The Atlanta Braves lost yet another spring training game, but they were able to take away several positives from the game. Sean Gilmartin was strong in his first start of the spring, and the Braves offense finally showed signs of life.
Gilmartin, the Braves' 2011 first-round pick out of Florida State University, pitched two scoreless innings as the Braves fell 9-5 to the Toronto Blue Jays in a split-squad game. Gilmartin recorded three strikeouts and allowed two hits and one walk. While it was Gilmartin's first start of the spring, it wasn't his first appearance. The left-hander had previously pitched an inning of relief.
Gilmartin will likely begin the season in High-A Lynchburg, and the 21-year-old projects as a middle-to-back of the rotation starter.
Although the Blue Jays won the game and scored nine runs in the process, they scored their runs off of pitchers that likely won't make the Opening Day roster. Todd Redmond, Jaye Chapman, and Jairo Asencio were charged with the runs.
The Braves finally put a crooked number on the scoreboard and showed some life, albeit once the game was already decided. Eric Hinske hit a home run, and minor leaguers Christian Bethancourt and Evan Gattis had good games. Bethancourt went 3-for-3 and Gattis, the 25-year-old feel-good story of the spring, hit a two-run double.
Some of the Braves line-up regulars continued to struggle, however. Jason Heyward lowered his batting average to .190 with an 0-for-4 showing. Brian McCann went 0-for-3 to lower his batting average to .176. Finally, Tyler Pastornicky actually raised his average to .115 with a 1-for-4 outing.
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