Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.
If it ain’t broke …
A day after the Braves’ 17-hit attack in the series opener against the Diamondbacks, manager Fredi Gonzalez used the same lineup Wednesday. The batting order included Jason Heyward batting second, Chipper Jones batting sixth and Freddie Freeman batting seventh.
“Unless there is matchup stuff, I usually like to stick with the same lineup,” Gonzalez said. “We made a move [Tuesday] to create an opportunity for runs and it worked. … Why not do it again?”
Heyward went 2-for-4, Jones went 3-for-4 and Freeman went 3-for-5. Every Brave in the starting lineup had at least one hit except for Dan Uggla.
Gonzalez said it was noticeable that Freeman, who likes to swing at the first pitch, was being more patient at the plate.
“Yesterday was noticeable that he was taking pitches,” Gonzalez said. “There are some times, I’m not kidding you, where we think let’s just start the runner because he is going to swing the bat.”