ATLANTA -- After recording a few stadium firsts as the Braves opened SunTrust Park with Friday night's 5-2 win over the Padres, Ender Inciarte was more than willing to give Baseball's Hall of Fame a few of his items. But he's not yet willing to send his suddenly power-charged bat to Cooperstown.
"They only asked me for one thing," Inciarte said. "They wanted the [batting] helmet, and I'm the one who said, 'I also will give you the bat when I break it.'"
Braves Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson attended Friday's historic event, and entered the Braves clubhouse after the game to request items such as Inciarte's batting helmet, and the hat worn by Julio Teheran, who threw the first pitch and notched the first win in the stadium's history.
But it is understandable why the Hall of Fame may have to wait a little longer to receive the bat used to record the first hit and first home run in SunTrust Park history. This is the same bat Inciarte used during Wednesday's two-homer game in Miami and again on Friday, when he hit a two-run homer off Craig Stammen in the sixth inning.
Inciarte entered Saturday night's game against the Padres with three homers in his past seven at-bats, equaling the total he compiled over 522 at-bats last year. After beginning the season with five hits in his first 33 at-bats, the Gold Glove center fielder notched consecutive multi-hit games and saw his slash line improve from .152/.176/.182 to .220/.238/.463.
"I was just making fun of the guys inside," Inciarte said Friday night in reference to his recent power display. "I was just telling Matt [Kemp], you better get back quick because I'm hot."
Kemp was 8-for-16 with four doubles and two home runs, before he suffered a left hamstring strain during an April 7 game in Pittsburgh. Currently on the 10-day disabled list, Kemp enhanced the running portion of his rehab process without experiencing any problems Saturday. He is aiming to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday.
Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.