ATLANTA – Joc Pederson added to his “Joctober” nickname by hitting a three-run homer as a pinch-hitter and the Atlanta Braves shut out Milwaukee again, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 on Monday night to take a 2-1 lead. 1 in the NL division series.
In a pitching duel, Ian Anderson and the Braves bullpen combined for a five-hit job and emerged with a 3-0 score for the second straight game.
Buttressed by the defense of their dynamic shortstop Dansby Swanson, the Braves will attempt to reach the circuit championship series for the second time in a row as they host Game 4 on Tuesday.
Pederson’s home run in the fifth inning was his second in the series. Both hits have been pinch off Adrian Houser. Pederson also pinch-hitted his other turn this series and has been responsible for driving in four of Atlanta’s seven runs.
Pederson has 11 career postseason home runs, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series with his home run. He signed as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs during the winter and was traded to Atlanta in July.
Since winning the first game of the series, the Brewers – central division champions – have gone 19 straight innings without scoring a run. They went 8-0 with men in scoring position when they fell Monday.
Anderson was intractable by the Braves, champions of the East. He allowed three hits while covering five walkless innings and six strikeouts. Will Smith, the Braves’ fourth reliever, threw a perfect ninth for his second save of the series.
Freddy Peralta, the Brewers’ Dominican starter, hung up four zeros and was replaced by a pinch-hitter when his team threatened in the fifth.
For the Brewers, Willy Adames 4-2. Venezuelans Avisail García 4-0; and Eduardo Escobar of 2-1. The Mexican Luis Urias 3-0.
For the Braves, Cuban Jorge Soler 3-0. Puerto Rican Eddie Rosario 3-1. The Venezuelan Ehire Adrianza 1-0.