2. Pablo Sandoval has been everything the Braves hoped he’d be off the bench. He belted the game-winning two-run homer in Game 2. He also knocked a two-run pinch-hit shot on opening day.
The Braves entered the season with bench concerns, but Sandoval thus far has quelled them. He’s giving the team exactly what it needed: A bench bat with power who can change the game with one swing. His homer tied the score late on opening day, though the Braves ultimately fell short. His Wednesday work wasn’t wasted.
“It’s really hard to do what (Sandoval) just did,” manager Brian Snitker said. “To come off the bench and do what he did. The one thing about him is he’s aggressive. He was all spring, which made him attractive because no situation will be too big. It’s hard to do that twice in one week.”
3. Starter Max Fried pitched only two innings in Game 1. He struggled, allowing five runs on eight hits, but more notably, the southpaw was hit in the lower calf by a comebacker during the second inning. He completed the frame but left afterward.
It doesn’t that appear Fried suffered an injury that will sideline him. He said he initially wanted to stay in the game, but after talking with Snitker, he knew, given his performance and physical condition, that wasn’t for the best. Nonetheless, the Braves can breathe a sigh of relief their prized lefty…