MILWAUKEE - This past weekend in Washington, Atlanta pitching coach Roger McDowell mused that his starters had handled themselves relatively well with the exception of a bad pitch here and there.
And by bad, he meant the very worst.
After a few days removed from that theory, it returned Monday when Braves right-hander Kyle Davies squandered six brilliant innings with a single, poor pitch to Milwaukee's Corey Koskie.
Koskie, mired in a power slump beforehand, launched a Davies fastball into the loge level in right field for a two-run homer that sent the Brewers to a 3-2 victory at a virtually empty Miller Park.
Maybe the 11-0 rout here by Cincinnati on Sunday had something to do with it, but you'd think the sausage race would be worth the turnout of 11,660 fans.
The scattered Brewers fans in the house delighted in Koskie's home run, considering the off-season acquisition from Toronto had no homers and no RBI in his first 50 at-bats this season.
"I felt really good, pitched well early," said Davies, who looked as if he would follow a complete-game three-hitter, the best start of his young career, with another gem. "That's the only pitch I feel like was not a very good pitch. And it got hit out of the ballpark in a big situation."
Davies (1-2) had given up only two hits until Koskie's homer and a single that preceded it by Brewers rookie first baseman Prince Fielder, who went 3-for-3 with three base hits.
Davies said he was still strong after 100-plus pitches entering the seventh. The one fastball to Koskie simply missed its target.
With Chris Capuano out of the game, Atlanta made some noise in the eighth thanks to some shaky Brewers defense that's been pretty typical to this point in the year for Milwaukee (10-9).
After a leadoff single by pinch hitter Pete Orr and a walk by Marcus Giles, Wilson Betemit reached on second baseman Rickie Weeks' second error of the game.
With the bases loaded, though, Brewers reliever Matt Wise got left fielder Matt Diaz to ground into a double play that scored Orr, but kept the Braves (9-10) from a big inning.
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