ATLANTA – And in the fourth game, violations finally broke out.
Until Tuesday, the National League division streak between Atlanta and Milwaukee was nothing short of serving masterpieces, with three games for a total of nine runs. Game 4, the first in a series to put the fate of the season on the line, has finally revealed the bats.
Towards the end of the night, after an evening of power, shots and, yes, some doses of pretty good serve, Atlanta beat Milwaukee 5-4 to advance to the National League championship streak for the second year in a row.
“The runs were not easy,” said Freddie Freeman, Atlanta’s first baseman, “but when it was hard to get through, we still had two wins, and we were able to do so today.”
Indeed, Atlanta demonstrated on Tuesday that it can do this even after not hitting first.
In the fourth inning, Avisale Garcia, Milwaukee’s right-handed outfielder, jumped into the fastball that Charlie Morton fired to launch a batter attack for the single from the left. Picaffe’s unsuccessful attempt allowed Garcia to go into second place, where he stayed when Luis Urias climbed five pitches.
With one aun, Omar Narvaes threw a fastball into the center and scored Garcia, and Urias moved to third place. Lorenzo Kane, Milwaukee’s No. 8 striker, quickly turned the lead into a single, and the Brewers took the lead 2-0.
Two runs were enough for Milwaukee Friday. They were enough for Atlanta on Saturday and Monday.
But any Milwaukee ambition that needed to be sustained in this trend faded in the lower half of the inning when Atlanta striker Eddie Rosario swaggered into the batter’s box with busy bases.
The slider is out of order. Fastball became known as the strike. Another fastball, another foul, still 0-2 with two strikeouts. Rosario then revived Truist Park by pairing it with fastball and directing it towards a shallow center, tying the game up.
Of course, Rhodey Tellez, the man whose home run from Morton decided Game 1, should have taken place in the fifth inning. Highlighted by Christian Jelich. Garcia swung three sliders from AJ Minter and missed.
Minter got stuck with a slider when Tellez approached. This time he ran 448 feet for a home run.
Atlanta offered a much less glamorous or quick response in its half of the fifth – it included a fielder pick from slightly chilled but still hot bat Jock Pederson and a single on the right – but tied the game again.
“You could say that the team is eager to take the next step and continue to move forward and progress,” said Rosario.
Milwaukee turned to one of his intimidating faces, the left-handed feeding Josh Hader in the eighth. With an average of 1.23 earned in 60 games this season, as well as his third All-Star hit, Hader blinded Milwaukee as an underdog.
But Freeman does not lend itself to being blinded.
Hader, whose slider had already tormented two Atlanta athletes on Tuesday, suggested another, and Freeman delivered a decisive and powerful blow.
Milwaukee’s hopes of surviving the streak diminished as the ball reached the center-left stand – which seemed destined to do from the moment Freeman made contact – and the stadium, which was already echoing all night with signature chants. and the ridicule of Atlanta. roared again.
“I didn’t know if he would be a happy slider,” Freeman said of Hadera, “but I just looked up and to the side to keep myself from swinging the slider down and to the side, and luckily he threw one there. “
Atlanta and Milwaukee entered Game 4, testing radically different serving approaches in the postseason. Atlanta sent Morton, who threw six innings in Milwaukee on Friday, after manager Brian Snitker turned to the teachings of a man who coached back in the 1950s to explain his choices in the 21st century.
“It wasn’t a short break — it was the norm until we got it,” Snitker said. “In the days of Johnny Sane, when he was the pitch coach, he was for the guys who got two days and then pumped.”
Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell seemed unlikely to harbor such a thought, much less act on it: he ruled out the use of Corbin Burns, an award-winning Cy Young, who had two hits in six innings on Friday, for the mandatory win brewers. match.
“He wanted to do it, but we had to make sure he was physically ready for it,” said Consell, whose club largely relied on a six-man rotation in the regular season, before the game. “He’s just not ready for this.”
That left Milwaukee with Eric Lauer, a left-hander who last played on October 1 to face an Atlanta squad filled with right-handers.
Morton lasted three and third innings and gave up two runs for four hits. He struck out five. Lauer did not stay long; he split three and two-thirds of the innings with four hits and two passes.
Atlanta used seven pitchers on Tuesday, while Milwaukee sent five to the mound during a game that lasted nearly four hours.
“We are all very disappointed at the moment,” Counsell later said. “And it’s hard to get over the frustration right now by sitting here right now. It’s just that. But I think we ended up having big goals. We didn’t quite get there. But you win 95 games, this is a special group, and they did have some special results. “
Champagne has been erupting at the Atlanta club – and planning for the NLCS, which kicks off Saturday, will have a bit of a wait.
Hours before Tuesday’s first filing, Major League Baseball announced that Atlanta’s first striker Jorge Soler had tested positive for the coronavirus. Christian Pasch replaced Soler, who averaged .269 for Atlanta this season following a July exchange from Kansas City on the division list, and Atlanta changed their roster to put Dansby Swanson in first place. According to baseball’s health protocols, Soler can return during the NLCS.