Braves haven’t been fazed by unexpected early success


Since then, the Braves have managed to get both younger and older, as if that were possible. The old part comes in the form of 37-year-old third baseman Jose Bautista, whose three-run shot off Cubs starter Jose Quintana in the fifth inning gave Atlanta a lead it never relinquished. It was Bautista’s 333rd career homer and his second since joining the Braves on May 4. Bautista had homered in 29 big league parks during his long career, but never at Wrigley. Make it 30.

“Well, I was aware that I had never hit one here,” Bautista said. “So I’m glad I got that off the list. Any time you can do something positive for the team, especially if it’s a game-winning hit, you’re going to enjoy it. I’m glad I got it done.”cheap nfl jerseys china

The game, which ended about an hour before Wrigley Field was hit with a torrent of rain, was a precursor to another series against Chicago — both teams headed for the airports afterward to catch flights to Atlanta. The Cubs and Braves will square off in a three-game set beginning Tuesday. For Atlanta, in many ways this week marks one of those measuring stick kind of tests a coming-of-age team needs to pass in order to be labeled as bona fide.163

If the Braves are extra amped up about the coming matchup against the powerful Cubs, they won’t admit it. They are too busy talking like a team that expected to be doing what they are doing all along.

“We’re trying to carry it day in, day out,” said catcher Tyler Flowers, who homered, singled and walked three times during Monday’s victory. “Routine. Having a plan. Going out there with a plan and execute. Honestly, we’ve done a good job of that. It’s a nice mix of youth and veterans in here. I think a lot of the veterans are doing a good job showing the younger guys how to go about it day in, day out. It’s not about one good road trip.”

When that originally scheduled game on April 15 was called off, Atlanta already was off to a solid 8-6 start and sterling second-year second baseman Ozzie Albies in particular had been turning heads all across the league. Albies shined that weekend as the Cubs and Braves split a pair, going 5-for-10 and leading off the insane April 14 game with a home run off Chicago starter Jose Quintana.

Albies played a little deja vu ball on Monday, once again touching up Quintana to start the game. It was a homer that had all sorts of meaning, even beyond possibly giving Quintana the heebie jeebies the next time he sees Albies in the on-deck circle to start a game. official nfl jerseys cheap Two of Albies’ four career leadoff homers have come off the struggling Cubs lefty. The blast moved Albies into a tie for the big league lead with 13 homers. Reaching that mark in Atlanta’s 40th game allowed Albies to tie the mark for the fewest games a second-sacker has needed to hit 13 homers.