Spring Training: Braves no-hit Astros, but tie 2-2 (2015)
Despite holding the split-squad Houston Astros without a hit for 10 innings, the Braves had to settle for a 2-2 tie on Sunday. Nine Atlanta pitchers combined on the no-hitter, which featured nine walks and a hit batsman. While the spring training no-hitter is a rare feat, it had actually not been that long since the previous one. The Marlins used four pitchers to no-hit the Yankees on March 15, 2014, winning 5-0.
At the plate: A.J. Pierzynski gave the Braves an early lead with his two-out, RBI-single in the first inning. It plated Jace Peterson, who continues to swing a hot bat this spring. Getting a start at shortstop, Peterson collected two more hits and is now batting .417 (5-for-12) with a .533 OBP so far this spring. Trailing by a run in the eighth, Todd Cunningham lifted a sacrifice fly that tied the game, 2-2. Freddie Freeman was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk on the day before giving way to Joey Terdoslavich, who was 1-for-2 with a double and scored the tying run in the eighth.
On the mound: Cody Martin got the start in place of the injured Mike Minor and provided a solid two inning effort. Martin did not allow a hit, walked two and struck out three. Big righty Jim Johnson made his spring debut in the third. The sinker-baller induced three ground-outs in a perfect inning of work. That was followed by scoreless innings from Josh Outman, Brandon Cunniff and Ian Thomas.
The no-hitter remained intact through a rocky seventh inning, but Mauricio Cabrera’s control problems allowed the Astros to take the lead without the virtue of a hit. Cabrera issued consecutive walks and hit a batter to open the frame. Houston then cashed those walks in for a pair of runs on RBI-ground outs to take a 2-1 lead.
Lucas Sims, Justin Jackson and Jairo Heredia each threw scoreless frames over the final three innings to finish off the 10-inning no-hitter. Altogether, Atlanta pitchers walked nine men and hit another.
Of note: Former Braves catcher Evan Gattis did not suit against his old team. Instead, he was part of Houston’s split squad that traveled to Lakeland to take on the Tigers. That Astros group made up for the no-hitter against Atlanta, blowing out Detroit by a 14-9 score on the strength of 20 hits… Top prospect Jose Peraza is still searching for his first hit of the spring. He flew out in his only at-bat on Sunday and is now 0-for-8… Third baseman Chris Johnson did not make the trip and was held out of the lineup for a second straight day to rest his sore left wrist.
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