The game started off with a bang for the visiting Braves as Ender Inciarte was hit on his foot and tripled home by Ozzie Albies. Albies joined Inciarte at home after some nifty baserunning on a groundout by Freddie Freeman to the pitcher. Atlanta couldn’t get anything else going from there and gave Max Fried a 2-0 lead before ever throwing a pitch.
The Brewers wasted no time with a response as Jonathan Villar doubled to left to get the inning started and was chased around after a steal of third and sacrifice fly from Jesus Aguilar to cut the Braves lead in half.
In the second inning after Atlanta went down in order Milwaukee continued to add on. Hernan Perez led off the inning with a triple and Keon Broxton then walked to put runners on the corners in front of Tyler Saladino who golfed an RBI single to center field to tie the game. Erik Kratz then brought home Broxton on a ground-out to third and Saladino came around to score on a wild pitch to boost the Brewers lead to 4-2.
Not much was going for either team over the next 5 innings until the Brewers finally broke through again in the eighth inning against Dan Winkler. After yet another leadoff hit by Villar Christian Yelich doubled to right to extend the lead to 5-2. The finishing blow was a two run home run by Hernan Perez in the eighth that put the game out of reach for the Braves.
The loss is Atlanta’s third straight and the Braves will hope to get to the fifty win mark tomorrow night in game two of this four game set. Atlanta’s offense struggled mightily against some pitching that they normally have had success against.