Milwaukee enters Sunday amidst a seven-game losing streak in Atlanta, and things won't get any easier for the Brewers in the series finale, as they face one of the National League's top young arms in Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy (0-1, 1.80 ERA).
Beachy stymied the Brewers last year in two starts, holding Milwaukee to one earned run in 12 combined innings while striking out 16. The 25-year-old allowed only one earned run in his season debut against the Astros, but a costly two-out walk in the third inning and four Braves errors saddled him with the loss.
Despite a bobbled grounder and throwing error by Juan Francisco that led to the three-run inning, Beachy took full blame afterward.
"I should have never walked a guy there. I should have never had a baserunner at that point," Beachy said. "Realistically, in my mind, I shouldn't have been facing that guy to begin with, and that is my fault."
Looking to stop Milwaukee's skid is lefty Chris Narveson (1-0, 3.60), who won his season debut against the Cubs. Narveson could very well be the guy to end the Brewers' struggles in Atlanta. The Braves have scored only two runs in 12 career innings against him.
Brewers: Hot catchers
The Brewers are getting plenty of offense from behind the dish to begin the season, as catchers Jonathan Lucroy and George Kottaras are hitting a combined .357 with four homers and nine RBIs.
Shortstop Alex Gonzalez was placed on the paternity list on Saturday, with infielder Eric Farris recalled from Triple-A Nashville to replace him.
Braves: Yes, yet another lefty
Narveson will be the sixth left-handed starter the Braves have seen in nine games this season and, after Sunday, Atlanta is scheduled to face two more in its next four games. The Braves are 2-3 against lefty starters this season, after going 24-23 against them a year ago.
Atlanta is hitting .212 with runners in scoring position this season.
Brewers closer John Axford has converted 45 straight saves, the fifth-longest streak in Major League history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.