The Braves and Nationals played to a 2-2 tie in 11 innings last night in a game that saw the Braves go scoreless for most of the evening. Tom Glavine made the start for the Braves, giving up 1 unearned run on 2 hits in 4 innings of work. The one run came in the third inning, after an inning ending double play relay from Yunel Escobar tore through the webbing of Mark Teixeira’s glove, allowing the inning to go on. This opened the door for Bret Boone’s RBI double to put the Nationals on the board first. Referring to Escobar’s constant hard throws to first, Teixeira said after the game, “he might break my hand before the year’s over”. Glavine also recorded 4 strikeouts and issued 2 walks.
Nationals reliever Joel Hanrahan came into the game and pitched 3 scoreless innings, recording an impressive 8 strikeouts and only giving up 1 hit. At one point, he recorded 7 strikeouts in a row, stifling the Braves offense through the middle portion of the game. Jesus Flores knocked in Ryan Zimmerman in the top of the 6th to put the Nationals up 2-0.
The Braves remained scoreless into the bottom of the 9th inning. With two on and two out and a full count in the bottom of the ninth, Joe Borchard brought two runs to the plate for the Braves with an RBI single, tying the game 2-2 into extra innings. The game was played through 11 innings, ending in a 2-2 tie. The Braves preseason record now stands at 8-5-1.
Next up for the Braves is a game against the Cleveland Indians tonight at 7:05pm. Buddy Carlyle looks to bounce back from his rough start in split-squad play last weekend with a solid outing.
Tags: Joe Borchard, Joel Hanrahan, Mark Teixeira, Preseason, Tom Glavine, Washington Nationals
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