Troy Glaus and Eric Hinske continued to swing hot bats tonight, but the Braves were beaten 7-4 by the two-time defending National League champion Philadelphia Phillies.
Glaus was 3-for-3 with a run scored in the game and has hits in his last eight at-bats, while Hinske was 1-for-1 with two runs-batted-in and now has four hits in his last five at-bats.
Jason Heyward continues to impress with his strong Spring play as well, reaching base in two of his three plate appearances, and going 1-for-2 with a run scored.
Former AL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay started for the Phillies and delivered an impressive performance, pitching three scoreless innings and allowing just three hits, while striking out five.
Kenshin Kawakami made the start for the Braves and didn’t pitch badly, allowing just three hits in three innings pitched, but was touched up for a two-run homer by Philadelphia’s Jayson Werth.
Relievers Billy Wagner, Eric O’Flaherty, Manny Acosta, Jesse Chavez, and Mike Minor combined to pitch five scoreless innings of three-hit baseball for Atlanta, but Jose Ortegano was battered for six hits and five runs in the sixth inning and took the loss.
Next up for the Braves is tomorrow afternoon’s Grapefruit League game against the New York Mets. If you are in the area, come on out and see the Braves and Mets play!