The Padres kicked off a six game homestand with the first of a three game set against the Atlanta Braves.
Before Tuesday night’s matchup, the Braves had already notched eight consecutive wins. Seven of those were played in Atlanta. The home field did not help the Friars’ cause as they dropped the series opener 3-0.
Jhoulys Chacin was on the mound for San Diego. Lefty Sean Newcomb got the nod for Atlanta. This game brought the return of former Friar, now Braves outfielder Matt Kemp. In his first at bat in an Atlanta uniform at Petco Park, Kemp grounded out into a double play to close the top of the first inning.
The visitors got on the board first in the fourth inning when third baseman Johan Camargo doubled to deep left center field. His two run RBI scored Matt Adams and Tyler Flowers and gave Atlanta a 2-0 lead.
The Braves added another run in the eighth inning off of a Nick Markakis sac fly to center field which brought Ender Inciarte home. That sealed the shutout for the Friars.
The series continues with game two on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. at Petco Park.