By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports activities Author
ATLANTA (AP) — Christian Yelich lined a scorcher up the center.
It certain appeared like successful.
However Dansby Swanson devoured it up, sprinted to second base to get the pressure, then fired on to first to finish the double play.
One other likelihood squandered by the Milwaukee Brewers, who’ve picked the worst time of yr to go ice chilly on the plate.
Ian Anderson and 4 Atlanta relievers blanked the Brewers for the second straight sport within the NL Division Collection, pushing Milwaukee to the brink of elimination with a 3-0 victory Monday.
“We have to catch a break,” supervisor Craig Counsell mentioned, clearly exasperated at his group’s offensive woes and 2-1 deficit.
How futile have the Brewers been with a bat of their palms?
— They’ve scored simply two runs in three video games, their whole offensive manufacturing boiling down to at least one swing in Sport 1. Rowdy Tellez hit a two-run homer off Charlie Morton to provide the Brewers a 2-1 win.
They have not scored since.
— Milwaukee has gone 19 straight innings with out pushing a run throughout the plate. Extra problematic, they’ve failed to attain in 25 of 26 innings throughout the first three video games.
— The Brewers are 0 for 16 with runners in scoring place, together with eight extra fruitless at-bats in Sport 3.
“It felt like we have had males on base virtually each inning,” Omar Narváez mentioned.
Milwaukee had loads of possibilities to attain Monday, most notably within the essential fifth inning when the Brewers put runners at second and third with no outs.
After Lorenzo Cain grounded out to Swanson in opposition to a drawn-in infield, the runners pressured to carry, Counsell had little selection besides to ship up a pinch-hitter for beginning pitcher Freddy Peralta.
The transfer backfired on a number of ranges.
Daniel Vogelbach didn’t dive house the run, grounding one to 3rd that left Luis Urias in a rundown. After he was tagged out, Kolten Wong lined out to finish the risk.
Within the backside half of the fifth, the Brewers referred to as in Adrian Houser from the bullpen. He instantly gave up back-to-back singles to Travis d’Arnaud and Swanson, which prompted Braves supervisor Brian Snitker to go to his bench.
Batting for Anderson, Joc Peterson obtained maintain of a excessive fastball and despatched it hovering towards the Chop Home restaurant in proper discipline for a three-run homer that accounted for each little bit of offense on this heat, sunny afternoon.
The Brewers had yet another prime likelihood to interrupt via within the eighth. Jace Peterson led off with a stroll and hustled round to 3rd on Willy Adames’ one-out single.
Yelich obtained maintain of 1 from Luke Jackson, however the Braves had him performed completely.
Swanson fielded the hard-hit ball and handed on an opportunity to flip it to second baseman Ozzie Albies, who hopped out of the way in which to let his shortstop deal with all of it by himself for the inning-ending double play.
Will Smith completed off the Brewers with a 1-2-3 ninth, giving the Atlanta bullpen a complete of 9 scoreless innings within the sequence.
But it surely’s the Braves’ starters who’ve actually been on level.
Morton, Sport 2 winner Max Fried and Anderson have labored a complete of 17 innings, permitting simply 9 hits and two runs with one stroll and 24 strikeouts.
“It is unbelievable,” Joc Peterson mentioned. “The one one to surrender any runs is Charlie, and I truthfully suppose he was essentially the most dominant one.”
Counsell mentioned the Brewers should discover a strategy to put extra strain on the Atlanta starters the primary time via the order.
If not, the postseason can be a brief one for Milwaukee. The Braves can wrap up the best-of-five sequence with yet another win Tuesday.
“They’ve had some actually good beginning pitching,” Counsell mentioned. “They’ve made it robust on us.”
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