Spring Training: Braves beat Mets, 3-2 (2015)
For the second time in as many days, some good pitching and a timely home run sent the Braves to victory. This time it was Freddie Freeman, who continued his career-long trend of terrorizing the Mets. He belted a three-run homer that gave Atlanta a 3-2 win over New York.
At the plate: Freeman provided all the Atlanta offense with a three-run shot off Bartolo Colon (0-1) in the bottom of the third inning. He has two homers and six RBI in five games this spring. Speedster Mallex Smith started in center field for the Braves and enjoyed a three-hit day with a run scored and a stolen base. Phil Gosselin and Alberto Callaspo were each 1-for-3. With Nick Markakis just over a week away from debuting, Eury Perez got the call in right field and went 1-for-2 with a walk. He’s now batting .308 on the spring.
On the mound: Julio Teheran (1-0) was dinged for an unearned run in the first inning thanks to a fielding error on Smith. Otherwise, Teheran’s second start of the spring was a good one. He worked three innings, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out four. Eric Stults was first out of the pen for Atlanta, likewise tossing three innings of one-run ball. Closer Craig Kimbrel made his Grapefruit League debut in the seventh inning. He worked around a leadoff single and a walk to toss a scoreless frame. Jose Veras pitched the eighth and Arodys Vizcaino closed it out for his first save of the spring.
Of note: Atlanta got some good news regarding pitcher Mike Minor, who visited Dr. James Andrews on Monday. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Andrews found no structural damage in Minor’s left shoulder. The lefty received an anti-inflammatory injection and will be shut down for two weeks. O’Brien added that Braves President of Baseball Operations John Hart said Minor will begin the season on the disabled list… Atlanta hosts St. Louis on Wednesday, likely getting their first look at Jason Heyward in a Cardinals uniform… Third baseman Chris Johnson is expected back in the Braves lineup against the Cards after missing four games with a sore left wrist according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Up Next: Braves vs. Cardinals — Wednesday, March 11, at 1:05 PM
LHP Alex Wood vs. LHP Marco Gonzales
Grant McAuley covers the Braves for Sports Radio 92-9 The Game. Follow Grant on Twitter.