Spring training continues for the Atlanta Braves (5-6) and yesterday they played the New York Mets (2-5) in Port St. Lucie! The Braves have struggled in Spring Training, but today it was the new faces of the team that lifted them over the Mets, 4-2!
Justin Upton and Chris Johnson, both teammates last season for the Arizona Diamondbacks, powered up two runs, one solo home run each. Upton’s home run put the Braves up early in the game. Johnson would go three-for-three today including his seventh-inning home run.
However, Tim Hudson struggled on the mound. He often gave up hits to the first few batters in each inning and put himself in tough situations. He did turn things around and would pitch out of those jams. He allowed six hits and one run in his four full inning outing Monday.
“I just wouldn’t be happy with it at all if it was June. That’s what spring training’s for, I guess,” Hudson said.
Hudson was rather impressed with prospect Christian Bethancourt behind the plate as catcher for the Braves today.
The Mets on the other hand were impressed with Marlon Byrd. Byrd drove in the Mets’ only two runs scored against the Braves.
Final Score: Atlanta Braves 4 – New York Mets 2
W: Carpenter (1-0, 12.27) | L: Gorski (0-2, 9.00) | SV: Wood (1)