Spring Training: Braves fall to Blue Jays, 10-5 (2015)
The Toronto Blue Jays jumped on Julio Teheran early in a 10-5 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
At the plate: The Atlanta offense collected 11 hits on the day, with most of the run scoring coming in the middle innings. Freddie Freeman is putting together a nice spring. He singled and walked in three trips. A.J. Pierzynski went 2-for-4 as the designated hitter and was robbed of a third hit and an RBI on a diving play in shallow right center by Jays second baseman Ramon Santiago in the bottom of the first. Joey Terdoslavich continues to pile up extra-base hits. He’s got five already, including a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh. Terdoslavich is batting .320 in 25 at-bats. Todd Cunningham and Pedro Ciriaco both turned in two-hit games, while Alberto Callaspo and Jonny Gomes each went 1-for-4.
On the mound: Julio Teheran had a rough day at the office. Jose Reyes doubled to open the game, advanced to third on a ground-out and then scored on Jose Bautista’s RBI-single. Teheran breezed through the second, but ran into more trouble in the third inning as Toronto hung a four-spot on the board. The Jays struck for three more in the fourth, highlighted by Bautista’s two-run homer off Ryne Harper. Teheran’s final line: 3.1 IP, 9H, 7R, 6ER, 1BB, 2K.
Eric Stults worked four innings, allowing two runs – one earned – on five hits and a walk, with one strikeout. The Blue Jays scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings off the veteran lefty, who certainly did not hurt his case for a spot in the rotation given the recent struggles of some other candidates. Jason Grilli worked a perfect ninth and struck out one batter.
What they said: Quotes from the Braves’ loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez on Julio Teheran’s performance: “He’s not sharp yet. The breaking ball was kind of a little [off]. He got himself in some hitter’s counts, and those guys swing the bats pretty well. Overall he got all his pitches, his allotment of pitches, and we’ll get on to his next start and keep building on it.”
Starter Julio Teheran on his rough outing: “It wasn’t my best location. I wasn’t throwing the first pitch for a strike. That’s the most important thing as a pitcher and I wasn’t commanding it very well. I tried to battle and make pitches.”
Of note: Todd Cunningham had two hits, including an RBI-double, and gunned out a runner at the plate to end the Toronto third inning. Fredi Gonzalez said he’s impressed with both Cunningham and Joey Terdoslavich and plans to give them plenty of opportunities to earn a spot on the club… Former Braves outfielder Dwight Smith’s son, Dwight Jr., checked into the game for Toronto in the seventh inning and struck out against Grilli in the ninth.
Up Next: Braves @ Astros — Monday, March 16, at 1:05 PM
LHP Alex Wood vs. RHP Dallas Keuchel
Grant McAuley covers the Braves for Sports Radio 92-9 The Game. Follow Grant on Twitter.