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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Braves Make First Comeback Of Year, Get Past Astros

The Braves pulled off a comeback Thursday afternoon, defeating the Houston Astros 8-7.

The day didn't start well, though. Jorge Campillo, the Braves starter, was lit up for three runs in the first inning and Tommy Hanson, also making his spring debut, was hit for two runs. One run may have been a consequence of a retaliatory hit-by-pitch; Roy Oswalt had plunked Yunel Escobar with a pitch and Hanson plunked Miguel Tejada on the back in return. However, Hanson still impressed with two strikeouts.

Roy Oswalt struck out the side in the first inning and generally looked good in three innings of work. His only mistake was a two-run shot by backup catcher David Ross. That closed the gap to 3-2. The Astros, though, made it 5-2 after the third and scored two runs off of Braves closer Mike Gonzalez in the fifth to up the score to 7-2.

The Braves struck back in the sixth off of Astros pitcher Sergio Perez, loading the bases with an error, a single and a walk. Brandon Jones, Matt Diaz and Gregor Blanco all had singles to help close the gap. A double play brought in another run.

In the eighth, Freddie Freeman, the top first base prospect in the organization, led off with a solo home run off of Gilbert de la Vara. With one out, Jason Heyward, the top outfield prospect of the Braves, walked. Career minor-leaguer J. C. Boscan, who came in for David Ross, then doubled him home and James Parr completed a two-inning stint for the win.

Brandon Jones had two hits and Jeff Bennett and Boone Logan, who are both vying for bullpen spots, had scoreless innings.

W - James Parr (1-0)
L - Gilbert de la Vara (0-1)
HR - David Ross (1)
Freddie Freeman (1)

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