Last year, the Braves turned their season around in May. It's early, but the Braves are now 4-0 in the month of May and are playing their best baseball of the season.
Game One Recap:
After being rained out last night, the Braves and Brewers played a matinee at Turner Field this afternoon. Tommy Hanson was impressive once again and pitched six strong innings in route of his 4th win of the season. He struck out seven Brewers in six innings and allowed just two runs in that span. Brewers starter Marco Estrada was not up to the challenge of the suddenly red-hot Braves lineup and was tagged for seven runs in just over five innings.
The Brewers scored first to make the score 1-0 after two innings, but the Braves battled back in the bottom half of the 3rd inning. Martin Prado singled to drive in Nate McLouth and Brian McCann came up with a big 2-out single up the middle to score Prado from 3rd. The Braves briefly led 2-1, but Prince Fielder hit a solo-home run to right field to tie the score at two apiece.
Martin Prado came up once again in the 4th inning with the bases loaded and singled to center field to bring in two more runners. The Braves added on in the 6th as well, this time on a wild pitch from reliever Mitch Stetter and a 2 RBI-single from Chipper Jones. Brian McCann added a sacrifice fly to make the score 8-2 after six innings.
Braves win 8-3.
Game Two Recap:
With all eyes focused on Zack Greinke in his National League debut, Tim Hudson stole the show. He threw a complete game one-hitter and the only Brewer to reach base was Rickie Weeks, who doubled and drew a walk in the 9th inning. Hudson needed just 102 pitches and struck out six batters.
Zack Greinke wasn't as fortunate. His teammates made three errors behind him and Atlanta pounded him for five runs (four earned) in four innings. He gave up five hits and walked one, though he did strikeout six Braves on the night.
To give you an idea of the difference between the two pitchers, Greinke needed 86 pitches to complete four innings. Tim Hudson needed 86 pitches to complete eight innings.
The Braves scored early and often in game two. Dan Uggla put together a great at-bat in the 1st inning and hit a seeing-eye ground ball to left field to drive in the first run of the game. Martin Prado followed up in the 2nd inning with an RBI-single to center field to score Nate McLouth*. The Braves led 2-0 after two innings.
They broke it wide open in the 4th. David Ross and Eric Hinske both doubled to start the inning and Nate McLouth followed with a monster home run to right field to make the score 5-0. Eric Hinkse added a sacrifice fly in the 6th to make the score 6-0, and Freddie Freeman hit a 2-run single in the 8th inning to put the icing on the cake.
With the small Turner Field crowd on their feet, Hudson got Corey Hart to ground out to Freddie Freeman to close out the game. It was truly a dominating performance from Huddy on Wednesday night.
*Nate McLouth was a man on a mission today. He went 5-for-5 with three walks, four runs, two RBI, a double, and a home run. Since moving to the 8th spot in the lineup three weeks ago, McLouth is hitting .382/.500/.588.
It's tough to award individual players, but Tim Hudson, Nate McLouth, and Martin Prado all were excellent today. All-in-all, just about everyone was an MVP today.
Neither Marco Estrada or Zack Greinke were very good, but the Brewers defense really let them down. Certainly not the best day for the Brew Crew.