Braves – 16, Cubs – 5
Wow. I mean, wow. We all knew that Jason Heyward was going to come in with a bang… but to blast a 3-run home run his first Major League at bat against Carlos Zambrano?!… Wow. That home run was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. I got goose bumps and became slightly emotional. The second coolest thing I’ve ever seen, was when they showed Zambrano’s current ERA on the big screen… 40.15.
D-Lowe was the opening day starter, and… eh… I wasn’t impressed. The low sinker is Lowe’s bread and butter, and he was keeping the ball up in the zone a bit too much. First inning, he gave up a 3 run blast, several long pop-ups, and 2 more runs later in the game. He was looking like the same old Lowe I saw during the second half of last year. But, thanks to the more than generous run support, he came out okay.
It wasn’t just Heyward who came out of the gate full throttle:
- Bullpen – trio of Moylan, Saito, and Wagner – 3 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 5 K’s. Wagner looked especially nasty.
- Yunel Escobar – 2 for 5 w/5 RBI’s (and let’s not forget that he escaped Cuba on a small boat, so his numbers are doubled. Make that 10 RBI’s.)
- Brian McCann – 2 for 3 w/a home run
- Nate McClouth – 1 for 3 w/2BBs (plus his 2 fantastic catches… well… the 2nd one was a bad call)
- Eric Hinske – triple
- Martin Prado – 2 for 4
The team was also 8 for 18 with RISP.
It was just a downright great game… if you’re a Braves fan. From the bats to the bullpen, everyone had their game faces on. The ingredients are there for a stellar run to the playoffs, but the key is: consistency. It’s looking like the Braves will get the run support they need to make it to October this year. Look out Philadelphia.
I also need to note that I was upset that Matt Diaz did not start on opening day. Not cool.
Don’t stop the chop.