Sean Kazmar scored on a wild pitch in the ninth to deliver a 4-3 win for the Atlanta Braves over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. However, another Atlanta pitcher left the game with an apparent injury which casts a cloud over the victory.
Bryse Wilson got the start in today’s game in place of Mike Foltynewicz who was scratched due to a sore elbow. He struggled early on allowing back-to-back homers to Toronto’s Jonathan Davis and Lourdes Gurriel Jr to start the game. Wilson would then allow a single to Teoscar Hernandez before retiring Kendrys Morales and Vladimir Guerrero before exiting. Elian Leyva came on and retired Cavan Biggio to end the inning.
After a scoreless second, A.J. Minter came on to pitch for the Braves. He allowed a single to Gurriel and then immediately left the game due to tightness in his throwing shoulder.
A.J. Minter left today’s game with left shoulder tightness.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) March 1, 2019
Atlanta got on the board in the bottom half of the inning tying the game on a double by Andres Blanco that scored Ryan LaMarre and Rafael Ortega to tie the game. It would remain 2-2 until the fifth when Morales put Toronto back in front with an run-scoring single off of Darren O’Day to make it 3-2. The Braves answered right back in the bottom half of the inning as LaMarre doubled to lead off the inning and came home to score when Blanco grounded into a double play.
Things would remain tied until the ninth when Sean Kazmar led off the inning with a bloop single, moved over to third on a double by Drew Waters that was deflected by pitcher Hector Perez. Kazmar scored the winning run on a wild pitch by Perez two pitches later.
The Braves used 10 pitchers in the game. O’Day made his spring debut allowing two hits and one run in 2/3 of an inning. Left-hander Grant Dayton also made his first appearance of the spring after missing all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Dayton allowed one hit and struck out one in a scoreless inning.
The Braves will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Lakeland to take on the Detroit Tigers. Max Fried is scheduled to get the start for Atlanta while Jordan Zimmermann will be on the mound for Detroit.