New York, New York: Braves lose split-squad games to Yankees, Mets

Atlanta’s Brian McCann had an RBI Friday against the Mets, but the Braves lost the split-squad spring training game on the same day they lost to the Yankees.

Atlanta’s Brian McCann had an RBI Friday against the Mets, but the Braves lost the split-squad spring training game on the same day they lost to the Yankees.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Freddie Gonzalez is waiting for the Braves to break out for a big inning.

They got the hits Friday, not the results.

Martin Prado had two doubles among his three hits and Jason Heyward had two hits for an Atlanta split squad in a 5-3 loss to the New York Mets on Friday.

Dan Uggla and Brian McCann each had an RBI for the Braves. Combined with its other split squad losing to the New York Yankees, Atlanta is 1-7 this spring.

“We’ve been getting on base,” Gonzalez said. “Now we just need to put a crooked number up. We keep putting those ones up, and we need to put up a two- or a three-spot. That’ll come. I’m not worried.”

The Braves did get a boost from Chipper Jones, who returned to the Braves’ lineup after missing the last five games with stiffness in his thighs. Jones called Gonzalez Thursday at 8:30 p.m. — after the manager had gone to bed — to inform him that he felt he was ready to play.

Jones went 0-for-2 with a walk but looked good defensively and reported no problems physically.

Braves starter Randall Delgado, competing for Atlanta’s last rotation spot, allowed two runs and three hits in three innings in his second start of the spring. In his first start, he gave up four runs in one inning.

“That’s a good sign when you can see a kid respond through a little bit of adversity,” Gonzalez said. “I thought he was good. Even though he got himself in some trouble there. He was missing down, and when you’re missing down that’s a good sign.”

New York right-hander Dillon Gee, who entered spring training in the Mets’ rotation after last year’s impressive rookie campaign, allowed two runs and five hits in three innings.

He threw mostly cutters while focusing on getting inside of left-handers, which the Braves have five of including switch-hitters.

“That was the main goal, work the cutter inside of lefties and get that location down,” said Gee, who allowed one run in two innings in his first spring start on March 5.

Gee felt like he wore down through 2011, so he’s hoping a full spring in the Mets’ rotation will be good for his body.

“I felt OK,” he said. “I think I’m still getting adjusted to sitting down and going back out, sitting down and going back out. It would take me a few throws to feel like I was loose again. But other than that I felt alright.”

Ronny Cedeno put the Mets up early with a two-run single, and Matt Den Dekker broke a 3-all tie with a two-run double in the eighth inning.

Yankees 3, Braves 0

TAMPA, Fla — Julio Teheran kept the ball in the ballpark, and the result was a much better outing.

Hoping to earn a spot in Atlanta’s rotation, Teheran allowed one run and three hits over three innings as a Braves split squad lost 3-0 to the New York Yankees on Friday.

The 21-year-old struck out three, including Robinson Cano, and walked one in his second spring training start.

“I think his poise is something that’s going to help him down the line,” said Braves coach Carlos Tosca, who managed the split squad. “I don’t see any panic in him. He’s aggressive. He kept going after them, and I thought he did a good job.”

Teheran gave up six home runs in two innings last Sunday when the Braves were beaten 18-3 by the Detroit Tigers.

“I just forget about that,” Teheran said. “Keep pitching, keep throwing and be ready for the season.”

Teheran’s parents from Colombia attended the game.

“I was excited because it was my dream when I was little to throw to the Yankees,” Teheran said.

Freddy Garcia gave up one hit over three innings for the Yankees. The right-hander had two strikeouts and one walk.

“That’s vintage Freddy,” New York manager Joe Girardi said. “Changed speeds, changed location. Used his split. Pretty much that’s Freddy.”

Garcia is competing for a rotation spot behind opening day starter CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda.

“He’s not afraid of adversity or any situation,” Yankees catcher Russell Martin said. “He goes out there. He gives his best effort. That’s what you’re expect from Freddy. He’s going to bring his ‘A’ game every time he’s out there.”

Nick Swisher had an opposite-field RBI double to deep left off Teheran during the first.

Teheran, who recorded two outs on long fly balls, kept the Yankees scoreless in the second after giving up a leadoff double to Martin. He walked Curtis Granderson in the third.


coachjohnson42 3 years, 1 month ago

I tried to tell you guys.....but.....ummm.......


VSU 3 years, 1 month ago

Why am I not surprised to see 1 comment and know it would be coach? Once again Coach it's only spring training. Why don't you try out for the team and show them how to do it. I bet you get cut the first day.


The_Dude 3 years, 1 month ago

Every time they're good in the preseason, they lose in the regular season. This is good news.


coachjohnson42 3 years, 1 month ago

Because, I am just that kinda dude......


Somebody 3 years, 1 month ago

Well it's better to get their losses out of the way now than lose during the regular season.


bubbasmithredneck 3 years, 1 month ago

they need to trade Chipper before he needs a wheelchair at the plate......


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