Division leaders clash as Braves battle Brewers

boom Milwaukee Brewers The right-hander will turn to Freddy Peralta when he starts his first home series of the second half on Friday atlanta braves in conjunction with the divisional leaders

Peralta (6-7, 4.41 ERA) will be opposed by right-hander Michael Soroka (1-1, 5.40).

brewers The 5-1 road trip culminated in a 4-0 win at Philadelphia on Thursday behind an impressive performance from Corbin Burns, who had two hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk in eight innings.

Christian Yelich continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-4 with a three-run homer, as Milwaukee, which leads the National League Central, improved to 45–9 when they scored four or more runs.

Atlanta, the runaway leader in the NL East, broke a four-game losing streak on Thursday by scoring four runs in the eighth game for a 7-5 home win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Matt Olson homered twice Bravesgiving him an NL-best 32, and Austin Riley added a three-run homer

“It wasn’t a great homestand, but it wasn’t for lack of fighting or anything,” Braves said manager Brian Snitker. “It’s one of those things. It was a really good ballgame against a really good club.

Milwaukee, which has 11 games of the season over .500, ended the first half with a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds, then posted three more shutouts on recent road trips — including a two-hitter. pair and a single -hitter.

brewersBullpen has pitched 20 2/3 innings in a row over last seven games

The relief squad has been bolstered by the addition of hard-hitting rookie Abner Uribe, who has allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts since being called up on July 8. Uribe, whose sinking fastball has reached three scores, struck out three in the ninth against the Phillies on Thursday.

brewers Andrew Monastero, the third baseman who replaced the injured Brian Anderson, has had four consecutive two-hit games.

Peralta allowed only one hit over six scoreless innings in his latest start, a 3-0 win at Cincinnati on Saturday, his first since May 21. He is 1-4 with a 4.70 ERA in his last nine starts.

“Freddie was amazing tonight,” brewers manager Craig Council said after Saturday’s game. “Not really a threat, just a baserunner max. I thought he just did a good job. His fastball was really good and it offset everything else.

Peralta has been troubled by the long ball and has given up 16 homers in 98 innings. In his 2021 All-Star campaign, he allowed 14 homers in 144 1/3 innings.

Peralta is 3–1 with a 3.09 ERA in five career games, including four starts. Braves, That includes a 1-0 win in his only start against Atlanta last season, when he had two hits and one walk in seven innings and struck out 10.

Soroka, continuing his nearly three-year comeback from injury, would make his fifth start of the season. Soroka, recalled twice from Triple-A Gwinnett this season in relief for the last time, allowed two runs on three hits over three innings in an 8-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

Soroka last started on July 5, when he scattered five hits over 4 2/3 scoreless innings in a no-decision at Cleveland.

He will look to offensive support from Riley, who has gone 6 for 13 with four homers and 11 RBI over the past three games.

–Field Level Media

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