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Brewers’ Dream Season Ends With A Whimper In NLDS Loss To Braves

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Brewers’ Dream Season Ends With A Whimper In NLDS Loss To Braves

Just like that, it’s all over for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Freddie Freeman snapped a 4-4 tie eighth-inning home run off Josh Hader and the Atlanta Braves held on for a 5-4 victory in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series Tuesday night at Truist Park. 

“It’s a tough way to end the year,” said right-hander Brandon Woodruff, who came out of the bullpen three days after six-inning start in Game 2. “We felt we would be a special group so it’s going to hurt for a while.”

It wasn’t supposed to end this way. Not for this team. Unlike previous Brewers squads to join the postseason party, this one had the playoffs’ most valuable commodity: pitching, and plenty of it.

A rotation powered by Cy Young candidate Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff and Freddy Peralta and a bullpen anchored by Hader with plenty of formidable options to bridge the gap between was supposed to be Milwaukee’s ultimate weapon. 

But even the best staffs need offensive support and that was something the Brewers just couldn’t provide.

In four games, Milwaukee batted a paltry .192 (24-for-125), recorded five extra-base hits and struck out 48 times while drawing only nine walks and most important of all scored a total of six runs.

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“We had a couple of guys that just didn’t get going,” manager Craig Counsell said. “It was going to be a tough series a little bit for some of our left-handed hitters with the way (the Braves pitchers) lined up.

“That’s what these playoff series are about. You don’t get many opportunities.”

When the Brewers did get those opportunities, they failed to capitalize on them. In 23 chances with runners in scoring position, the Brewers collected just two hits — both of them coming Tuesday — and left 27 runners stranded.

There is plenty of blame to go around. Second baseman Kolten Wong finished with one hit, Avisail Garcia had two while Christian Yelich collected three hits in the series, and officially closed the book on the series, as well as his own disappointing season, when recorded the final out of the game by looking at strike three from Braves closer Will Smith with the tying run at first base.

“I have to be better,” said Yelich, who batted .248/.362/.373 with only nine home runs and a .736 OPS in his first full season since signing a nine-year, $215 million contract extension. “I came up in a lot of big spots throughout the year and in the postseason as well and came up short.”

By the time the bats finally showed signs of life Tuesday, a pitching staff that had carried the burden all season finally ran out of gas, and just like that, Milwaukee’s most realistic chance of a World Series is gone.

“It’s hard to get past the disappointment sitting here right now,” Counsell said. “It just is.

“We had big goals and we didn’t quite get there.”

Source: Forbes


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