Braves squads drop pair


KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Fredi 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.

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

“We’ve been getting on base,” the Braves manager 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 past five games with stiffness in his thighs.

Jones went 0 for 2 with a walk 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.



In 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 to New York.

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 homers in two innings last Sunday when the Braves were defeated 18-3 by the Detroit Tigers.

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