The Braves kicked off the Grapefruit League season this afternoon with a 5-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Jair Jurrjens made the start for the Braves and allowed 2 earned runs in 2 innings of work on 4 hits. He escaped potential further damage by getting Carlos Guillen to ground into a double-play to end the first inning. Not the greatest start for Jurrjens, but it’s still early in the preseason and not much to worry about at this point. Reyes, O’Flaherty and Perez each allowed an earned run while Acosta and Marek both tacked on an inning of scoreless work.
Trailing 3-0 in the top of the fifth, the Braves proceeded to put 3 unearned runs on the board to tie up the game. Future first baseman prospect, Freddie Freeman, brought two runs in with a two-out single and Brian McCann also added an RBI in the inning, plating Jordan Schafer. Jordan also cracked the board later in the game with a leadoff home run in the top of the seventh.
Everyone anxious to see Jeff Francoeur at the plate today will still have to wait to see some performance out of him. Jeff went 0-for-4, but it’s only the first game. Most will say you can’t count on much that happened today to be telling as to how the season will go. These early Spring Training games are where we really should be looking toward the young guys and seeing what they can do.
The Braves open up their home Grapefruit League season at Wide World of Sports tomorrow against the Astros at 1:05pm EST. Jorge Campillo will take the hill for the Braves, making his campaign for a long relief spot in the bullpen. Catch the game on ESPN. So one Spring Training game closer to the season, what’s the good news of the day?
Tags: Detroit Tigers, Freddie Freeman, Jair Jurrjens, Jordan Schafer, Preseason
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