The Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins played to a tie this afternoon in a Grapefruit League game. Ronald Acuna shined the brightest in this afternoon’s game.
Mike Foltynewicz was on the mound for his first start of Spring Training in today’s game when the Braves took on the Minnesota Twins. Folty got off to a hot start, retiring the Twins 1-2-3 in the first inning. Trevor Larnach, the first batter of the second inning, took Folty deep to put the Twins up 1-0. Folty would make amends for the lapse by striking out the next two batters and popping out the next batter to end the inning. Folty’s line for the day was 2 innings, 3 strikeouts, 1 hit(home run), and no walks. Overall, not a bad outing for Folty other than the blemish to start the second inning.
The Braves would have to wait for the 5th inning until the team could touch the Twins pitching. Dansby Swanson led the inning off with a walk. Adam Duvall, up next, would hit a double to send Dansby to 3rd. After Tyler Flowers struck out, Ronald Acuna was up next. Acuna would single to drive home Dansby and Duvall. The Braves took the lead 2-1.
The Twins would get tie the Braves after Chad Sobotka loaded the bases in the top of 7th. Mark Contreras would hit a single to bring make the score 2-2.
The Braves wouldn’t take long to take the lead back when Shea Langeliers would hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 7th to give the lead back to the Braves.
The Twins would hit back when Tyler Webb hit a two-run in the top of 9th to make the score 4-4. The game would end when the Braves failed to score in the bottom of the 9th. Unlike the regular season, the game finished as a tie.
Marcell Ozuna played his first game as a member of the Atlanta Braves. It was not a memorable day for Ozuna who went 0-3 with two strikeouts.
Austin Riley got the start today after Johan Carmargo started yesterday’s game. Riley went 1-3 in today’s game.
Will Smith, the hometown kid who played for the San Francisco Giants, pitched an inning this afternoon. Smith struck out one while not allowing a hit or a walk.
Kyle Wright, one of the many pitchers gunning for a rotation spot, pitched two innings this afternoon. Wright allowed 1 hit, no walks and struck out 2. It was a very good outing for Wright.
The Braves will take on the St. Louis Cardinals, the team that knocked them out of the NLDS in embarrassing fashion last season. No Spring Training victory will wipe away that shame, but let’s see how it feels tomorrow. Sean Newcomb will be on the mound for the Braves as he gets his second start of the Grapefruit League.