Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

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


"I think it's a lot more intimate", Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said. He got two victories for the US team that won the 1996 Olympic bronze medal at Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium but was 0-3 against the Braves at Turner Field in six starts and three relief appearances for Texas, Seattle, the New York Mets and Toronto. The Braves played in the old stadium, built for the 1996 Olympics, for only 20 years.

Hedges knew he should take advantage of what he said was a mistake.

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.

His first two starts didn't live up to those expectations.

Inciarte recorded the first put-out in the top of the first, followed by SunTrust Park's first hit and run in the bottom of the first. Bartolo Colon pitched brilliantly going seven strong while limiting the Padres to one run on a lone hit.

Atlanta won its third straight following a five-game losing streak, including its first two games at SunTrust Park. Inciarte gave Atlanta some breathing room in the sixth with a two-run shot to right.

Before a sellout crowd of 41,149 fans, Atlanta starter Julio Teheran (1-0) was a bit wild but lasted six innings. Known more for his defense than offense, the 26-year-old center fielder already has four home runs through 11 regular-season games. Jim Johnson worked the ninth for his second save.

"I was very mad about those two at-bats", Phillips said. "One of my favorites I've played in so far".

"Wil comes up with that nine out of 10 times", Green said. They watch how balls fly out of here and they see the skyline and everything, and they say, 'Wow.' I said it. The three-story Chop House bar was packed full of patrons, some holding beers that were aged with baseball bat wood.

Dickey allowed seven hits, two to start the seventh inning before he was pulled, walked one and struck out six. The Braves should be able to get after Cahill, who is coming off the 10-day disabled list after experiencing a lower back strain coming out of his first start of the season. The Braves recalled RHP Luke Jackson from Triple-A Gwinnett and optioned RHP Jason Hursh to the same team.

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.

The stadium and surrounding area has been in the works for more than two and a half years and officially opened to the public on Friday as Opening Day took place. Manager Brian Snitker said the hard-throwing right-hander is "feeling great and ready to go", but no word when he'll come off the DL.

Twenty years earlier, Jones helped christen Turner Field, which never seemed like a place the Braves would leave until November 11, 2013, when longtime team executive John Schuerholz announced the franchise would be moving to the corner of I-75 and I-285 in Cobb County at the start of this 2017 season. He threw 67 of 105 pitches for strikes in his second complete game in 91 major league starts.

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