Braves Fall to Brewers in Series Finale 4-3
With the final game of the road trip just hours away, the Braves looked to close out a series sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon behind the arm of pitcher, Mike Foltynewicz. The Milwaukee Brewer’s had other plan’s by putting out their stud pitcher, Matt Garza on the mound in hopes of ending their losing streak. With the 2:10 first pitch time, the Braves started off the scoring with a RBI single by none other than last night’s hero, Matt Kemp, which brought Ender Inciarte to home plate in the Top of the 1st inning. Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, started off the afternoon strong with dealing out not one, not two, but THREE straight strikeouts to begin his day. As the game progressed and the Braves holding on to a 1 run lead, Foltynewicz looked to be in full cruise control having a no hitter intact through 3.2 innings. That was until Milwaukee’s left fielder, Ryan Braun hit a hard ground ball to Brave’s third baseman, Adonis Garcia, who could not cleanly secure and throw the ball to first base in time to get the third and final out of the 4th inning. To start the top of the 5th, the Braves went three up and three down to force Foltynewicz to get minimal rest. Seeing that Foltynewicz was trying to stay in a groove, he continued to pound the strike zone which ended up costing him in the bottom of the 5th when Brewer’s Domingo Santana, who had been cold for the month of April only hitting .176, got ahold of a high fast ball and made the Braves pay with a 421 ft home-run to straight away center field which tied the game up at 1 a piece. Foltynewicz was able to get out of the 5th with giving up just a single run and minimizing the damage. With the Brave’s one, two, and three hitters up to bat, they looked to regain the lead and begin to pull away. Ender Inciarte and Adonis Garcia both grounded out which left Freddie Freeman with 2 outs and nobody on base. It was time for Freddie to make some magic, and boy did he do just that! With a 1-0 count, he crushed a 395 ft line drive homer to right field to put the Braves back on top 2-1. The bottom of the 6th is when the Brewer’s began to show momentum in the form of a single by first baseman, Eric Thames, followed by a fielders choice ball which left the Brewer’s one on with 2 outs. A ground ball error by Atlanta’s Dansby Swanson, gave the Brewer’s new life with 2 on and Domingo Santana at the plate. Surely, Foltynewicz would fix what he did in the 5th inning and not make the same mistake to Santana again. Unfortunately for the Braves, Santana was just on fire and with one single swing, he put the Brewer’s back up 4-2 and would ultimately be enough to finish the Braves off. With a final push, the Braves sent pinch hitter, Brandon Phillips to the plate to try to bring in a run in the top of the 7th, he did that in form of a single to right, that brought the Braves within one run 4-3. Pulling out all the stops the Braves gave the ok to swing away, causing them to pop up and ground out ending the game. The Braves return home to SunTrust Park tomorrow to take on the New York Mets in a four-game series behind the arm of Brave’s ace Julio Teheran starting at 7:35pm EST.