On the docket for a Tuesday night home game: A pitchers duel filled with missed opportunities and base running blunders. Julio Teheran started for the Braves and pitched brilliantly, racking up 12 strikeouts (four of them in the 2nd inning thanks to a wild pitch) in 7 innings and only allowing 3 hits. Unfortunately, one of those three hits came off of Ryan Braun’s bat and ended up in the seats for the first run of the game.
Teheran’s Brewer counterpart, Jimmy Nelson, held his own, allowing only 4 hits in six innings and recording 8 strikeouts. He kept the Braves off the board until the 5th, when Mallex Smith tripled home Erick Aybar for the Braves lone run. The Braves had appeared to be in good position to score a couple in the 2nd with a bases-loaded, no-out threat, but they managed to Barve the situation up and let Nelson off the hook when Aybar lined into a double play and Teheran hit a soft grounder to 2nd to end the inning.
The Brewers tried to Barve the game up, too, by running into an out at 3rd when the ball was hit in front of the runner, and getting a leadoff walk in the 8th picked off, but no one can Barve like the Braves can, and they managed to secure the loss with little effort.
Bud Norris came out of the bullpen to relieve Teheran in the 8th and started walking guys, which isn’t the greatest relief strategy in the world. He got the pick off on the first one, but a stolen base and base hit allowed the second one to score and gave the Brewers the lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
The Braves are now 3-4 since Snitker took the reins, dropping back below .500 under him for the first time since last Tuesday.
The Brewers haven’t won a series on the road this season. This is their lucky week—welcome to Atlanta, boys.
I know he scored tonight’s only run, but this will never not be needed: Aybar delenda eat.