Milwaukee Brewers (69-86) at Atlanta Braves (92-63), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Marco Estrada (6-4, 4.26)
Atlanta - Mike Minor (13-7, 3.19)
(Sports Network) - With the division title out of the way, the Atlanta Braves
set their sights on securing the top record in the National League as they
begin a three-game set on Monday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.
There wasn't much drama to the Braves' first NL East title since 2005 as they
have held a lead of at least eight games for first place since July 24. In
fact, they clinched the division crown before even posting their 5-2 win over
the Chicago Cubs on Sunday as the Washington Nationals lost the opener of
their doubleheader with Miami.
That didn't stop Atlanta from celebrating when Craig Kimbrel struck out Junior
Lake swinging to end the game and secure his 49th save of the campaign.
Freddie Freeman homered in the rubber match of the three-game set and
Andrelton had a forgettable outing with a pair of homers; forgettable because
he was still caught up in the celebration.
"To be honest, I don't even remember what happened in the game," Simmons said.
"I know we won the division and that is all that is on my mind right now."
Atlanta is now looking to secure home-field advantage in the NL portion of the
playoffs. The Braves are 92-63, just ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals' 91-65
Mike Minor will try to keep destiny in Atlanta's hands and looks to win for
the first time in five starts.
Minor is 0-2 in his last four outings and is coming off a no-decision against
Washington on Tuesday. The lefty gave up three runs on three hits and four
walks over six innings of his club's 6-5 setback.
The 25-year-old is a solid 13-7 on the season with a 3.19 earned run average
and is 1-1 lifetime versus the Brewers with a 2.60 ERA in three starts.
Marco Estrada tries to play spoiler for Milwaukee and is unbeaten in seven
games since returning from the disabled list.
The righty last lost on June 3 and was placed on the DL two days later with a
strained right hamstring. He returned in early August and is 2-0 with a 2.62
Estrada, though, has not factored into the outcome of his last three starts,
including Tuesday versus the Cubs. He allowed three runs and fanned seven over
The 30-year-old is 6-4 with a 4.26 ERA in 19 starts this season and 2-1
lifetime versus the Braves with a 5.01 ERA in eight meetings (3 starts).
The Brewers actually helped the Braves out on Sunday night by beating the
Cardinals 6-4 and avoiding a three-game sweep.
Norichika Aoki had two hits, an RBI and three run scored, while Scooter
Gennett, Jonathan Lucroy, Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Gomez all drove in a run.
Wily Peralta held the Cardinals to three runs on five hits and as many walks
over five-plus frames to pick up the win. Jim Henderson allowed a run in the
ninth, but stranded the potential tying run on first to secure his 26th save
of the season.
"I think it's great for them," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of his
players. "You play the Cardinals right now, it's a playoff atmosphere."
Milwaukee snapped a three-game slide and concluded its final homestand of the
The Brewers have won five of their last six versus the Braves, taking two of
three in Milwaukee from June 21-23. They were swept in three games in Atlanta
a season ago.
09/23 10:39:56 ET
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