The Braves celebrated a 4-2 win against the Brewers on Monday night. It was her fifth win in a row, and one that extended her lead in the NL East to 7½ games against the Nationals and 9½ against the Phillies. The record is now at 58-37. The Brewers fall for a .500 game and sit at 48-47.
Max Fried got the W and pushed his record to 10-4. He looked dominant early on, but eventually succumbed to a bladder problem that plagued him throughout his career. He made it through five scoreless innings before his last bubble appeared – this on his left index finger. For a guy with blistering problems, this is a development that needs to be followed closely. If he missed a long time, this would further increase the urgency for the Braves to add another starter at the close.
Despite missing out on four runs in the defeat, Adrian Houser of Milwaukee scored his best start of the season for the brewers. He made it through six innings, hit three, and saved a beleaguered Brewers bullpen, which was not equipped for extensive innings. His offense simply could not catch him that night.
Ozzie Albies had another multi-hit game ̵
#Braves 2B Ozzie Albies hit 5,259 on 5 June.
He has since fought 0.357 in his last 33 games, including three more hits tonight. This is Albies & # 39; 16. Multi-hit game in these 33 competitions.
– Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) July 16, 2019
Glad to see that we have Good Ozzie back.
The game remained goalless until the fourth inning. Two consecutive infield hits from Ronald Acuña and Dansby Swanson set the stage for Freddie Freeman to illuminate the Braves scoreboard. A poorly placed curveball directly in Freddie's wheelhouse was hit 400 meters into the middle, giving the Braves a 3-0 lead.
After Fried had rested and looked keen for the first three innings, he got in the bottom half in trouble the fourth inning – possibly as the bubble began to raise her ugly head. He handed over a single to Christian Yelich and a walk to Yasmani Grandal, but came away unscathed after the retirement of Mike Moustakas and Jesus Aguilar. He was in the fifth game right back in the soup, which Keston Hiura (who was sent off after a heads-up game by Fried) made a double advantage and finally met with Yelich on two runners hit the plate. The crisis was averted when he competed against Austin Riley to end the inning.
After Josh replaced Tomlin Fried in the sixth game, Ryan Brown hit a homer in the middle to score 3-1. Tomlin's subsequent strike against Grandal was thrown by Grandal (I'm not sure why, since it was a clear trike ) and this was the best possible result. Moustakas followed with a single, then Hiura tripled and brought Moose home to score. Had Grandal been on board, the game would have been a draw, but unfortunately he was already in the clubhouse at that point.
Houser showed cracks in the armor in the seventh inning and allowed Albies, McCann and Riley three direct singles, the third of which extended the Braves' lead to 4-2, with the score retained for the duration of the evening. He was relieved by Junior Guerra, who stopped the threat immediately.
Chad Sobotka worked on a goalless seventh inning – his seventh goalless appearance on nine since he was recalled on June 24. Anthony Swarzak followed him with a clean eighth. A funny fact about Swarzak – he has only allowed eight hits since he was acquired on May 20th. One of those hits was a home game for Howie Kendrick on May 28 – and that's the only run he allowed a Braves uniform. What Acquisition He Was
Luke Jackson worked a flawless ninth inning, grazed two and logged his 17th parade. Jackson sometimes wobbles on the hill, but tonight he looked dominant.
These two teams will meet again tomorrow evening at 20:10.