Domingo Santana cranked 2 home runs to lead the Brewers in salvaging the final game of the 3 game series, and denying the Braves the series sweep. Dansby Swanson Barved a routine ground ball with 2 outs in the 6th, allowing Santana to hit his second homer on the next pitch. The 3 unearned runs turned a 2-1 Braves lead into a 4-2 lead for the Brewers.
Mike Foltynewicz started strong for the Braves, and may someday earn a promotion from Folty to Foltzie, starting the game with a John Smoltz-like 4 hitless innings and 6 strikeouts. The final line was 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB and 6 K’s. The ERA for the season is now down to 2.83, and Folty is currently the brightest spot of the rebuild.
Freddie Freeman hit his 9th home run, finishing April with a .381 batting average, and Ender Inciarte stole his 6th and 7th bases. Matt Garza went 6 2/3 innings for the Brewers, allowing 6 hits, 3 ER, and 0 walks, and recording 7 K’s.
The Braves concluded an initially dire road trip at 4 -4, and hopefully that sustains excitement and attendance (and revenue) at SunTrust Park, as the Braves kick off a 7 game home stand on Monday against the Mets. The Braves now stand at 10-13, with 16 of those games played on the road, versus only 7 at home.
The funniest thing I ever heard about Milwaukee: “I signed with the Milwaukee Braves for $3,000. That bothered my dad at the time because he didn’t have that kind of dough. But he eventually scraped it up.” – Bob Uecker.