The Atlanta Braves got out to another big lead and never looked back in their 11-5 victory. Bryce Elder turned in a solid seven innings of one-run baseball, and the offense jumped Julio Teheran for nine runs in his five innings of work.
It took just four pitches to match the run total the Braves offense produced against Julio Teheran in Sunday’s 4-2 win. Ronald Acuña Jr. singled on the first pitch of the game, and on the next stole his major league leading 50th base. He scored on Ozzie’s single two pitches later. A great note from the amazing Sara Langs, that steal made Ronald the first player with 20+ HRs and 50+ SBs before August.
Atlanta’s first inning dominance continued against the former Brave as Austin Riley and Matt Olson followed with singles and the Braves quickly led 2-0. Travis d’Arnaud made the first out of the inning, albeit a hard hit sac fly to right, featuring another incredible Sal Frelick catch in right.
Ozuna followed that with a double high off the left field wall and it was an early 4-0 lead for the Braves. The big first inning was capped off with an Eddie Rosario two-run homer into the Chop House. Atlanta had a 6-0 lead after just one inning of play.
Bryce Elder reeled off good back to back innings in the second and third frames, setting down nine straight hitters after Christian Yelich started the game with a single. The Braves were finally sat down in order in the bottom of the third as the Brewers flashed the leather a couple times in that inning.
Milwaukee got their first run of the evening via a little ABC baseball in the fourth inning. Wild Bill led off with a rocket double, and scored two batters later via a Frelick sac fly.
The Braves didn’t allow Teheran to give the Brewers a shutdown inning as Ronald picked up his third hit of the night in just the fourth inning, when he belted an 113 mph two-run homer. Atlanta had a 8-1 lead after four. A bit of sad news from this inning, the Braves recorded their first sacrifice bunt of the year, after just one in all of 2021 (once again thanks to Michael Harris II)
Elder got into a bit of a jam in the top of the fifth inning when the bottom of the Brewers lineup stringed back to back singles off him. Thankfully, Elder got a double play ball off the bat of Joey Wiemer to end the inning.
One great development from this series with Milwaukee is Marcell Ozuna’s bat starting to heat back up. His good series continued via a opposite field solo home run to make it a 9-1 ball game.
Elder gave up some hard contact in the sixth inning, but all of them went in the books as groundouts so we certainly won’t bat an eye. The Brewers finally dove into their bullpen in the bottom half, and called upon Trevor Megill.
He immediately ran into trouble after Arcia singled and Harris II extended his hitting streak to 11 games. However, he escaped by becoming the first to get Ronald Acuna Jr. out on a double play, and struck out Albies to strand a runner on third.
Elder continued to work into the seventh inning and he continued to shine as he worked another 1-2-3 frame to send the game to the stretch. With the Braves big lead this was more than enough quality innings from the Braves starter.
Ozuna finished off his impressive night with another opposite field bomb to stretch the lead to double figures (11-1).
The recently acquired Taylor Hearn made his Braves debut in the eighth inning. His Braves career got off to a rocky start as his well-documented comman issues continued. He walked the first two batter before surrendering a run-scoring single to Wiemer.
Unfortunately, former Brave William Contreras kept on having an impressive series as he powered an 0-2 fastball from Hearn over the left field wall for a three-run homer. Daysbel Hernandez was called upon to try and keep things from getting interesting. Which he was able to accomplish as the two outs he recorded kept the score at 11-5.
Michael Tonkin came on to record the final three outs and he did so successfully as he sat down the bottom of the Brewers lineup in order. The win brought the Braves season record to 66-36 on the year. The Braves will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon to continue the hot start to Hank Aaron weekend.