When you’re in a slump, you try to find ways to climb out of it. For the Milwaukee Brewers, it meant skipping batting practice last night.
The result, a 6-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
Mark Reynolds clubbed a first-inning grand slam and Carlos Gomez added a two-run shot in the 4th as the Brewers ended a four game losing streak.
The offensive outburst gave right-hander Kyle Lohse all the offense he would need. Lohse allowed a single run in the first inning on back-to-back doubles by Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton. Lohse slammed the door from there, working 8-innings and striking out eight, improving to 6-1 with a 2.67 era for the season.
The Brewers improved to 4-1 when scoring at least four runs. They’re 4-18 when failing to do so.
The game took just 2 hours and 26 minutes to play. The Brewers can salvage a split in the series if they can win tonight. Matt Garza (2-4, 4.83) gets the nod for the Brewers. Aaron Harang (4-4, 2.98) goes for the Braves.
The Brewers aren’t sure if they’re going to have Yovani Gallardo for his next start. Gallardo was still quite sore yesterday, after spraining his ankle in Tuesday nights loss to the Braves. Gallardo had to leave that game in the 4th inning.
The Brewers have several options, including Triple A hurlers Mike Fiers (6-1, 2.01) and Jimmy Nelson (5-1, 1.71).