It was 65 degrees at CoolToday Park in North Port, Fl, when the Atlanta Braves hosted the split-squad Tampa Bay Rays. These two organizations coexist nearly 15 miles from each other, but both were anxious for a victory Saturday afternoon.
Strong pitching display
Mike Foltynewics took the mound for the Braves. He pitched 3.2 innings allowing just a single hit and two walks. For the Rays, Ryan was on the hill and pitched similarly to that of Foltynewcs. Ryan gave up two hits but acquired five strikeouts. The rest of the game followed this pattern of barely any action around the bases. All together both bullpens 7 hits between the two teams and a single run. Additionally, there were 19 K’s, 7 walks, and no home runs.
Scoreless until 7
The game seemed to be moving at a slow pace, that is until Ray Wander Franco took to the plate. Right before this top prospect was up to bat, Vidal Brujan was walked but then was able to make his way to third base after a failed pick-off attempt that accompanied an overthrow from Braves catcher Morales. Franco hit a sac fly ball into right field, bringing Brujan across the plate. The Rays would finish with only this run to show for the day.
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It was the bottom of the 9th. It appeared as if the Rays had the win secured. But Cristian Pache threatened the Rays lead, with a deep fly ball to center that amounted in a triple. Yangervis Solarate put the ball in center field resulting in an out, but not before Pache was able to score. The Braves were able to put two more baserunners on, but did not up their score. The game was called in a tie.
While these two teams will not meet again in the regular season, they will battle one more time during spring training. They will play again this time at Charlotte Sports Park at 1:05 p.m. on March 16.