7:10 PM ET, May 22, 2014
Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
ATLANTA -- For Ryan Doumit, the wait was agonizing.
Imagine how the Milwaukee Brewers were feeling.
Doumit's pinch-hit single brought home two runs after the Brewers summoned a relief pitcher who had not even been warming up, capping a three-run seventh inning that carried the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 victory Thursday night.
Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke told the umpires that Will Smith would take the mound in a double switch, even though Smith had not thrown at all in the bullpen.
After a lengthy delay while the umpires tried to sort out things, even getting on the headsets to talk with the video review center in New York, Smith was forced to face Doumit, having tossed only the customary eight warm-up pitches.
Doumit fouled a ball off each foot before ripping a single to left, bringing home the tying and go-ahead runs.
"It was a painful at-bat," he said, "but a good result."
The Brewers were down two coaches, and that certainly affected their game protocol.
Pitching coach Rick Kranitz and bullpen coach Lee Tunnell were excused to attend graduations, and Rick Tomlin, normally the minor league pitching coordinator, filled in for Kranitz.
"My fault. Miscommunication," Roenicke said. "There's a certain way we do things, and when Kranitz isn't here, I didn't go back and tell Rick Tomlin who to get up and bring in. It's my fault."
The Braves trailed 4-1 heading to the bottom of the sixth.
B.J. Upton hit a two-out homer, barely clearing the right-field wall, and the Braves rallied for the win the next inning. Gerald Laird also had a key hit, a run-scoring double that ricocheted off an infielder's glove.
Brandon Kintzler (1-2) took the loss, failing to retire the only batter he faced.
Kintzler took over for starter Matt Garza, but Laird ripped one off the glove of third baseman Mark Reynolds, the ball rolling into short left field. A run scored, and Laird hustled to second for a double that barely got out of the infield.
Then things really went haywire for the Brewers.
After the botched pitching change, Milwaukee pulled in the infield, hoping to cut off the tying run at the plate. Doumit foiled that strategy by lining one past the shortstop, bringing home both Uggla and Laird.
Doumit was frustrated with all the delays in the game, which dragged on for 3 hours, 36 minutes and featured three overturned replay calls, not to mention the confusion over Milwaukee's pitching change.
"There's a certain pace to the game," Doumit said. "As a player, I don't like waiting around."
The Braves would go on to load the bases with one out, extending the rally after yet another video review. Scooter Gennett made a brilliant backhanded stop on Jason Heyward's grounder and flipped the ball in one motion to the shortstop Segura, who came off the bag quickly to make a throw to first.
That was too late to get Heyward, and the Brewers wound up with no outs on the play when Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez challenged the call. The replay showed Segura's foot came off the bag a split-second before he squeezed the ball in his glove.
It didn't matter. David Carpenter worked a 1-2-3 eighth, and Kimbrel worked around a hit batter to lead off the ninth, striking out the side.
Garza went 6 1/3 innings, giving up five hits and four runs.
Logan Schafer's squeeze bunt brought in another Milwaukee run, and Khris Davis finished off Atlanta starter Aaron Harang with an RBI single in the sixth. Harang allowed nine hits and all four Brewers runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun left the game in the fifth because of tightness in his right side. ... Uggla also had a walk and scored two runs in only his second start since May 6. ... Gavin Floyd (0-1) will go against Colorado's Jordan Lyles (5-1) on Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Turner Field. The Brewers head to Miami, where Marco Estrada (3-2) will take the mound against Tom Koehler (4-3) of the Marlins.
ATLANTA, GA - MAY 22: Pitcher Aaron Harang #34 of the Atlanta Braves throws a pitch during the game against the...(Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||J Lucroy doubled to deep right, J Segura scored.||1||0|
|3rd||J Lucroy singled to center, J Segura scored.||2||0|
|3rd||J Heyward singled to left, D Uggla scored.||2||1|
|4th||L Schafer sacrificed to pitcher, L Overbay scored.||3||1|
|6th||K Davis singled to center, M Reynolds scored, L Overbay to third.||4||1|
|6th||B Upton homered to right (371 feet).||4||2|
|7th||G Laird doubled to left center, C Johnson scored, D Uggla to third.||4||3|
|7th||R Doumit singled to center, D Uggla and G Laird scored.||4||5|
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|Stadium||Turner Field, Atlanta, GA|
|Attendance||30,148 (61.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||85 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Fieldin Culbreth, First Base - Manny Gonzalez, Second Base - Seth Buckminster, Third Base - Brian Knight|
Aaron Harang has thrown 56 percent of his pitches to the outer third or further away this season. Opponents are hitting .128 against those pitches, the lowest rate in the majors. The Brewers have a .560 OPS in plate appearances ending with a pitch in that location, lowest in the majors. Jean Segura is hitting .170 against pitches on the outer third with a .406 OPS, third-worst among qualified hitters.
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