Braves top Tigers in last bit of baseball for a while

The Braves defeated the Tigers 5-3 on Thursday in Lakeland. It concluded their Grapefruit League schedule and will be the last baseball game the team plays for the foreseeable future after MLB suspended play Thursday because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Kyle Wright completed his strong spring, allowing one run over five innings. He held the Tigers to two hits, striking out three and walking one. The right-hander finished with a 2.03 ERA this spring. With MLB delaying the start to the regular season, the Braves’ decision on who’ll comprise their rotation has been kicked down the road as well.

In the bullpen, Shane Greene, Luke Jackson and pleasant surprise Tyler Matzek each pitched a scoreless inning. Matzek, a relative unknown entering camp, had a nice spring, striking out 10 of the 15 hitters he faced, allowing one hit and walking one.

Johan Camargo went 0-for-2, while competitor Austin Riley went 1-for-1 with two walks. Sean Kazmar had a pair of RBIs, while Shane Robinson and Jonathan Morales also knocked in runs. Riley Unroe homered in the seventh for his first shot of the spring.

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The Braves (8-11) were scheduled to host the Mets and Orioles in the next two days, but MLB’s decree has ended Grapefruit League play and will delay the start of the regular season by at least two weeks. Teams are still figuring out how they will proceed with workouts.