The Atlanta Braves will try to salvage a series split and complete their 10-game road trip with a winning record on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Atlanta improved to 5-4 on the trip Saturday with a 5-1 win over the Brewers. Anibal Sanchez was solid again on the mound while Freddie Freeman snapped out of his recent slump with a three-hit day.
Sean Newcomb will be on the mound for Atlanta and will be looking to bounce back from his worst start of the season. Newcomb struggled with his grip and the hot temperatures in New York while allowing three hits and five runs in just 2 2/3 innings. He walked a season-high five batters while surrendering a pair of homers. That was the first time in six starts where Newcomb failed to pitch into the sixth inning.
Milwaukee will counter with right hander Junior Guerra who has been a big surprise for the Brewers this season. Guerra allowed just two hits over five shutout innings in his last start against the Twins. He has allowed three earned runs or less in nine of his last 10 starts.
Ronald Acuña Jr. could return to the Braves’ lineup as soon as Sunday. Acuña exited Friday’s game in the seventh inning due to a strained groin and wasn’t in the lineup on Saturday. However, the injury isn’t thought to be serious.
The Brewers are also expected to get back outfielder Lorenzo Cain who is currently on the disabled list for a groin strain of his own. Cain has been progressing and ran in the outfield on Saturday before declaring to reporters that he was ready to return.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, July 8, 2:10 p.m. ET
Location: Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI
TV: Fox Sports South
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM, WYAY 106.7, Braves Radio Network