Nice start to the season so far. (ESPN is already pushing the panic button for the Phillies.) KJ led off the game with a homer, Chipper doubled and scored later in the first and hit a solo homer in the fifth, and the Braves won fairly easily.
Jair Jurrjens didn’t allow a run, but was not nearly as sharp as Derek Lowe was. He had only one 1-2-3 inning, and in the first, second, and fifth allowed two baserunners each time. Bobby pulled him after a two-out walk to Pedro Feliz (you should never walk Pedro Feliz) in the sixth with 96 pitches thrown, three walks and four hits allowed. Bennett gave up a hit, but O’Flaherty ended the inning. After he threw the seventh, Soriano gave up one hit and got a strikeout in the eighth, and Gonzalez settled down and pitched a perfect ninth.
If there’s a concern, it’s that the Braves are still having trouble scoring without homers. They did score two runs without them, but one was on an error and the other on an infield single. Also, the Braves got eight hits in five against Jamie Moyer, but no baserunners against the Phillie bullpen.
Day game today, so this is also the game thread. Enjoy.