Braves top Padres 4-2 as Dickey pitches in 3rd Atlanta park

On Friday, Atlanta Braves fans enjoyed the opening of SunTrust Park and the entertainment around the brand new stadium. The Braves roster is beginning to look like one that could not only play.500 this season but be surprise contenders down the stretch this summer if the pitching can continue to get deep into games.

Knoxville native Michael Noce was certainly happy to visit the new park for the opener. Arodys Vizcaino and Jim Johnson pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings, respectively, as the Braves bullpen continued its string of solid performances in recent games.

Jones, whose autobiography, "Ballplayer", written with former Journal-Constitution staff writer Carroll Rogers Walton, has hit the New York Times bestseller list, said he was thrilled to be in attendance, likening it to when the Braves moved into Turner Field in 1997.

The Atlanta centerfielder got the first hit and scored the first run after catching a fly ball for the first out at the new home of the Braves.

"I swung hard and got the good result", said Inciarte, who won a Gold Glove for his work in center field a year ago and batted.291. "Because a player's going to resist you if they feel like they're going to miss three starts".

Alex Avila added a two-run homer in the sixth for Detroit, which played its first night game of the season. Inciarte also hit the first home run, coming in the bottom of the sixth inning.

With three homers in two games, Inciarte matched his power output for all of last season. He was quick to point that out to injured slugger Matt Kemp, who had two homers before he went on the 10-day disabled list.

"I obviously got here right when the gates opened".

Julio Teheran (1-0) gave up five hits, walked four and hit a pair of batters, but allowed just two runs and helped himself at the plate with an RBI hit.

Jeremy Hellickson (2-0) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings.

Reliever Jose Ramirez got out of the seventh thanks to a double play niftily turned by Phillips at second base and Jim Johnson pitched a ideal ninth for his third save in as many games.

"It's going to be a better experience for the fans and for us, too", he said. I think everyone is anxious to see the new stadium. Aaron had a nice underhand toss, and the crowd loved seeing him out there. The park's listed capacity is 41,149, almost 9,000 fewer than the Braves had at Turner Field.

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

San Diego Padres all wear the number 42 as they stand for the US national anthem before a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Atlanta. He said the pitch "was really moving", especially in his last two innings. After a Dickey strikeout, Chase was awarded second base after a balk was called on Padres pitcher, Clayton Richard. Ryan Schimpf walked and Erick Aybar was hit by a pitch, setting up Chacin's run-scoring dribbler and Manuel Margot's RBI single.

Markakis, who grew up in nearby Woodstock, put the Braves ahead in the first with a two-run double off Jhoulys Chacin (1-2).

It will be the first real test of the suburban park's ability to accommodate Atlanta's traffic. The three-story Chop House bar was packed full of patrons, some holding beers that were aged with baseball bat wood.

Throughout Friday's game, Braves fans filled the Battery's restaurants and more than 100 people watched the game on a video board in the Georgia Power Pavilion.

Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez allowed three home runs and seven hits overall in surrendering five runs in 5 1/3 innings.

  • Loretta Pittman