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Bartolo struggles, but Braves rally and Adam Walker walks the Braves off 7-6

So many singles....until Adam Walker’s walk-off double

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The Braves used a volley of singles and small ball to rally after Bartolo Colon had a rough start and Adam Walker had the Braves’ sole XBH with a walk-off RBI double scoring Ronald Acuna and the Braves won 7-6.

Colon struggled throughout his 3 innings, giving up 5 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks against just a single strikeout. The Pirates 1-3 hitters in particular gave him trouble by recording 5 hits and 3 RBIs against Colon. Adam Frazier in particular was a real thorn in the Braves’ side all day, going 4-4.

The Braves offense, however, kept them in the game. After falling in a 5-1 hole, the Braves rallied in the bottom of the third for 4 runs against Glasnow (one of the better pitching prospects in the minors mind you) with RBI singles from Markakis, Kemp, Jace Peterson, and Tyler Flowers. The Braves would then take the lead when Camargo scored on a sacrifice fly from Brandon Phillips and the team was in business.

Colon was relieved by Evan Phillips, an interesting relief prospect with a live arm that struggles to find the strike zone at times, gave up a leadoff double but quickly rebounded to get an unassisted double play courtesy of Johan Camargo who has quickly played himself into consideration for a bench spot this spring. The Braves bullpen on the whole was quite good, including John Danks during his first two innings of his appearance. Danks, who had been...well....not great this spring so far, unfortunately gave up the tying run in the top of the 9th and had to deal with guys in scoring position. Fortunately, Braxton Davidson gave him a hand with an outfield assist and he struck out Gift Ngoepe (great name) to escape the jam without things getting worse.

In the bottom of the ninth, John Camargo (yep, him again) lead off with a single and was quickly replaced on the basepaths with prospect wunderkind and speedster Ronald Acuna. Adam Walker, pinch hitting in the game, roped a double to left center and that was all she wrote.

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