Upton with the Bomb in Braves Win

Justin Upton hit one of the longest homeruns myworld has witnessed, bashing one high and far over the grassy berm at Champion Stadium in Orlando to give the Braves their first spring training win, 7-6 over the Marlins.  Only 3,105 were excited enough to see the Marlins play on a Monday.  Jeff Loria has more apologizing to do to win the forgiveness of the Marlins fans.  Actions speak louder than words and since the Marlins are one of the lowest spenders in the international market we’re still not thinking this apology was sincere.

The homerun by Upton was the second of back to back, the first a line shot into the wind over the right field fence by Jason Hayward.  The back to back shots gave the Braves a 2-1 lead.  One out later B.J. Upton doubled into the left centerfield gap, stole third and scampered home on a wild pitch from Scott Maine to score the third run of the inning.

Matt Pagnozzi poked a 3-run double in the sixth to give the Braves a 7-1 lead.  Zach Phillips couldn’t get an out, giving up four hits and a walk to his first five hitters.  The only out was the result of B.J. Upton getting thrown out trying to steal second.  Tyler Pastornicky ended the inning with a line drive double play that got Pagnozzi leaning too far off second.

The Marlins made the game close strafing Yohan Flande for five runs.  Jake Marisnick smashed a triple over the head of right fielder Jordan Schafer to drive in one run and Christian Yelich drove him in with a single to finish off the scoring.  At least the young kids shined at the end.

Game notes: Arquimedes Caminero came in throwing 95 but his pitches were far off the plate.  He walked his first hitter, hit his second and gave up a single to Pastornicky.  His curveball had very little break and his arm action on the change was much slower than his fastball.  Caminero was fortunate the Braves tried to send Jordan Schafer home on the Pastornicky single.  Jordan was thrown out by ten feet by Giancarlo StantonCraig Kimbrel pitched a bit better in his second appearance.  He gave up a run, didn’t strike out a batter, but he had more command of his pitches, still hitting the mid-90s…Dan Uggla looks atrocious at second base early in the season.  He made another error at second and had a couple other poor fielding plays, but he was still able to get an out to prevent an error.  If he doesn’t hit his defense will be a liability at second base…Kyle Skipworth got the start at catcher.  With the injury to Jeff Mathis he could get the call as the backup.  He went 0 for 2, grounding into a double play.  His bat is slow.  Don’t know what he can do to speed it up.

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