National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, April 1st
(All times Eastern)
Atlanta Braves (0-1) at Milwaukee Brewers (1-0), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Alex Wood (0-0, 0.00)
Milwaukee - Kyle Lohse (0-0, 0.00)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse makes his 12th career
start against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night when the Milwaukee Brewers
visit Miller Park for the second of three games to open the 2014 regular
Lohse, who turned 35 in October, is 4-1 in his initial 11 starts against
Atlanta, including a 4-0 gem in his last outing of 2013 - when he went the
full nine-inning distance at Turner Field, allowing just two hits and struck
out five batters.
The win capped off his first season with the Brewers at 11-10 after he'd gone
30-11 in the previous two seasons - his last two with the St. Louis Cardinals
in a stint that lasted from 2008 to 2013 and saw him win 55 games.
He's 9-7 with a 4.16 earned run average in 25 career appearances at Miller
Park, where he's pitched 147 innings.
For the Braves, it's 23-year-old left-hander Alex Wood, who kicks off his
second major-league season with his 12th career start.
A native of North Carolina and a product of the University of Georgia, Wood
was 3-3 in 31 appearances with the Braves last season, during which he started
11 games and made 20 trips in from the bullpen.
He faced the Brewers three times in those 31 games - all in relief - and
tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing two hits and striking out four
In Monday's opener, Aramis Ramirez's two-run double in the fourth inning
proved to be the deciding factor as the Brewers defeated the Braves, 2-0.
Julio Teheran (0-1) walked Jean Segura to start off the bottom of the fourth
and Ryan Braun's line-drive single to left provided the Brewers with men at
first and third and no outs. Braun then stole second before Ramirez's liner
down the left-field line brought both runners around to make it a 2-0 game.
Jonathan Lucroy, Scooter Gennett and Ramirez all went 2-for-3 for the Brewers.
Yovani Gallardo (1-0) surrendered four hits and two walks with four strikeouts
across six scoreless innings, while Francisco Rodriguez struck out two batters
in the final frame to earn the save.
Andrelton Simmons had two of the Braves' five hits in the loss.
Teheran conceded both runs on seven hits with one walk and two strikeouts in
six innings of work.
The first overturned play under the new replay challenge system occurred in
the bottom of the sixth. Braun was initially called safe on a single after he
grounded over to third. Chris Johnson's throw from third to first appeared to
beat Braun, but first base umpire Greg Gibson deemed the runner safe. Atlanta
manager Fredi Gonzalez quickly came out of the dugout to challenge the call.
The replay showed that the throw beat Braun's foot to the bag and the replay
headquarters in New York overturned the call on the field.
The Brewers won four of their six matchups with the Braves last season.
04/01 10:26:04 ET