Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – The emphasize of the working day for the Tigers, in this if not forgettable 8-2 Grapefruit League loss to the Braves Wednesday, was JaCoby Jones’ fourth-inning at-bat.

He walked to the plate with two hits in 17 at-bats this spring. He had popped out leading off the game on a initial-pitch breaking ball about 6 inches off the plate. In his next at-bat, as he has commonly this spring, he fell into a rapidly two-strike hole.

“Just hoping to operate on somethings,” said Jones. “Trying to see some pitches. That is what Mac (hitting coach Lloyd McClendon) told me this spring – just see some pitches. Really don’t go up there hacking at the initial pitch like I did in my initial at-bat.

BOX Score: Braves 8, Tigers 2

“He told me to see some pitches, get in a rhythm, get locked in and battle.”

That is exactly what he did right after slipping powering -2 in the fourth.

“I just experimented with to be athletic and get a very good pitch to hit,” he said.

He took laid off a darting slider absent, a pitch that has vexed him, fouled off two other pitches, labored the depend to 2-2 and then lashed a line travel property run off the scoreboard in remaining-middle field.

“I knew we had a prolonged inning the inning prior to so I necessary to choose some pitches,” Jones said. “Took a heater right down the center and an additional 1 up and in that was called a strike. Oh-two, yet again. But I told myself, ‘Just be athletic and attempt to find your way on base.’

“I fouled off a few of very good pitches and then I obtained 1 center-in. I just sort of reacted to it.”

Jones has some of the quickest arms on the group, and when he syncs all the things up, like he did on that 2-2 pitch, the ball shoots off his bat.

“I’m beginning to get a lot much more confident with two strikes, understanding I can nevertheless set a very good swing on it right after that,” he said. “The success have not been there, but I know, even if it’s -2, 1-2, what ever, they nevertheless have to toss it throughout the plate.

“Just rely on my arms.”

Jones, who is likely to be the Tigers’ day to day middle fielder for as prolonged as he contributes offensively, singled up the center in the fifth, yet again right after laying off a breaking ball in the dirt.

“A lot of men and women say in spring instruction you really don’t treatment about the success,” Jones said. “But it presents you a lot much more assurance when you are operating down to initial base and the ball doesn’t get caught.”

Jones singled in the fifth inning.

Ross sees silver lining

It is usually a very good sign for a pitcher when he desires to go to the bullpen to finish his outing in a spring instruction game. It generally suggests he labored by his innings swiftly.

That was not the circumstance for Tigers right-hander Tyson Ross Wednesday. He threw 53 pitches in his 3 innings, and however the stat line was fairly grotesque – four operates, 6 hits, 1 stroll, two hit batters – he called it a move ahead.

“These figures will be erased in 3 weeks,” he said. “I am just hoping to operate on matters 1 move at a time. Today was to get my tempo right, toss some competitive pitches by the strike zone. That was my purpose and I was able to do that.”

In his earlier start out, he walked 3 batters in 1 inning and gave up 3 operates. He labored with pitching coach Rick Anderson on finding up his pace and maintaining his motion in a straight line toward the plate.

“I’m a tall guy and just with that rhythm and tempo currently being off like I was last outing, you can see I occur around the ball and I have a lot of motion on pitches, and they aren’t competitive pitches out of my hand.

“So for me, I want to get that motion by the strike zone and produce weak make contact with.”

Ross said he would choose again just 1 pitch from his outing.

“The 1 that landed about the fence,” he said of the grand slam property run that Braves All-Star Freddie Freeman knocked off the batter’s eye in dead middle field.

“I felt better than I did last outing,” he said. “Between begins I labored with Rick on my tempo and I assumed I had a lot better misses. They were around the strike zone the place the last outing when I walked 3 in 1 inning, I was all about the spot.

“I felt better currently.”

Even now, he went again to the bullpen right after the outing and threw an additional 10-15 pitches, just to finish out the working day. 

Match bits

Drew VerHagen has been just about unhittable due to the fact the conclusion of last period, but he had an outing he will before long flush down the bathroom here Wednesday. He only obtained two outs, permitting four operates on two hits with 3 walks and a wild pitch.

… Left-hander Daniel Stumpf, who was slow finding commenced this spring simply because of shoulder tightness, had an additional sturdy outing, finding four outs. The only base runner achieved on a stroll, however it appeared like Stumpf threw strike 3 on the 2-2 pitch.

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