Left-hander pitches two shutout innings as teams play to a 10-inning tie
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- One day after recording 25 hits and plating 15 runs in a loss to the Nationals, the Braves played the Tigers to a 10-inning scoreless tie on Sunday afternoon at Champion Stadium.
With the Braves' pitching options depleted courtesy of Saturday's 16-15 loss and the fact that they were playing split-squad games on Sunday, the clubs agreed to end the game after 10 innings.
Facing the Braves for the first time since notching 17 strikeouts against them during the early portion of last year's regular season, the Tigers' Anibal Sanchez opened his Grapefruit League season with two scoreless innings. Ryan Doumit's leadoff double in the second inning accounted for the only hit surrendered by Sanchez.
Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood strengthened his bid for a rotation spot by tossing two scoreless innings in his first start of the spring. The 23-year-old southpaw surrendered three hits, notched two strikeouts and benefited from two double plays.
Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez highlighted his two-hit day with a fourth-inning leadoff double and began it with the second of two consecutive one-out singles Wood surrendered before Torii Hunter grounded into a double play to end the first inning.
Robbie Ray also benefited from a pair of double plays as he tossed two scoreless innings while making his first appearance since the Tigers acquired him in the December trade that sent Doug Fister to the Nationals. Ray induced the double plays after allowing a third-inning single to Matt Lipka and a fourth-inning single to Freddie Freeman.
Up next:Freddy Garcia will attempt to strengthen his candidacy for a rotation spot when he starts Monday afternoon's game against the Mets at Disney at 1:05 p.m. ET on Gameday Audio. Garcia signed a Minor League contract in January with the hope that he will either begin the upcoming regular season as Atlanta's fifth starter or as a member of the bullpen. The 37-year-old veteran tossed two scoreless innings during his exhibition season debut last week against the Tigers.