Braves send out Newk in 4th Spring Training Game of 2019
By. Andrew Rodberg
In the fourth Spring Training game of 2019, the Braves sent out Sean Newcomb to take on the Mets. In 2018, Newk had a 12-9 record and held a 3.90 ERA. He became a huge piece of the NL East Title run as he along with others strengthened the starting rotation.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Braves remained at home (Orlando) to take on the New York Mets. With a 1:05 start, the Braves faced the Mets’ Corey Oswald. For the Braves, they sent out starters: Inciarte, Freeman and Braves’ favorite, Brian McCann. Recently acquired McCann, spent his first few years of his career in a Braves uniform and decided to come back to Atlanta to “return home.” The Mets had a split squad and sent out a few high prospects and starter Juan Lagares.
In the 1st inning, Newcomb got things started with two groundouts and a pop-up to pitch a 1,2,3 inning. In the bottom of the 1st, Corey Oswald countered with a 1,2,3 inning himself. Newk came out in the 2nd and quickly struck out the first batter but fell into some trouble after throwing 8 straight balls and walking 2 batters consecutively.
Sean Newcomb: 2 IP, 2BB, 1K, 0H, 0R
Shane Carle entered the game in the third inning and looked strong to begin. He struck out his first batter but got too much of the strike-zone and the Mets took advantage. Carle gave up three singles that allowed the Mets to take a 1-0 lead.
Shane Carle: 1 IP, 0BB, 1K, 3H, 1ER
After giving up the lead in the top of the third, the Braves evened it up with a Alex Jackson solo homer on a 3-2 count in the bottom half of the inning. The Braves then sent out Patrick Weigel in the fourth who was beat up with 2 costly hits (double, single) that let the Mets take the lead once again at 2-1.
Patrick Weigel: 0.2 IP, 0BB, 2H, 1ER
Once Weigel fell into trouble, the Braves called upon Wes Parsons to “stop the bleeding” and he did just that. Parsons forced a groundout that ended the fourth and came back in the game in the fifth where he allowed a single but a run free inning. Parsons ended his afternoon with…
Wes Parsons: 1.1 IP, 0BB, 1H, 0ER
In the top of the 6th, Chad Sobotka got the ball. In doing so, he continued to make a strong case for a bullpen spot as he struck out two of the first three batters he saw and put out yet another clean inning!
Chad Sobotka: 1IP, 0BB, 2K, 0H, 0ER
The scoring subdued as neither offense could get anything going. That was until Ender Inciarte slapped a single to center field that ignited the Braves offense yet again(6th inning). An Austin Riley single tied the game up and backup catcher, William Contreras gave the Braves the lead with a towering 2 run homer to right field that extended the Braves lead to 4-2.
The Braves were able to hold onto that 2 run lead but gave up an inside-the-park home run to Espino in the 9th as the game was out of reach for the Mets. The Braves win their second straight game with a final score of 4-3. They now will travel to Jupiter, Fl to face the Cardinals tomorrow at 1:05pm.
William Contreras: 1-2, 1HR (2 run HR), 2RBI’s
Alex Jackson: 1HR (Solo HR), 1RBI
Austin Riley: 2-3, 1RBI