Brewers dampen Braves' spirits with sweep

May 27th, 2016

ATLANTA -- Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar homered as the Brewers added to the Braves' home woes and completed their first three-game series sweep of the season with Thursday night's 6-2 win at Turner Field.

Brewers starting pitcher Wily Peralta surrendered two runs over 5 2/3 innings and improved his meager career batting average with a game-tying, two-run single in the fourth off Matt Wisler, who also surrendered Braun's go-ahead home run in the fifth inning. Milwaukee won three consecutive games only one previous time this year.

"After that homer in the first inning, I was able to settle down and fight," said Peralta. "It gave me a chance to get a win."

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Tyler Flowers' two-run home run in the first inning accounted for the only support provided to Wisler, who allowed three earned runs over six innings. The Braves stranded 27 runners and went 1-for-23 with runners in scoring position, while totaling five runs during this three-game series that left them 2-20 at home.

"It's just one of those things where you just keep grinding, keep working and show up tomorrow and hopefully that's the day it turns," Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said.


The Amazing Jonathan:
Brewers leadoff hitter Villar was a thorn in the side of the Braves all series long. Villar batted .417 in the three games (5-for-12) and the later it got in the game, the better he played. The shortstop manufactured the game-winning run in the eighth inning Tuesday night, drove in the winner in the 13th on Wednesday, then on Thursday, blasted his second home run of the year in the seventh, which served as a key insurance run, and scored on the back end of Hernan Perez's two-run pinch-hit triple that put the game away.

"He's hot right now and he's been able to get good swings on the ball in big situations," said catcher Jonathan Lucroy of Villar. "So it's nice to have that guy in the lineup picking us up." More >

More RISP woes: The Braves have batted .075 (4-for-53) with runners in scoring position over their past seven games. They stranded two runners during three of Wednesday's first five innings and continued this trend Thursday when they were unable to take advantage of either of Jeff Francoeur's doubles off Peralta. After Francoeur's second double put runners at second and third with one out in the sixth, Reid Brignac struck out and Nick Markakis lined out to center field.

"We definitely can't afford to not score on a leadoff double or something like that," Flowers said. "Usually, when we get something like that rolling, then the offense starts rolling and those things don't stand out as much."

Where there's a Wily: So much for playing the percentages. In the fourth-inning, up, 2-0, Atlanta intentionally walked eighth hitter Martin Maldonado to load the bases and face Peralta. But Milwaukee's starter foiled the strategy, lining Wisler's 1-1 slider back to center field for a game-tying, two-run single. Peralta had gone hitless in his previous 15 at-bats this season and carried a .074 career batting average (12-for-162) into the game.

"I was just trying to put the ball in play," said Peralta, with a laugh. "I was just hoping that he would leave something over the plate that I could hit, and I was just trying to hit it. I didn't want to strike out in that situation. At least put the ball in play. I did and it found a hole."


Stranding Inciarte: Braves leadoff hitter Ender Inciarte did not score a run during the final two games of this series, despite reaching safely in six of 11 plate appearances. He capped his two-hit performance in the series finale with a seventh-inning single that went unrewarded when Freddie Freeman struck out and Kelly Johnson grounded out with two outs and the bases loaded. Freeman has one hit in his past 26 at-bats with runners in scoring position. More >


"I felt pretty good for the most part. I made a critical mistake giving the pitcher a hit with two outs. That was the biggest mistake of the game right there. Besides that, I thought I threw the ball pretty well." -- Wisler

"That was the biggest hit of his career. He hasn't had many hits the last couple of years I don't think. It was a big spot. That's how it works. That hit got him the win." -- Manager Craig Counsell, on Peralta


The Brewers had never previously claimed a three-game sweep at Turner Field, which will no longer be the Braves' home beyond this season. Atlanta went 14-4 against Milwaukee at The Ted from 2011-15.

Braun extended his on-base streak to 28 games with his home run, which traveled a projected 431 feet, according to Statcast™. His streak is now the second-longest streak in the Majors, behind only Miami's Marcell Ozuna, who has reached safely in 33 straight games.


The Brewers issued a successful challenge after Villar was called out at first base to begin the game. A replay review showed that first baseman Freeman jumped to grab shortstop Daniel Castro's throw and did not return to make contact with the bag before Villar, and the call was overturned.


Brewers:Zach Davies takes the hill as Milwaukee kicks off a six-game homestand, hosting Central Division rivals Cincinnati then St. Louis. The 23-year-old righty, who hasn't lost in four May starts, will try to earn his first career win at Miller Park and even his career ledger against the Reds. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT.

Braves:Williams Perez will take the mound when the Braves open a three-game series against the Marlins at Turner Field on Friday at 7:35 p.m. ET. Perez has produced two strong starts against the Phillies and one shaky outing against the Pirates since returning from Triple-A Gwinnett. .

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