National League Game Summary - Atlanta at Arizona|
(Friday, April 20th)
Final Score: Atlanta 9, Arizona 1
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Freddie Freeman went 3-for-4 with two runs
scored and two RBI and Brian McCann added a two-run homer, as the Braves
pounded the Diamondbacks, 9-1, in the second meeting of a four-game set.
Michael Bourn chipped in with two hits, a steal, a run scored and an RBI
for the Braves, who have won four straight and nine of 10, including a
10-2 blowout in the opener of this series.
Brandon Beachy (2-1) continued his strong start to the season, allowing
just four hits and one walk in 7 1/3 scoreless frames to earn the win. His ERA
stands at 0.47.
"[The offense is] unbelievable, it's a luxury that, I mean, if they continue
to hit near this well, we're going to do great things this year," Beachy said.
Arizona's Trevor Cahill (1-1) was tagged for seven runs -- four earned --
on seven hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings. The Diamondbacks have
dropped four in a row, the last three without sluggers Chris Young
(shoulder) and Justin Upton (thumb).
"I was feeling pretty comfortable out there, it's just one of those things,
like you make a bad pitch here or there, and they have a really good lineup
and they're swinging the bats hot, so they'll make you pay every time," Cahill
Atlanta led 3-0 thanks to Freeman's RBI double in the third and McCann's two-
run shot to right in the fifth -- then erupted for four more runs in the
Chipper Jones scored the inning's first run on Beachy's squeeze bunt, and
Bourn followed with a run-scoring double to left. Beachy raced home on Martin
Prado's sacrifice fly, and Freeman brought in Bourn with an opposite-field
double into the left-field corner.
Beachy faced one over the minimum before the eighth, then was pulled with two
on and one out. The Diamondbacks later loaded the bases, but Chad Durbin
struck out A.J. Pollock to keep the hosts off the scoreboard.
The Braves pushed two more across in the ninth on Dan Uggla's RBI single and
Jason Heyward's bases-loaded walk.
Aaron Hill scored on Paul Goldschmidt's fielder's choice groundout in the
bottom half to spoil Atlanta's shutout bid.
Freeman has gone 10-for-17 with five doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI in
his last four games...Beachy has allowed five runs -- only one earned -- over
19 1/3 innings this season...Arizona has lost four straight at home for the
first time since September 2010...The Braves have won five straight meetings
against the Diamondbacks...Jones went 2-for-5 one day after sitting out
because fluid formed in his surgically repaired left knee.
04/21 02:20:33 ET