The Braves bats finally came alive on Sunday afternoon. The Braves won 7-4 and managed to take 1 of 3 from the Brewers in the weekend series. Previous to Sunday’s game, the Braves had been held scoreless their last 24 innings and losers of 8 straight at Miller Park.
Brian McCann did not let the 24 inning scoreless streak go any farther on Sunday afternoon. Jordan Schafer, Andrelton Simmons, and Freddie Freeman were all on the base paths when McCann hit the 10th grand slam of his career in the top of the 1st. The scoreless inning streak was over as the Braves took a 4-0 lead.
The Braves took a 5-0 lead in the 2nd inning when 3rd baseman, Chris Johnson, hit a 360ft shot over the left field wall.
Jordan Schafer, filling in for Justin Upton a second straight game, hit a home run of his own to right field in the 4th inning. Schafer’s 389ft home run extended the Braves lead to 6-0.
The Brewers would make their case for a comeback in the bottom of the 5th. Logan Schafer, in for the injured Carlos Gomez, singled to center to bring in Norichika Aoki and Jean Segura. Schafer’s single cut the Braves lead to 6-2.
The Brewers would add 2 more in the inning from a monster shot (436ft) off the bat of Brewers catcher, Jonathan Lucroy. The home run was Lucroy’s 8th of the season and decreased Atlanta’s lead to 2, 6-4.
Craig Kimbrel came in to close the game out in the 9th and the Braves won 7-4.
The Braves hitting, which was missing in the first 2 games of the series, finally showed up on Sunday. Freddie Freeman and B.J. Upton were the only 2 Atlanta hitters to not record a hit during the game. Each Brave in the starting lineup was able to get on base, as Freeman and Upton both drew walks during the game. Everyone else in the lineup was able to put in a good day at the plate.
Braves hitters on Sunday:
J. Schafer: 4-5, 2B, HR(3), (Triple short of the cycle)
A. Simmons: 2-5
J. Heyward: 1-5
F. Freeman 0-4, BB
B. Upton: 0-3, 2 BB
B. McCann: 3-4, HR (8)
D. Uggla: 2-5
C. Johnson: 2-3, HR (5)
It was a good day for the Braves bats to get going, as Paul Maholm was not his best on the mound. Maholm gave up 4 runs in 5 IP.
It was a good win for the Braves, as both the National and Phillies were both beat on Sunday afternoon.
The Braves will enjoy a day off in Kansas City Monday, before starting a 2 game set with the Royals on Tuesday.