The good news is that the Braves proved they can create an offensive outbreak without being carried by Ronald Acuna Jr. The bad news is that they may have to.
Freddie Freeman, Travis d’Arnaud, Ehire Adrianza, and Guillermo Heredia all homered off Kyle Hendricks in the top of a 6 run 1st inning, and Heredia added a second homer, a grand slam in a 6 run 6th. However, Acuna left the game after walking and scoring in the 4th, with “pain in his lower abdominal muscles.” At post time, this was described as “precautionary.”
Heredia ended up with 3 hits and 6 RBIs, and Freeman and d’Arnaud added doubles to lead several players with 2 hits. d’Arnaud added 3 RBIs. Anthony Rizzo hit a couple of homers for the Cubs.
Bryse Wilson went 5 innings and allowed 7 hits and 3 runs (2 earned) while walking and striking out 1 batter each. He threw 50 strikes and 19 balls, which is nice.
The Braves take the series 2 – 1, and have won 3 of the last 4. 16 games into the season, and the Braves stand at 7 – 9 . In the NL East, only the Phillies have won as many as 8.