Maybe this team isn’t bad, but they’ve certainly continued last year’s pattern of never making anything easy. They have three wins, and Craig Kimbrel has three saves, and Jonny Venters got the win last night to go with his two holds. It’s not really a long-term solution. Tommy Hanson getting stronger and Tim Hudson return would help, because right now we’re not getting more than five innings from anyone.
Michael Bourn walked to lead off the Braves’ first, and when it looked like he’d be stranded there, Brian McCann (who had a huge night) doubled off the wall in right to score him. Jair Jurrjens retired the first five he faced before allowing a little bloop single over short. No biggie, except that Alex Gonzalez — who else — lined a homer to give the Brewers the lead, followed by a solo homer by George Kottaras.
And then in the fifth Ron Roenicke lost his mind, and left Randy Wolf in there to give up six runs, only one of which was inherited by the next guy. McCann hit a three-run homer, Matt Diaz hit a two-run shot, and then Jason Heyward singled, which finally got Roenicke out of the dugout. The reliever got the first guy, but then he walked Jurrjens and gave up a single to Bourn, making it 8-3, before retiring Martin Prado, who had the indignity of making both the first and the last out of the inning.
But Jurrjens then allowed two singles and two stolen bases before giving up a two-run double and being relieved by Kris Medlen before retiring anyone in the sixth. McCann singled and stole second in the sixth, and really was just showing off at this point; he was stranded,
And the usually reliable Eric O’Flaherty got bombed. He gave up an infield single, then a double, then a two-run single to make it 8-7. He then got a double play before allowing a solo homer to tie it.
Braves couldn’t do anything in the seventh, Brewers had no answers for Venters in the eighth. In the bottom of the eighth, they finally got McCann, but he advanced two baserunners, and Uggla singled them home to make it 10-8. Kimbrel gave up one single in the ninth.