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, the Braves will not be going 0-162 in 2019"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Talking Chop User’s GuideTalking Chop PodcastAround the NL EastBaseball Analysis PrimerBraves scratch first win of season, trounce Cubs 8-0New,178commentsContrary to popular belief, the Braves will not be going 0-162 in 2019EDTShareTweetShareShareBraves scratch first win of season, trounce Cubs 8-0Bill Streicher-USA TODAY SportsThe Braves took advantage of some Bad News Bears-esque defense from the Cubs on Monday night, and the offensive machine finally showed its capabilities on the way to an 8-0 victory.After a start from Sean Newcomb that was heavy on the base runners (as per usual), Wes Parsons came on in relief and picked up his first Major League win.The Braves record now stands at 1-3, but this is a huge weight lifted off the team’s shoulder.On the offensive side, Josh Donaldson had his best game as a Brave, reaching base three times, and both Ender Inciarte and Ronald Acu帽a planted souvenirs into the seats.Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies kept their hit streaks alive for the 2019, as both have reached safely in every game of this young season.The Braves bullpen, which struggled so tremendously this past weekend in Philadelphia, allowed zero walks.Even if it’s only one game, that’s a great sign.Newcomb’s performance was somewhere between his 2018 form and his 2019 Spring Training form.He did not allow a run, which is good news, but he did allow ten base runners - four of which came via walks.Barely half of his pitches - 49 of 91 - went for strikes Fernando Rodney Jersey
, and it seemed like he went to a two-ball count on every single hitter.His control issues kept him from getting out of the fifth inning; even with a 5-0 lead, Brian Snitker felt he was better suited to rely on a shaky bullpen than endure any more of Newk’s control hiccups.In the bottom of the first, a dropped foul ball by Mark Zagunis set the tone for an ugly defensive night for the Cubs.Given new life after the dropped ball, Inciarte quickly whipped the sell-out crowd into a frenzy by mashing one into the right field seats, staking the Braves to a 1-0 lead before they logged their first home out of the season.The subpar defense continued later in the inning, as a throwing error from Javier Baez led to Josh Donaldson scoring the Braves’ second run.The following batter, an Ozzie Albies pop-up into no man’s land - scored as a double - hit the grass between three Cubs fielders and put runners on second and third.Brian McCann roped a two-run single on the first pitch he saw, and before the first was over, the Braves were up 4-0.Newk’s consistent control issues ate at him a bit during the second inning, as he worked around two walks - one of which was to Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks.In the third inning, Newcomb came away unscathed after loading the bases.Sensing that a 4-0 lead might not hold with the way Newcomb was pitching, Ronald Acu帽a took it upon himself to extend the lead to 5-0.That gorgeous swing was the first of what will hopefully be many home runs for Acu帽a this year.Mike Foltynewicz, who was mid-interview during Acu帽a’s blast, summed it up best with his succinct, “That was loud.”After Anthony Rizzo singled to lead off the fifth inning, Snitker called upon Parsons - the Grapefruit League Cy Young - who instantly induced a double play to close the book on Newcomb.Parsons’ clean inning of work was enough to garner his first big league victory.Congrats to him.The Cubs’ shoddy defense was on display again in the bottom of the fifth.After a Nick Markakis single and a double by Ozzie Albies, McCann was intentionally walked to load the bases.As he has done all Spring http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-max-kepler-jersey
, Dansby Swanson mashed a ball back up the middle, and it hit Hendricks so hard it ricocheted out past David Bote at second base.Bote tried to pick McCann off second, but his throw missed the mark and his error - their fifth of the night - allowed Albies to trot home.Just like that, it was 7-0 Braves.The Braves tacked another run on in the 6th inning.After Freddie Freeman slapped a double past Zagunis (who had a dreadful night in left field), a Kris Bryant error - the sixth Cubs blunder of the night - allowed Markakis to reach.Ozzie Albies, on his first at-bat against a lefty this year, reached on an infield single.Freddie crossing the plate stretched the lead to 8-0.The rest of the game was quiet, aside from this preposterous display of teamwork by Swanson and Donaldson.In his first appearance of the year, Arodys Vizcaino worked around a double to secure a scoreless ninth inning.The Braves are off tomorrow, but Wednesday begins a streak of twelve consecutive days with a game.Baseball season is back in full swing, folks. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — The New York Mets hope their hard-throwing pitchers can dominate in the NL East this season.First, they have a little work to do controlling the strike zone.Noah Syndergaard walked five over 2 2/3 innings and Edwin Diaz gave out two free passes in his spring debut Saturday, shaky efforts for two of the biggest arms in the sport.Syndergaard opened by walking Houston’s George Springer on four pitches and was charged with an unearned run when Springer scored on a throwing error by shortstop Danny Espinosa.“Probably not his best outing ever,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “But when it’s something not typical of a player like that, kind of scattering the ball around, you don’t really worry about it.“It’s kind of an anomaly in my mind. The stuff was good Joe Mauer Jersey
, the sliders he clicked were really good, he threw some good change-ups and we know the velocity is there and he was feeling good. He just didn’t have command of the ball like he usually does.”Syndegaard averaged 97.4 mph on his fastball last season, second best in the majors among pitchers with at least 100 innings behind the Yankees’ Luis Severino. He said the timing of his delivery was off Saturday.“My lower half and my upper half weren’t really quite synching up,” he said. “I just tried to guide the ball instead of drive it through the mitt.”This was Syndergaard’s second outing of the spring, and he pitched well in the first one. He said he wasn’t totally comfortable for the debut, either, but thinks it might be beneficial to have to grind through some innings in early March.“I always think it’s great to struggle, that separates the men from the boys. It’s how you react and make adjustments … when you realize you don’t have your best stuff,” said Syndergaard, who held the Astros hitless.Diaz posted an MLB-high 57 saves last season for the Mariners and ranked 13th among qualified relievers with a 97.3 mph average fastball.The Mets were anxious to watch their new closer make his blue-and-orange debut. Diaz walked a pair in a scoreless sixth inning, fanned one and didn’t allow a hit to the Astros in an 8-7 loss.“He was a little rusty because he hasn’t pitched in a game until today for a while,” Callaway said. “He’ll get it all honed in and over the plate and be aggressive. His stuff is great.”NOTES: OF Michael Conforto hit a solo homer off Justin Verlander in the first inning, his first shot of the spring. … Catcher Wilson Ramos hit a grand slam and went 3 for 3. … Callaway said Travis D’Arnaud will serve as the DH on Sunday and Monday. It will be his first action since Tommy John surgery in April. … INF Jed Lowrie held a clinic with a Colombian baseball team Saturday on Field 2. One of the players was Jose Mosquera, who lost his right leg in a car accident. A big supporter of Project Beisbol, Lowrie and wife Milessa covered the cost of a prosthetic leg and fitting procedure for Mosquera. “It speaks volumes of what the game means to so many,” said Lowrie of Mosquera’s commitment to baseball.