Now this was a great opening day. I got to see it on MLB TV. Go Braves!
Nick Markakis capped the Braves’ largest Opening Day comeback in modern history with a three-run walk-off homer that concluded an 8-5 win over the Phillies on Thursday at SunTrust Park.
What had the makings to be a pitching-dominated game started to turn into a survival of the bullpens during the Phillies’ four-run sixth inning, which began with Cesar Hernandez homering off Julio Teheran, who made his Atlanta-record fifth consecutive Opening Day start. After Knapp capped the top of the sixth with a two-run single off Dan Winkler, Freeman cut into the Phillies’ 5-0 lead with a two-run homer off Hoby Milner in the bottom half of the inning.
Ozzie Albies began the Braves’ three-run eighth inning with a homer off left-handed reliever Adam Morgan. Freeman drew a walk and scored from second following an errant throw from Andrew Knapp while attempting to advance to third base on a passed ball. Preston Tucker then highlighted his Atlanta debut with a game-tying single off Edubray Ramos.
Phillies starter Aaron Nola limited the Braves to two hits and allowed just four balls to leave the infield before his 68-pitch effort ended when Inciarte opened the bottom of the sixth with a double and Albies flied out to right. Freeman scored Inciarte with his two-run homer off Milner.
Charlie Culberson began the bottom of the ninth with an infield hit off Hector Neris and advanced to second base on Ender Inciarte’s sacrifice bunt. After Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked, Markakis drilled his first career walk-off home run.