KISSIMMEE, Fla. – For the Braves, Monday’s 10-5 win against the Astros was like a salve after a rough opening weekend.
Dan Uggla had a home run and a double and third-base prospect Joe Terdoslavich had a pair of doubles for the Braves had seven more runs and six times as many extra-base hits as they had in their first two games combined — a pair of losses against Detroit over the weekend.
Shortstop prospect Andrelton Simmons and center fielder Michael Bourn added RBI triples and catching prospect Christian Bethancourt had two sacrifice flies and a strong throw to cut down a base-stealer and snuff out an Astros rally in the sixth.
“Good offense all up and down the lineup,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Lot of exciting stuff. I haven’t seen a guy throw out a runner like [Bethancourt did] that since Charles Johnson back in his heyday [with the Marlins] when he’d just shut the running game down. That was nice to see.”
The switch-hitting Terdoslavich had a double from each side and drew a bases-loaded walk, after going 2-for-2 off the bench Sunday against the Tigers. He filled in Monday for Chipper Jones, who was scratched from the trip with a sore leg.
“I call him J.T.,” Gonzalez said of Terdoslavich, whose name is pronounced Ter-DOSS-lavich. “Couple of doubles switch-hitting, made a nice play, he’s been nice to see. He really hasn’t played much third base. He played first base most of the time last year.”
McCann went 2-for-3 with a walk, and Jason Heyward had a two-run, two-out single in the opening inning to give the Braves their first lead in three spring games.
Freeman, Chipper updates
Gonzalez said Jones’ situation was not serious and that they just wanted to make sure to bring the soon-to-be-40-year-old third baseman along slowly at the beginning of camp. Gonzalez said catcher Brian McCann would also DH some early in camp to ease the workload and prevent him from getting banged up….
First baseman Freddie Freeman is scheduled to start and get two at-bats Tuesday against Washington, one week after partially dislocating his right kneecap. He hit a tape-measure homer that broke the window of a car parked beyond the right-field fence during a workout Monday back at Champion Stadium….
The Braves will start Kris Medlen against newest Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez, and planned Atlanta relievers include the “O’Ventbrel” trio of Eric O’Flaherty, Jonny Venters and closer Craig Kimbrel in their spring debuts.
Bourn triples over Schafer’s head
Bourn stopped by the Astros clubhouse to say hello to old friends Monday, but there were few there. Many of his old Houston teammates are gone, some traded away like he was last July
“It’s totally different now, lot of different people,” the Braves center fielder said. “But there’s still some that I know, though. I went and said what’s up to the people I know that were over here when I was.”
Then he helped beat them.
Bourn had a standup RBI triple in the fourth inning. The three-time National League stolen base leader sped to third when his hit sailed over former Braves center fielder Jordan Schafer, who was traded to Houston in the July 31 deadline-day deal for Bourn.
It was the first time Bourn and Schafer faced their former teams since the trade. Bourn was 1-for-4 and Schafer went 1-for-3 with an infield single.