Delgado working out kinks in Braves loss

March 9, 2012

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Freddie Gonzalez is waiting
for the Braves to break out for a big inning.

They
got the hits Friday, not the results.

Martin Prado
had two doubles among his three hits and Jason Heyward had two hits for
an Atlanta split squad in a 5-3 loss to the New York Mets on
Friday.

Dan Uggla and Brian McCann each had an RBI
for the Braves. Combined with their other split squad losing to the New
York Yankees, Atlanta is 1-7 this spring.

"We've been
getting on base," the Braves manager said. "Now we just need to put a
crooked number up. We keep putting those ones up and we need to put up a
two- or a three-spot. That'll come. I'm not
worried."

The Braves did get a boost from Chipper
Jones, who returned to the Braves' lineup after missing the last five
games with stiffness in his thighs. Jones called Gonzalez Thursday night
at 8:30 p.m. -- after the manager had gone to bed -- to inform him that
he felt he was ready to play.

Jones went 0 for 2
with a walk but looked good defensively and reported no problems
physically.

Braves starter Randall Delgado, competing
for Atlanta's last rotation spot, allowed two runs and three hits in
three innings in his second start of the spring. In his first start, he
gave up four runs in one inning.

"That's a good sign
when you can see a kid respond through a little bit of adversity,"
Gonzalez said. "I thought he was good. Even though he got himself in
some trouble there. He was missing down, and when you're missing down
that's a good sign."

New York right-hander Dillon
Gee, who entered spring training in the Mets' rotation after last year's
impressive rookie campaign, allowed two runs and five hits in three
innings.

He threw mostly cutters while focusing on
getting inside of left-handers, which the Braves have five of including
switch-hitters.

"That was the main goal, work the
cutter inside of lefties and get that location down," said Gee, who
allowed one run in two innings in his first spring start on March
5.

Gee felt like he wore down through 2011, so he's
hoping a full spring in the Mets' rotation will be good for his
body.

"I felt OK," he said. "I think I'm still
getting adjusted to sitting down and going back out, sitting down and
going back out. It would take m a few throws to feel like I was loose
again. But other than that I felt alright."

Ronny
Cedeno put the Mets up early with a two-run single, and Matt Den Dekker
broke a 3-all tie with a two-run double in the eighth
inning.

NOTES: Atlanta closer
Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless, hitless seventh inning. . Friday was
the first of five meetings between the Braves and Mets this spring. .
The Mets have a 3.05 ERA so far this spring.

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