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Randall Delgado, Julio Teheran Look Better; Atlanta Braves Drop Pair of Split-Squad Games

March 9th, 2012 at 8:40 PM
By Cody Fields

Atlanta Braves prospects Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado were rocked in their Spring Training debut on Sunday, but the two performed much better in their respective split-squad games on Friday.

Both pitchers are attempting to lockdown a spot in the starting rotation until Tim Hudson returns from offseason back surgery, but they also both had abysmal outings Sunday against the Detroit Tigers.

Teheran, just five days removed from giving up six home runs in two innings to the Tigers, gave up three hits and one earned run in three innings to the New York Yankees in Tampa. He took the loss in the 3-0 final as the Braves only mustered five hits.

Delgado allowed three runs on three hits (two earned) in three innings of a 5-3 loss to the New York Mets in a split-squad game on Friday. Delgado, who allowed four runs in one inning against the Tigers, struck out two and walked one.

Delgado gave up all of his runs in the second inning. It started when he walked a batter, made a fielding error, and then gave up an RBI single to Mike Baxter and a two-run single to Johnny Cedeno.

“It was the same thing I did in the first game,” Delgado said of his second-inning woes. “I got behind in the count, one ball, two balls, and I had to come back right in the middle [of the plate]. That’s why sometimes I get hit. In the third [inning] I did what I did in the first inning.”

Delgado told ajc.com that he left the bad outing behind after his next bullpen session and felt fine mentally Friday. He concentrated on slowing down and not rushing his pitches. Fredi Gonzalez also believed he and Teheran would bounce back just fine after their initial outings.

“When he and Teheran came off those starts in Lakeland and everybody was all worried about their confidence and what’s going to happen, I wasn’t,” Gonzalez said. “Those kids are pretty tough kids. You still have to wait for them to come out and prove that. To me, that’s a good sign to see a kid respond to a little bit of adversity.”

 

On what has become a rare Braves offensive positive note this month, Martin Prado went 3-for-4 with two ground rule doubles, and Jason Heyward went 2-for-3, including a double.

Jonny Venters struck out the side in order in the sixth inning, with all three batters going down swinging. No Met made contact in the inning.

Jair Jurrjens is scheduled to pitch for the Braves when they meet the Yankees again on Saturday at 1:05 p.m.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Jason Heyward, Jonny Venters, Julio Teheran, Martin Prado, MLB, Randall Delgado

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