Braves can’t find key hit in 2-1 loss to Brewers

The Atlanta Braves had plenty of chances but were unable to find a key hit in a frustrating 2-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Charlie Morton turned in another solid performance but the Brewers staked themselves to an early lead with a two-out, solo home run by Willy Adames in the first inning. Morton retired the next 11 hitters he faced before Milwaukee struck again in the fifth.

Lorenzo Cain reached on an infield single with one out and then advanced all the way to third on a bloop single by Luis Urias. Dansby Swanson almost made an outstanding over the shoulder catch but the ball bounced off his glove. Cain scored on a ground out by Jackie Bradley Jr. to increase the lead to 2-0.

Morton finished his outing strong by striking out the side in the sixth. Morton pitched well again and only made a mistake on the home run ball to Adames. None of the balls in the sixth were hit hard but were well placed. He would exit having allowed three hits and two runs over six innings. He struck out six and didn’t walk anyone.

As good as Morton was, Brett Anderson matched him pitch for pitch. He sat down the first six Braves hitters he faced before Guillermo Heredia led off the third with a double to left. Heredia moved to third on a swinging bunt by Kevan Smith but Morton struck out and…

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