5,414 fans crowded into Champions Stadium as the Atlanta Braves hosted the Miami Marlins for their only meeting during Spring Training. The Braves dominated the Marlins 5-2.
Going into the Game for the Braves
On Saturday, March 3, Atlanta reassigned right-handed pitcher, Mauricio Cabrera, to the minor leagues’ camps. As a result, the Braves now have 60 active players, including 34 pitchers.
The Braves are coming into today’s game fresh off a 9-2 win against the St. Louis Cardinals. Christian Colon went 2-3 with a home run and five RBI for Atlanta. Also on a high note, Atlanta’s starting pitchers have been working towards a 0.86 ERA.
During the Game
The first three innings were a slow start for the two teams. During the second inning, starting RHP Mike Foltynewicz struck out Marlins Brian Anderson. Then, the Braves started to bring in some heat. In the fourth inning, Freddie Freeman took the spotlight and hit a double and got one RBI in a single play, putting Atlanta on the scoreboard. In the same inning, Nick Markakis‘ single and RBI secured the Braves with a two-point lead.
It took until the seventh inning for Miami to get on the scoreboard with a home run. The Braves then threw a curveball for Miami. Deep in the seventh inning, Braves Alay Lago had two RBI and Tyler Matlette also secured a single and RBI, helping Atlanta jump to a 5-1 lead.
During the top of the eighth, Isan Diaz hit a double and got an RBI giving, helping Miami close the gap, 5-2.
But that wasn’t enough, Miami could not come back in the ninth inning and the Braves were able to shut out the Marlins 5-2.
What’s Next for the Braves?
On Monday, March, 5, the Braves will host the Pittsburg Pirates. RHP Brandon McCarthy will make his second appearance as the starting pitcher for the Braves this Spring Training season.