Winning different types of games is also good.
The Braves struck first, scoring a run in the second. McCann led off with a walk. Glaus and Escobar struck out — more on that later — but Brian stole second on the latter K. Jason Heyward then struck again, lacing a double into right to make it 1-0.
The Braves couldn’t extend their lead in the second, and then didn’t do anything much for the next several innings, getting mowed down by Ryan Dempster. Jair Jurrjens was able to keep things under control, though, until the fifth inning, a near perfect storm of bad umpiring, bad defense, and bad luck, in which he threw 40 pitches and had to get five or six outs. He was lucky to get out of it with only two runs allowed.
Medlen pitched two innings, allowing a single in each and recording a couple of strikeouts. Moylan got a double play to end the eighth. And in the bottom of the inning, Prado (who had a couple of good old-fashioned Prados in the game) doubled with one out. Chipper then followed with a long homer, righthanded, to give the Braves the lead. Wagner came in and did what he has so often done for various teams over the years, blowing the other side away with three strikeouts, though he did allow one single.
The biggest concern right now is Troy Glaus, who simply has looked overmatched the first two games of the season. Of course, it’s just two games, but after taking the Golden Sombrero tonight he’s now struck out six times in seven at-bats. He has also looked shaky on defense, including an error tonight that played a major role in the Cubs’ rally, though he has mixed in some nice plays with the bad ones.