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Braves rally late, beat Phillies 5-1 in Kyle Muller’s first spring start

Braves rally late, beat Phillies 5-1 in Kyle Muller’s first spring start

Sunday, March 20, 2022

-Clint Manry

The spring schedule continued today with the Braves taking on the Phillies at its home park in Northport, FL. After trailing 1-0 through seven innings and only managing four hits as a team up to that point, Atlanta’s offense broke out with a five-run frame in the eighth to beat Philadelphia and remain undefeated so far this spring.

Some key notes from Sunday’s win

Lefty prospect Kyle Muller took the mound for his first start of spring camp today, and according to the box score everything went well. Muller faced seven batters across two innings and allowed just one hit to go with two strikeouts.

The five-man bullpen for the Braves today consisted of Sean Newcomb (IP / 2 K), Dylan Lee (IP / K), R.J. Alaniz (IP / 2 H / ER / K), William Woods (2 IP / H) and Allan Winans (2 IP / 3 K). The group, including Muller, allowed just one XBH by the Phillies as it held them to just 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position.

Overall Atlanta’s offense tallied nine hits today, though most of those knocks came during that five-run eighth inning. The frame began with a line drive single by prospect Vaughn Grissom (who’s hitting .600 so far this spring), followed by a base-hit by Jordan Cowan. Yariel Gonzalez then loaded the bases with a walk. A batter later, Drew Lugbauer put the Braves on the board with a sac-fly, knocking in Grissom, and then the next three Atlanta batters reached base as Trey Harris singled, Justin Dean reached on a fielder’s choice (scoring Gonzalez) and Logan Brown slapped a two-run double (scoring Harris and Dean). The Braves Allan Winans then came on in the ninth and shut down the Phillies with a 1-2-3 inning to win the game.

Once again, the Braves will be dark for Monday’s spring matchup as they take on the Red Sox at JetBlue Park in Ft. Myers, FL. Atlanta will go with righty Touki Toussaint as the starter and Boston will counter with righty Michael Wacha (neither have pitched yet in Spring Training). Both the Braves and Red Sox haven’t lost a game yet this spring.

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