KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) _ Atlanta Braves left-hander Chuck James
overcame control problems to throw five scoreless innings today,
lowering his spring E-R-A to 2.57 in a six-nothing victory over the
First baseman Scott Thorman hit his first homer and drove in
three runs for the Braves.
James gave up only four hits but walked three batters. He loaded
the bases with two walks after Casey Blake's double in the second
inning, but he pitched out of the jam.
The Braves have four starters with E-R-A's under 2.00: Lance
Cormier, 1.29; Tim Hudson, 1.80; John Smoltz, 1.93, and Buddy
Carlyle, who has not allowed a run in ten innings.
Overall, Braves starters have a 2.25 E-R-A this spring, allowing
18 earned runs in 72 innings.
Thorman, who was named the Braves' starting first baseman before
spring training, hit a two-run homer off Rafael Betancourt in the
eighth inning. He showed the power stroke that convinced Braves
general manager John Schuerholz to trade Adam LaRoche to Pittsburgh
for reliever Mike Gonzalez and minor league shortstop Brent
Aaron Fultz gave up four runs in two innings. Brian McCann hit a
run-scoring triple off Fultz in the sixth inning. Doug Clark drove
in pinch-runner Jonathan Schuerholz with a double to right, and
Thorman added a run-scoring single.
Willie Harris led off the seventh with a double and scored on
Brayan Pena's single for a 4-0 lead.
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