Spring Training: Braves beat Nationals, 2-1 (2015)
The Atlanta Braves grabbed an early lead and rode some more good pitching to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday.
At the plate: There was not a lot of scoring in this game, but Eric Young Jr. stroked a two-run homer off Tanner Roark (0-1) in the top of the third inning to give Atlanta an early lead. Young finished 1-for-4 and swiped his third base of the spring. Christian Bethancourt roped a double and turned in a 2-for-3 showing. Right fielder Zoilo Almonte was 1-for-3 with a single and a walk, while Jonny Gomes started in left and was 0-for-2 with walk. With Chris Johnson still out of the lineup, Alberto Callaspo started at third base. He was 0-for-4, but hit the ball hard several times.
Second baseman Daniel Castro enjoyed a nice day at the plate, collecting three singles and a walk and scoring ahead of Young on the home run. Jose Peraza got another start at shortstop. He struck out in his first two at-bats and finished 0-for-4. He’s hitless in 12 trips to the plate to start the spring. Shortstop Ozhaino Albies, ranked as Atlanta’s No. 7 prospect by Baseball America, checked in for Peraza in the late innings and flew out in his lone at-bat in the eighth.
On the mound: Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez (1-0) looked much sharper in his second Grapefruit League start. He struck out two men over three scoreless, with a bloop single and an infield hit being all the Washington offense could muster. Chien-Ming Wang also tossed three blank frames, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out one. Michael Kohn and Juan Jaime each worked scoreless innings. Jake Brigham allowed a run on two hits and a walk, but struck out two to earn the save.
Of note: Closer Craig Kimbrel is expected to make his spring training debut on Tuesday when Atlanta hosts the New York Mets… The Braves made their first round of roster cuts prior to the game. Lefty Ian Thomas and infielder Elmer Reyes were both optioned to Gwinnett. Veteran right-hander Matt Capps, catchers Yenier Bello and Tanner Murphy as well as infielder Johan Camargo were all re-assigned. Atlanta now has 60 active players in big league camp.
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Grant McAuley covers the Braves for Sports Radio 92-9 The Game. Follow Grant on Twitter.