Jimmy Nelson can't overcome 5 walks in Brewers' 2-1 loss to rookie Mike Foltynewicz, Braves



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ATLANTA — Jimmy Nelson, who grew up in Florida rooting for the Braves, wanted a better showing when facing Atlanta for the first time.

Instead, he matched his career high with five walks, including two in a sixth inning that was his downfall.

Nelson allowed only two runs, but the Milwaukee Brewers were held to only three hits in a 2-1 loss to Atlanta on Sunday.

Nelson (2-5) was frustrated by the walks.

"Terrible," he said. "My command was bad and I didn't make pitches when I needed to."

When reminded he gave his team a chance to win, Nelson said, "yeah, but we lost. Those two runs cost us the game, so I don't feel good."

The Brewers lost three of four to the Braves. Milwaukee rolled in an 11-0 win but scored only a combined four runs in the three losses.

"That's not good enough. We're going to have to score more than that," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "We've got to find ways to get men on base. We've got to get our pitch and can't miss it."

Nelson had one of the three hits for the Brewers, who struck out 11 times.

Atlanta rookie Mike Foltynewicz (3-1) pitched three-hit ball for 7 2-3 innings. He struck out seven with only one walk.

Jason Grilli struck out three in the ninth for his 13th save.

Foltynewicz kept his pitch count down early, throwing only 52 through five innings.

"We just couldn't get anything going against him," Counsell said. "He's got a good fastball and we were having quick at-bats. He was just good."

It was scoreless in the sixth when Cameron Maybin singled for a nine-game hitting streak. After Nelson made a wild pickoff throw, he walked Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis to load the bases.

One out later, A.J. Pierzynski hit a liner that was dropped by second baseman Hector Gomez, who recovered to throw out Markakis at second base as Maybin scored.

Simmons' single chased Nelson.

PAINFUL TWO-HIT DAY

Brewers star Carlos Gomez, who was hit in the helmet by a fastball last Sunday, had a rough afternoon.

While standing on deck in the sixth, he was hit and knocked down by Gerardo Parra's foul ball. Gomez appeared to be struck in his hip or side, and lost his helmet when he hit the ground. Gomez bounced up, waved his arms at Parra in mock indignation and pointed toward the field as if to say "Hit it that way!"

Gomez then was hit by a pitch on his right hand from Foltynewicz to open the seventh. He slowly walked to first base after being checked by a trainer. After advancing to third on a single by Khris Davis, Gomez scored on Elian Herrera's sacrifice fly.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: RHP Wily Peralta is not a lock to make his next start on Wednesday against the Giants after leaving Friday night's win after four innings due to tightness in his left side. Counsell, who seemed more optimistic on Saturday, said Sunday "It's not a sure thing yet." Peralta threw in the outfield before the game. ... Asked if C Jonathan Lucroy (broken left big toe) will need special protection when he returns, Counsell said "Whatever's comfortable. I don't think that will affect his Olympic speed."

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Kyle Lohse, who gave up seven runs in 5 2-3 innings in his only start against San Francisco last season, will face the Giants in the opening game of a three-day series on Monday.

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