Spring Training: Braves rout Red Sox, 11-3 (2015)
The Atlanta Braves got four solid innings from Shelby Miller and plenty of offense up and down the lineup to beat the Boston Red Sox by an 11-3 score on Tuesday afternoon.
At the plate: Three-hit games from Andrelton Simmons and Christian Bethancourt highlighted Atlanta’s 13-hit attack. After missing the first week’s worth of games with a strained oblique, Simmons has made up for lost time in a big way. His 3-for-4 day boosted his spring average to .563 (9-for-16) and also included three RBI and a run scored. Bethancourt has provided reason for optimism about what he may be able to provide at the plate in addition to behind it. He was 3-for-4 on the day as well, with a pair of RBI and a pair of runs scored and is now batting .360 in 26 Grapefruit League at-bats. Elsewhere in the lineup, Jace Peterson strengthened his case for the starting second base duties. He’s up to .360 on the spring after a day that included a double, a walk, a pair of runs scored and a stolen base. Center field hopeful Eric Young Jr. chipped in a three-run triple as part of a four-run sixth inning rally that blew the game open.
On the mound: Shelby Miller enjoyed his best start to date, spinning four scoreless innings. He had yet to make it out of the second in either of his two prior outings. The righty held Boston to four hits, issued two walks and struck out three batters. Out of the bullpen, the Red Sox plated single runs against Brandon Cunniff, Josh Outman and Sugar Ray Marimom, while Juan Jamie and Wes Parsons each tossed blank frames.
Of note: The Braves will see Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka for the second time this spring as they host New York on Wednesday night. The righty tossed two perfect innings against Atlanta in his spring debut back on March 12. Tanaka opted to rehab his partially torn UCL rather than undergo the ligament replacement procedure commonly referred to as Tommy John surgery.
Up Next: Braves vs. Yankees — Wednesday, March 18, at 6:05 PM
RHP Mike Foltynewicz vs. RHP Masahiro Tanaka
Grant McAuley covers the Braves for Sports Radio 92-9 The Game. Follow Grant on Twitter.