The Atlanta Braves pitchers were in mid-season form Friday afternoon, as the Braves opened their spring training season against the Detroit Tigers at Champion Stadium with seven no-hit innings. Unfortunately, the bats were still in deep winter slumber, as the Tigers nipped the Braves, 2-1.
The Braves lone run came on a solo homer by Joey Terdoslavich in the ninth.
The Tigers put together a couple hits, and a sacrifice fly in the eighth, to push across their two runs against Braves farm hand, Ryan Buchter. The Tigers Jeff Gosney had the big blow, a triple.
The Braves garnered only six hits total, and the only Braves starters who got hits were first baseman, Freddie Freeman and second baseman, Dan Uggla. Both hits were singles, Uggla’s didn’t leave the infield.
Tim Hudson started the no-hit parade by going two innings, and giving up just one walk. Braves closer Craig Kimbrell pitched the third and walked two while striking out one, Luis Avilan pitched the fourth and walked one while striking out zero, Corey Gearrin pitched the fifth and struck out two while walking zero, Christian Martinez retired the Tigers in order in the sixth and Dusty Hughes struck out one in the seventh.
Then Buchter came in and coughed up the two runs on three hits in the eighth.
Ernesto Mejia, who is trying to make the Braves as a bench player, lined a solid single and made a diving stop in the seventh. Jordan Schafer almost got the Braves on the board in the seventh, when he lined a shot to deep right center that was speared on a diving catch.
Braves legend, Dale Murphy, joined Jim Powell in the booth as he subbed for Don Sutton.
Next up for the Braves is tomorrow’s game against the New York Yankees at Champion Stadium. Game time is 1:05.