Monday, 26 June, 2017

Braves beat Padres 5-2 on opening night at new stadium

Juana Turner | 18 April, 2017, 01:08

They are now playing at a new field, SunTrust Park.

The Atlanta Braves officially started a new era for the franchise on Friday night, with their first game at SunTrust Park against the San Diego Padres. At the time, Braves Club President John Schuerholz said that Turner Field, where the team played from 1997 until the end of last season, needed "hundreds of millions of dollars of upgrades".

Atlanta Braves' Chase d'Arnaud (23) steals second base as San Diego Padres shortstop Erick Aybar (8) applies the late tag in the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Atlanta.

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte was front-and-center in Friday's 5-2 victory over the San Diego Padres, going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored. With a fly to right and a fielder's choice leaving pinch-hitter Emelio Bonafacio on first with two down, Inciarte belted a high fly ball into the Chop House section in right.

Inciarte, who had homered twice at Miami on Wednesday, connected for a two-run blast against San Diego reliever Craig Stammen in the sixth inning and the Braves defeated the Padres 5-2 before a sellout crowd of 41,149. Inciarte, who led off for Atlanta in the bottom of the first inning, had the first hit, reaching on an infield single. It's not like I'm trying to hit home runs, but I'm trying to put the right swing on the right pitch, and I've been able to do it.

The Braves tied it in the third with four hits. Jim Johnson came on in the ninth for his second save.

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"I like little nooks and crannies", he said.

"It looks like they took a lot of parts from a lot of parks and them together", he said.

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"Wil comes up with that nine out of 10 times", Green said.

After hosting an exhibition and a college game, this was the first real test for SunTrust Park.

The Padres reinstated catcher Hector Sanchez from the seven-day concussion disabled list and recalled right-hander Kevin Quackenbush from Triple-A El Paso.

Julio Teheran: The Braves' ace went six innings, striking out five and walking four while giving up two runs on five hits, in picking up his first decision of the season.

"He's probably experienced anything and more than all the rest of us in this clubhouse", said manager Brian Snitker. He went on the DL with a lower back strain on April 6. For his big league career, Cahill now owns a 4.04 ERA over the course of 263 regular season appearances, 175 starts and 1,155 innings of work in all. RHP R.A. Dickey (0-1, 4.76 ERA) will start for the Braves on Saturday night in the second game of four-game series, with LHP Clayton Richard (1-1, 2.57 ERA) pitching for the Padres.

"I really hope we get this energy every single game", Inciarte said.

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