The Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers squared off for the second game of the Grapefruit League. After Felix Hernandez impressed in his first start, Bryse Wilson had his chance to be the same today.
Coming into Grapefruit League play, Bryse Wilson was one of the multiple pitchers competing for a place in the rotation. With the fifth spot wide open, and the fourth spot being temporarily open while Cole Hamels is on the mend, Bryse Wilson is looking for some good starts to keep his name in the competition. Unfortunately, Wilson didn’t get off to the best start.
In the first inning, Wilson would give up four straight singles after getting the first out of the inning. The Braves would find themselves in a 2-0 hole after the flurry of singles from the Tigers. Wilson would calm down, ending the inning with a double-play.
The second inning was much better for Wilson. After settling in, Wilson got a 1-2-3 inning in the second. That would be all the action he would see in his first start of the spring. It’s a forgettable first outing for Wilson. Fortunately, for Bryse, he will get more opportunities to earn his rotation spot as the spring goes on.
Wilson shouldn’t be too downtrodden after his first start. Wilson has experience in the Braves starting rotation. Last season, Wilson started four games for the Braves, including the second game of the season. In his four starts, Wilson pitched 17.2 innings with a 1-1 record and 7.13 ERA. Wilson has the experience, but the numbers have to improve quickly before he finds himself back in the rotation.
For the overall game, the Tigers would go on to beat the Braves 5-1. Josh Tomlin and Luke Jackson made appearances, with Tomlin giving up a run and Jackson, in his one inning, gave up two hits and struck out two. A very familiar Luke Jackson outing. Kyle Muller had an up-and-down inning, loading the bases and walking a run home. Muller would escape the inning by striking out the last two batters.
Freddie Freeman had the only RBI of the day. Other than Freeman, the Tigers did a very good job of keeping the Braves bats silent this afternoon.
The Braves are back in action tomorrow with a game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Max Fried is slated to start in tomorrow’s game. That game is scheduled for 1:05.