Braves continue win streak behind Rio Ruiz’s 2 run homer as they defeat the Blue Jays 5-1
By. Andrew Rodberg
As the Braves are coming off a 3 game win streak, they left Orlando and headed to Dunedin, Fl to face the 3-7 Toronto Blue Jays. With a 1:05pm start time, the Braves sent Sean Newcomb to the mound to face Blue Jays’ Joe Biagini.
With a rather quiet 1st inning for Newcomb and Biagini, the Braves attacked first in the 2nd inning when Alex Jackson singled and made his way to 3rd base after back to back wild pitches from Biagini. With Jaff Decker at the plate, he connected on a 2-0 pitch and flied out to center to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.
As the game continued, Newcomb began to pitch better and better but in the bottom of the 3rd he made a mistake when he left a ball in the strike-zone and Blue Jays’ Teoscar Hernandez hit a solo home-run to tie the game at 1-1.
In the 4th, the Braves responded when Austin Riley “took one for the team” and Rio Ruiz followed it up with a 2 run home run over the right center wall to give the Braves the lead once more at 3-1.
To start the bottom of the 4th, the Braves ended Newcomb’s day and called upon Arodys Vizcaino to work the 4th. In doing so, Vizcaino finished with a clean inning and only gave up 1 hit. In the top of the 5th, Braves’ Carlos Franco made himself known with a solo home run on a 1-0 count over the center field wall to give the Braves a 4-1 lead.
The scoring didn’t stop there…
In the top of the 6th the long ball struck the Blue Jays once again when the Braves’ Austin Riley hit a home run to center field on a 3-2 count to extend the lead to 5-1. From innings, 7- 9, the scoring subsided and the time for the Blue Jays to come back dwindled. The Braves bullpen continued to shut down the Blue Jays batting order on their way to 4 straight wins.
Rio Ruiz: 1-4 2 RBI HR
Carlos Franco: 2-4 1 RBI HR
Sean Newcomb: 3 innings, 1hit, 2 SO, 1ER
The Braves now have a day off tomorrow before a showdown with the reigning World Champs, Houston Astros in Orlando at 1:05pm