Spring Training: Braves fall to Cardinals, 6-2 (2015)

The Atlanta Braves staged a late rally, but came up short against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 6-2 loss on Wednesday afternoon.

At the plate: Atlanta was unable to get much done against Marco Gonzales (1-0) over the first four innings. The lefty starter tossed four innings of one-hit ball, with Freddie Freeman’s double serving as the only blemish. Three St. Louis relievers followed with scoreless innings before Atlanta finally dented the scoreboard. Joey Terdoslavich continued his solid spring with an RBI-single to plate Eric Young Jr. in the bottom of the eighth. Atlanta finished with just six hits on the day. Jace Peterson (1-for-3) and Jesus Flores (2-for-2) provided the other hits. Young started in center field again and went 1-for-4 with an RBI-double,  a walk and a run scored. The Braves made some noise in the bottom of ninth, using a mixture of hits, walks and an untimely error to plate a run and bring the tying run to the plate with two outs. Terdoslavich then grounded out with the bases loaded on the first offering from new pitcher Dean Kiekhefer to end the game.

On the mound: Alex Wood (0-1) ran into a little third inning trouble. An error on third baseman Chris Johnson gave the Cardinals a lead-off runner. Wood then issued consecutive walks, which were followed by a sac-fly from Matt Adams and an RBI-single from Yadier Molina. That signaled the end of the day for Wood, who went 2-2/3 innings, allowing those two unearned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out one. Aaron Kurcz came on to end the third inning with a strikeout. Jason Grilli and Luis Avilan provided scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth respectively, but Jim Johnson ran into trouble in the sixth. A two-out error by Chris Johnson helped fuel a three run inning against the big right-hander. Only one of three runs was earned.  After a perfect frame from Brady Feigl, St. Louis added an eighth inning run off Donnie Veal. Righty Justin Jackson tossed a scoreless ninth. On the day, four of the Cardinals runs were of the unearned variety.

Of note: Freddie Freeman is batting .429 with five extra-base hits in 14 at-bats this spring… Chris Johnson finished his day 0-for-3 with a strikeout and two errors. He had been out since March 5 with a sore left wrist… Shortstop Andrelton Simmons is slated to make his spring debut against the New York Yankees on Thursday night according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He had been held out of action with a strained oblique suffered late last month… Former Braves outfielder Jason Heyward did not make the trip to Champion Stadium with the Cardinals to face his former club on Wednesday… The Braves also announced they have signed right-hander Peter Moylan to a two-year minor league deal. It includes an invitation to spring training in 2016.  Moylan, 36, will continue to rehab from Tommy John surgery at the minor league complex before joining Rookie-level Danville as a player/coach later this summer.

Up Next: Braves @ Yankees — Thursday, March 12, at 7:05 PM

RHP Shelby Miller vs. RHP Masahiro Tanaka

 

Grant McAuley covers the Braves for Sports Radio 92-9 The Game. Follow Grant on Twitter.

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