MILWAUKEE (AP) — After struggling to score for the second straight night, the Braves remain confident that those keys hits will soon start dropping.
Atlanta was shut out for the 10th time and lost for the fourth time in five games on Friday night, falling 2-0 to Milwaukee. Jean Segura hit a home run and Wily Peralta (5-8) allowed two hits in seven innings to lead the Brewers to their second shutout of the season.
"A couple of times tonight we could have used that one hit," second baseman Dan Uggla said.
Julio Teheran (5-4) gave up two earned runs on eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out five and did not allow a walk.
After stranding 11 runners in a 4-3 loss at the New York Mets on Thursday, Atlanta was again plagued by the inability to execute with runners in scoring position.
"It's just part of the game," B.J. Upton said. "You play long enough you are going to get in stretches like this. Just got to find a way. We are a good enough ballclub. We'll be fine."
After the first two batters in the third — Uggla and Chris Johnson — were walked, Teheran tried a sacrifice bunt that turned into a force out at third. Andrelton Simmons flew out and Jason Heyward grounded out to end the inning.
"I missed a little bit (on the bunt)," Teheran said.
In the fifth, Atlanta picked up its first hit of the game when B.J. Upton led off with a single. He took second when Uggla flew out to deep center field and advanced to third on an infield single by Johnson.
This time, Teheran attempted a safety squeeze and bunted the ball to the right side of the plate. Peralta was able to field the ball with his glove and quickly toss it to catcher Martin Maldonado, who tagged out the sliding Upton.
"We almost had it," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We had the right guy on third base that could read it, but (the bunt) could not get quite far enough down the first base line."
Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke credited his defense.
"That was a nice play," Roenicke said. "You've got a fast runner on third base. That play is really hard to defense. And the bunt wasn't that bad. He got over there in a hurry and made a nice flip over. Maldy did a great job of blocking the plate."
Continue reading this story on the...