The Atlanta Braves continued their spring woes on Thursday afternoon, falling 6-4 to the Philadelphia Phillies to move their spring record to 2-11-1. Jair Jurrjens, the likely Opening Day starter for the Braves, gave up four earned runs on nine hits in four innings of work. He walked one and struck out three.
Despite the numbers being less than stellar, Jurrjens was pleased with the results.
“I felt good,” Jurrjens said. “They just got some cheap hits in, nothing you can do about it. I felt good, I threw more strikes. I’m happy with my control. I just wish they hit some balls to the fielders."
Manager Fredi Gonzalez was encouraged by Jurrjens' performance as well as his ability to pitch several innings without any knee issues.
“For him to go four innings and cover first base one time and his delivery didn’t break down or anything, that’s a good sign,” Gonzalez said. “He left some sliders up over the plate, but that’s spring training. That’s his third time out there so that for me wasn’t that big of an issue. The bigger deal was for him to be able to hold his delivery and he did that. So we go on to his next start.”
As for the offense, Dan Uggla continued his hot hitting, belting a solo home run for his third homer of the spring. Matt Diaz also added a homer off of Joe Blanton.
“The last few years I think I’ve been going about it too passively [in spring training], trying to see pitches instead of getting my timing,” Uggla said. “You can track as many pitches as you want, but until you swing and you’re making contact it’s really tough to get that timing. My 12th year [of pro ball], I finally figured out how to get a better approach in March. It’s weird.”
Craig Kimbrel and Anthony Varvaro each threw a scoreless inning out of the bullpen, with the latter striking out the side in his frame.
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