The Braves notched their first win of the season behind starter Alex Wood and two homers by Freddie Freeman, a homer by Jason Heyward and two doubles by Dan Uggla. That isn’t a misprint or writer error, Uggla stroked two doubles.
I don’t want to get too excited too early, but Uggla has been “on the ball” the first two games, driving it to all fields with authority. I figured he would have a big year next season since it is the last year of his contract, if he could do it this year too that would be a welcome bonus. I’d like to see Uggla do it for at least a month before proclaiming that he is “back.” I’m guardedly optimistic so far based on what I’ve seen.
How about Alex Wood? Seven strong innings and only gave up one run on five hits while striking out five against a good line-up. Like Teheran he showed poise out on the mound and didn’t give in to the hitters. He walked three, but got 11 ground ball outs that resulted in three double plays. The Braves need Teheran and Wood to be their backbone in the first few weeks of the season and that is exactly what they did in this series in Milwaukee..
Few games are “must wins” or “big” this early in the season, but the fact remains that the Braves will send aging veteran Aaron Harang to the mound today and then after a day off the Braves start a 3-game series in Washington against the Nationals. So nice win against the Brewers and lets win the series today at 1:10 p.m. ET.