Braves season off to mixed start, great victory over Phillies

By Zephyr Strosnider
Features Editor

Atlanta’s Major League Baseball team, the Braves, had its opening day March 31st, 2014, with a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers with a score of 2-0.

The Braves previously played the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. They lost the first game on March 31st 0-2, The Braves then won thesecond game of the season on April 1st with a score of 5-2 and the game April 2nd with a score of 1-0.

After the Brewers the Braves travelled to Washington to play against the Washington Nationals. The Braves came out on top for the first two games 2-1 and 6-2, then lost the last of three games 1-2.

After the devastating loss on opening day, the Braves came back and beat the Mets on April 9th 4-3, only to be beat in the last game of the series 4-6. Since then, the Braves have also played the Washington Nationals at Turner Field on April 11-13. All three games were surprisingly high scoring, and the Braves won 7-6, 6-3, and 10-2.

Most recently, the Braves played the Philadelphia Phillies on April 14. They came out on top for the fourth game in a row with a final score of 9-6. One of the most exciting players of the game was Braves second baseman Dan Uggla who hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the fourth, and drove in five runs to contribute to the victory. Braves catcher Evan Gattis also hit two home runs.

The Braves-Phillies game was certainly a nail biter. Consecutive Braves home runs by Gattis, Uggla, and shortstop Andrelton Simmons put Atlanta ahead 5-1 in the top of the eighth inning. However, Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown hit a three run home run in the bottom of the eighth to end the five runs that put the Phillies in the lead 6-5. Fear not, Braves fans, for Uggla was there to save the day with a grand slam to score B.J. Upton, Freddie Freeman, and Justin Upton, and the Phillies were unable to make up the 9-6 gap.

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