Braves Snap Brewers Eight Game Streak

| July 7, 2015

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Kyle Taylor, Valdosta Today Sports

MILWAUKEE – The Braves and Brewers matched up for game one of a three game series that began Monday night at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee came into this game winners of eight straight, but still in last place in the NL Central after a really tough start to the season.

The Braves have been on a hot streak of their own recently, winning five of their last seven, and now five games back of the Washington Nationals. Atlanta took three of four against the Brew Crew back in May at Turner Field.

Matt Wisler (2-1) got the start for Atlanta and went against Kyle Lohse (5-9) of the Brewers. Wisler has pitched well in two of his first three career starts, and the former number one prospect in the Padres organization would add another impressive start on Monday night, getting his third win of the season after pitching 5 2/3 innings, and giving up three runs on seven hits. The Braves defeated the Brewers by a score of 5-3.

The Braves did not wait to get runs on the board after Kelly Johnson blasted his seventh home run of the season to right center field in the first inning. Cameron Maybin lead the game off with a single and scored on Kelly’s long ball.

Brewers starting pitcher, Kyle Lohse has had his struggles this season. The veteran pitcher lost his tenth game of the season on Monday, and carries a 6.29 ERA on the season.

Milwaukee answered in the bottom half of the first with a home run of their own. Gerardo Parra (8) made the score 2-1, Atlanta.

Atlanta would add two more runs in the top of the second with a double from Nick Markakis, scoring Eury Perez, and a Kelly Johnson single, once again scoring Cameron Maybin.

Juan Uribe would knock in the Braves fifth, and final run in the sixth, putting the Braves up 5-2.

Matt Wisler continued to scatter hits and runs, but is becoming more of a reliable answer for Fredi Gonzalez in the rotation.

Gonzalez told MLB.com, “We had people on base the whole game and I was thinking this is going to come back and haunt us because if you leave that many guys on base against their offense, the way they’ve been swinging the bats, you think it’s just a matter of time, but Wisler and the bullpen did a nice job.”

Jason Grilli was snubbed from the All-Star game, which will be played Tuesday, July 14th in Cincinnati, but continued his impressive season by converting his 23rd save of the season. Shelby Miller was the lone Brave selected to the All Star game. This will be Miller’s first mid-summer classic appearance.

Miller told the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “Honestly I’m a little speechless. It’s exciting. You don’t know exactly what to say after your first All Star game, but I’m blown away by it, for sure.”

There was uncertainty whether Miller would make the cut because of his lackluster record of 5-4, but currently carries a 2.07 ERA in his first season with Atlanta.

The Braves and Brewers will play the second game of the series on Tuesday night at Miller Park, with first pitch at 8:10. Another Braves rookie, Manny Banuelos (NR), will get the start against another rookie, Tyler Cravy (0-1). With six games left with the Brewers and Rockies before the All Star break, the Braves will look to bring the Nationals five game lead down as much as possible with Freddie Freeman expected back shortly after the break.

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