If Atlanta’s starting pitchers all pitch like Aaron Harang did against the Brew Crew on Wednesday, the Braves would have to be considered one of the favorites in the National League as they were able to win their second straight game 1-0 to take their first series of the season.
It was a pitcher’s duel through the entire game. Neither Harang nor Milwaukee’s Matt Garza allowed a hit through the first six innings. In the seventh, both teams were able to record their first hits of the game. The only difference was Atlanta’s first hit of the game ended up as the only one they needed.
With two outs in the top of the seventh inning, Braves third baseman Chris Johnson homered to left field on a 1-0 count. Atlanta would also pick up singles in both the eighth and ninth innings of the game, but they were unable to score any additional runs. BJ Upton was able to record his first stolen base of the season in the ninth inning.
Harang pitched 6.2 scoreless innings for Atlanta. His 97 pitches included three strikeouts, one walk and just two hits, both coming in the sixth inning. Atlanta’s three relief pitchers: Luis Avilan, David Carpenter and Craig Kimbrel, finished the game strong. They struck out two Brewers, walked none and Milwaukee was unable to muster a single hit during the 2.1 innings of relief.
Atlanta now heads to our nation's capital to take on NL East rival the Washington Nationals. The first of three games is scheduled for a start time of 1:05pm EST this Friday.