Kenshin Kawakami: So Far So Good For The Atlanta Braves Rookie

Kevin MarkumCorrespondent IFebruary 27, 2009

Chipper Jones led the Braves to a big win today over the Pirates by having a big day at the plate. He hit a homer in the fifth inning off of Pirates pitcher Daniel McCutchen with a runner on base.  He also walked once.


Josh Anderson hit leadoff today for the Braves while playing center field. He went 1-for-3 with a run scored.  Anderson is continuing to battle Jordan Schafer for the leadoff spot and the starting job in center field.


Omar Infante started at shortstop in the place of Yunel Escobar.  He went 1-for-3 with an RBI.


Jeff Francoeur reached base twice in three plate appearances, walking twice with no hits.  This is a rare event for Jeff, as he has struggled to draw walks in the past.  Hopefully, this signifies some patience at the plate for 2009.


Freddie Freeman struggled at the plate today after hitting a homer yesterday against the Astros.  He was 0-for-3 with a strikeout.


Greg Norton was the designated hitter for today’s game. He hit a solo homer in the fourth inning off of Zach Duke.


Kenshin Kawakami's (1-0) first major league appearance was a success after pitching two shutout innings and only allowing one hit.  He picked up the win for the Braves today while Jason Davis (0-1) picked up the loss for the Pirates.


The Braves will pick it up where they left off tomorrow, February 28, 2009, against the Toronto Blue Jays.  Derek Lowe will make his first start as an Atlanta Brave since coming via free agency from the Los Angeles Dodgers.  He is expected to serve as the team’s ace for 2009.