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Braves Fans, this was the week we’ve been waiting for for 3 years. Ever since the announcement of the new ballpark came. We’ve been waiting on the new ballpark, the new home of the Braves. Well Atlanta, it’s finally here. The Braves officially christened the new ballpark on Friday in front of a capacity crowd. 

Cox, Niekro, Murphy, Smoltz, Glavine, Jones *Photo cred Dale Murphy's twitter*
Cox, Niekro, Murphy, Smoltz, Glavine, Jones
*Photo cred Dale Murphy’s twitter*

With dignitaries and legends like this group in attendance the Home Opener, the Braves surely pulled out a win…..right?

The Week That Was

Another home opener for the Braves to endure, another loss for the good guys. This got out of hand quick, #Bartlanta gave up 3 in the first, another 3 in the 3rd. It was over. Braves did muster some offense, but Dan Strailey picked up his first win as a Marlin. Marlins win 8-4.

Game 2 of the 2-game series saw Jaime Garcia give up 4 runs, but then the Bullpen shut down the final 4 innings. 2 HR’s by Ender Inciarte and a 9th inning 2-out RBI single by Tyler Flowers (who by the way has been knocking the cover off the ball, and we’ll get to that) wins the game for the Braves, 5-4.

The home opener at Suntrust Park was met with much pomp and circumstance that after it was all over, it was time to play ball. The game became the Ender game. Ender Inciarte took home most of the “Firsts” for the park and the Braves win 5-2 behind a less than stellar Julio Teheran.

Game 2 against the Pads, the Braves hoped for a better RA Dickey then they had gotten in the first couple of starts. They got it. The veteran knuckleballer went 6 strong only surrendering 2 runs. That was all the Padres got and the Braves win the 2nd game of the series 4-2.


Easter brought #Bartlanta back to the mound, and like mentioned previously, the Braves were hoping for a better outing out of their new veteran. He was spectacular going 7 strong innings, 1 hit 1 run baseball and the Braves bats came to play. Braves win the game 9-2, win the series, and go for the sweep Monday night.

Offense

The Braves offense has come alive after a relatively slow start, all this while Matt Kemp is out on the DL with a Hamstring Strain (Due back this Wednesday) Since the Marlins series, the Braves have averaged 5.4 runs a game. Nick Markakis is in the middle of a current 10-game hitting streak. Tyler Flowers is hitting over .400 in the young season. Freddie Freeman and Brandon Phillips are hitting well over .300 and driving in runs. The offense seems to be humming right along, and maybe just maybe needed a little of that home cooking.

Bullpen

Will need to give credit where credit is due. The bullpen, since my last article, has been stellar. Not including the 2 innings Mike Foltynewicz came out of the pen, the actual bullpen pitchers have pitched 14IP, 0 Runs, 15K’s. Really, really strong performances.

Odds and Ends

  • Braves sold out the first two games 41,149 both games and the Sunday Game was 37, 147.
  • Matt Kemp was placed on the 10-day DL last week retroactive to April 8th (Return of Wednesday
  • Chaz Roe was placed on the 10-day DL on April 12th.

What’s Next?

The Braves finish the final game of their series with the Padres Monday night. Tuesday they begin a 3 game series with the Gnats….i mean Nationals. Then they go back on the road for a 3 game set with the Phillies.
Until next week, in the words of the incomparable Skip Caray: “So long everybody”

Cover photo courtesy Curtis Compton AJC