MLB: Spring Training-Detroit Tigers at Atlanta Braves

Evan Gattis

There were no double-digit blow-outs during today’s matinee games.  In the National League, the Braves put away the Nationals 3-1 in a game featuring Evan Gattis’ two-run homer off of Stephen Strasburg and a throwing error by Ryan Zimmerman to cement the Braves’ at eight games.  The Braves record improved to 10-1 and they lead the Nationals by 3 games.

Marco Scutaro

Marco Scutaro

In Chicago, Marco Scutaro assisted in propelling the visiting Giants to a close win over the Cubs, 3-2.  Scutaro had three hits, an RBI, and scored a run for the Giants.  The Cubs threatened in the 8th with bases loaded butWellington Castillo grounded into an inning-ending double play to dash the hometown hopes.   San Francisco improved to 8-4 in the NL West – now even with the Arizona D-Backs.  The Cubs drop to 4-7, 2.5 games back of the Cardinals in the Central.

shane victorino

Shane Vicorino

In Boston, the Red Sox and Rays played bonus baseball into the bottom of the tenth with the scored tied at 1-1.  Jacoby Ellsbury singled up the middle after a lead-off strike-out by Jarrod Saltalamachia.  Ellsbury managed a steal of second with Shane Victorino at the plate, and proceeded to third when the throw-down bounced into right-center field.  John Maddon then called in Matt Joyce from left field and added an additional infielder into the defensive posture of the Rays.  Somehow, Victorino managed to thread a needle with an in-field ground ball that allowed Ellsbury to score uncontested for the walk-off.  Boston is now 6-4, 0.5 games ahead of the Yankees whose game remains in progress with Baltimore.



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