Wood Gets Braves On Board

Alex Wood Braves pitcher

Alex Wood

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.

About Jim Hart

Jim has covered the Atlanta Braves since 2008 for local and national broadcast news organizations. He also appears regularly talking Braves baseball on WCCP-FM in Clemson, South Carolina, and the ESPN Radio affiliate, 1420 Sports in St. Augustine, Florida.

  • NorthAlabamaGM

    That is the makings of a good pitcher, Glad my desire to have him in the pen has fallen through:)

    I agree on Uggla, but … he has hit the ball hard on multiple occasions. I like it!

    • http://atlantabullpen.com/ Jim Hart

      True NorthA, Uggla has shown flashes the past couple years, but reverts back! That’s why I’m waiting at least a month before proclaming he is back. He has looked good so far, though.

  • dan harvey

    FF is a hoss. Heyward, too. I am hoping to see some more hard hit balls today
    by both of them.

    • http://atlantabullpen.com/ Jim Hart

      Fun night last night, lets keep it going!

  • Wayne Canon

    Would someone be so kind as to pass me the salt, and perhaps a touch of mustard. I have a plate full of words that I have to eat!!
    What a showing for Harang! A no-hitter into the 7th. who would have thunk it?
    Fantastic defense. Our offense was pretty much shut down by a fantastic pitching performance by Garza. That was a tough loss for Garza to take.
    This upcoming series with the Nats is huge..it’s going to be great.

  • Al Simard

    It’s time to platoon BJ and Shafer, at the least.