Ah, Spring Training. Where the games don't count, where a guy named Willians Astudillo is on your roster, where Ubaldo Jimenez implodes, where Mark Trumbo can't really play the outfield, and so on and so forth. Oh, also, where Mallex Smith goes absolutely berserk, in what we all hope is a portent of things to come for the Braves.
In any case, the Braves and Orioles squared off in a Spring Training contest once again, and there was plenty to be excited about if you're a Braves fan. As the visiting team this time, the Braves got to bat first, and it didn't take long for them to jump all over Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
Mallex Smith (I'm going to be typing his name a lot today) got the game started with a groundball triple. I wasn't there, but the indications seem to be that this was not a Mark Trumbo-aided affair, and Smith is just that much of a terror on the basepaths. Since this is the Braves, you might expect them to strand a leadoff triple, even in Spring Training, but instead the tomahawk crew proceeded to batter Jimenez. Following the triple, we got this fun assortment of activities:
- Liner up the middle for a single by Michael Bourn, scoring Smith
- A rare, rare walk from Jeff Francoeur -- tell your grandkids you saw Francoeur walk, or at least heard he did, as it may never happen again
- A groundout from Tyler Flowers (batting cleanup!), advancing the runners
- A grounder up the middle by Kelly Johnson, scoring Bourn and Frenchy
- Walks drawn by Nate "I'm not Freddie" Freiman and Gordon Beckham to load the bases
- The ignominious departure of Ubaldo Jimenez, and his replacement by All-World Name Star Odrisamer Despaigne
- A sad pop-up from Dansby Swanson, pretty much the only Brave to not get in on the offensive fun today
- A sharp grounder up the middle from Ozzie Albies, scoring two more
- Another triple, this one aided by Trumbo's fielding incompetence, from Glorious Leadoffman Mallex Smith, scoring Albies and Freiman
- A walk from Bourn
- And, mercifully, a groundout to the pitcher by Jeff Francoeur.