Braves beat Padres 5-2 on opening night at new stadium

Apr 18, 2017, 01:54
Braves beat Padres 5-2 on opening night at new stadium

Tonight's second game of the Braves' home-opening series with the San Diego Padres will provide Dickey a chance to get off to a better start in SunTrust Park. There is a lot of history and now we're going to start a new ballpark.

"It was hallowed ground to me", said the Nashville, Tennessee, native, who played his college ball at the University of Tennessee.

"I'd like to welcome you to baseball's newest gem", MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said to fans during the pregame ceremony.

United States Navy fighter jets fly over SunTrust Park during the national anthem before a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the San Diego Padres in Atlanta, Friday, April 14, 2017.

Atlanta Braves' Chase d'Arnaud (23) steals second base as San Diego Padres shortstop Erick Aybar (8) applies the late tag in the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Atlanta. Despite beginning his third start of the year having yet to surrender an earned run, Atlanta pitcher Julio Teheran gave up two in the second to tie it at 2.

Braves management tried to fortify a rebuilding team for the first season in the new park by adding Matt Kemp and Brandon Phillips to the lineup and veteran Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey and Jaime Garcia to the rotation. Inciarte also hit the first home run, coming in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Nick Markakis: His two-run double in the first plated Inciarte and Freeman, runs that became important when the Padres scored two in the top of the second.

It will be the first real test of the suburban park's ability to accommodate Atlanta's traffic. Chacin (1-2) took the loss, as Teheran's RBI single in the fourth put the Braves up 3-2. Among the familiar faces: Hank Aaron (who threw out the first pitch), Bobby Cox (who started the "Chop"), and Dale Murphy, Phil Niekro, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Chipper Jones (who participated in a pre-game "Braves Walk" and were present for their retired numbers being unveiled).

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Renfroe deposited a 1-0 knuckler over the fence in left-center field for his third home run and Hedges hit his first of the season to left field on a 1-2 knuckleball.

"Wil comes up with that nine out of 10 times", Green said.

"We're sort of at the end of the transition time", Braves chairman Terry McGuirk said before the season.

The San Diego Padres have activated right-hander Trevor Cahill from the 10-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Kevin Quackenbush to Triple-A El Paso. Quackenbush was used right away, working a scoreless eighth.

JC Ramirez (2-1), making his first start in the majors after 111 relief appearances, allowed five runs in five innings for Los Angeles. They're also 6-0 in their last six home games versus a right-handed starter. Wade Miley (1-0) pitched six innings for the win, and Zach Britton got three outs for his fifth save.

Then 21 years old, Dickey was a member of the bronze medal-winning USA national team in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Watch below as Banks is picked up at his home and dropped off at the front of SunTrust Park.