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Atlanta Braves Fall To Detroit Tigers 5-1, Brandon Beachy Struggles In Debut

The Atlanta Braves will not have to face the Detroit Tigers in the regular season. This is probably for the best, seeing as the club is now 0-3 against them in Spring Training. Despite a strong start from Brandon Beachy in the first inning, the righty allowed four runs in the second as the Braves would eventually fall 5-1.

Beachy was on fire in the first inning, striking out the leadoff batter and only throwing one ball to the opposition. The second inning was not as kind, with Beachy giving up two walks, three hits and a sacrifice fly. Jairo Asencio came in to relieve him and allowed a run on a solo-homer to Miguel Cabrera.

Atlanta had plenty of chances to score on Wednesday afternoon, but they seemingly could never come up with the big hit to put a crooked number on the board. The lone run of the game came on a fielder's choice groundout from J.C. Boscan that scored Drew Sutton from third. Sutton has continually impressed those in Braves camp this spring and will be in the running for the utility job off the bench.

Some have even wondered if Sutton could become a player similar to All-Star second baseman Ben Zobrist.

Once Asencio departed, Cory Gearrin worked a scoreless inning, striking out and walking a batter. Dusty Hughes struck out two in his scoreless inning of work, and Zeke Spruill continued to look good while closing out the ninth inning.

The Braves are now 1-4 in Spring Training and will next face the Orioles on Thursday.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.