Game 46-001 Milwaukee Brewers (0-0) vs. Atlanta Braves (0-0), 1:10 CDT
Happy Opening, Day, everyone!
Here at Pocket Doppler, I’ll be doing daily game threads (like this one) for a couple reasons. First off, the baseball traffic isn’t exactly the highest, and some kind of daily post can get you guys to come on over. Another reason for doing it is that it forces me to care every day about the Brewers, which is a lot easier said than done for me, since I usually get apathetic around mid-June. The format will be pretty much the same throughout, save for some tweaks that get suggested to me as we go along.
Also, within this post will be a nightly game story, that will be edited in to the thread some point after the conclusion of the game, typically within a couple hours. My reasoning for doing this is to keep everything in one place, and to cut down on the total posts I need to make, although that may change based on feedback. Without further ado, let’s see what’s going on today.
In front of the 6th-largest crowd in Miller Park history, the Brewers blanked the Atlanta Braves 2-0, for their fifth shutout against them since the start of the 2013 season. Yovani Gallardo (1-0) threw 6 strong innings, recording four strikeouts to go along with two walks and four hits. He struggled through the first two innings, throwing 41 pitches, but rebounded nicely with a 7-pitch third inning and then pitched rather comfortably from thereon out.
The only scoring play of the day came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jean Segura walked to start the inning, Ryan Braun singled with Segura going to third, Braun stole second and then Aramis Ramirez roped a ball down the left field line for a two-run double. Julio Teheran (0-1) seemed to struggle a bit throughout his six innings of work, but limited the damage to these two runs, even if they were the decisive runs.
Surprisingly, it only took the first game for the Brewers to see the challenge system in full force. In the second inning, Lyle Overbay lined out, and Ramirez was doubled off second base to end the inning; on initial looks, Ramirez appeared safe, and there was speculation if manager Ron Roenicke would challenge it. However, Roenicke decided against it. Later in the game, however, Atlanta saw a chance to challenge. In the bottom of the sixth, Braun hit a grounder to third base and originally called safe at first base. Replays disagreed with this decision, though, and Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez challenged the call and it was overturned. The replay only took 58 seconds, and became the first call to be overturned under the new replay system (the first challenge, however, came earlier in the day between the Pirates and the Cubs).
In a surprising turn of events, Francisco Rodriguez (1) received the save today, after facing five batters and recording two strikeouts. Fans were understandably confused, as Roenicke had routinely stated that Jim Henderson would be the closer for the foreseeable future throughout all of winter and spring training. In the post game press conference, though, Roenicke stated that he believed Jim Henderson was struggling with his pitching, and wanted to give him time in lower leverage situations to work through his mechanics and get back to the form he showed throughout last season. Roenicke also mentioned that Rodriguez will be the closer indefinitely.
The Brewers and Braves return to action tomorrow night at 7:10 with Kyle Lohse scheduled to pitch against Alex Wood.