So much for a lovely split-squad sendoff into the weekend, Braves fans. The Braves lost by a combined score of 25-4 today, as the home team went down 12-2 to the Tigers, and the other squad lost 13-2 to the Mets.
Mike Foltynewicz got the start for the home squad and, as we highlighted earlier, continued to show off his arm while struggling with his command. He didn't make it out of the first, as he was pulled after allowing three hits, three runs (just one earned thanks to an Alberto Callaspo error) one strikeout and two consecutive walks to load the bases.
The 23-year-old acknowledged after the game that he was trying too hard, hence the struggles.
Folty: "I’m overdoing it a little bit. You’ve got a new team you’ve got to try to impress. I’m out there just trying to do too much."— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) March 13, 2015
He did, however, see some positives in his short starts thus far, telling the AJC, "For the most part I was around the plate and they found some holes. That was just bad luck on my part. I think overall I felt good and threw some good pitches so it stinks that things are falling that way."
Another young arm struggled for Atlanta at home today, as Lucas Sims struggled in the top of the ninth. He recorded just one out while giving up three hits, four earned runs and two walks. James Russell made his spring debut after dealing with turf toe, throwing two scoreless innings while issuing one walk and striking out one.
Cody Martin was the brightest spot on the afternoon, throwing three scoreless innings, striking out three batters and walking just one.
Down in Port St. Lucie, Manny Banuelos had an equally rough start, recording just two outs before being pulled. He gave up five earned runs, three hits and two walks while striking out one. Luis Avilan come on in relief, pitching an inning of two-run, three-hit ball.
In batting news, Jose Peraza got his first hit of the spring! Phil Gosselin also had two hits, driving in one run.
And in what was perhaps the saddest news of the day, an innocent bystanding bird met his maker thanks to a foul ball in Lake Buena Vista. RIP.