Georgia ace righthander Robert Tyler (Aaron Fitt)

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Prospect Report: Robert Tyler vs. Zack Brown

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ATHENS, Ga. — Over the first month of the season, Georgia has excelled at finding ways to grind out ugly wins when it didn’t play its best. On Friday, ace Robert Tyler was far from his best, but he still found a way to keep Kentucky at bay for five innings, giving his team a chance to pull out a 5-2 victory — Georgia’s sixth straight win. The Bulldogs improved 14-5 on the season and 1-0 in the SEC.

There were multiple major league scouting directors on hand for the showdown between Tyler and fellow hard-throwing junior righthander Zack Brown, who has gotten off to a rocky start to the season for Kentucky. You can make the case that Brown turned in the more impressive performance Friday, even though he took the loss and was charged with five runs, while Tyler showed poor control and still earned the win — but the win is what mattered for Georgia.

“It’s just one of those things, maybe gripping it too hard, maybe trying a bit too hard, it’s Friday night in the SEC. Who knows?” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said of Tyler’s control issues. “But you know what? End of the day, he was smiling, he got a win. Ugly wins are still wins, he found a way to persevere and get through it.”


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