ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES HELP BRAVES CHRISTEN NEW BALLPARK WITH LOSS

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Story by Liz Alper

Photo via @Padres on Twitter

April 14, 2017 (Atlanta) - After starting the season in their cozy little nook of the NL West, the Padres were suddenly whisked away to the east coast to face the Braves in their new home, SunTrust Park.  Jhoulys Chacin started on the hill for the Padres against Julio Teherán for the Braves.

Despite the Braves’ poor 2-6 record, the Padres still managed to give them runs.  In the bottom of the first, Nick Markakis blasted a line drive RBI double to right that scored Ender Inciarte and Freddie Freeman and Atlanta led 2-0.  

But the Padres got on the board in the second when Chacin worked some pitcher magic and singled, driving in Erick Aybar and the score was 2-1.  Manuel Margot singled on a line drive to right that was almost caught by Markakis and the Padres tied the game at two.

Unfortunately for the Pads, Teherán is good at pitcher magic too.  In the fourth with men on second and third, he hit a routine ground ball.  Wil Myers couldn’t make the catch at first and it became a wild ball.  Tyler Flowers came home and the Braves reclaimed the lead, 3-2.  

Inciarte added insurance for the Braves in the sixth with a two-run blast off of reliever Craig Stammen.  The Braves led 5-2 and carried it to the end to christen the first game played at SunTrust Park with a win.

Game two is tomorrow at 4:10 p.m.  Clayton Richard starts for the Padres against R.A. Dickey.