The way the last couple of weeks have gone, it just figures that the Atlanta Braves would have their bats shut down by the Milwaukee Brewers, who have the worst pitching staff in the Major Leagues. They couldn't manage to find a way to support Julio Teheran in the 2-0 loss Friday night at Miller Park.
Brewers starting Wily Peralta entered Friday with a 6.08 ERA, but he held the Braves scoreless through seven innings despite the fact that he walks four Braves batters.
The offense was so flat, in fact, that a single off the bat of B.J. Upton to lead off the fifth was the first Atlanta hit. Upton was the only Brave to reach third when Chris Johnson singled him over, but he was thrown out at the plate on Teheran's bunt attempt.
All told, the Braves went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, squandering opportunities in a close game again.
"It's frustrating, but there's not really much you can do about it," Upton said on braves.com. "You can't really put a finger on it. He threw a lot of sliders, a lot more than we expected him to. From watching the video, he was a lot more in the zone than we thought he would be."
Teheran, meanwhile, was busy working out jams from beginning. Norichika Aoki and Jean Segura singled to start the first before Teheran hit Carlos Gomez to load the bases with no outs. The only run the Brewers got out of that situation came from an Aramis Ramirez sacrifice fly. Teheran then picked off Gomez and got Juan Francisco to pop up to end the inning.
The only other run Teheran gave up was a lead-off homer to Segura to start the fifth inning.
With B.J. and Justin Upton on base with the fifth and sixth Braves walks, Dan Uggla flew out to center to end the game. Uggla went 0-for-2 with two walks in his first game with new contacts, but he made solid contact in both at-bats.
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