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The Braves enjoyed a messy fifth inning against the Nationals

Mar 1, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

Everyone expects spring training games to be messy, especially early. Players are just getting back into the swing of things. Some younger guys have the pressure of playing with the big boys for the first time, or are competing for a roster spot; older guys are doing everything they can to keep their careers alive. You can see a lot of crazy things in spring training.

Saturday afternoon’s affair between the Braves and Nationals brought messy to a whole new level. The game featured seven multi-run innings, including four of four runs or more. Six errors were committed, five by the Nationals. 15 pitchers were used.

The fifth inning in particular stood out because of everything that happened. MASN’s Dan Kolko captured it all in one picture, which he posted to Twitter:

First of all, the Nationals substitutions at all eight non-pitcher positions, which really cluttered up the page. Then Freddie Freeman reached on a fielding error. Later, when Matt Lipka singled to right, Michael Taylor both missed the ball and made a throwing error, leading to the Braves’ third and fourth runs of the inning. The Nationals replaced pitcher Blake Treinen with Josh Roenicke. The Braves pinch-hit four times and finished the fifth inning with nine runs on ten hits, including eight singles.

Shockingly enough, the nine-spot wasn’t enough as the Braves lost 16-15. The Braves logged 25 hits. Spring training, everyone.

  1. NatsLady - Mar 1, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    I was listening to the game (Barves feed, the only option available) while trying to give a piano lesson. I kept cracking up. My student (a teenager) finally asked what I was laughing about. It was hard to explain…

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Mar 2, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      Is the Barves thing supposed to be funny?

  2. chill1184 - Mar 1, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Pinball baseball!

  3. karlkolchak - Mar 1, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Interestingly, exactly 2 of the Braves 25 hits and zero runs came off of pitchers with any chance to crack the Nats’ Opening Day roster (the Nats were also blanked in 2 innings by the Braves’ starting pitcher).

    Exhibit A as to why ST stats are never to be trusted.

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 2, 2014 at 12:54 AM

      “never” to be trusted?

      that’s incorrect too… absolutes are almost always wrong…

      sometimes stats may be trusted and sometimes they cannot… but to say they NEVER should be trusted is even more wrong than the stats of this particular game…

    • elpendejo59 - Mar 2, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      Still, it was painful to watch. I made the 2 hour trip to Viera yesterday and it was by far the worst played baseball game I have ever seen in person- poor by both sides. I know it is very early in the spring, but it was a train wreck. I just starting feeling sorry for the players.

  4. Carl Hancock - Mar 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    A 9 run inning and 25 total hits against a team with only 12 hits AND who committed 5 errors and they still lost? That’s a pretty incredible box score.

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