Replay: NLDS Game 3 updates: Braves 3, Brewers 0 (final)

by 24USATVOct. 12, 2021, 2 a.m. 20
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The Brewers face the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Truist Park on Monday afternoon.

More:After facing dominant pitching in Games 1 and 2, Brewers look to get offense headed in right direction

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The Brewers finish the game with 20 consecutive scoreless innings and lose, 3-0

The Brewers are shut out by a 3-0 score for the second straight game and face a must-win Tuesday, or their 95-win season will end in disappointment.

Avisaíl García crushed a 3-1 pitch that Austin Riley just snared at third base with an amazing leaping play. The Brewers are cursed, man. Eduardo Escobar struck out on a check swing, and Luis Urías popped out.

The offense has simply done nothing in this series. Over the course of 26 innings, Milwaukee has scored runs in just one at-bat, a two-run homer by Rowdy Tellez in the seventh inning of Game 1.

Nobody wants to hear "hope" as the explanation for why something can work, but baseball is the least predictable game in pro sports. Milwaukee manufactured opportunities the last two games, and maybe tomorrow, the clutch hits actually come through. Atlanta hasn't exactly been crushing the ball, with seven runs in three games.

But make no mistake, the 2021 Brewers are in a massive funk at the worst time.

Tomorrow's game arrives at 3:07 p.m. CST. We'll be here, for better or worse.

Jake Cousins negotiates through tough hitters to strand runner at third

Ozzie Albies doubled leading off the eighth against Jake Cousins and moved to third on a wild pitch with one out, but Cousins worked out of it without allowing any insurance. He posted a strikeout against Austin Riley, got a broken-bat grounder to short from Adam Duvall and induced a pop-out from Travis d'Arnaud.

Brewers need a rally for the ages to avoid going down in this series, 2-1, and face elimination tomorrow.

After Jace Peterson walked and Kolten Wong flew out, Willy Adames collected his second hit of the day on a single that put two on for Christian Yelich. But Yelich, who has homered just one time since he hit two homers on Aug. 21, ended the inning with a bullet up the middle that Dansby Swanson fielded and turned into a double play.

Milwaukee is on the verge of consecutive shutouts, with just three outs to go and a three-run deficit.

It's now 25 innings with just one run-scoring at-bat. Eighteen straight scoreless innings. And they've had chances, but it's starting to feel like the only reason to think it might end is "hope."

Brad Boxberger does his thing in 1-2-3 seventh

Brad Boxeberger with an effective relief outing to keep the deficit at three runs in the seventh. The righty got a flyout from Ehire Adrianza, struck out Jorge Soler and induced a slow roller to first from Freddie Freeman.

It's the first 1-2-3 Braves inning since the first.

Leadoff double goes for naught as Brewers miss latest scoring chance

Batting for Rowdy Tellez, pinch hitter Eduardo Escobar sent a liner over Eddie Rosario's head in left field for a leadoff double, but as with before, the scoring chance died on the vine. Milwaukee simply hasn't come through with any big hits.

Urías grounded out for the first out against lefty reliever Tyler Matzek. Manny Piña continued an ongoing trend for the Brewers in this series with some solid contact on a foul ball before popping out, and then Lorenzo Cain struck out.

Twenty-four innings. Scored runs on just one swing. Seventeen consecutive scoreless innings.

Strickland doesn't allow a run in the sixth. Brewers still down three.

Hunter Strickland into the game, which means things are about to slow down. He's been effective this season, but he's invoking Claudio Vargas in terms of pitching pace.

After a strikeout to start the frame, Eddie Rosario singled. Travis d'Arnaud then nearly had a bloop single to follow, but Willy Adames made a smooth running catch with his back to the infield. Dansby Swanson flew to right.

The Brewers 2-3-4 hitters with no response in the sixth

Willy Adames flew out, Christian Yelich struck out looking and Avisaíl García tapped one back to the pitcher. When the Brewers needed their biggest boppers to do something, they put together an noncompetitive inning.

The Brewers can absolutely still win this game and series, but it's sort of haunting to imagine how the 2021 season will be remembered at the current trajectory.

No further damage, but the Brewers have an uphill battle now

Milwaukee's bats desperately need a response as soon as possible, and they have the 2-3-4 hitters up in the sixth inning.

Houser retired Ozzie Albies and Austin Riley on fly balls -- the Braves are not having trouble making hard contact against Houser today -- but it's now a 3-0 deficit.

At least Ian Anderson is out. The Brewers had success against the Braves bullpen in Game 2 but didn't get the needed clutch hit.

Joc Pederson gives the Braves a 3-0 lead with a gut-punch home run

Adrian Houser is a great matchup against right-handed hitters. Against lefties? Not so much.

Joc Pederson is now 3 for 3 in the series with two home runs, and his no-doubt blast to right off Houser gives the Braves a 3-0 lead. Ian Anderson is out of the game, but it came with the appropriate payoff. Juxtapose that with what the Brewers got out of pulling Freddy Peralta, a bouncer to third that short-circuited a rally.

Pederson also homered against Houser in Game 1.

Baseball is a funny game, but it's hard to envision how this Brewers offense will cobble together three runs in four innings when they haven't scored any aside from one swing in the first 23 of this series.

And of course, the Braves are now in business

That's the way this works, isn't it? The Brewers miss a golden chance and then the Braves quickly stage a scoring opportunity of their own. Feels like the game is on the thinnest of ice.

Travis d'Arnaud, who has been lost in this series, flails a single against Adrian Houser, and then Dansby Swanson goes the other way. The seven and eight hitters get it started, and that brings up pinch hitter Joc Pederson, who homered off Adrian Houser in Game 1, with two on and nobody out.

Wong lines out and Brewers miss a golden opportunity with some horrific hard luck

Wong worked the count to 3-1 but lined out to Freddie Freeman on a full-count pitch. Brewers made great contact in the inning and had runners at second and third with nobody out, and they get nothing.

These are innings that make you wonder if it's just not their time.

On the bright side, the game is still scoreless. On the down side, the team no longer has Freddy Peralta, and the Braves fans are absolutely losing their minds.

Twenty-three innings. One swing that resulted in runs.

Brewers pull Freddy Peralta after four innings, looking for the scoring chance. It fails.

Freddy Peralta is done after just four innings. With his spot due up and runners at second and third with nobody out, Brewers manager Craig Counsell elected to go for the offensive opportunity and called about Daniel Vogelbach as a pinch hitter.

It doesn't work. Vogelbach hits the ball to third and Urías gets caught in a rundown between third and home. It figures the Brewers should get unlucky after finally making crisp contact.

I believe we'll see Adrian Houser going forward. Brewers still have a chance here with Kolten Wong due up.

The Brewers are cooking with second and third, nobody out (well, now one out)

As much as Omar Narváez struggled in the second half, he's had some of the better at-bats of the NLDS for the Brewers, which might not be saying much. But he very nearly missed an extra-base hit in the corner against Anderson before coming back one pitch later to definitively put one into the opposite corner, an opposite-field shot that put runners at second and third and nobody out.

Luis Urías led off the inning and was grazed by a pitch on his hand. Now up comes Lorenzo Cain, who avoided serious injury last inning but it probably a bit hobbled.

Cain hits it sharply to shortstop, but Dansby Swanson fields it with a diving play, and Urías wasn't able to score. Ouch. One out now.

Peralta keeping his team in the game until the offense can come around

Peralta nearly had a 1-2-3 inning on what would have been an amazing catch by Lorenzo Cain, but he works through the two-out triple by retiring Eddie Rosario. It's Peralta's fifth strikeout of the game.

The Brewers desperately need one of those breakthrough moments where everything starts to click, like Yasmani Grandal's home run for the White Sox on Sunday night.

Lorenzo Cain injured trying to make play in center field, but he'll try to stay in

Lorenzo Cain is injured trying to track down an Adam Duvall ball to the wall in center, down on the ground after colliding with the fence. Cain did initially catch that ball, but it was at the edge of his mitt and fell out when he tumbled to the ground.

The Brewers believed they had Duvall out early in the at bat when a tapper in front of the plate was fielded by Omar Narváez, ruled foul by home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez and fair by first-base ump Tony Randazzo. The umpires conferenced and settled on a foul ball.

Cain grabbed his chest/shoulder area and might have also dinged up his wrist. But he's going to try and stay in.

Stop us if you've heard this before. The Brewers don't score

Still stuck on two extra-base hits for the entire series and continuing to rack up strikeouts, the Milwaukee Brewers' funk rolled on through the fourth.

Avisaíl García just isn't seeing the baseball. He strikes out for the second time today and now has seven strikeouts in nine at-bats in this series. Prior to that, Willy Adames struck out on a hittable pitch down the middle, and Christian Yelich singled with one out. He stole second during Rowdy Tellez's at bat, but Tellez struck out and the mini-threat was over.

The Brewers have now gone down via strikeout six times against Ian Anderson. Two runs in 22 innings.

Peralta gives up some hard contact, but no hits

Freddie Freeman made some hard contact on a couple foul balls, and Dansby Swanson opened the inning with a screamer right at Kolten Wong, but Freddy Peralta worked a scoreless third, including a strikeout of Freeman and the pitcher, Ian Anderson, and a two-out walk of Jorge Soler.

Wong now 1 for 10 in NLDS as Brewers can't make hard contact in third

Lorenzo Cain popped out, Freddy Peralta struck out and Kolten Wong fell to 1 for 10 in the series with a groundout to first (and the one hit was a bloop single against Will Smith in Game 2). Simply nobody is making hard contact today.

It appeared Travis d'Arnaud had a sacrifice fly in the second inning, but the Brewers caught a massive break. Christian Yelich caught the fly ball and threw to second base, and Kolten Wong swiped a tag on the runner Adam Duvall before Austin Riley crossed the plate, at least according to home-plate umpire Alfonso Marquez.

Riley opened the inning with a strange infield single to the right side that might have been the result of some miscommunication, and Duvall lofted a light single to left.

Eddie Rosario put a very good swing on a ball that surely dropped the stomachs of Brewers fans, but the ball died on the warning track in right field, though it put runners at the corners with one out.

d'Arnaud, who struck out four times in Game 2 and came into the battle 0 for 6 overall in the NLDS, then hit a shot to left that should have been deep enough with Yelich's arm, but Duvall inexplicably tried moving from first to second and cost his team a run.

Chipper Jones drops a pop-up in the stands. Brewers bats still quiet

A moment of levity for Braves nation came in the top of the second, when a foul pop fly off the bat of Luis Urías was dropped in one of the first rows by Hall of Famer Chipper Jones. Brutal drop, to be honest.

But there isn't much laughing for Brewers fans, who just witnessed the offense endure another 1-2-3 inning. Rowdy Tellez flew out, Urías grounded out and Omar Narváez also grounded out softly.

Two runs. 20 innings. Mirroring what the Brewers collected in the woeful Detroit Tigers series (that was just one run over 20 innings) that kicked off this run of lethargic offense.

Freddy Peralta needs just seven pitches in the first

Wow, blink and you missed the bottom of the first.

Freddy Peralta struck out Jorge Soler, induced a high chopper from Freddie Freeman right back to the mound and got Ozzie Albies to fly to shallow right. That's a seven-pitch inning, quite the good sign.

Willy Adames has third hit of NLDS, but Brewers fail to score

Kolten Wong grounded out on the second pitch of the game against Braves starter Ian Anderson, and though Willy Adames followed with a single for his third hit of the NLDS, Christian Yelich and Avisaíl García both followed with strikeouts.

This might be a recurring theme, but Milwaukee has now gone 19 innings in the NLDS and scored on just one swing, the two-run homer by Rowdy Tellez in Game 1.

García has now struck out six times in eight at-bats in this series. He also reached with a single and hit-by-pitch.

Anderson threw 17 pitches in the first frame.

Will the losing team today send their ace out tomorrow?

As Tom Haudricourt points out from Atlanta, neither team has named a Game 4 starter. But the losing team today will be obviously facing elimination Tuesday, and would it make sense for that squad to bring back their ace to try and pitch on short rest?

Brian Snitker showed he's at least thinking about Charlie Morton, who worked six dazzling innings before surrendering two runs in the seventh Friday and would be pitching on just three days rest. The Brewers could potentially do the same with Corbin Burnes. It would fly in the face of the team's conservative approach during the regular season, but as you know, this is a different time and place.

Adames has been better on the road again this season

The team's midseason revelation of Willy Adames has always been explained as getting him out of Tropicana Field, the Rays' home ballpark and a place where Adames simply couldn't seem to hit the ball.

Adames is one of two Brewers players in the lineup (along with Luis Urías) who have two hits over the first two NLDS games, but as TBS points out in the pregame coverage, Adames' is still hitting better away from home, just as he did with Tampa.

Overall this year, Adames is hitting .302 on the road with an .890 OPS and just .214 at home (.734 OPS), but that's also with the first month and a half baked in at Tropicana Field.

At AmFam Field this year, he's hitting .236 with an .802 OPS — slightly better home numbers, but still quite a bit better overall on the road.

Perhaps a first-inning jolt from Adames will underscore those numbers.

It's not going to be a four-game day of baseball after all as Sox-Astros postponed

The White Sox-Astros game for today has been postponed until tomorrow because of thunderstorms in Chicagoland.

Brewers fans had to stay up late if they were concerned about the timing of first pitch today; if the Astros had finished off a sweep of the Red Sox, the Brewers-Braves game would have been pushed back three hours to mid-afternoon. The White Sox won, keeping Milwaukee at the noon start.

And now, that Game 4 battle between Houston and Chicago in the 3 p.m. time slot isn't happening, anyway. Milwaukee is scheduled to get some of that same nasty weather, not that it matters since the game is in Atlanta and Milwaukee has, you know, a roof.

Anderson has a 3.58 ERA and 1.23 WHIP, both numbers that are fine if unspectacular, making him the first starting pitcher in this series without a truly eye-popping stat line.

But even though he has just 30 regular-season starts on his career resume, he was lethal as a rookie in the postseason last year, appearing in four games as the Braves went to the NLCS. Anderson allowed no runs on two hits against the Reds with nine strikeouts in his postseason debut, then followed it up with 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball against Miami (three hits, one walk, eight strikeouts).

He allowed one mere hit over four innings in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Dodgers, though he did walk five batters in addition to five strikeouts. He then came back to pitch in a massive spot, starting Game 7 of the NLCS against the Dodgers. He allowed two runs, five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in three innings, a game Los Angeles narrowly won, 4-3, en route to a World Series title.

But needless to say, the moment will not be too big for Ian Anderson, although this will be his first playoff appearance with fans. He's got a 0.96 ERA in 18 2/3 postseason innings.

Anderson, by the way, still holds rookie eligibility and stands to finish even better in this year's Rookie of the Year race than he did when he took seventh last year.

Starting lineups are out, and Eduardo Escobar is on the bench

The Milwaukee Brewers are at Truist Park in Atlanta, needing a win either today or tomorrow to extend their season. The Brewers kick off at noon, and Luis Urías, who quite frankly is one of the team's best offensive players, gets the start at third base over Eduardo Escobar, a trade-deadline acquisition who hasn't quite hit his stride.

Escobar actually closed the season well with five doubles among his seven hits in 13 at-bats over the final four games of the year. It hasn't carried over into the postseason with one single among seven at-bats in the tiny two-game sample, with four strikeouts.

Urías posted a promising .789 OPS this year despite not always having a full-time spot on the field and he went 2 for 4 in Game 2 after not appearing in Game 1.

Speaking of players who have really struggled late in the season, Omar Narváez is back in the lineup at catcher after not playing in Game 2.

The Braves are not messing with their formula. It's the same eight position players and same lineup for all three games thus far, this time with pitcher Ian Anderson on the bump.

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