The Braves won the first two games of their series with the NL West leading Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend in Atlanta.
Friday night, the Braves used the long ball and a strong pitching performance from Derek Lowe to win 4-2. The Braves jumped ahead early when Michael Bourn(2 HR, 42 RBIs) hit a lead off home run to right field in the first. After Jose Constanza walked in the third, Brian McCann(20 HR, 58 RBIs) stroked a 2 run homer deep into the right field stands. In the sixth, Chipper Jones(12 HR, 56 RBIs) hit a solo shot that just cleared the left field fence to make it 4-0.
Derek Lowe had a good night going 5+ innings allowing 4 hits, no runs, 2 BB, and 7 Ks. The D-Backs did nothing against him until the 6th when he walked a batter and hit a batter. At that point, he had thrown 99 pitches so Fredi Gonzalez took him out and put in rookie Arodys Vizcaino. Vizcaino got out of the inning with no damage. Unfortunately, he came back out in the seventh and walked the first two batters. Eric O’Flaherty came on and allowed a double to Justin Upton that scored two. We shut them down from there. O’Flaherty finished the 7th, Venters the 8th, and Craig Kimbrel the 9th. Kimbrel got his 38th save. He allowed a lead off bunt single to former Brave Kelly Johnson (who went 3-4) and a walk but struck out two and got Upton on a swinging bunt that McCann fielded and threw to first on to end the game. Kimbrel also threw a pitch that registered 100 mph on the stadium board that McCann did a good job catching because it was high and outside.
We went to this game and as always it was fun. It was incredibly hot even when the game ended. We stayed for the Friday night fireworks and it was a good show (featuring country music). Fun night made better because Braves win!
On Saturday night, the Braves got another strong pitching performance, this time from Brandon Beachy, and some more long balls to win in a laugher 8-1. Beachy allowed a run in the first, but after that he shut the D-Backs down through 6. He went 6 innings allowing 4 hits, 1 run, 1 BB, and 7 Ks.
The Braves went ahead to stay in the bottom of the first on Dan Uggla’s two run homer. Beachy had a RBI single of his own(his first) in the second. The Braves picked up two more in the fifth to knock the starter out of the game. In the seventh, the Braves got back to back homers from Uggla(29 HR, 65 RBIs) and Freddie Freeman(17 HR, 62 RBIs) to put the game out of reach. Michael Bourn made a great catch in the sixth, running into the center field wall and holding on for the final out of the inning. Martin Prado went 3-4 and got his 49th RBI, while Chipper went 2-5 picking up his 57th RBI.