Braves Drop Season Opener To Brewers Monday, 2-0

Monday, March 31, 2014
Yovani Gallardo
Yovani Gallardo
- photo by Tim Evearitt
MILWAUKEE -- Yovani Gallardo extended Milwaukee's mastery of Atlanta's offense and Julio Teheran paid for the mistakes he made during a two-run fourth inning that enabled the Brewers to celebrate a 2-0 Opening Day win over the Braves on Monday afternoon at Miller Park.

Aramis Ramirez's two-run double in the fourth was decisive for the Brewers, who have blanked the Braves in six of the past nine games the two teams have played dating back to the 2012 season. Atlanta has won just one of the past seven games it has played in Milwaukee.

Gallardo stranded a runner at second base during each of the first two innings and then found a groove as he surrendered just four hits over six scoreless frames. The Brewers veteran did not allow a baserunner to reach third base until Chris Johnson doubled with one out in the sixth inning and then advanced on a Justin Upton groundout.

With two veterans -- Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy -- recovering from season-ending elbow surgeries and three more -- Ervin Santana, Mike Minor and Gavin Floyd -- set to debut over the next couple of weeks, the Braves are relying on Teheran and Alex Wood to carry the load during the early portion of the season.

When Wood takes the mound on Tuesday night, he can only hope for more offensive support than Teheran, who was charged with two earned runs and seven hits in six innings, received. This was the first career Opening Day start for the 23-year-old right-hander, who posted a 3.20 ERA in 30 starts as a rookie last year. Teheran benefited from Carlos Gomez's baserunning blunder in the first inning and then got Lyle Overbay to line into an inning-ending double play with two on in the second. But Teheran's fortune evaporated after he issued Jean Segura a four-pitch walk to begin the bottom of the fourth.

Segura advanced to third base on Ryan Braun's single and then trotted home when Ramirez laced his two-run double down the left-field line.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez did make history when he became the first manager to issue a challenge that led to a call reversal via Major League Baseball's expanded replay system. After reviewing Greg Gibson's ruling that Braun beat Johnson's throw to first base in the sixth inning, umpires overturned the call. The review lasted approximately 58 seconds.

---- Source: MLB.com

Former Cub Aramis Ramirez drove in the only runs of the game
Former Cub Aramis Ramirez drove in the only runs of the game
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt

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