been all year- pre-September, that is- there is not a team on the planet who can stop them. However, with the exception of a few short glimpses of their glory, one has to look to the three strong streaks they had during the year to find the baseball equivalent of the meteorological Perfect Storm necessary to go deep in the post season. Just like natures Perfect Storm, if the conditions above are all in place, look out, EVERYONE because there is not a team on the planet who can compete successfully with this team. If they go on a streak with the “perfect storm of baseball” like they broke out in those 8, 10, 12, 14 straight wins during 2013, it will be the equivalent of Katrina- “look out, boys, here it comes and there’s NOTHING we can do to stop it!” Nevertheless, the current forecast with the present state of predictable conditions for such a storm looks pretty gloomy at this point due to the relative calm of September when the Braves have mustered nary a small squall. On a positive note, however, one can also look back and say when the three or four Perfect Storms streaks of 2013 hit the communities of the unsuspecting teams who were the victims in their wake during those streaks one could just as easily say there were no discernible, predictable dark skies warning of the impending doom for all of those teams nor providing any indication that the storm was imminent. The Braves Perfect Storm just hit like with an unstoppable hurricane force and when it did, the Braves were unstoppable. On the other hand, if the conditions for this Baseball Perfect Storm never develop and the team keeps playing the way this team has played during September-and, most particularly, right now- all that will be witnessed is the gentle but unkind breezes that will quite quickly blow the Braves off the post-season charts with little fanfare.

    SO…..Ladies and Gentlemen of Braves Nation, PRAY FOR THE BRAVES’ PERFECT STORM of baseball; for if it comes, the only thing left in it’s wake will be a wonderful collection of World Series Rings and Banners. And, when it is all said and done, THAT is why we TRULY Chop!

  • C.J. Smith

    The good thing is that the Braves are already in the postseason. We get upset and things but i’ve thought, what if the Braves were in the “Astros” situation and that bad. We have been spoiled with wins and anything can happen come postseason. We could lose 3 straight or make a run, but alteast we are playing and have a chance