Atlanta Braves win Opener at new SunTrust Park

Atlanta Braves win Opener at new SunTrust Park

The stadium has earned positive reviews from Braves players.

Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers follows through on a two-run single in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Atlanta.

"It was a special night for me and for a lot of people", said Inciarte, who was coming off a two-homer game at Miami. "When you're out there playing, it feels like the fans are kind of right on you, which at Turner Field, it was more relaxed".

"It's going to be a better experience for the fans and for us, too", he said.

Markakis, who grew up in nearby Woodstock, Georgia, put the Braves ahead in the first with a two-run double off Jhoulys Chacin (1-2).

Phillips had a two-run single in the sixth and a run-scoring single in the eighth. I was just trying to help win the ballgame, but I got to do a lot of things for the first time. They watch how balls fly out of here and they see the skyline and everything, and they say, 'Wow.' I said it.

Over the course of the last 12 IP for courageous relievers, they have allowed 2 hits, 0 earned runs, 1 BB, and have 13 K's.

Atlanta has given up only four runs so far in the series, and its bullpen has allowed just two hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in six shutout innings. Jim Johnson would close it out for the Braves, working a 1-2-3 ninth.

We must keep in mind that Swanson, the top overall pick in the 2015 draft and hitting.150, was starting at Vanderbilt two years ago.

Not a bad way to ring in a new stadium.

Ten retired numbers were unveiled on a facade down the left-field line, and seven of the greats - Aaron, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Phil Niekro, Bobby Cox, Chipper Jones and Dale Murphy - were on hand for the ceremony. I thought they did a nice job with it. "I made some decent pitches, and they did a good job fouling them off".

The Padres tied it up in the second, taking advantage of Teheran's wildness. Wil Myers had 17 hits, 10 runs and nine RBI heading into the weekend, while Manuel Margot had 14 hits, eight runs and three homers in that time.

"He was impressive in Colorado", Padres manager Andy Green said.

There was even SunTrust Park's first. zipline ride?

Cahill issued three walks and recorded eight strikeouts, his most in a game since he also struck out eight on September 20, 2014, while with Arizona.

The 29-year-old Cahill missed his last scheduled start as the result of a lingering lower back issue.

JC Ramirez (2-1), making his first start in the majors after 111 relief appearances, allowed five runs in five innings for Los Angeles.

Braves: Kemp (hamstring) ran before the game and isn't expected to need a rehab stint in the minors before he's eligible to return on Tuesday.

That comes from salt-of-the-earth Brian Snitker, 61 and in his first full year as a big league manager but his 41st season in the Braves' organization.

Braves: RHP R.A. Dickey (0-1) will have the distinction of pitching in three different Braves stadiums.

Colon, who has a 233-163 career record over 20 seasons, beat San Diego a year ago, allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings, and is 3-3 with a 4.12 ERA in seven career starts against the Padres.

Piatti, in his first game back from injury, converted from the spot for his second goal of the season.



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