Game Recap of Houston Astros @ Atlanta Braves (Feb. 26, 2009)
The Braves are salivating over the potential for 2010 as the young 1B Freddie Freeman is off to a hot spring start.
After having a good game Wednesday against the Tigers (1-for-2; 1 RBI), Freeman came up big again for the Braves going 1-for-2 with a solo homer in the eighth inning off Gilbert De La Vara.
The Braves new backup catcher for Brian McCann, David Ross (1-for-2; 1 HR; 1 R; 1 RBI), also had a great game, hitting a two-run homer in the second inning off Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt.
Rookie prospect Jordan Schafer struggled at the plate after homering yesterday against the Tigers. He went 0-for-3 with one strikeout.
Interestingly enough, Josh Anderson didn't see an at-bat this afternoon while Brandon Jones played a full game in left field going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. He's certainly trying to earn his spot in the lineup which is very unlikely with the newly signed Garret Anderson.
Chipper Jones made his spring debut going 0-for-2. He struck out both times.
The biggest news of the day for the Braves on the offensive side of the game was Jeff Francoeur's first hit of the spring. The Braves are hoping for a good spring out of Francoeur after struggling in 2008. Hopefully spring training will help him make last year a not-so-fond memory.
Jorge Campillo started the game poorly going only two innings (3 ER; 5 H; 2 BB; 1 K). Campillo is now projected to come out of the bullpen for the Braves with Glavine signed to pitch in the fifth spot of the rotation.
Tommy Hanson made his much-anticipated MLB debut, pitching two innings in relief (2 ER; 2 H; 1 BB; 2 K). It wasn't as magical as anticipated, but not terrible considering his lack of experience.
The Braves trailed the entire game until the eighth inning when the Braves scored twice after scoring four in the seventh.
James Parr (1-0) picked up the win pitching in the eighth and ninth for the Braves while De La Vara (0-1) blew his save opportunity and picked up the loss for his team.
The Braves will pick it up again tomorrow, Feb. 27, against the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Pirates' facility, McKechnie Field, at 1:05 p.m. ET.
Bobby Cox has already announced that Kenshin Kawakami will make his MLB debut tomorrow. Whether he will start or come out of the bullpen is not certain. I look forward to seeing what he can do.