Sal Frelick shone on his debut as the Brewers outscored the Braves

July 22, 2023; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Ronald Acuna (13) stole second base before being tagged by Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Brice Turang (0) in the first inning at American Family Field. Image: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Sal Frelick had three hits and cruised with a tying streak and advanced in his major league debut to accelerate the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 comeback win over the visiting Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

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Frelick’s sacrifice in the eighth round put Milwaukee ahead on the defensive. Willy Adames opened with a leftfield double down by Joe Jimenez (0-3), who was relieved to start the inning. Adames advanced due to an error in Andruw Monasterio one-out, the fielder’s choice when the third-place shot slipped past Riley. Liner Frelick to the right scored Adames, who slid home on the pitch.

The Braves loaded the bases in the ninth closer to Devin Williams. Eddie Rosario chose one by one. Pinch-runner Forrest Wall, also in his first major league game, stole second and third. After the Orlando Arcia attack, Michael Harris II and Ronald Acuna Jr. walked to fill in for base, but Williams hit Ozzie Albies for his 25th save in 27 opportunities.

Joel Payamps (4-1) bowled a scoreless eighth for the win.

Frelick also made a pair of wall throws right in the top half of the inning to prevent an extra-base hit.

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Acuna opened with one in the middle and Albies walked. Riley then dispatched Adrian Houser’s 422-foot 0-1 shot to center.

Intrepid rookie Allan Winans, making his big league debut three weeks short of his 28th birthday, conceded only two strokes before falling into trouble in the fifth set

Frelick chose right and Owen Miller doubled. Frelick scored at Brice Turang’s sacrifice to the middle and Blake Perkins followed up with an RBI to make it 3-2, chasing the Winans.

Milwaukee tied it for 3rd on Michael Tonkin’s sixth when Jesse Winker hit a one-out walk, Monasterio picked and Frelick followed with an RBI to the left.

Houser matched his career with 10 strikeouts, giving up three runs on six hits in six innings. Winans allowed two runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings, batted five hits and walked one.

–Field Level Media

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