The Braves looked to be in good shape when they tallied two quick runs in the first inning off Max Scherzer. However, that did not hold as Bud Norris didn't have an effective pitch arsenal. The lead went back and forth throughout, but another offensive drought in the latter stages and a bullpen collapse led the Braves to a 6-4 loss to the Nationals. The Braves have now lost 11 straight at Nationals Park, and 15 out of their last 16 to Washington dating back to last season.
Ender Inciarte was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday and the first wave of top-tier young talent had the opportunity to make a way into the big leagues. Mallex Smith is a prospect entailing hype and high expectation, and he certainly showed why tonight as his speed was on full display. He reached base twice, including an infield single for his first Major League hit. However, in his third at-bat his helmet ricocheted back and caused a facial laceration, causing him to exit the game. Smith told reporters after the game that he "plans on being in (the lineup) tomorrow."
Braves make a pair of roster moves
The bullpen shuffle for the Braves continued on Monday. Atlanta called up lefty Hunter Cervenka to take the roster spot of the injured Daniel Winkler. The team also promoted reliever Joel De La Cruz and designated Jose Ramirez for assignment.
Jhoulys Chacin is expected to start for the Braves on Tuesday which means an additional roster move will have to be made prior to the game.
The legend of Jeremy Hazelbaker continues, as he carries his hot bat from Atlanta back to St. Louis. Hazelbaker hit a triple in the first inning, and was not retired for the remainder of the contest. Hazelbaker's story is quite intriguing, and further proves how St. Louis develops talent throughout their organization. After being in the minor leagues for 8 seasons, he finally has gotten his opportunity and has solidified himself a spot in the Major Leagues.
Former Brave Craig Kimbrel didn't have the best of luck in his home opener. Normally a lockdown closer, he allowed a mammoth 426-foot home run to Chris Davis to straightaway omb carried the Orioles to their sixth straight win to open the season, making them the only remaining undefeated in the Major Leagues.