Braves Blank Indians in Series Opener

Elliott Johnson’s triple was the difference in the game

The Atlanta Braves started off their last inter-league series of 2013 with a victory on Tuesday night.  The new guy, Elliot Johnson, and the Braves bullpen, came up big as they shut out the Cleveland Indians, 2-0.

Alex Wood was not his best on Tuesday.  It was amazing to me that he did not allow any runs to the Indians.  He really struggled with command as he walked 4 batters in just 5.2 innings.  With that being said, he did a great job stranding runners and not allowing any Indians to cross the plate.  He also struck out 5 and only allowed 5 hits.  It would have been a great start, if he could have eliminated the walks.  Unlike most times, Wood did not allow those walks to turn into runs.

Luis Ayala (0.0 IP), Scott Downs (1.1 IP), Luis Avilan (1.0 IP), and Craig Kimbrel (1.0 IP, S) combined to finish the shut out.  Everyone besides Ayala looked really sharp on the mound. The bullpen continues to be a strong point for the Braves as the playoffs near.  As you can tell from the score, there is not much to report as far as runs go.

It was the new guy, Elliot Johnson, that was the difference in Tuesday’s game.  With 2 outs in the 2nd inning, Johnson tripled off the wall in right center field.  Both Brian McCann and Joey Terdoslavich were on base and scored on the triple.

Those runs were all they would need as the Braves captured a 2-0 win.

Somehow, the Braves were able to get the win with only 3 hits.  Chris Johnson, Joey Terdoslavich, and Elliot Johnson were the only ones to get a hit on Tuesday.  They were out hit 6-3 by the Indians.

Former Brave, Michael Bourn, started the game off with a single.  He finished the game 1-5.

Game MVP:

 Elliot Johnson: 1-3, 3B, and 2 RBIs

 Tonight’s MVP has to go to the man who provided the only offense in the game.  Johnson’s triple proved to be the difference in the game.  He also played a good game at 2nd base.

Dan Uggla may be coming back this week, which mean’s Elliot Johnson will probably be sent to the bench.  Uggla had a pretty good game at AAA Gwinnett on Tuesday.  He was 2-4, with a single and home run.

The Braves have decreased their magic # to 19 games and continue to sport the best record in the NL.

Game 2 of the series will be tomorrow night in Atlanta.  The Braves will have a tough task as Chris Masterson (14-9, 3.50) takes the mound for the Indians.  Paul Maholm (9-10, 4.51) will be making his 2nd start since returning from a wrist injury for the Braves.