Posted: 4:52 pm Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Freeman, Gattis homer in Braves’ split-squad wins 

By David O'Brien

 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – It’s only spring training and their Grapefruit League record will be forgotten once the Braves pack up and leave Florida. But given their rough start and recent pitching injuries, stringing together some wins and solid perfermances has been good for morale.

Freddie Freeman and Evan Gattis each homered to lead the Braves in a pair of split-squad wins Wednesday against the Nationals at Champion Stadium and the Marlins at Jupiter, Fla. The Braves have a four-game winning streak after winning just two of their first 14 games.

In the 3-2 win against the Nationals, Freeman’s two-run, two-out homer in the second inning off minor leaguer Chris Young gave the Braves a 2-1 lead, and starter Alex Wood allowed four hits, one walk and one unearned run in four innings, with two strikeouts. It was the first homer of the spring for Freeman, who is batting .414 (12-for-29) with only three strikeouts. Infield prospect Elmer Reyes had the game-ending RBI single.

In the 3-1 win at Jupiter, Gattis’ first homer of spring training came against right-hander Henderson Alvarez for a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. Former Nationals right-hander Yunesky Maya, a Braves non-roster invitee, pitched three scoreless innings of three-hit ball with no walks and no strikeouts.

Etc. The Braves will start Freddy Garcia against Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn on Thursday at Jupiter, and rookie David Hale against Rays right-hander Chris Archer on Friday at Champion Stadium.

 

8 comments
BradleyBreeze
BradleyBreeze

good to see Freeman and Heyward in midseason form and Danny Boy hitting.J Up and Gattis,Johnson and Simmons are coming around....................lets see..........oh yeah that leaves BJ as the guy who has not yet proven a thing to Brave's Fans and it looks like he is on the fast track to a seat on the bench!

Hesalive
Hesalive

Glad to see Evan is sending Gatt a grams into the bleachers, again. 

ChessMaster
ChessMaster

I am still hopeful Beachy is a major part of our rotation this year. The tightness while stretching out for the season is concerning but not a death sentence.

AlaskaBravesFan
AlaskaBravesFan

Turn those frowns upside down!  This team will be a winner.  Santana is an excellent addition, and when the 25-man roster is set and goes to work, we'll have something to cheer about.  Losing Medlen, and maybe Beachy is a horrible outcome, but not the end of the world for the team.  If we start the year with Teheran, Santana, Minor, Wood, and Garcia; I think we're in pretty good shape.  Also, we may have Gavin Floyd back relatively soon.  Many teams would love to have a pitching staff of that quality, and we even have guys like Hale seasoning in the background.


Go Braves!


ABF

reallygroovy
reallygroovy

so they should win game 1 then lose the next 5 in arrow ,. and the beat goes on , I will bet against Atlanta every day unless Julio Tehran pitches

reallygroovy
reallygroovy

this team once the bell rings and goes to Milwaukee , and Washington for the first week, things will become bleak until Julio pitches

GwinnettFred
GwinnettFred

Interesting - before the rash of injuries, the Braves couldn't buy a win in Florida. Ever since the staff all reported to Grady, they can't lose.

Maybe they got a little more focused. Probably not, but looking for that silver lining!

BraveFanSince66
BraveFanSince66

@reallygroovy  why don't you go spread your warmth and joy on the Hawks blog since you feel so negative about the Braves this year?