MLB: A pitcher’s duel ends with the Brewers escaping with a close win over the Braves in the NLDS
Milwaukee, Wisconsin - The pitchers took center stage as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Atlanta Braves in the first game of their best-of-five National League Division Series on Friday.
The Brewers beat the Braves 2-1 to take game one of their NLDS in the first-ever postseason meeting between both franchises in MLB history.
The game had two of some of the National League’s best pitchers on the mound, Charlie Morton (37) starting for the Braves and Corbin Burnes getting the nod for the Brewers.
Both worked as hard as they could through six innings of scoreless baseball, but it was Morton who took the worst damage in the end.
He was the one who allowed the first runs of the game when Brewers first baseman Rowdy Tellez hit a two-run blast in the seventh inning, his only hit in the game.
Morton got the hook after that, but not before he struck out nine and walked only one, getting the loss in the process.
Burnes had a better outing in this game, striking out six and walking three, but no runs scored.
After Milwaukee got on the board in the seventh, the Braves answered back when Joc Pederson hit a pinch-hit solo home run to cut the home team's advantage down to one.
In the end, that was all the Braves could put up, as closer Josh Hader came in to shut off the game for the Brewers. Adrian Houser, who relieved Burnes in the seventh inning, got the win, since he was on the mound when the Brewers took the lead.
Game Two between is on Saturday night, back in Milwaukee.
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