Viera, Fla. – When Tommy Hanson pitched against Class AAA Gwinnett hitters Sunday, the results were about what you’d probably expect.
He allowed three hits and one run in six innings for Class AA Mississippi in an intraorganization game at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Hanson had three strikeouts with two walks and threw 71 pitches.
The right-hander had been set to face the Washington Nationals on Sunday, but plans were changed due to the threat of afternoon storms.
“The best thing to do was try to get in as many innings as he could” in the morning game, manager Bobby Cox said after the rest of the scheduled travel roster made the 75-minute bus ride to Viera, Fla., for the game with the Nationals.
Hanson is 1-0 with a 2.51 ERA in four Grapefruit League games.
“I just wanted to make sure he got his work in,” Cox said. “Didn’t want him to come over here and get in two innings. We’re supposed to get two to four inches of rain.”
The Braves used all relief pitchers against the Nationals, and brought a few extra arms from minor league camp in case the rain didn’t arrive as early as anticipated.