Friday, March 02, 2007

The Braves take out the Pirates in extras.

Martin Prado provided the extra inning heroics today with a RBI on a fielder's choice. John Smoltz oozed a mixture of awesomeness and dominance that would make Nolan Ryan shed a tear. Smoltz pitched 2 innings, gave up only one hit and struck out 3. Also making their first appearances for the Braves this pre-season were newly acquired Mike Gonzalez who had some rust, he pitched 1 inning and gave up a two-run homer in the 6th inning but he did have a strike out, Bob Wickman who also pitched one inning gave up no runs but did allow a couple of hits and Oscar Villarreal who gave up a homer in the 7th and struck out 2 batters.

At the plate, the Braves received the fireworks from Jeff Francoeur in the 5th inning courtesy to a solo bomb that at the time tied the game at one run a piece. Martin provided 2 RBI's including like I mentioned earlier, the game winner and James Jurries and Iker Franco each supplied an RBI.

Pirates- 4
Braves- 5

Braves improve to 2-0 in Spring Training and their next game Tim Hudson will make his first start on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 ET, when the Braves host the Astros.

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