Thursday, March 31, 2011

Braves Win First Game of 2011

The Braves blanked the Nationals 2-0 to win the first game of the regular season.  Braves starter Derek Lowe pitched 5.2 shutout innings of three hit baseball, striking out six.  Nationals starter Livan Hernandez didn't pitch poorly, only giving up two runs in 6.1 innings.  Craig Kimbrel recorded the save for the Braves, who are expected to push the Phillies for the top spot in the NL East.

The Braves two runs came on a first inning single by catcher Brian McCann, which scored Chipper Jones, and a second inning home run by Jason Heyward.  Just like last season, Heyward started off his season with big fly.  Highly touted rookie first baseman Freddie Freeman went 0-3 in his season debut for the Braves.  The Nationals offense was anemic, as they managed only five hits, only one of which was an extra-base hit.

The Yankees just finished off the Tigers 6-3 in the Bronx.  Starters CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander both pitched six innings, giving up three runs apiece.  Along with Mark Teixeira, who hit a three-run homer for the Yanks, centerfielder Curtis Granderson was the Opening Day hero.  He went 1-3 with the game winning home run, to go along with a few highlight reel plays in center.  Joba Chamberlain picked up the win, while Mariano Rivera recorded his first save of the season.  Phil Coke took the loss for Detroit.

The Brewers jumped on the board early as Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez went deep back-to-back off Reds starter Edinson Volquez.  They currently hold a 6-2 lead over Cincinnati and they batting with two outs in the top of the seventh.

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