Thursday marked a historical night for rookie AJ Smith-Shawver, who earned his first career win as the Atlanta Braves downed the Colorado Rockies 8-3. In his third major league appearance and second big league start, Smith-Shawver tossed 5.2 innings of three-run ball. He walked one and fanned six. He now becomes the youngest Brave to record a win since Steve Avery’s 1990 win.
“I definitely feel more comfortable on the mound, for sure,” Smith-Shawver said of his first win. “I knew we were spread thin out there so I wanted to eat up as many innings as I could. I’m glad they sent me out in the sixth to try to eat up some more.”
“It was nice to try to help them out a little bit today,” he added. “I felt like I was comfortable and could execute my stuff today. I’ve thrown a lot of baseballs, so I just try to trust my stuff and trust the work we’ve put in. I didn’t think I had my best stuff my first start, so I just tried to build off of it by taking away some things and executing pitches better.”
The Braves took the reins offensively, too, out-hitting the Rockies 11-7.
The series continues tonight at 7:20 ET with Jared Shuster on the bump.
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