Mar 11, 2014; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves center fielderJordan Schafer
(17) slides into third base after hitting a two RBI triple in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during a spring training exhibition game at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit:David Manning
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The Atlanta Braves split up the squad and played games against the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins today and won both to give Atlanta fans something to smile about in the wake of Kris Medlen’s injury news.
The Braves beat the Marlins 3-1 and the Nationals 3-2 with a walk-off single by Elmer Reyes.
Against the Marlins Yunesky Maya got the start and threw three shutout innings and gave up just three hits. He was followed by Ryan Buchter, David Carpenter, Hector Rodriguez and Cody Martin–all of whom pitched well. Buchter struck out two in his inning of work; Carpenter threw a perfect fifth; Rodriguez struck out three, walked one and gave up a hit in three innings of his own; Martin let up Miami’s only run in the ninth, but otherwise shut the Marlins down.
Offensively in this one, there’s not a ton to get excited about, but Evan Gattis did homer and B.J. Upton managed to get a hit and take a walk. How about that? Aside from those two guys, the only other thing to note is Ernesto Mejia‘s two-hit game.
Against the Nationals, the Braves also got some nice outings from the pitchers as Alex Wood, Jordan Walden, J.R. Graham, Luis Vazquez, Shae Simmons and Ian Thomas combined to allow just two runs. Wood got the start and threw a solid four innings. He walked one and allowed four hits and a run, while striking out two. Given the Medlen news, we are probably going to have to rely a lot more than we thought on Wood, and it’s nice to see him throwing well.