Everyone already knew the Detroit Tigers had power throughout their lineup, but no one envisioned them cranking nine home runs, including seven against Atlanta Braves prospects Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado on Sunday.
Teheran entered in the second inning and allowed six home runs in the first inning alone, topping the five he gave up in Triple-A all of last season. It would have been a Braves record, had his outing been in the regular season. Dave O'Brien also cites an even more abysmal record for Teheran's outing in the 18-3 loss.
"In major league history, according to ESPN Stats and Info, no pitcher in a regular-season game has allowed six homers while recording six outs, nor has any pitcher had a six-hit, six-homer line in a regular season game."
Though the Tigers took advantage of a strong wind blowing out to right field on a couple of the homers, Prince Fielder launched one that hit the light tower in right. Austin Jackson and Delmon Young hit two line drive home runs into the wind to left field.
Alex Avila also hit his own bomb off Delgado with a full count. Delgado was scheduled to pitch the first two innings, but threw so much in the first inning that Teheran had to come in early.
Obviously, an outing like that will rattle any pitcher, but Fredi Gonalez is not concern with Teheran getting into a funk in his battle for the fifth spot in the starting rotation with Delgado and Mike Minor.
“He’ll throw a side between here and his next start, and I’m sure Roger (McDowell) will talk to him,” Gonzalez said. “But these kids are pretty solid kids. They’ll be fine… That’s what you want to see, how they react the next time out, but there’s no doubt in my mind that they’ll be fine. It’s a tough day to pitch, windy, couldn’t feel the ball, that type of thing. Just go on to the next start.”
The Braves finally got their first runs of Spring Training when Ernesto Mejia hit a triple to deep center field off Tyler Stohr in the fifth inning, scoring Stefan Gartrell scored from first.
Max Scherzer started for Detroit and worked two scoreless innings in his Spring debut.
The Braves will play the Houston Astros in Kissimmee Monday at 1:05. Jair Jurrjens will make his Spring debut for the Braves.
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