LMilwaukee Brewers bats continue to be silenced by Braves pitchers, who have gone 20 innings without allowing a run, and while Atlanta hasn’t been dynamite at the plate either, Joc Pederson’s home run was enough to win Game 3 3-0 and being one victory away from the National League Championship Series.
Ian Anderson started the game for the Braves and remains intractable in the postseason. It is his fifth start and fourth time he does not allow a run in five labor entries. No one in history has an ERA less than the 0.76 he boasts after a handful of starts.
I should have had a backup career early on, but a Lousy base run in the second caused a single stomp and run to end in a double play to finish the entry.
Anderson passed his only problem in the fifth, when an interference sent Luis Urías to first, followed by a double that put two in scoring position with no outs, but the Brewers failed with a grounder to shortstop, a decision play that put the Mexican out at the plate and a line to end the inning.
Races that you do not do, races that will make you, because in the bottom of the fifth it was the Braves who put two on the pads with no outs and Pederson stripped it from the right.
Milwaukee had its last big chance to cut back in the eighth, with men at first and second with one out and Christian Yelich at bat, but the slugger hit for a double play.
Anderson took the win and lost Adrian Houser, who entered the fifth after four innings of labor by Freddy Peralta, who threw a three-hitter.
On Tuesday afternoon, Milwaukee risks life in Game 4.