Braves Spring Training Notebook: March 1

Allard stays scoreless, Acuna gets going

By Dan Reiner / Gwinnett Stripers | March 1, 2018 4:45 PM

The Atlanta Braves (2-6-1) got into the win column Monday with a win against the Washington Nationals at Champion Stadium in Orlando, Fla. Here's a look at this week's scores:

February 26-March 1

  • 2/26: Braves 2, Nationals 1
  • 2/27: Braves 3, Pirates 3 (9 innings)
  • 2/28: Mets 6, Braves 4
  • 3/1 (split squad): Braves 5, Tigers 2
    • Nationals 6, Braves 2

Below are notable performances from top Braves prospects and former Gwinnett players:


After starting the spring season 0-for-7, top prospect Ronald Acuna got into the swing of things Monday with his first base hit. He went 2-for-4 on Wednesday vs. the Mets, including a two-run single. On Thursday, he went 2-for-3 with a walk (Week totals: 3 games, 5-for-9, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO).

Fellow rising prospect Austin Riley cranked his first home run of the spring Thursday against Tigers' Gerson Moreno (Week totals: 3 games, 1-for-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB).

On the mound, top pitching prospects Kolby Allard and Mike Soroka each had scoreless outings this week. Allard went 2.0 innings with two walks and one strikeout against the Mets, keeping his spring ERA at 0.00. Soroka also went 2.0 innings with two strikeouts.

Outfielder Danny Santana, fighting for a spot on the Atlanta roster, began the week 4-for-6 before registering an 0-for-4 game Thursday against the Nationals (Week totals: 3 games, 4-for-10, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 SO).

Reliever Rex Brothers, who spent time with Double-A Mississippi, Gwinnett and Atlanta last season, recorded a save Monday despite surrendering a home run to Miami's Moises Sierra (Week totals: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 SO, 1 BB, 1 HR).

Miguel Socolovich, signed to a Minor League deal in the offseason, rebounded from a disastrous first appearance in a Braves uniform (0.2 IP, 6 ER, 3 H, 3 BB) to pitch 2.0 scoreless innings this week.

Akeel Morris, who pitched in 30 games with Gwinnett last season, locked down the save Thursday against Detroit (Week totals: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 SO).

The Braves take on the red-hot New York Yankees, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins, respectively, this weekend (all 1:05 p.m. ET starts).

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