On paper the pitching match-up going into the second game of the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies seasons probably favored the Phillies. It was Roy Halladay toeing the rubber against Paul Maholm for the Braves. The result wasn’t close or in favor of the Phillies as the Braves sounded defeated their inner division rivals. The biggest thing for the Braves was the stories that keep evolving.
Justin Upton continued to scorch the ball with his second homer of the season while his brother is the lone man not hot for the Braves right now. Jason Heyward got on the board with a two run jack in the eighth inning off of the powerful Jonathan Papelbon. Two main stories stick out for the Braves and one for the Phillies.
For the Phillies, their two runs were the result of an RBI double by Chase Utley. IF there is silver lining in a defeat like this, the Phillies know that their man is back. The Braves have a couple of nice stories building. Evan Gattis made his first career hit a homer while the network was talking to his father. It made for a great moment for Gattis who just a short time ago was done with baseball altogether.
The other one was Freddie Freeman. Freeman continues to be on fire this young season. He has already driven in six runs and is batting over .700 for the two games. That might not seem like any kind of a big deal but consider the fact that last season Freeman drove in 94 runs and pounded 23 homers with blurry vision and a hand that couldn’t properly grip the bat. This year he can see and grab the bat properly. Watch this guy. Freeman might very well blow this season wide open.