Braves 9, Diamondbacks 1
Brian McCann and the Braves are rolling, while the battered
Arizona Diamondbacks are sputtering.
For the second straight night, that added up to an Atlanta
McCann hit a two-run homer, Freddie Freeman had a pair of RBI
doubles and Atlanta beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-1 on
Brandon Beachy (2-1) allowed four hits in 7 1-3 scoreless
innings, striking out five and walking none as the Braves won their
fourth in a row and ninth in 10 games after starting the season
0-4. In those 10 games, the Braves have scored 74 runs.
”It’s unbelievable,” Beachy said. ”They give me a one-run
lead and then they build on it. The next thing you know I’m out
there pitching and it’s 7-0.”
Trevor Cahill (1-1) gave up seven runs, four earned, and seven
hits over 5 2-3 innings in his Chase Field debut for the
Diamondbacks. Arizona has lost four straight, all at home.
”They are playing well,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.
”We aren’t playing so well right now, but we will be.”
Atlanta has won the first two of the four-game series by a
combined score of 19-3.
”Hitting’s contagious,” Freeman said, ”and when people are
getting hits, you want to go up there and knock them in. You don’t
want to lose those opportunities. Everybody feels good right now
and everybody’s taking advantage of it.”
Freeman, who homered twice in Thursday night’s 10-2 win, doubled
in a run in the third and another in the sixth. The Braves’ leader
with 13 RBIs, he also singled and walked.
”I was pretty dialed in last year about July,” Freeman said.
”I feel about the same right now. I’m just getting the pitches to
hit and I’m not missing them.”
Paul Goldschmidt singled twice and walked for the Diamondbacks,
scuffling offensively without injured Chris Young and Justin
Atlanta scored in the third when Martin Prado singled, then
raced home from first on Freeman’s double to the right-field
Cahill retired the first two batters on groundouts in the fifth,
but he walked Freeman on a 3-2 count, then McCann lined a 2-1 pitch
over the right-field fence. McCann’s third home run of the season
put Atlanta up 3-0.
A fielding error by second baseman Aaron Hill on Chipper Jones’
grounder opened the way for the Braves’ four-run sixth.
Jason Heyward followed with a single. After a fielder’s choice
put runners at first and third, Beachy put down a bunt and Jones
beat Cahill’s throw home. Michael Bourn’s double brought in another
run, then Prado’s sacrifice fly made it 6-0.
Craig Breslow relieved Cahill and gave up a double to Freeman,
this one to the left-field corner, that scored the Braves’ seventh
run of the night.
Atlanta tacked on two runs in the ninth, including a
bases-loaded walk by Arizona reliever Joe Paterson.
”There’s really not much for me to say,” Braves manager Fredi
Gonzalez said, ”other than, let’s just keep it rolling. Let’s play
NOTES: Beachy has allowed one earned run in three starts, giving
him a 0.47 ERA. … Heyward extended his hitting streak to 10
games, matching his career high. … Jones was back after sitting
out Thursday night’s series opener to have fluid drained from his
surgically repaired left knee. … Upton again was out of the
Arizona lineup with a sore thumb, although he was available as a
pinch-runner. … The Diamondbacks last lost four straight at home
Sept. 4-7, 2010. …. Arizona sends lefty Joe Saunders (1-0, 0.64
ERA) to the mound against Tommy Hanson (1-2, 3.71) on Saturday