For 6.2 innings this afternoon, the Braves embarrassed themselves by getting no hit by Matt Garza. Perhaps more humiliatingly, however, the Brewers spent the first six innings getting no hit by Aaron Harang. Fortunately, misery loves company, so the afternoon offered plenty of bonding time for rival fans in the stands. Both pitchers were making their debuts with their new ball clubs, and both succeeded in making their first innings memorable.
Chris Johnson continues to show no interest in regressing. Will we have to soon start referring to it as the Johnson trade in which we also got Justin Upton? He got the game’s first hit in the 7th inning, and it was a long one. His homer to left center field proved to be the game’s only run, which is exactly what you would (not) have predicted from a Harang/Garza matchup.
Harang finally stumbled in the bottom of the 7th and gave up a couple of hits, but Luis Avilan got the final out of the inning with runners on the corners to end the threat. Harang’s outing was enough to make anyone still upset over the release of Freddy Garcia (please tell me this is no one) have to think twice that maybe Wren and company do, in fact, know what they are doing. It also provides a glimmer of hope that the Braves may have just enough pitching to bridge the gap until our real guys get healthy.
David Carpenter and Craig Kimbrel worked the 8th and 9th without incident. Kraken was nice to his teammates and only recorded one strikeout, giving them the chance to play some defense behind him. Jason Heyward delivered, making a spectacular diving catch in shallow right to rob Carlos Gomez of a hit.
To add to the unpredictability of this game, B.J. Upton and Gerald Laird recorded the other two Braves’ hits, and the Braves won 1-0 in Milwaukee, which, according to ESPN, is a feat they last accomplished in 1964 as the home team.
A series win to start the season is always nice, and a series win at a ballpark where the Braves have been particularly horrible for the past few seasons is even nicer. The guys can enjoy Thursday’s off-day now and head to Washington on a high note.