Another great performance by All Star Ozzie Albies. Otherwise, a night to forget in the City made famous by a certain lousy beer. Indeed, just as that beer did to the Killer, Milwaukee made a loser out of the Braves by a score of 7-2.
Max Fried had a poor start, gave up 4 runs in the first three innings, and then left with a blister after three innings. The Braves’ offense only managed three hits, two by Ozzie. In the first, Ender was hit by a pitch, scored on an Albies triple, who then alertly scored on a comebacker to the pitcher when the pitcher wasn‘t sufficiently alert to Albies. Those two runs would be the Braves high point of the evening, thanks to that aforementioned Brewers pitcher, Jhoulys Chacin. Our old friend Jhoulys went seven, gave up three hits, struck out seven, and only yielded those two first inning runs.
Other than Albies’ double and triple, the only other bright spot for the Braves were the three perfect innings of relief tossed by Shane Carle. Thanks to Carle, you had the feeling the Braves were still in it, sort of, until Winkler gave up three in the eighth.
Alarmists will point out that the Braves have had three poor games in a row, thanks to three miserable starting pitcher performances. And the lead in the NL East over the Phils is down to one game!
Those with more perspective will point out that the Braves are still in first place! And seven games into this grueling road trip, the Braves are 4-3 for the trip.
Our old nemesis the Natspos overcame a nine run deficit to beat the Fish. Maybe that will be a catalyst that will turn their season around. On the other hand, it is just one game, and the Braves still lead them by six.
The best news is, in the immortal words of Earl Weaver, “this ain’t football—we play every day.” Win a couple of games in Milwaukee and everyone will forget the past three. Our ace Foltzie takes the hill on Friday.