Kyle Wright gets the nod vs Cardinals in 5th Spring Training Game of 2019
By. Andrew Rodberg
In the fifth Spring Training game of 2019, the Braves sent out Kyle Wright to take on the Cardinals. In 2018, Wright appeared in 4 games and held a 4.50 ERA. Although he is a starting pitcher, he got his first taste of the Big Leagues out of the Bullpen.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Braves traveled to Jupiter, Fl for a matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals. With a 1:05 start, the Braves faced the Cardinals’ Dakota Hudson. For the Braves, they sent out starters: Acuña, Albies and Culberson. The Cardinals sent out 4 starters and a high prospect.
In the 1st inning, Wright got things started with two strikeouts for a 1,2,3 inning. In the bottom of the 1st, Dakota Hudson countered with a clean inning himself. Wright came out in the 2nd and struck out yet another batter but fell into trouble after giving up a double and single consecutively. Wright ultimately was able to escape with a run-less inning.
Kyle Wright: 2IP, 0BB, 3K’s, 2H’s, 0ER
Luke Jackson entered the game in the third inning and looked to improve from his last start where he got beat up. He struck out two of his three batters and shut down the Cardinals offense. Jackson had a clean third and made strides since giving up 4 runs to the Astros.
Luke Jackson: 1IP, 0BB, 2K’s, 0H, 0ER
Once again the Braves were unable to get anything going after having a lead-off baserunner. A lead-off walk to Acuña highlighted their top inning for the Braves. Braves, Kolby Allard, entered the game in the bottom of the fourth and couldn’t find the strike-zone. After giving up two walks, a defensive double play saved him some runs.
In the top of the 5th, Pedro Florimon got things started with a ground-rule double but yet again the inexperience kept the Braves from taking advantage of the opportunity. In the bottom of the fifth, Kolby Allard returned to the mound for a second inning. In doing so, he recovered from his two walks in the previous inning by having a 1,2,3 inning to keep the score 0-0.
Kolby Allard: 2IP, 2BB’s, 0K, 0H, 0ER
In the bottom of the sixth, Corbin Clouse got the ball. The young prospect looked to have a strong showing after giving up 2 hits in .2 IP in his last outing. Clouse allowed his first batter to grab a single, followed by an E2, that put a runner at third base with one out. Clouse was able to pound the strike-zone and got out the inning without any damage.
Corbin Clouse: 1IP, 0BB, 1K, 1H, 0ER
The scoring continued to be nonexistent as neither offense could get anything going. That was until the eight inning, when Braves’ backup catcher Carlos Martinez drew a lead-off walk followed by a single from Jose Bermudez. Cristian Pache came to the plate with hopes of putting the Braves on top and he did the second best thing…he was able to draw a walk and load the bases. 2B, Luis Valenzuela approached the plate and he delivered with a infield single that drew in two runs and gave the Braves a 2-0 lead. A wild pitch scored another run (3-0), Marte sac-fly (4-0). The Braves built a 4-0 and wouldn’t give it up.
Kyle Muller entered in the bottom of the eight and looked to ice the game. Muller struck out two of his three batters and ultimately shut down the Cardinals from making a late inning push.
Kyle Muller: 1IP, 0BB, 2K’s, 0H, 0ER
The Braves were able to hold onto their 4 run lead and win their third straight game with a final score of 4-0 . They now will head home (Orlando) to face the Detroit Tigers tomorrow at 1:05pm.
Luis Valenzuela: 1-1, 1RBI
Entire Bullpen: 7IP, 3BB’s, 2H’s, 5K’s, 0ER