Mike Minor wasn't sharp in his season debut and allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks in just 4.1 innings. The Braves hitters were all over Marco Estrada in the first inning, but he settled in nicely as the game went on. With the Braves trailing 5-1 in the 6th inning, Jason Heyward hit a monster 3-run home run into the right field seats to bring Atlanta within one.
The Brewers bullpen came in and worked a scoreless final three innings. The Braves got their leadoff hitter on base in the 9th inning after Heyward drew a walk, but Alex Gonzalez struck out, Matt Young hit into a fielders choice, and Eric Hinske popped up to the right fielder to end the game.
The bullpen was stellar once again tonight. Cristhian Martinez, Eric O'Flaherty, and Peter Moylan combined to work 3.2 innings and despite allowing four hits and a walk, they managed to keep the Brew Crew scoreless during the last few innings of the game.
Pretty frustrating loss, but we still have a chance to win tomorrow and end our first road trip with a winning record.
Jason Heyward - 1-for-3, BB, HR (2), RBI 3 (5)
Mike Minor - 4.1IP, 7H, 5ER, 4BB, 2K
The final game of the four-game series in Milwaukee will feature Tommy Hanson and Shaun Marcum on the mound. We can expect to see Chipper Jones get the day off. A win would not only split the series, but give us a 4-3 record on our first road trip of the year.
Comments of the Game:
Bronn had this reply to the Brewers announcers when they asked if Chipper is a legit Hall of Fame candidate...
And NCChopper posted this beautiful automobile after Heyward's 3-run bomb...