Santana Gets Rocked Early As Milwaukee Wins 6-1

Scott Cunningham

The game got off to a pretty bad start for the Braves and they never recovered, ending the 3-game win streak

Well that got out of hand pretty quickly, didn't it? After the Braves seemingly came up with a formula of getting ahead early and never relenting, it was the Brewers who snatched that formula away from Atlanta, as a 1st inning Grand Slam from Mark Reynolds basically ended the game before it even started for Atlanta.

The Win Probability Chart below should tell the whole story of this game: The Brewers jumped on Ervin Santana early, and in a big way. Carlos Gomez led things off for the Brew Crew with a line drive single, then Scooter Gennett followed it up with a double. After a Johnathan Lucroy walk, Mark Reynolds muscled a slider off the edge of his bat that just about made it over the fence. With that being said, a ball that edges over the fence counts just the same as a moonshot, and with 3 ducks on the pond, the Brewers won't be complaining about style points, especially considering that it was a Grand Slam. In this entire sequence from the first pitch of the game until the GS, Ervin Santana tallied 2 strikes. You think he wants that inning back?

The Braves did respond in the bottom of the 1st, and Justin Upton was the man of the hour once again. After a Freddie Freeman double, J-Up took a sinker from Kyle Lohse to left field for a RBI double to cut the lead to 3. Unfortunately, that'd be the closest the Braves got to the Brewers tonight.

In the top of the 4th, Ervin Santana paid dearly for walking his pitching counterpart Kyle Lohse, and with 2 outs, no less. This led to Carlos Gomez coming up and smacking the first pitch he saw into the right-center field seats for a 2-run homer that made it 6-1. That ended the scoring, and the 5-run lead was one that Lohse would sit on, going 8 innings with 8 strikeouts in another great performance for the Brewers' righthander.

Credit has to be given to Ervin Santana for making it through 7th inning after most Braves fans figured that he'd be gone way before then. Instead, the only two guys who got to pitch from the bullpen tonight were Luis Avilan and Anthony Varvaro, who each threw a strikeout in their respective inning of relief. Granted, I'm sure that everybody wishes that he didn't let the train go off the rails so early, but it was a small positive to see him eat some innings out there.

With the loss, Atlanta fell to 25-20, but they'll have a shot at taking the 4-game series tomorrow night with Aaron Harang taking the ball for his 10th start of the season.


Source: FanGraphs

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