Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Braves Country was able to watch on as Max Fried and the Braves pulled out another Spring Training win today, this time against the Twins. Fried’s three innings on Tuesday is the longest outing by a Braves starter so far in camp as the 28-year-old lefty didn’t allow a single hit. He struck out one.
Neither offense could muster much offense during the first six innings of this one, but eventually the Braves broke through in the seventh when Michael Harris and Ryan Goins drew back-to-back walks, respectively. The first Atlanta run came when two batters later Jordan Cowan slapped a one-out, two-run double, and just like that the Braves led 2-0 late.
After Minnesota failed to answer, Atlanta’s offense struck again in the eighth, this time thanks to minor leaguer Stephen Paolini, who singled in Chadwick Tromp. Paolini was then followed up by a sac-fly by Justin Dean, giving the Braves a 4-0 advantage heading to the final frame. In the ninth, the Braves Michael Tonkin retired three of the four Twins batters he faced, pitching around a lead-off walk to give the Bravos the shutout win.
Following Fried on the mound, the Braves gave some work to Huascar Ynoa and Spencer Strider, before handing Tonkin the ninth. Ynoa looked sharp as he pitched around a pair of hits in three innings. Strider then got through the seventh and eighth, allowing four hits to go with three strikeouts.
Offensive contributors for the Braves, other than Cowan and Paolini, featured Ozzie Albies (single), Marcell Ozuna (single), Travis d’Arnaud (single), Tromp (double) and Harris (single). The Braves out-hit the Twins by a tally of 7-6 on Tuesday.
The Braves will return to North Port on Wednesday to take on the Rays, with first pitch set for the usual 12:05 PM (CT) time slot. Tomorrow’s game will be televised on Bally Sports again as Atlanta will give righty Kyle Wright an opportunity to start and work a few innings. Tampa Bay will go with Shane McClanahan.