Ronald Acuna and Shea Langeliers each had two RBIs and Folty and Kyle Wright each looked sharp on the mound as the Braves tied the Twins with 4-4 being the final score.
Mike Foltynewicz got the start for the Braves and the first inning was a clean one as he set down the first three Twins hitters in order including striking out Miguel Sano. The second inning did not start off as well as Trevor Larnach led it off with a solo shot to give the Twins an early 1-0 lead. Folty then proceeded to strike out the next two hitters and then get Brent Rooker to pop out to end the inning. Aside from the solo homer, it was a strong spring debut for Folty as he threw a pair of innings with three strikeouts.
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The offense started for the Braves with an Ozzie Albies “double” in the first inning, although that would not lead to any runs for Atlanta. Marcell Ozuna did have his first at-bat with the team this spring during which he struck out.
Will Smith would come in to relieve Folty and pitched a clean third inning including a strikeout. That was also his first appearance in a Braves uniform and it went by without a hitch. Kyle Wright would then come in to relieve Smith and he was excellent for two scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts while giving up just one hit.
The Braves offense finally got going in the bottom of the fifth inning as Dansby Swanson walked, Adam Duvall roped a double to put runners on second and third, and Ronald Acuna Jr. drove them both in with a two-run single to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. Yonder Alonso’s single would put runners at the corners after Ozzie Albies’ forceout, but a Marcell Ozuna pop out ended the inning. Ozuna ended his Braves debut in spring 0-3 with a pair of strikeouts.
Shane Greene would then come in for the sixth inning (along with a slew of defensive replacements as most of the starters’ days were done). Greene would give up a walk and a single to the first two batters, but a double play undid most of the damage. Greene would then retire Sano on pop out and just like that, the Braves kept their 2-1 lead.
After a quiet bottom half of the inning for the Braves, the Chad Sobotka experience was in full effect in the top of the seventh inning as he quickly found himself with two the bases loaded and one out thanks to a pair of walks and a hit by pitch. An RBI groundout tied the game, Sobotka had another walk to load the bases again and that was all for Sobotka. Fortunately, Braves were able to get a groundout to end the inning and prevent any further disaster from striking.
The bottom half of the seventh inning proved to be pivotal as Rafael Ortega lead off with a double and Shea Langeliers followed with the Braves’ first home run of spring training. The two-run shot from the Braves’ top pick in the 2019 draft gave Atlanta a 4-2 lead.
Unfortunately, that lead would be blown in the top of the ninth inning as Grant Dayton gave up a single and then a home run to Tyler Webb which tied the game up again. Dayton was able to retire the next three hitters to send the game to the bottom of the ninth with a chance for the Braves to walk it off.
Rafael Ortega did lead the bottom half of the frame with a walk but after a Langeliers fly out and Greyson Jenista strike out (which advanced the runner), it was up to Pete Kozma to keep this game from being a tie. Sadly, he was retired and the Braves would have to settle for a 4-4 final score.