The Braves, of course, would’ve liked to notch their 100th win in this first game. But then again, they didn’t use their best weapons.
The Braves clinched their sixth consecutive NL East crown a week and a half ago. They can afford to be cautious with players.
Manager Brian Snitker’s lineup reflected that for this first game.
Ronald Acuña Jr. led off for Atlanta, but didn’t play in right field. Neither Austin Riley nor Orlando Arcia were in the lineup.
Kevin Pillar played right field, Nicky Lopez was at shortstop and Luke Williams filled in at third base.
Winans allowed two runs over five innings. It could’ve been worse. He found ways to limit damage.
In the sixth inning, Wright surrendered one run – though it probably should’ve been ruled an error on Ozzie Albies, who couldn’t make the play on a ball that got into the outfield and allowed a run to score.
Perhaps Wright pitching out of the bullpen is a postseason precursor. The Braves could use him that way if he doesn’t start a game.
In the second inning, Pillar drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. The Braves didn’t score again until Murphy launched a solo shot with two outs in the ninth.