Braves beat Cubs on Chipper's home run
The Braves beat the Cubs 3-2 Wednesday night for win number two of the season. With Atlanta down 2-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning, Chipper Jones hit a two-run home run to give the Braves the advantage.
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Billy Wagner looked great, as he struck out the side in the 9th inning for his first save with Atlanta. He was consistently hitting 96-98 mph on the radar gun and looked like the Billy Wagner that dominated the National League before his Tommy John surgery.
Jason Heyward scorched a double into the right field corner in the second inning to drive in Atlanta's first run. Heyward now has 5 RBI in his first two games.
Jones came through in the clutch when the Braves needed him. Martin Prado had doubled with one out to get the tying run into scoring position. Jones was hitting right-handed against the lefty John Grabow and hit a long home run to left field to give Atlanta the 3-2 lead.
Troy Glaus was 0-4 with four strikeouts. He now has six strikeouts in his first nine plate appearances for the Braves.
Glaus also made a big error in the fifth inning that allowed the Cubs' first run to score.
Brian McCann stole a base in the second inning, his first of the season. McCann now has 13 stolen bases in his career.
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Atlanta's bullpen had four more scoreless innings of work. In the first two games of the season the Braves' bullpen has not allowed a run in seven innings, allowing just four hits, one walk, and 10 strikeouts.
The Braves go for the sweep Thursday night at 7:10 at Turner Field. Tommy Hanson (11-4, 2.89 ERA last season) will pitch for Atlanta against Cubs' right-hander Randy Wells (12-10, 3.05 ERA last season). Wells pitched a great game in Atlanta last season, limiting the Braves to one earned run in seven innings on June 2.
Right after the game the Braves will board a flight for San Francisco to open up a three-game series at AT&T Park. The Giants have the home opener Friday afternoon at 4:35 pm ET. Chip Caray and Joe Simpson will have the call of the game starting at 4:30 pm. Braves Live! starts at 4:00 pm.
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