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Kawakami impressive in debut

Feb 27, 2009 - 9:35 PM BRADENTON, Florida (Ticker) -- Kenshin Kawakami tossed two scoreless innings in his North American debut on Friday, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 5-2 Grapefruit League victory.

Kawakami, the 33-year-old former Japanese Central League MVP, allowed one hit and struck out one in his first game since signing a three-year, $23 million contract with the Braves.

Both Greg Norton and Chipper Jones homered to pace the Atlanta offense. Norton's solo shot came in the fourth before Jones drilled a two-run blast an inning later.

After needing only seven pitches to get through the first inning, Pirates starter Tom Gorzelanny worked his way out of a jam in the second on his way to two scoreless innings. He kept the Braves hitless but gave up two walks.








  • GPFT
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ATLANTA 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 5 7 1
    PITTSBURGH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 6 0 FINAL
    WP - KENSHIN KAWAKAMI (1-0)
    LP - JASON DAVIS (0-1)
    HOME RUNS: ATL - GREG NORTON (1) OFF ZACH DUKE IN THE 4TH
    CHIPPER JONES (1) OFF DANIEL MCCUTCHEN IN THE 5TH
    TIME: 2:41

    Braves 5, Pirates 2  FinalFeb 27 4:02 PM


  • GPFT
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ATLANTA 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 5 7
    PITTSBURGH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 (END BOTTOM 8)
    HOME RUNS: ATL - GREG NORTON (1) OFF ZACH DUKE IN THE 4TH
    CHIPPER JONES (1) OFF DANIEL MCCUTCHEN IN THE 5TH

    Braves 5, Pirates 1  Bot 8, 0 OutsFeb 27 3:40 PM


  • GPFT
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ATLANTA 0 0 1 1 2 4 5
    PITTSBURGH 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 (END BOTTOM 5)
    HOME RUNS: ATL - GREG NORTON (1) OFF ZACH DUKE IN THE 4TH
    CHIPPER JONES (1) OFF DANIEL MCCUTCHEN IN THE 5TH

    Braves 4, Pirates 0  Bot 5, 0 OutsFeb 27 2:35 PM


  • GPFT
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ATLANTA 0 0 1 1 2 2
    PITTSBURGH 0 0 0 0 0 2 (END BOTTOM 4)
    HOME RUNS: ATL - GREG NORTON (1) OFF ZACH DUKE IN THE 4TH

    Braves 2, Pirates 0  Bot 4, 0 OutsFeb 27 2:15 PM


  • GPFT
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ATLANTA 0 0 1 1 1
    PITTSBURGH 0 0 0 0 1 (END BOTTOM 3)

    Braves 1, Pirates 0  Bot 3, 0 OutsFeb 27 2:05 PM

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