Bartolo Colon continued his career success against the Braves as he threw seven innings of six-hit shutout baseball and did not walk a single batter while throwing 70 of his 101 pitches for strikes in the Mets 4-0 win on Tuesday night at Turner Field. Despite another solid start from Aaron Harang it was his location issues that gave the Mets an early 1-0 lead on a wild pitch in the third inning, which was all they needed. The loss for the Braves brings their record to 4-3 on the season and marks the second time they've been shutout to begin the 2014 campaign.
Despite the loss nothing could truly dampen what was a special night for Braves fans., There were 47,144 fans who filed into the TED to not only celebrate a beginning to a new season, but Hank Aaron's 40th anniversary of clobbering Al Downing's fastball well over the left field fence at Fulton County Stadium for his record breaking 715th home run. The ceremony before the game was something special to watch. Every major sports team, college and pro, in the Atlanta-area gave Aaron a personalized framed jersey and 715 fans dressed in the throwback #44 jerseys stood out in the outfield each holding a baseball shaped sign representing each home run Aaron hit and the date they occurred. Hammerin Hank is simply one of the best players the game has ever seen and there will never be another like him.
Jay Clemons of FOX Sports South highlights a historic night for the Braves franchise and a career that may never be matched. Aaron had 3,771 hits in his career and made 25 All-Star appearances.
Ben Gray of the AJC captured the pregame ceremony that was held for the greatest home run hitter of all-time.
Check out this feature package the AJC put together on Hank Aaron and his reflections on one of the biggest nights of his life. Click on each bubble to see what he has to say about his legacy and on his amazing accomplishment that happened on April 8, 1974.
For the second start in a row Aaron Harang went six fantastic innings from the mound and only gave up two hits while striking out nine batters. However, with no offense to work with he took his first loss of the season and is now 1-1 on the year with a 0.71 ERA and WHIP. The Braves have to love what their newest addition has accomplished.
As some would say the struggle is real. The Braves offense has only plated 15 runs in seven games to begin the season and they are 1-for-23 with runners and scoring position and two outs. By no means is the team in panic mode, but they would really like to get the bats going in the second game of the series against Zach Wheeler today. The Braves are hitting .220 as a team and have the worst OBP (.263) in all of baseball. Freddie Freeman has been one of the few exceptions hitting .391 (9-for-23) and has scored a team leading four runs.
Mark Bowman highlights some of the other stories from yesterday for the Braves. Luis Avilan left the game in the seventh inning with a cramp after running away from a shattered bat. Evan Gattis also was over his stomach virus and was back in the lineup and went 1-for-4.
Former Mercer Bear and relief pitcher Cory Gearrin will miss the rest of the season as he will have to undergo Tommy John surgery due to an elbow injury he sustained at the end of spring training. He is the third pitched for the Braves in the past month who will undergo the surgery.
Ervin Santana will take to the pitching mound for the first time this season tonight against the Mets and look to start out a new winning streak for his team. He feels very strong going into this start and believes he has good command of all his pitches at this point. His key will be to pound the strike zone low against a team that has won three of their last four.
Gavin Floyd threw four innings of one-run ball in the Gwinnett Braves 10-5 win last night. He didn't labor through many pitches in any inning as he finished the night with his pitch count right at 60. Mike Minor then came in for relief work and notched the win while striking out four in 2.1 innings of work.
LEAGUE WIDE NEWS
Jose Abreu had a career day in the Chicago White Sox 15-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday as he went 2-for-5 with the first two dingers of his career and five RBIs. He already has 11 runs batted in this season.
Ken Rosenthal and others discuss baseball records that they believe will never be broken.
Ryan Braun completely owns at Citizens Bank Park. The Brewers right fielders put together his 19th multi-HR game as he hit three bombs and drove in a career high seven RBIs in Milwaukee's 10-4 win over the Phillies. He now has a career average at the park in the city of brotherly love of .405 (32-for-79) with 10 home runs and 21 RBIs.
Tampa Bay Rays ace Matt Moore has now been put on the disabled list with a left elbow injury and is set for a visit with a pitchers worst nightmare Dr. Andrews. He felt better the day after leaving a game against the Royals with elbow discomfort so there is hope that he won't have to miss the rest of the season.
Orioles outfielder Adam Jones simply does not find it funny when fans run out onto the field and fears for his safety. While most of the time these fans are just trying to gain applause from the crowd you never know what that crazy fan is going to do.