Mike Foltynewicz and the rest of the pitching staff were largely excellent and some good days at the plate from Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuna, and Freddie Freeman combined with the strong pitching gave the Braves a 5-2 win over the Marlins.
The Braves got the scoring started in the bottom of the fourth as Ozzie Albies led the inning off with a single and was quickly driven home via the bat of one Freddie Freeman. Freeman’s RBI double gave the Braves a 1-0 lead. After a Kurt Suzuki groundout, Nick Markakis knocked in Freeman with a single to center and just like that, the Braves were up by the score of 2-0.
Ronald Acuna “only” went 1-2 with a walk in this game, but he knocked Miami’s shortstop off his feet with a line out and hammered a foul ball just before his single. He also made a nice catch in the first inning laying out for a liner. He is quite good at baseballing.
Mike Foltynewicz had a strong outing on the mound as he went three scoreless innings while striking out one batter and only allowing a single hit. Aaron Blair came on in the fourth and pitched well in his pair of scoreless innings. He walked one batter and allowed two hits in his time on the mound.
Peter Moylan, in his third stint with the Braves, pitched a 1-2-3 scoreless inning including a strikeout as he looks to solidify his spot in the Braves’ bullpen. Anyelo Gomez, who has been impressive this spring for the Braves after the team selected him in the Rulepu 5 draft, had a rough start to his outing this go around as the first batter he faced lined a solo home run to the left field corner. The rest of the inning went by without incident and the Braves’ lead was cut to 2-1. Gomez would go on to pitch 1.1 innings and the only damage he gave up was the solo shot.
The seventh inning saw a slew of minor league guys get some playing time as Dustin Peterson, Xavier Avery, Tyler Marlette, and Alay Lago all got swapped in to go along with Cristian Pache and Sean Kazmar coming in the previous inning.
Speaking of Alay Lago, he helped the Braves open up a 4-1 lead in the seventh. After Brian Ellington struggled to find the strike zone (sounds like he was injured which is a shame) and walked Dansby Swanson and Rio Ruiz, Lago lined a 1-out single to center field that scored both runners and the Braves had themselves a three run lead. Tyler Marlette followed with an RBI single that scored Lago from second and just like that, the Braves lead was extended to 5-1.
Adam McCreery came on in the eighth and after allowing a couple of 2-out singles, the Marlins got a run with a single off the bat of Isan Diaz and the Braves lead was down to 5-2. Luke Jackson came on in the 9th inning to close the game out for the Braves and after a leadoff double, Jackson got a groundout before issuing a walk to put runners on 1st and 2nd. Jackson got a much needed strikeout for the second out and a routine fly ball to right gave the Braves the win.