National League Game Summary - Atlanta at Milwaukee|
(Wednesday, April 2nd)
Final Score: Atlanta 1, Milwaukee 0
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Johnson's solo home run was the
deciding factor in a pitchers' duel as the Atlanta Braves defeated the
Milwaukee Brewers, 1-0, in the rubber match of a three-game set.
Both pitchers had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning. Aaron Harang
(1-0) surrendered only two hits with one walk and three strikeouts across 6
2/3 innings in his Braves debut. The right-hander agreed to a one-year
contract on March 24 after splitting last season between the Cubs and Rangers.
"It was fun, but intense. After the first hit that Schafer got, the emotions
kind of just run out of you for a minute," Harang said. "Knowing that you have
a 1-0 lead, you have to stay in there and regain your focus to keep executing
B.J. Upton and Gerald Laird supplied Atlanta's other two hits and closer Craig
Kimbrel retired the Brewers in order during the ninth to earn the save for
Atlanta, which won its last two games for the series win.
Matt Garza (0-1) was spectacular in his Milwaukee debut. He retired 11
straight batters to start the game and recorded seven strikeouts across eight
innings. Johnson's home run was one of only two hits that the right-hander
conceded. Garza signed a 4-year, $50 million contract with the Brewers in
Garza registered four consecutive strikeouts across the first two innings and
neither pitcher allowed a baserunner in the opening two frames. Harang allowed
the game's first baserunner after issuing a walk Lyle Overbay in the bottom of
the third. Garza then issued a two-out walk to Freddie Freeman in the fourth.
The two teams finally solved the starters in the seventh. Johnson smacked a
fastball into the Milwaukee bullpen in left center, providing the game's
first hit and lone run.
"It's one mistake and that's it. It's the big leagues. You have to pay for
things like that," said Garza.
Logan Schafer singled up the middle past the glove of Harang to disrupt the
right-hander's no-hit bid. Ryan Braun then grounded into a force out that
moved Schafer up to second and Aramis Ramirez stroked a line drive single to
right, moving Schafer over to third.
After getting Jonathan Lucroy to pop out to second, Harang was pulled in favor
of Luis Avilan with runners on the corners and two outs. Avilan got pinch-
hitter Rickie Weeks to ground out to third to end the threat.
Will Smith entered the game in the ninth for the Brewers. Heyward struck
out before B.J. Upton singled and stole second with Freeman up to bat. Smith
walked Freeman, but fanned Johnson before Brandon Kintzler came in to face
Justin Upton, who flied out to shallow right.
Kimbrel was called on for the second straight game. Heyward sprinted in from
right to make a diving catch off Carlos Gomez to record the first out, Schafer
fanned on a 3-2 pitch and Braun's liner to center ended the game.
The only no-hitter in Milwaukee history was from Juan Nieves in a 7-0 victory
against Baltimore on April 15, 1987 ... Atlanta's last no-hitter was on April
8, 1994 when Kent Mercker led the Braves to a 6-0 victory over the Los Angeles
Dodgers ... The Braves have won three of their last four games at Miller Park
... Atlanta will travel to Washington to start a three-game set on Friday ...
Milwaukee will open a three-game series in Boston on Friday.
04/02 17:45:28 ET