Campillo continues mastery over Brewers as Braves take finale

James HulkaAnalyst IAugust 3, 2008

The Braves wrapped up their three game series with the Brewers Sunday afternoon in Atlanta. Like the previous two series, the Braves lost two out of three, and the only Brave pitcher who got a win in the series was Jorge Campillo.

In three starts against the Brewers this season, Campillo has allowed a total of three runs in 19 innings pitched, and helped himself with the bat as well, getting all of the Braves victories against Milwaukee this season.

The Braves also figured out Ben Sheets, who had been struggling of late, but had dominated the Braves over his last six starts against them. During the broadcast, it was shown that during his last six starts against Atlanta, Sheets was 6-0 with a 2.95 ERA, 38K and only 3 BB in 4 2/3 innings.

The offense set the tone in the first inning manufacturing two runs and making Sheets throw 36 pitches on a hot Atlanta afternoon, including 11 to Gregor Blanco, who worked a walk to lead off the game. RBI doubles by Mark Kotsay and Omar Infante gave the Braves an early lead that Campillo would not relinquish.

He wasn't dominant, but came up with big pitches when necessary. He made Gabe Kapler look foolish on a slow curve to get a big strikeout with Corey Hart on third and only one out in the second inning. In the seventh, Campillo's throwing error on a bunt put runners on second and third with only one out. He was able to get a strikeout of Jason Kendall followed by another strikeout of pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks to end the inning without allowing the runners to score.

This was not a dominant Braves offense as they had eight hits, but none more than two bases. The team faced a tough task this weekend based on pitching matchups to begin with. No Hudson or Jurrjens. Chuck James and Charlie Morton had just been recalled after struggling most of the season at the major league level. Meanwhile, the Brewers had their aces going on back-to-back afternoons with Sheets following CC Sabathia. Morton got the loss on Saturday, but pitched deep into the game and kept the Brewers offense relatively quiet.

The tough pitching matchups continue this week as the Braves travel west for three games against the Giants and four in Arizona. Among the starters they'll be facing will be Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Brandon Webb and Dan Haren.

Brian McCann expects to be back in the lineup Monday evening after being cleared by team doctors earlier this week. In addition, Chipper Jones is scheduled to return from the disabled list during next weekend's series against the Diamondbacks to add punch to a lineup that's been missing a lot of power.

It was a tough homestand, but the Braves at least ended it on a positive note and looking forward to the return of some big bats to the lineup this week.