Braves reliever Jonny Venters didn’t give up any hits Wednesday for the first time in six spring appearances, but he sure walked plenty.
The left-hander issued four consecutive one-out walks in the sixth inning against the Marlins, walking in the tying run in a game the Braves won 2-1 on Chris Johnson’s two-out single in the ninth inning.
Freddie Freeman’s towering leadoff homer in the second inning, his third of the spring, put the Braves up 1-0. That remained the score until the sixth.
Venters had allowed 11 hits but no walks in five innings before Wednesday. He came in to get the last out of the fifth inning when Kris Medlen left the game after being hit in the arm by a line drive. Venters got a groundout to start the sixth inning, then walked Juan Pierre, who had no previous walks all spring.
Pierre stole second base and Venters walked Donovan Solano. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch by Venters, who walked Rob Brantly to load the bases. Facing Justin Ruggiano with one out and nowhere to put him, Venters walked him, too, bringing in a run.
Venters walks 4 straight; Braves’ defense sharp
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Mar 14