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Braves drop first game this spring, lose 5-0 to Red Sox

Braves drop first game this spring, lose 5-0 to Red Sox

Monday, March 21, 2022

-Clint Manry

The Braves meaningless undefeated start to spring camp ended today as starter Michael Wacha and the Red Sox bullpen shut out Atlanta’s offense to the tune of 5-0. With a 5-0 record, at this point Boston should probably save some wins for the regular season.

For the Braves, it was righty Touki Toussaint’s turn on Monday. Like all Atlanta starters up to this point, the 25-year-old worked a brief two innings against the Red Sox, allowing one run from four hits on his way to two strikeouts and a walk. We obviously weren’t able to see him live, but it appears Touki ran into a bit of trouble in the opening frame as Boston managed three hits in the first, capped off by Christian Vasquez’s RBI double to put the Braves down 1-0 early.

Both the Braves and Red Sox traded zeroes in innings 2-4, but in the fifth Boston scored again when Rob Refsnyder doubled off Tucker Davidson to push across Jarren Duran to go up 2-0. A batter later, with runners on second and third, Rafael Devers added another score when he slapped an RBI single to left. Tuck Davidson’s two earned runs in two innings may bloat his ERA this spring, but the lefty did manage to strike out four in his appearance.

Thomas Burrows worked the sixth for the Braves, and despite having some control issues (three walks), he still managed to keep the Red Sox off the board, striking out two to keep it a 3-0 game. However, in the seventh, with Freddy Tarnok on the mound, Boston induced a throwing error from catcher Hendrik Clementina when Connor Wong stole second, allowing Jonathan Arauz to score from third. The Red Sox added its fifth and final run in the eighth, when Ryan Fitzgerald slugged a solo homer off righty Alan Rangel, giving Boston ten hits overall as a team (compared to only six for Atlanta’s offense).

There wasn’t much excitement from the Braves today as it went with what was mostly its B team. Prospects Jesse Franklin V and Drew Lugbauer each picked up hits in the game, as well as Eddie Rosario, Guillermo Heredia, Drew Campbell and Ryan Goins, though no Atlanta batter was able to muster an XBH on the day. On the bright side, despite five runs allowed, the Braves pitchers as a group did manage to tally 13 strikeouts on Monday as the team continues to do fairly well on the mound so far this spring.

After back-to-back non-televised games, the Braves are back on the tube on Tuesday with another matchup versus the Twins at 12:05 PM (CT). Atlanta will go with lefty Max Fried as its starter tomorrow, and Minnesota will counter with righty Joe Ryan.

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