Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Braves Split a Pair with Bucos
Game 1 at Atlanta,
Hank Aaron smacked a homerun off veteran Jim Bunning. Both teams fought hard to a 3-3 tie until the game was won in the home half of the ninth when hero of the day, Hammerin' Hank drilled a line drive single to left field to plate Marty Martinez.....Braves 4...Pirates 3.
Brave lefty hurler Dick Kelley had a fine performance as he was able to hold the hard swinging Pirates scoreless through 8 innings. Kelley became fatigued and need pen assistance from Claude Raymond. Raymond earned his first save which preserved Kelley's his first win of the season. The only run scored when Francona grounded a single to left field as Felipe Alou raced around for the game's lone run. Braves 1...Pirates 0.
Steve Blass proved to be a tough egg to crack when he went the distance to remain perfect at 3-0 on the season. Blass allowed three runs in the complete game victory. Gene Alley crushed a 2-run homerun to lead the Pirates past the Braves. Pirates 4....Braves 3.
Game 4 at Atlanta,
Another strong pitching performance by both clubs. Donn Clendenon singled in Maury Wills, who lead off the inning with a bunt single. then swiped second base. Wills said it felt like old times back in Los Angeles when the Dodgers had to scrap and claw for runs. Bob Moose(1-0) pitched eight innings of no run, four hit ball. Brave starter, Ron Reed(1-2) got hung with the loss. Pirates 1...Braves 0.
submitted by Joey Scigliano