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Anderson shaky but effective in 5-1 win

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MLB: Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Braves came into the game against Milwaukee on Saturday looking to turn their season around without their all-world player Ronald Acuna.

The top of the first inning started out with an Ehire Adrianza groundout with a nice play by Travis Shaw. A walk from Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna set up Ozzie to come to bat with a man on first and second. Ozzie delivered with a double that just missed leaving the park, scoring Freddie. Dansby followed Ozzie with a sacrifice fly to the warning track to score Marcell. Austin Riley walked, but William Contreras grounded out to end the inning with the score at 2-0 for Atlanta. Ian Anderson worked around a walk to post a scoreless first. Ehire Adrianza provided a two out single in the top of the second and Freddie Freeman followed him up with a huge homer to left-center for his 250th career home run. Congratulations are in order for that one. Ozuna drew a walk, but the threat ended there with an Albies flyout.

Austin Riley made two nice plays for the first two outs of the home second and Ian Anderson closed the 1-2-3 inning out with a strikeout of Jackie Bradley Jr. A two out single from William Contreras and a double from Guillermo Heredia gave Ian Anderson a chance to add on to the 4-0 lead, but he predictably struck out because pitchers are bad at hitting. Ian Anderson lost his command in the third, but only allowed a walk as far as baserunners go in a scoreless inning.

Freddie Freeman hit a ball between Brett Anderson’s glutes (that is not a joke or a typo) for an infield single before Ozuna grounded into a fielder’s choice. Ozzie doubled, again only a few feet short of a homer to set up Dansby with runners on second and third with two outs, as the Brewers went to Drew Rasmussen from the bullpen. Unfortunately, Dansby struck out on three pitches, allowing Milwaukee to escape the inning with no runs allowed. Ian struck out two on his way to a 1-2-3 bottom of the fourth. A Contreras walk was the only baserunner produced by the Atlanta offense in the fifth. Ian Anderson again threw a ton of pitches in the fifth inning and walked a batter, but escaped the inning, now through five hitless. The Braves went down in order during the top of the fifth.

At this point, you can probably guess how the bottom of the sixth went for Ian Anderson...yep, he walked a batter but got out of the inning, now through six no-hit innings with four walks, four strikeouts, and 97 pitches.

Meanwhile, Ozzie actual hit the ball over the wall this time to lead off the seventh, but Jackie Bradley Jr. calmly made a spectacular play to rob the home run. Dansby and Austin struck out to end the inning after that.

In what is a highly questionable decision, despite what was a no-hitter at the time, Snitker left Ian in the game and he promptly allowed a single and a double. AJ Minter got the call in a tough situation. AJ allowed a walk and a sac fly, but got out of the inning with a 4-1 Atlanta lead heading into the eighth. Fortunately, William Contreras got the lead back up to four, with a leadoff homer to dead center in the eighth that went too far for Bradley to rob. Panda pinch-hit and was hit by a pitch after Heredia flew out, but Adrianza grounded into a double play to send the game into the bottom of the eighth. Chris Martin came in for the eighth and made short work of the Brewers in a 1-2-3 inning.

Marcell Ozuna and Ozzie Albies each singled with one out in the top of the ninth, but Atlanta was unable to bring them home. Will Smitch came in to close and allowed a single but nothing else to secure a 5-1 Braves win.

We’ll be back tomorrow for the third and final game against the Brewers at 2:10 P.M. ET.