Milwaukee takes the first in the series 4-1.
Some times you just have to tip your hat.
The story tonight is Brewers ace Ben Sheets. Undefeated on the road this year, Sheets threw his third complete game, completely befuddling the Braves hitters.
Offensively, Kelly Johnson was the only bright spot, going 2 for 4, and being the only Brave to cross home plate. To tell you how Sheets dominated, Infante and Teixeira were the only other Braves players to get a hit; just one apiece.
And, just as unfortunately, the “old” Jo-Jo Reyes showed up tonight, giving up four runs and being relieved after only 2.1 innings. For some reason, he just couldn’t seem to get his fastball under control. Here’s hoping he can mentally recover and return to his most recent form. Buddy Carlyle, Royce Ring, and Jeff Bennett came in and stopped the bleeding for the rest of the game, not allowing another run.
(This just in! Jeff Francoeur went 0 for 3, and left runners on base, with an average dipping to .243.)
Exactly two hours and 15 minutes after the first pitch, the Brewers were walking off the field and going to a clubhouse that had to have a very different feel than the home team’s.
But tomorrow night is another game; Charlie Morton’s third.
Let’s hope we can see some more of his first outing brilliance.
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