Dunedin, Fla. – J-Hey didn’t get a hit. Stop the presses.
Braves rookie sensation Jason Heyward went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Saturday in a 7-6 loss against Toronto on Saturday, snapping his nine-game hitting streak and also marking the first game all spring he didn’t reach base safely.
“Well, Mickey Mantle,Willie Mays and Hank Aaron did it,” manager Bobby Cox said.
Heyward’s average slipped from .400 to .387 in 13 games. The 20-year-old right fielder is 12-for-31 with four doubles, a homer and nine walks — tied for second in the majors before Saturday. He struck out only three times all spring before Saturday.
The left-handed slugger from McDonough struck out against Blue Jays lefty starter Marc Rzepzynski and right-hander Shawn Camp.
Matt Diaz, Joe Thurston, Omar Infante and Eric Hinske had two hits apiece for the Braves, who brought only Yunel Escobar among their regular infield. Catcher Brian McCann also stayed back at Braves camp for a morning workout and the rest of the day off…. Bullpen candidates Craig Kimbrel and Jo-Jo Reyes continued solid springs, with rookie Kimbrel running his scoreless innings total to five…. Manny Acosta allowed a run in the ninth to send the game to extra innings, and Jon Huber, an extra arm brought from minor league camp for the day, gave up three hits and two runs in the 10th inning.