It was definitely a frustrating series. Heading into the weekend, the Brewers were tied for last place in the NL Central and were one of the worst teams in the majors, record-wise. As it turned out, their recent hot streak of pitching well continued for the first two games of the series.
The Braves couldn't muster any offense for the first two games of the series before exploding for 7 in yesterday's game. Jordan Schafer continues to hit, going 4-for-8 with a walk, and he picked up Justin Upton, who has an injured hand. Andrelton Simmons did better this series as he hit 4-for-13. Freddie Freeman had his worst series in a while as he went 0-for-12 with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts. Brian McCann went 0-for-8 before collecting 3 hits yesterday, including his first-inning grand slam. B.J. Upton added 4 walks and a couple hits as he continues to show a high walk rate even after moving away from the 8th spot in the order. As one might expect when the team gets shutout in the first two games, few of the Braves hitters even had a decent series at the plate.
Braves pitchers did okay, though. Julio Teheran was solid on Friday, giving up 8 hits and 2 runs in 6.1 innings while striking out 5 and walking none. The most impressive part of the game was Teheran getting out of the first inning while only surrendering one run. It was an inning started by poor luck on his part, and in years past, it was the exact type of inning that got away from him. Not this time.
Tim Hudson was okay, but he probably deserved a worse fate. Surrendering 7 hits, 4 walks, and a hit batter should mean more than 2 runs allowed, but Hudson managed to scatter the baserunners enough to avoid major damage. Paul Maholm wasn't a whole lot better, but he received the results he deserved - 4 runs in 5 innings as he gave up 8 hits, a walk, and a home run.
The Braves bullpen was excellent, shutting out the Brewers over 8.2 innings with 11 strikeouts and 2 walks. Both of those walks were allowed by Cory Gearrin, who was terrible yesterday.
Despite losing a second straight series, the Braves sit 6 games up on the Nationals with a record of 44-33.