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Acuna homers in third straight spring game as Braves thump Twins 5-1

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Ronald Acuna Jr. is looking ready for the start of the season.

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Ronald Acuna Jr. homered in his third straight spring game and Bryse Wilson pitched four scoreless innings as the Braves took down the Twins by the score of 5-1.

Bryse Wilson got the start for the Braves and threw four scoreless innings with a friendly assist from one Cristian Pache. In the top of the third, Bryse gave up three consecutive singles, but when Nick Gordon tried to score on the third one, Pache reminded him why his defensive tools are rated so highly and was gunned out at the plate. Bryse’s final line was 4 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.

Carl Edwards Jr. came on in relief in the fifth inning and pitched a scoreless inning. Afrist Chris Martin had a clean spring debut with a scoreless inning with a pair of strikeouts, Jacob Webb became the first Braves pitcher to give up a run on the day after giving up a solo homer to Kyle Garlick in the top of the seventh inning. Tyler Matzek and Daysbel Hernandez would follow with scoreless innings of relief of their own to close out the game.

As is customary, Ronald Acuna Jr. got the scoring started in this game as he connected for his third home run this spring in the bottom of the third inning. With that homer, Acuna has homered in three straight spring games...so yeah, he is still incredibly good. After walks to Ozzie Albies and Marcell Ozuna, Johan Camargo kept the scoring going in the third with an RBI single. Cristian Pache would walk to load the bases after that, but an Almonte line out ended the inning.

The fourth inning went well for the Braves’ offense as well. Acuna Jr. drew a one out walk, his second of the game, and after back to back singles from Albies and Freddie, a sac fly from Marcell Ozuna, and an RBI single from Dansby Swanson, the Braves found themselves with a healthy 5-0 lead. That would be it for the offense on the day other than squandering a bases loaded, no outs chance late in the game, but five runs proved to be more than sufficient on this day.