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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Braves Smash Panama For Double Digits

In the Braves' first tune-up game to help (or harm?) some WBC teams, they pasted Team Panama 11-2.

Bruce Chen, the fourth-best prospect in baseball 10 years ago, started for Panama and was roughed up for four runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Reid Gorecki, who played for Mississippi and Richmond last year, led off the eighth inning with a home run off of Manuel Campos. Jason Heyward followed that one out and one runner later with his first home run of the spring. Seven different Braves batted in a run. Greg Norton had two hits in three at-bats, including a double. Third baseman Diory Hernandez had two singles and a walk.

Top prospect Tommy Hanson started for Atlanta and pitched three innings, allowing just one unearned run in three innings of work. He allowed two singles, walked one and struck out three. James Parr was the only other Brave to allow a run. Mike Gonzalez, Boone Logan and Manny Acosta all had scoreless innings. Buddy Carlyle had two in his second (or third) multiple-inning stint.

W - Tommy Hanson
L - Bruce Chen
HR - Reid Gorecki
Jason Heyward

EDIT: The W/L/S/HR really don't count, so the totals are removed.

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