Braves open new stadium with win

On Friday, the ball park will open for the first time, and fans will be treated to the "Chopsecutioner" - an IPA beer aged on wood chips from Mizuno Maple Elite bats. I'm going to go with the Padres here, however, as they've got more offensive firepower at their disposal.

On Friday, Atlanta Braves fans enjoyed the opening of SunTrust Park and the entertainment around the brand new stadium.

The first pitch before Friday night's opener against the San Diego Padres at SunTrust Park was delivered from one Hall of Famer, Hank Aaron, to another, Bobby Cox.

Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez allowed three home runs and seven hits overall in surrendering five runs in 5 1/3 innings. I think everyone is anxious to see the new stadium. "So I know exactly what the guys on this team are thinking right now".

"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.

The 83-year-old Aaron used a cane as he walked onto the field in front of the mound.

It was a special tribute to the former Braves legends. Cahill, who went 0-3 in 15 appearances with a 7.52 ERA for Atlanta in 2015, is 0-3 with an 8.47 ERA in five career games (three starts) and six homers allowed in 17 innings against the Braves.

"I've always tried to pitch relaxed and be in a good place when it's my turn", Colon said through a translator. In short, Garcia needs to be better and San Diego's relatively impotent offense could be a cure.

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

The Ciesielski family of Smyrna took advantage of one of their favorite restaurants' new location in the Battery, Antico Pizza. There could be more where that came from ahead for the Braves.

Padres: RHP Kevin Quackenbush was optioned to Triple-A El Paso to clear a roster spot for Cahill.

Braves: OF Matt 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.

Sean Manaea and Ryan Dull combined to pitch six hitless innings for Oakland, which led 5-0 before allowing two runs on two errors in the sixth to start Houston's rally. The stands were full before the first pitch, indicating no major traffic issues at a stadium built along one of the busiest interchanges in a city notorious for its bumper-to-bumper jams. Reliever Mauricio Cabrera (elbow strain) threw a bullpen session before the game.

"He's probably experienced anything and more than all the rest of us in this clubhouse", said manager Brian Snitker.

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

Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (1-1) makes his third start of the season. Now, he'll get the nod in the second game at SunTrust Park.

  • Zachary Reyes