An announced crowd of 45,269 came to see an amazing game, in which No. 47 Tom Glavine made his Atlanta return after spending the last five years pitching for division rivals New York Mets. Glavine pitched well, and the fans cheered loudly for him throughout the night.
Today marked Glavine's 506th career start as a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, and his first since September 28, 2002. It was also Glavine's 7th career start in the Braves' home opener; in those seven starts, he has gone 3-2 with two no-decisions.
The 42-year-old Glavine threw 97 pitches, 52 of them for strikes in tonight's game. He left with a 4-2 lead, but unfortunately the Braves' bullpen could not sustain the lead. Said Bobby Cox of Glavine's performance, 'Tommy pitched super. He just had a lot of pitches, but he pitched good. It's always good to see Tommy on your side. I'm just sorry we couldn't hold the lead for him.'
Today's game turned out to be one of the wildest opening day games ever, as you'll find out in tomorrow's entry.
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