The Braves notched their first victory of the 2014 season with some help from the long ball. Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman homered off Brewers starter Kyle Lohse in support of Alex Wood and his seven innings of work.
We all remember Carlos Gomez's slow, deliberate home run trot that irked the Braves last September. In the first inning today, he homered on the first pitch from Wood and more or less sprinted around the bases in just over 16 seconds. I'd wager he's learned his lesson.
One guy who isn't as fleet afoot is Freddie Freeman. With two outs in the fourth inning and Freeman on first, Dan Uggla lined a double into the left-field gap. By the time Freddie had reached third base, Jean Segura already had the ball, but he was being waved home and was out by a country mile.
Fortunately, Jason Heyward would pick up his buddy the very next inning with a towering two-run homer to put Atlanta in front. Not to be outdone, Freddie knocked a solo homer just inside the right-field pole leading off the sixth, and teed off again in the eighth, this time off Zach Duke for his fifth career multi-HR game.
Following a long first inning that saw Wood throw 22 pitches, the young lefty settled down and held the Brewers to three hits over the next six innings.
Milwaukee crept closer with a run in their half of the eighth, but Atlanta got that run back in the ninth on a sac fly by Andrelton Simmons.
We had our first Craig Kimbrel sighting of the year, and he struck out the side to seal Atlanta's first win of the season.