Clint wrote an article this morning on if Kyle Wright could finally put it all together in 2021 after his strong finish to last season (ignore Game 3 of the NLCS). It didn’t look like he was on the right track following his first performance of the spring, allowing three runs on four hits in just 1.1 innings of work. However, Wright was able to bounce back with a fantastic outing Friday afternoon, setting the Twins down in order in three efficient innings. He only allowed one baserunner, which came in the third frame, but it was quickly erased by an inning-ending double play, which was also the last pitch of Wright’s afternoon.
The rest of the Braves staff was equally as efficient. Will Smith and Nate Jones followed Wright and each pitched perfect innings, striking out three batters combined. Jacob Webb and Daysbel Hernandez were responsible for the final two frames. They both gave up one hit, but neither allowed a run, and they also combined for three strikeouts.
The bats were quiet for most of the afternoon, but they finally broke through in the sixth inning. Sean Kazmar Jr., who is off to a nice start this spring, broke the scoreless tie with a two-out, two-run double down the left-field line. Then Drew Waters joined the party with a bloop-shot double, bringing in two more. That would be all the Braves needed as they got back into the win column following two straight losses (not that wins really matter in spring training).
Atlanta’s spring training slate continues tomorrow against Tampa Bay, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 ET.