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Series Recap: Braves vs. Brewers

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Well, that didn't go the way we had hoped.

It seems Atlanta's offense has yet to rediscover its rhythm one week before the playoffs. The Braves are 10-13 in September and have fallen behind the Cardinals for the NL's best record with four games left to play.

Starting pitching: All three starters pitched into the seventh inning and performed well enough to win, combining for 20 strikeouts compared to just one walk. Mike Minor and Paul Maholm each allowed three runs in seven innings while Freddy Garcia allowed just two runs in 6.2 innings. Normally, three runs is no problem for this offense.

Offense: Tuesday's win notwithstanding, Atlanta's offense might be plastered on the side of a milk carton. 10 hits on Tuesday, but three hits Monday and two hits Wednesday aren't going to win many ballgames. In each of their four losses to Milwaukee this year, Atlanta has been shutout. The team is hitting just .218 in September with one series left to play before the playoffs begin.

Carlos Gomez: He homered twice in the series, but it was the second home run Wednesday that got everyone's blood boiling. He hit it and then posed briefly before he started flapping his lips at Maholm over a game back in June; he did that all the way around the bases. Freddie Freeman took exception to it as well as Brian McCann who acted as a roadblock when Gomez arrived at home plate. Freeman was unnecessarily ejected in the ensuing scuffle.