Braves outfielder Nick Swisher swatted a home run from both sides of the plate on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley field against the Cubs. Batting left-handed against starter Dan Haren in the second inning, he clubbed a home run to the opposite field to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. Then, in the fifth inning, he capped off a five-run frame when he drilled another two-run shot to left field against lefty reliever Travis Wood.
The Braves went on to lose 9-7 to the Cubs.
Swisher, 34, was traded by the Indians to the Braves along with outfielder Michael Bourn and cash in exchange for third baseman Chris Johnson. He entered play Saturday batting only .160 with one home run and four RBI in 28 plate appearances with his new team.
Watch Swisher’s two homers:
Indians infielder Chris Johnson was out of the lineup Saturday and Sunday due to what he thinks is a spider bite received while staying at the team hotel in Minnesota.
And he might have to miss more time, as the Associated Press reports that swelling in his hand forced Johnson to go to the hospital Sunday and begin antibiotic treatment.
Or as Johnson put it: “Whatever bit me, it got infected.”
Johnson was acquired from the Braves in the Nick Swisher/Michael Bourn undesirable contract swap two weeks ago and began his Indians career by going 9-for-21 (.429) with three doubles in six games.
Nick Swisher hadn’t played a game for the Indians since June 12, but a day after being traded he’s in the starting lineup for the Braves tonight in Atlanta. Of course, prior to landing on the disabled list, the 34-year-old was hitting just .198/.261/.297 with two homers and eight RBI in 30 games, so I guess we’ll see how he does. He’ll be playing first base, batting fifth.
The Braves also added Michael Bourn to the 25-man roster. He’ll lead off and play left field tonight. Todd Cunningham and Daniel Castro were optioned to Triple-A to make room.