The Atlanta Braves are finally in the win column in 2019 after an 8-0 win over the Chicago Cubs in their home opener at SunTrust Park. Ozzie Albies finished with three hits as the Braves took advantage of some shaky defense by the Cubs. Sean Newcomb only lasted four innings but four relievers combined to allow just three hits and zero runs over the final five innings.
"It was nice to perform well and also get a win, the first one. The first of many."@PaulByrd36 catches up with @BringerOfRain20 after his dynamic home debut for the @Braves. pic.twitter.com/bLWgohMI76— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) April 2, 2019
Josh Donaldson finished with two hits and turned in the defensive highlight of the game when he fielded a ball that deflected off of Dansby Swanson and fired to first in time to nab the runner.
Brian McCann made his official return to Atlanta and received a warm welcome from the sellout crowd. He recorded a two-run single in his first at bat putting the Braves up 4-0.
Brian Snitker discussed Albies’ hot start to the season in his postgame press session. Albies had three more hits tonight and is now 6-for-14 on the season with three walks and just one strikeout.
"You get quick outs, the offense is gonna roll."— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) April 2, 2019
Ender Inciarte belted his first home run of the season in Atlanta's 8-0 win. pic.twitter.com/e8ilg1PuEn
Ender Inciarte put the Braves on the board early with a lead off home run.
Sean Newcomb only lasted four innings but he held the Cubs scoreless to help the Braves capture their first win. Newcomb allowed six hits and four walks but no runs while throwing 91 pitches.