Braves win pitcher's duel with Brewers; Johnson homers for 1-0 win

Mike McGinnis

Neither team had a hit until the seventh. Aaron Harang wins in his Braves debut, allowing just two hits in 6.2 innings.

For a couple of pitchers making their debuts with their new teams, they both pitched a doozy of a ballgame.

Goose eggs abounded in Milwaukee today as both Aaron Harang and Matt Garza took no-hit bids into the seventh inning, but the game went to the Braves when Chris Johnson gave his team all the offense they would need with his first home run of the season, and Atlanta wins its first series in Milwaukee since 2010 with a 1-0 victory in the finale of the opening series of the 2014 season.

For the first six innings, neither Harang nor Garza gave up anything save for a walk apiece. No runs, no hits, nothing. Garza missed more bats than Harang with seven strikeouts in eight innings, including four in a row at one point.

It seemed like neither pitcher was going to give up anything, but with two outs in the seventh, Garza threw one mistake and Chris Johnson sent it over the wall in left. Harang was lifted with two outs in the seventh after giving up a pair of hits; he struck out three.

Craig Kimbrel retired the Brewers in order in the ninth thanks to an awesome catch by Jason Heyward, the second of two spectacular catches in the game. Kimbrel is now tied with Gene Garber for second place in franchise history with 141 saves.

Win Expectancy

Source: FanGraphs
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