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Friday, February 27, 2009

Kawakami Impresses In Spring Debut, Braves Shut Down Pirates

New Brave Kenshin Kawakami worked on his fastball, cutter and curve against the Pittsburgh Pirates and kept them off the board in two innings. He allowed just a single to Adam LaRoche in two innings. Better still, Atlanta defeated the Bucs 5-2.

Omar Infante opened up the scoring for the game with an RBI double off of Jason Davis. Greg Norton made it 2-0 for the Braves with a solo home run off of Zach Duke. Chipper Jones, who will leave the Braves at the start of March to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, smacked a two-run home run in the fifth inning off of Daniel McCutchen.

Brian McCann, the other Braves representative on Team USA, had a single and two walks. Jeff Francoeur also had two walks. Catcher Alvin Colina, who was obtained as a minor league free agent by the Braves, doubled and scored in the eighth for the final run. Omar Infante and Josh Anderson had doubles.

Kawakami and Buddy Carlyle each had scoreless stints of two innings apiece; Carlyle struck out three batters. Mariano Gomez, Kris Medlen and Todd Redmond all had a scoreless inning of work. Gomez and Medlen struck out two batters each. Anthony Lerew and Kevin Gunderson, who pitched for Richmond and Mississippi last year respectively, both gave up a run in each of their innings.

The Braves play the Blue Jays next.

W - Kenshin Kawakami (1-0)
L - Jason Davis (0-1)
HR - Greg Norton (1)
Chipper Jones (1)

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