The Braves lost to the Detroit Tigers today 9-6, in a game that saw doubt cast on Mike Hampton’s healthy return. Hampton left after pitching 1 1/3 innings today after he apparently slightly strained his right groin. Acosta, Ohman, and Campillo combined to give up six earned runs, and 2 errors by Chipper and Escobar contributed to the other three unearned runs. Matt DeSalvo pitched two perfect innings – he continues to impress.
Despite the error, Yunel Escobar continued his strong offensive start by going 2-3 and scoring a run. He’s now batting .526 in the preseason – so those of you who say he won’t match Edgar Renteria’s offensive output may need to reconsider. He’s looking mighty strong.
Offensively Chipper is doing well also – He was 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Over at PhilliesFlow, Erik wrote that he doesn’t think Chipper/Yunel will be the most potent SS/3B combo in the East, and I think he’s wrong. Wright and Reyes are good, but Yunel is legit. Earlier today I likened Yunel replacing Edgar Renteria to Chipper replacing Terry Pendleton back in the day – it was a seamless transition.
So back on the horse tomorrow again for a set of split squad games – one against the Reds and another against the Astros. We’re playing the Astros’ split squad, but the full Reds team – which is probably a bit more of a fair matchup against our split squad. Look for Buddy Carlyle and Jo-Jo Reyes to make the starts for the Braves tomorrow.
In other news, Soriano and Moylan are feeling good – Soriano pitched a 32 pitch bullpen session and Moylan is resting for precautionary reasons so he can stay healthy all season. That bodes well for our bullpen.
Tags: Chipper Jones, Matt DeSalvo, Mike Hampton, Peter Moylan, Preseason, Rafael Soriano, Will Ohman, Yunel Escobar
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