The Atlanta Braves are now 5-0 in the month of May and they just swept one of the National League's most talented teams.
This is fun.
Brandon Beachy was great on the mound once again. He worked six strong innings and struck out nine Brewers batters. He gave up one run, which was unearned, and gave up just four hits and one walk. To be honest, the Brew Crew's batters didn't have much of a chance at the plate tonight. Shaun Marcum started for Milwaukee and was equally as good. He worked seven innings and allowed just one run. He struck out eight batters on the night and allowed five hits and a walk.
Eric Hinske gave the Braves an early lead with a solo-home run to right field in the 2nd inning. It was a no-doubt shot. The Brewers fought back in 5th inning. Yuniesky Betancourt reached base courtesy of a Brandon Hicks throwing error and after being moved over to third, Jonathan Lucroy drove him in with a sacrifice fly. The score was 1-1 after five.
The pitchers duel ensued afterwards. Both Beachy and Marcum dominated the opposing hitters for most of the night and neither wanted to be pulled from the game. Eric O'Flaherty replaced the Atlanta starter and worked a scoreless 7th inning. After failing to score in the bottom half of the inning, it was Jonny Venters turn to dominate on the mound. After a Rickie Weeks single, Venters got Nyjer Morgan to groundout and then proceeded to strike out sluggers Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder.
Martin Prado led off the 8th inning and hit a monster home run off Kameron Loe to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. Craig Kimbrel came in to close out the game and struck out Casey McGehee and Yuniesky Betancourt before getting Corey Hart to groundout for the final out.
Braves win 2-1.
Brandon Beachy - 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 9K
Martin Prado - 2-for-4, HR, RBI
Eric Hinske - 2-for-4, HR, RBI
Kameron Loe - 1IP, 2H, 1R, 1BB, 0K
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