The season was on the line for the Brewers in game four of the National League Division Series in Atlanta on Tuesday, but the Crew fell just short of a victory, falling to the Braves 5-4 and losing the series.
It was a game that started out so hopeful. The Brewers were finally stringing together hits in this one, allowing them to take a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. Anyone who has been following this series knew that runs were hard to come by as both teams struggled to produce anything with runners on base. When Atlanta fought back to make it a tie ballgame, the Brewers responded immediately the next inning. It felt like the Brew Crew finally had it together on offense, as the great teams are able to respond to adversity throughout the game.
However, in an entertaining game – unlike the last two – the Braves fought back even harder and put the finishing moves on the Crew with some clutch hitting that the Brewers couldn’t respond to in the ninth.
Here are ten key images from Milwaukee's season-ending loss to the Braves – if you can stomach the pain, Brewers fans.
1. This has to be good luck
While the series had shifted to Atlanta for games three and four, a rainbow appeared directly over American Family Field back here in Milwaukee after the loss. Surely, we were thinking luck had to be on the Brewers’ side for game four ...
2. No pressure
With the Brewers’ three headed monster at the top of the rotation –Burnes, Woodruff, Peralta – having already started the three games prior to Tuesday, the Crew sent Eric Lauer to the hill for a do-or- die game four start. The 26-year-old pitched 3 â innings, while giving up two earned runs.
3. FINALLY ...
After 22 consecutive scoreless innings, Omar Narvaez singled into the outfield to score Avisail Garcia. The Brewers managed to plate another run in that same inning thanks to a Lorenzo Cain RBI single as well, ending an admittedly painful stretch that lasted just over two full games.
4. The hot corner
A fantastic defensive play by third baseman Luis Urias ended the fourth inning and saved at least one Braves’ runner from crossing the plate.
5. Let’s get Rowdy... again!
Rowdy Tellez smacked his second home run of the series – this one flying 448 feet – to break the 2-2 tie in the fifth. A mid-season acquisition for the Brew Crew, Tellez is proving his worth in the playoffs.
6. Thank you MLB replay rules
When a tough pop up bounced off of the glove of Omar Narvaez, Luis Urias made a fantastic play by snagging the ball just before it hit the dirt – or did it? Anyway, the play could not be reviewed, as only catch plays in the outfield can be reviewed by current MLB rules. We’ll gladly take the out and leave the debate for Braves fans.
7. Can’t put them away
The Braves impressively dug themselves out of two separate two run deficits in consecutive innings, tying the game both times. With every punch Milwaukee threw, Atlanta was ready with one of their own.
8. Woodruff the reliever
With the season hanging in the balance, the Brewers turned to starter Brandon Woodruff for multiple innings in game four. Pushed out of his usual role by the high stakes of playoff baseball, Woodruff excelled in his relief role – keeping it a 4-4 ballgame.
9. The knockout punch
An eighth inning solo home run by Freddie Freeman was the magic that the Braves needed – magic that the Brewers didn’t get – that opened the door for Atlanta to advance to the National League Championship Series.
10. A heartbreaking end
Christian Yelich struckout on just a three pitch at bat with two outs in the top of the ninth inning for the final out of the ballgame. A painful scene for the former MVP sends the Brewers home on the most sour of notes.