Just in case you missed the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers game last night, you missed history and the future of the Braves coming to life. Nick Markakis hit his 2,000th career hit and for an encore he surpassed his record. Markakis has been a very consistent hitter over his MLB career and the Braves fans have enjoyed watching his play in the outfield as well over the last few seasons. There is no telling how much longer Nick Markakis will still play professional baseball, but he does not seem to be slowing down. Markakis is 1 of the most consistent hitters in the Braves lineup and he has had a solid season in right field as well.
The Braves fans were also treated to seeing Ozzie Albies hit his first hit at SunTrust Park. Just to put an exclamation point on his first hit in the majors, Albies smashed a 3 run homerun in the bottom of the 9th inning. The Braves were unable to to climb their way back into the game and were already behind 7-1 entering into the 9th inning. For the fans who never left SunTrust Park, they were able to watch the youngest Braves player to hit a homerun in Atlanta. Ozzie Albies is making his case to be the Braves future 2nd baseman for the future and although Brandon Phillips currently fills that role, the Braves young talent are making their mark in Atlanta.
Sean Newcomb pitched a decent game, but ran into trouble early in the game and was pulled out in the 5th inning. Newcomb has had a bit of trouble over his last flew in outings, but he has a bright future as a Braves starting pitcher. Both John Smoltz and Tom Glavine struggled early in their careers with the Braves, but both of these pitchers showed signs of how dominating their stuff was. I’m not comparing Sean Newcomb to either Smoltz or Glavine, but Newcomb has a dominating fast ball and a great curve ball much like the above named players.
The Braves are hoping a series with division rivals the Miami Marlins might lead to a better standing in the National League East. The Braves are continuing to bring in and develop young talent. Dansby Swanson is currently in the minors and working his way back to the majors. Johan Camargo is doing a great job at shortstop in his absence and the Braves coaches and front office will continue to work and support their young talent. Braves fans want to win now, and sometimes it might be difficult to see the forest through the trees. The Braves can show the National League that they are still a team to be reckoned with and they should not be over looked. The Braves lost the series to the best team in baseball, but the Braves were very competitive with the Dodgers and should hold their heads up high and get ready for the Marlins tonight. It will be an exciting weekend series in Atlanta and now is the time for the Braves to make some noise. GO BRAVES!!!!!