Atlanta Braves Shock Philadelphia Phillies In Season Opener

Branden Leeman@Leeman@TrocoeCorrespondent IApril 6, 2009

The Atlanta Braves came out and shocked the defending champs as the they defeated the Phillies 4-1.

The Braves wasted little time in getting started scoring a pair of runs in the first inning. Chipper Jones got it started with an opposite field single. The next batter to the plate was Brian McCann and he made no mistake in cracking a long ball deep to give the Braves a two-run lead early on.

Atlanta kept pouring it on in the second inning with Jeff Francoeur smashing a solo shot to make it three zip.

Also in the same inning rookie Center Fielder Jordan Schafer made his first appearance in the Big Leagues and he did not disappoint crushing a solo shot in the deepest part of the ball park straight to center field past the 401 foot mark. Schafer was not done there with a single up the middle his next at bat and being walked on purpose in his third at-bat.

Jordan played double-AA baseball last season and made the jump to the bigs this season. Boby Cox said he is going to move Jordan up in the line up he just wanted him to relax in his first game.

The Phillies could not muster anything for offense against Derek Lowe as he pitched a practically flawless outing against the defending champs. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Raul Ibanez all went hitless in the home opener.

Brett Myers settled down after the first two innings were played and was pretty solid after coughing up four RBI on three home runs.

The Braves and the Phillies both get Monday off as they both will face off again on Tuesday in Philadelphia. They will wrap up the three-game series to start the season on Wednesday.

Your probable starters for Tuesdays game for the Braves will be Jair Jurrjens and for Philadelphia Jamie Moyer.

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