Corbin Burnes and the Brewers edged Charlie Morton and the visiting Braves 2-1 in the opener, with Milwaukee getting both runs on Rowdy Tellez’s homer in the seventh inning off Morton.
Fried (14-7, 3.04) closed out the regular season in top form, going 3-0 with an 0.39 ERA in his final three starts. Woodruff (9-10, 2.56) has been solid all season, but the Brewers lost each of his final four outings in September.
IN HOT WATER
MLB Network broadcaster Jim Kaat is facing criticism for a comment about White Sox infielder Yoán Moncada made during Friday’s AL Division Series game between Houston and Chicago.
Kaat apologized several innings after saying teams should try to “get a 40-acre field full of” players who look like Moncada, who is Cuban. The remark reminded some viewers of the unfilled promise by the U.S. government that freed slaves would receive 40 acres and a mule following the Civil War.
The 82-year-old Kaat read an apology on the air during the fifth inning.
“Earlier in the game when Yoán Moncada was at the plate, in an attempt to compliment the great player that he is, I used a poor choice of words that resulted in an insensitive and hurtful remark,” he said. “And I’m sorry for that.”