Heyward helps Braves beat Astros
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Jair
Jurrjens might have been the best pitcher in the National League in the
first half of last season.
Eight months later, the
Atlanta Braves right-hander was happy to get through his first spring
training appearance without any pain in his right
“I was trying to get the feel of pushing off
and not feeling anything, and I think I succeeded in pushing off with no
pain,” Jurrjens said after pitching two innings in a 10-5 victory over
the Houston Astros on Monday.
Jurrjens threw 47
pitches and was charged with two runs and three hits. The right-hander
struck out none and walked one.
“I think at times I
tried to do too much and I left some balls up,” he said. “But I think if
we see the whole picture, I made some quality pitches and I got some
soft fly balls. I went to (the slider) too much against lefties and put
myself in the hitters’ count too much. But that’s what spring training
is for, to see what you can use in the season.”
Uggla homered and Jason Heyward had a two-run single for Atlanta, which
scored six times in the last three innings. Uggla and Brian McCann each
went 2 for 3.
Houston starter Jordan Lyles gave up
two runs and four hits in two innings. Jed Lowrie, Matt Downs and J.B.
Shuck each had two of the Astros’ 11 hits.
was 12-3 with a 1.87 ERA in his first 16 starts last year, but finished
with a 13-6 record. He made his last appearance on Aug. 30, no small
factor in the collapse of the Braves.
“Right now I’m
just trying to get the strength in my legs back, and see if I feel
anything, too. So far, so good, and I’ll just keep working on it,”
“My leg is responding really well to
everything, and that’s the only thing you can ask
The 21-year-old Lyles also had mediocre
“It’s to be expected the first time out
facing live hitters,” he said. “I made a couple pitches to get ground
balls, but they found holes. Hats off to them, but it really came down
to me falling behind guys and throwing too many pitches in that first
NOTES: LHP Zach Duke, a
non-roster invitee competing with Lyles for a spot in the rotation,
worked three innings in his spring debut. He allowed one run and three
hits. … Uggla’s first spring homer came off Xavier Cedeno, who struck
out the other three Braves he faced. … Carlos Lee is expected to play
first base for the Astros on Tuesday after missing the first three games
with a strained right hamstring.