MILWAUKEE -- Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman got a day off on Tuesday, just his second time out of the lineup since late July. Former Brewers first baseman Lyle Overbay got the start in his place against the Crew at Miller Park.
Freeman had played 128 of 142 games for the Braves through Monday's 4-1 loss, with just one day off in the month of August. Over his last 35 games, Freeman has struggled a bit at the plate, batting just .205 with six home runs, five doubles and 19 RBIs.
Since the start of August, Freeman's batting average has dropped more than 20 points.
"Just a day off," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "Plus, I don't think we can leave Milwaukee without putting Overbay or [Eric] Hinske in the game."
After spending most of the season with the D-backs, Overbay signed a Minor League contract with the Braves last month and joined the big league club Sept. 1. The veteran got his first Braves hit Monday night, a seventh-inning pinch-hit single.
For Overbay, the start was his first with the Braves and just the 22nd of the season, as the 35-year-old has been utilized primarily as a pinch-hitter.
"It's double-fold," Gonzalez said. "Give Freddie a day, and also give Lyle three at-bats, four at-bats. Let him get some playing time over there."
Aggressive baserunning costs Braves
MILWAUKEE -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez did not have to say anything to Martin Prado about getting thrown out twice at third base in Monday night's loss.
Part of that is Gonzalez had little problem with the aggressiveness, and part is because Prado is hard enough on himself without the manager adding on. The veteran Prado was there Tuesday afternoon, watching video of the plays in the visiting clubhouse.
"It's one of those plays where it's a great play if you make it, and it's not a good play if you don't," said Gonzalez.
After hitting singles in the fourth and eighth innings, Prado was aggressive on singles by Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman, looking to go first to third. But great throws by right fielder Norichika Aoki in the fourth and center fielder Carlos Gomez in the eighth cost the Braves two outs.
Prado's outs were two of four made on the bases by the Braves in the game.
While the four outs were costly, Gonzalez reiterated Tuesday that he was not unhappy with the aggressive play. Chipper Jones shared a similar opinion.
"I can live with getting thrown out stealing. I can live with getting thrown out going first to third," Jones said. "You're being aggressive. You're forcing guys to make perfect throws under duress. And [the Brewers] did it."
Fredi reflects during pregame talk on 9/11
MILWAUKEE -- Eleven years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, then-Marlins third-base coach Fredi Gonzalez had just dropped his kids off at school when he heard the news.
"I was listening to talk radio," Gonzalez said. "All of a sudden they're breaking news and it was like, 'No, come on. Really? This is going on?' I got home and I turned the TV on. Every channel had all the stuff going on. I thought, 'Holy cow. This is crazy.'"
Gonzalez reflected on the tragic events of that day during his pregame talk with the media Tuesday afternoon.
He remembers going to the ballpark in Miami that day, still expecting there to be a game against the Expos. Instead, MLB waited until the following Monday to resume games.
That weekend, Gonzalez and the Marlins nearly made the trip to Atlanta for a weekend series, Sept. 14-16: "I remember going to Miami International Airport, getting almost on the tarmac with the buses, and they said, 'No, we're not starting yet.'"
Veteran right-hander Ben Sheets, on the DL with an inflamed right shoulder, said his arm felt good on Tuesday after a simulated game Monday afternoon. Sheets was expected to play catch before the game.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he was surprised by Mike Minor's pitch count when pitching coach Roger McDowell pointed out how high it was in the sixth inning Monday night.
"Roger goes, 'We better get somebody up,' I'm like, 'Why?'" Gonzalez said. "He goes, 'He's got 110.'"
Jordan Schelling is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.