Tonight’s game saw a pitching matchup between Tim Hudson and Justin Verlander. Both starters looked strong, pitching into the 6th inning (Hudson pitched the full 6) and each giving up 1 run. The Tigers got on the scoreboard in the top of the 1st inning with an unearned run. Chipper Jones tied the game at 1 with a solo home run in the bottom of the 4th. Aside from those moments of scoring, the majority of the game was about the pitching, with the score remaining tied into the 9th inning.
Tyler Yates took the mound for the Braves in the 9th and, though giving up no hits, walked three and allowed 1 run in the inning. The Braves entered the bottom of the 9th trailing by 2. Through the help of 2 hits and some errant fielding on the part of the Tigers, Josh Anderson plated two with a walk-off single, giving the Braves the 3-2 victory.
Tim Hudson looked strong and ready to go for the season, as well as his expected position to start the opener against the Nationals. He’s given up only 2 earned runs in his 15 Grapefruit League innings thus far. Royce Ring fought off his bad outings of the preseason to pitch a hitless inning, striking out one. Jeff Francoeur, making his first appearance since being beaned in the face, went 0-3 with a strikeout and grounding into a double play.
John Smoltz will face off against C.C. Sabathia tomorrow as the Braves meet the Indians at 1:05pm. We’ll also be setting out for Florida tomorrow evening to cover a few games through the weekend. Don’t forget to subscribe to the BravesBlast Insider newsletter for a chance to win tickets to a game in the opening series’ against the Pirates or Mets. Contest ends March 25th.
Tags: Chipper Jones, Detroit Tigers, Justin Verlander, Preseason, Royce Ring, Tim Hudson
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