Kawakami Shines As Braves Beat Pirates

By scotthumphries

The Braves got their third straight stellar performance from one of their starting pitchers this afternoon as Kenshin Kawakami followed the fine performances of Tommy Hanson and Tim Hudson with one of his own, pitching two scoreless innings of one-hit ball and retiring six of seven batters in the Braves’ 4-2 Grapefruit League win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Reliever James Parr, former Georgia Tech star Lee Hyde, and prospect Erik Cordier also pitched well for Atlanta, with Parr pitching a pair of scoreless innings and Hyde and Cordier tossing 1-2-3 eighth and ninth innings, respectively.

The middle of the Braves’ batting order had a great day as well as 3-4-5 hitters Chipper Jones, Troy Glaus, and Brian McCann reached base in seven of their nine at-bats and Brooks Conrad, attempting to win a spot on the 25-man roster as a utility infielder, was 2-for-3 with a single, a double, and two runs-batted-in.

The Braves will be trying to win their third straight when they host Washington tomorrow afternoon in Grapefruit League action. Opening Day starter Derek Lowe will make the start for Atlanta!

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