Braves host San Diego Padres in first game at SunTrust Park

Braves host San Diego Padres in first game at SunTrust Park

The Braves are playing their first regular-season game in SunTrust Park, the new suburban stadium that replaced Turner Field.

"I mean, look at that video board".

Garcia allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings in a victory over San Diego last season and is 2-1 with a 2.52 ERA in six career starts against the Padres. Thanks to public funding and the available land around it, a community is being constructed from the ground up, taking "ballpark development" to another level.

Clayton Kershaw allowed a run and four hits with eight strikeouts and one walk in 8 1/3 innings to beat former teammate and Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke. A prominent fan, former President Jimmy Carter, also was in attendance.

The Braves played at Turner Field in downtown Atlanta for the last 20 years. Inciarte and Freddie Freeman, who reached on an intentional walk, scored on Phillips' two-out single up that middle that knocked Cahill out of the game. I'm going to go with the Padres here, however, as they've got more offensive firepower at their disposal.

Fans also got to the see the statue of Aaron, which shows the moment of impact during his home run that broke Babe Ruth's record.

"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.

The action wasn't just limited to the field.

This was the first real test before a packed house. In the hands of many were their phones, which could help locate the nearest concession stand or bathroom. This isn't just another opening day in Atlanta.

"It's just fantastic what they did with this ballpark", Inciarte said.

Atlanta Braves hitters have struggled to produce with runners on base early in the season.

There was plenty of pomp before the game as the Braves moved into the suburban stadium, which replaced their downtown home of the last two decades, Turner Field.

So far the Braves are not off to the hottest start.

"We will be partners with Cobb County, it'll be a public private partnership", said Schiller that day.

The new surrounding neighborhood, still a work in progress, is called The Battery.

Of course, no ballpark opener would be complete without the first dinger.

"I thought it was a very encouraging outing for him". They were pushed back a little bit more.

It may be the latest installment in the history of Major League Baseball stadiums - the Texas Rangers have announced a new stadium plan - but there are concerns. "I love it. I was just trying to be relaxed and have a good time out there". Repairs are targeted to be completed in June.

Bartolo Colon was having too much fun in his home debut with the Braves to be bothered by a home run in the second inning. They want to finish the year as a winning team, especially since it is their first year in the new stadium.

"My mom has a reputation of going to baseball games and giving birth the day after, so it's kind of like a lucky thing and we're hoping that that happens", says Lisk.



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