In the grand scheme of things, one bad week of Spring Training games really won't matter to the Braves. They have a team with veteran players that have proven their abilities time and again in the regular season. That being said, can we start to win some freaking games already?
After dropping both of their split-squad games on Friday afternoon against the Mets and Yankees, Atlanta is now 1-7 for Spring Training. Hardly the results you want after blowing a seven-game lead in two and a half weeks last season.
Julio Teheran looked much better against a tough Yankees lineup and worked three innings, allowing just one run. The 21-year-old righty struck out three batters and surrendered just three hits and a walk. Cristhian Martinez worked two innings and allowed a run on two hits and a walk, and Adam Russell allowed a run of his own despite striking out two in his inning of work.
Brandon Hicks had the lone extra-base hit against the Yankees and the team failed to score any runs, losing 3-0.
Randall Delgado made the start against the Mets and continued to struggle, giving up three runs in three innings on three hits and a walk. He struck out two. Anthony Varvaro worked a perfect 1-2-3 inning, as did Jonny Venters, who struck out all three batters he faced. Craig Kimbrel and Eric O'Flaherty got some work in and both worked a scoreless inning despite allowing multiple base runners.
Offensively, Martin Prado had a strong day with two ground-rule doubles, and Jason Heyward got in on the action with a double of his own. Dan Uggla drove in a run with an RBI-single to improve his batting average to .364 this spring. Chipper Jones played for the first time in a week with a sore knee.
Next up for the Braves: another matchup with the Yankees on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.