Braves' Riley a smashing success in MLB debut
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ATLANTA — When Austin Riley connected with the pitch, his father was watching from the concourse at SunTrust Park.
Mike Riley knew it was good contact, but he couldn’t tell how far the ball went.
Then he looked toward the outfield.
“As soon as I saw the outfielders not move,” the elder Riley said, “I knew it was gone.”
Austin Riley homered in his big league debut Wednesday night, leading Atlanta to a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals and signaling the arrival of another top prospect for the Baby Braves.
“He’s got lights-out power,” said Hall of Famer Chipper Jones, who played his entire career with the Braves and was at the game. “I think he’s a 40-homer guy before it’s all said and done in the big leagues.”
Mike Soroka turned in another strong start with three-hit ball over seven scoreless innings, but this night belonged to the 22-year-old Riley. He was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett before the game after Ender Inciarte went on the injured list with a sore back.
Riley, who started in left field and batted sixth, struck out swinging against Michael Wacha