Former Gwinnett Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt exploded for three hits, including two doubles, with two runs scored and two driven in Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla.
And he did all that in the first five innings.
Bethancourt finished 3-for-4 to help lead the Atlanta Braves’ offense to its most prolific performance of Spring Training. The Braves pounded out 13 hits and defeated Boston 11-3.
Potential 2015 G-Braves Jace Peterson, Kelly Johnson and Joey Terdoslavich also doubled and scored a combined four runs with three RBI. Peterson also stole his first base of the spring with a swipe of second in the fifth inning. He advanced to third as the throw from Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart went into center field and scored on a base hit to left field by Bethancourt.
Possible G-Braves position players’ stats from Tuesday:
Peterson (2B), 1-for-3, 2B, 2 R, BB, 2 K, SB.
Johnson (1B-3B), 1-for-3, 2B, R, RBI, K.
Terdoslavich (LF-1B), 1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, K.
Todd Cunningham (RF), 1-for-3, R, K.
Pedro Ciriaco (2B-3B), 1-for-1, RBI.
Jose Constanza (LF), 0-for-2, K.
Braeden Schlehuber (C), 0-for-1.
Joe Benson (CF), 0-for-1.
John Buck (DH, pinch hit), 0-for-1.
Phil Gosselin (SS), 0-for-0, BB, fielding error in the eighth inning.
Meanwhile, a trio of pitchers who could appear for the G-Braves this season were part of the relief corps that finished the game after starter Shelby Miller (W, 1-1) held the Red Sox scoreless through four innings.
RHP Brandon Cunniff, 1.0 IP, 3 H, ER.
RHP Juan Jaime (H, 2), 1.0 IP, BB, K.
RHP Sugar Ray Marimon, 1.0 IP, H, ER, BB.
Atlanta will return to their home Spring Training facilities to play the New York Yankees at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Possible 2015 Gwinnett Braves catcher John Buck and outfielder Eury Perez provided all of the offense Monday for the Atlanta Braves in a game against the Houston Astros that ended in a 2-2 tie in Kissimmee, Fla. The two teams also played to a 2-2 tie March 8 in Kissimmee.
Buck, a non-roster invitee the Braves (4-9-2) signed to a minor league contract in the offseason, smashed his first home run of Spring Training to lead off the inning and cut Houston’s lead to 2-1.
Perez followed with a double to right field, and the center fielder scored the tying run later in the inning on a single by first baseman Freddie Freeman. Perez also led off the fifth with a double, although he was thrown out trying to steal third base, and started the seventh with a walk. Buck finished the game 1-for-3 with a strikeout.
Other potential G-Braves position players’ stats from Monday:
Jace Peterson (2B), 0-for-4, 2 K.
Kelly Johnson (3B), 0-for-1, BB.
Phil Gosselin (SS), 0-for-1.
Joey Terdoslavich (1B), 0-for-1.
Jesus Flores (C), 0-for-1.
Left fielder Todd Cunningham and second baseman Pedro Ciriaco both entered the game as defensive replacements in the seventh inning but did not receive an at-bat.
A parade of five potential G-Braves relievers pitched the final five innings without giving up a run. Each threw exactly one frame, and four of the five did not allow more than one batter to reach base.
RHP Jose Veras, 1.0 IP, BB, WP.
LHP Donnie Veal, 1.0 IP, BB, K.
RHP Michael Kohn, 1.0 IP, H, BB, K.
RHP Arodys Vizcaino, 1.0 IP, H, K.
RHP Aaron Kurcz, 1.0 IP, H, K.
At the midway point of the Braves’ Grapefruit League schedule, Ciriaco, Peterson and Terdoslavich are tied with Freeman for the team lead in hits with eight. Peterson’s .421 batting average (8-for-19) is also the second-highest on the team among players with a minimum of 10 at-bats, behind only catcher A.J. Pierzynski’s .467 mark (7-for-15).
On the pitching side, right-handers Cody Martin and Sugar Ray Marimon are the only Braves’ hurlers with at least four innings pitched who have yet to allow a run. Fellow righties Kohn (3.1 IP) and Brandon Cunniff (3.0 IP) are also pitchers who could be slated to spend time in Gwinnett and have not given up a run.
The Braves will play their second straight away game when they face the Boston Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Several players who could patrol the diamond at Coolray Field for the Gwinnett Braves in 2015 finished the weekend with standout performances at the plate, as the Atlanta Braves split a pair of games against the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros. They also made their two largest rounds of roster cuts.
The Braves chopped their Spring Training roster by 13 players with cuts made Saturday and Monday.
Top prospect Jose Peraza headlined the six players cut Monday. Atlanta optioned him to Gwinnett and sent right-handed pitcher Tyrell Jenkins to Double-A Mississippi. Right-hander Mauricio Cabrera and left-hander Yean Carlos Gil were optioned to Advanced-A Carolina. Left-handed pitcher Brady Feigl and catcher Jose Yepez were reassigned to Minor League camp.
The Braves reassigned seven players Saturday, including right-handed pitcher Jason Hursh, catchers Matt Kennelly and Chris O’Dowd, infielders Daniel Castro and Rio Ruiz, and outfielders Cedric Hunter and Mallex Smith.
Potential G-Brave returnee Joey Terdoslavich, winner of the 2014 G-Braves’ “Fan Favorite Player” award, belted his first home run of the spring with a three-run shot in the seventh inning Sunday against the Blue Jays in a 10-5 loss at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He drove in possible G-Braves infielders Pedro Ciriaco and Peraza after Ciriaco led off the frame with a single and Peraza entered as a pinch runner for infielder Alberto Callaspo.
Terdoslavich struck out in his only other at-bat in the ninth inning. Ciriaco finished the game 2-for-5 with a strikeout, and Peraza grounded out to first base in the ninth inning for his only at-bat of the game. Center fielder Todd Cunningham went 2-for-4 with a run-scoring double in the sixth inning and threw out a runner at home plate to end the third.
Other potential G-Braves position players’ Sunday stats vs. Toronto:
Braeden Schlehuber (C), 0-for-3.
Jesus Flores (C, pinch hit), 0-for-1.
John Buck (1B) 0-for-1.
Phil Gosselin (SS-LF), 0-for-1.
Right-hander Ryne Harper was the only pitcher the Braves’ threw against Toronto who projects to spend time in Gwinnett this season. He recorded the final two outs of the fourth inning despite throwing a wild pitch and giving up two hits, including a two-run home run to outfielder Jose Bautista.
Atlanta topped the Astros 6-5 Saturday at Champion Stadium. Left-handed starter Wandy Rodriguez (W, 2-0) picked up his second win of the spring by going four innings with two hits allowed, three walks and two strikeouts.
Other possible Gwinnett pitchers’ stats from Saturday:
RHP Chien-Ming Wang, 0.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, K.
RHP Justin Jackson (S, 1), 1.0 IP, H, ER.
Second baseman Jace Peterson led potential G-Braves hitters at the plate Saturday, going 1-for-1 with a walk and a run scored.
Other possible G-Braves position players’ stats from Saturday:
Gosselin (2B-SS), 0-for-2, R.
Cunningham (RF-LF), 0-for-2.
Terdoslavich (1B), 0-for-3, 2 K.
Kelly Johnson (3B), 0-for-4, 3 K.
Eury Perez (LF), 0-for-3, 2 K.
Yepez (DH), 0-for-3, K.
Peraza (2B), 0-for-1.
Flores (C, pinch hit), 0-for-1.
Atlanta travels to face the Astros for a 1:05 p.m. game Monday in Kissimmee, Fla.
The Atlanta Braves started two pitchers Friday who are in contention for a spot in the starting rotation but could also be key members of the Gwinnett Braves’ rotation. Neither made it through their respective first innings, however, as Atlanta dropped a pair of split-squad games to the Detroit Tigers and New York Mets.
Right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (L, 0-1) gave up five runs, although four were unearned, on three hits and two walks with one strikeout in 2/3 of an inning of a 12-2 loss to the Tigers at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Left-hander Manny Banuelos (L, 0-2) also allowed five runs (all earned) on three hits and two walks with a strikeout and two wild pitches against the Mets in Port St. Lucie. The Braves ultimately fell to New York 13-2.
One bright spot on the mound was the performance of right-handed starter Cody Martin, who won the 2014 G-Braves’ Most Outstanding Pitcher Award in 2014. Martin held Detroit scoreless through three innings of relief with one hit and one walk allowed, a hit batsman and three strikeouts.
Other possible G-Braves pitchers’ stats vs. Detroit:
RHP Todd Coffey, 0.1 IP, H, BB.
RHP Jose Veras, 1.0 IP, ER, 2 H, BB, HBP, WP.
RHP Aaron Kurcz, 1.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, K.
Potential Gwinnett pitchers’ lines against New York:
RHP Carlos Fisher, 1.1 IP, 4 ER, 3 H, BB, K.
RHP Williams Perez, 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K.
RHP Juan Jaime, 0.1 IP, ER, H, 4 BB, WP.
RHP Arodys Vizcaino, 1.1 IP, ER, H, BB, 3 K.
RHP Brandon Cunniff, 1.0 IP, K.
RHP Jake Brigham, 0.2 IP.
Offensively, potential G-Braves players scored three of the Braves’ four runs Friday combined between the two games. First baseman Joey Terdoslavich and catcher Braeden Schlehuber both entered the game against Detroit as pinch runners and came around to score. Designated hitter Matt Kennelly singled and scored Atlanta’s first run in the fifth inning vs. the Mets as part of his 1-for-3 day.
Potential G-Braves position players’ stats Friday vs. the Tigers:
Terdoslavich (1B), 0-for-1, R.
Schlehuber (C), 0-for-1, R.
Cedric Hunter (RF-CF), 1-for-3, RBI.
Pedro Ciriaco (SS), 0-for-3.
Mycal Jones (DH, pinch hit), 0-for-1, K.
Corban Joseph (3B), 0-for-1.
Barrett Kleinknecht (1B), 0-for-1.
Possible G-Braves position players’ stats Friday vs. the Mets:
Phil Gosselin (SS), 2-for-3, RBI, K.
Jace Peterson (2B), 1-for-3, K.
Todd Cunningham (RF), 0-for-3, K.
John Buck (C), 1-for-2, BB, K.
Eury Perez (LF), 1-for-3.
Jose Peraza (2B), 1-for-2.
Joe Benson (RF), 1-for-1.
Seth Loman (1B), 0-for-1.
Jose Yepez (DH, pinch hit), 0-for-1.
The Braves will remain at Champion Stadium for the weekend. They are scheduled to face the Houston Astros at 6:05 p.m. Saturday and the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. Sunday.
A pair of potential 2015 Gwinnett Braves were the only Atlanta players to cross home plate Thursday, as the New York Yankees nipped the Braves 3-2 in Tampa, Fla.
Catcher Braeden Schlehuber pinch ran for catcher Christian Bethancourt in the fifth inning after Bethancourt drilled a one-out double to right field. Center fielder and possible G-Brave Todd Cunningham followed two batters later with a single to right to drive in Schlehuber and tie the game 1-1. Schlehuber grounded out to shortstop in his only at-bat, and Cunningham went 1-for-3, overall.
Infielder Pedro Ciriaco, a potential G-Brave who spent time Thursday at second base and shortstop, then led off the sixth with a base hit and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Alberto Callaspo. Ciriaco finished the game 1-for-3.
Other possible G-Braves players’ stats from Thursday vs. the Yankees:
Joey Terdoslavich (RF-1B), 1-for-3, K.
Cedric Hunter (LF), 0-for-1.
Jesus Flores (C), 0-for-1.
Jose Yepez (DH, pinch hit), 0-for-1.
Two potential Gwinnett pitchers also each threw a scoreless inning of relief. Right-hander Michael Kohn worked around one hit and a hit-by-pitch in the fifth. Fellow righty Sugar Ray Marimon allowed a two-out double in the eighth but also struck out the side.
Atlanta will play a couple of split-squad contests Friday. A portion of the team will play a home game against the Detroit Tigers at 1:05 p.m. at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The rest of the squad will travel to face the New York Mets at 1:10 p.m. in Port St. Lucie.
Potential members of the 2015 Gwinnett Braves supplied four of six hits Wednesday for the Atlanta Braves, which fell to the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Joey Terdoslavich took over at first base for Freddie Freeman in the seventh inning and provided the Braves’ first run of the game the following inning with a one-out single to drive in center fielder Eric Young, Jr. Terdoslavich grounded out in his only other at-bat in the ninth inning to end the game.
Other possible G-Braves position players’ stats from Wednesday vs. St. Louis:
Jace Peterson (SS), 1-for-3, K.
Jesus Flores (C), 2-for-2.
Todd Cunningham (RF), 0-for-3, K.
Phil Gosselin (2B), 0-for-3, BB.
Braeden Schlehuber (C), 0-for-2.
Mycal Jones (RF), 0-for-1.
Jose Yepez (DH, pinch hit), 0-for-1.
On the mound, the Braves primarily used pitchers who project to start the regular season in the Major Leagues or at lower Minor League levels.
Possible future Gwinnett players accounted for four outs. Right-hander Aaron Kurcz replaced left-handed starter Alex Wood with two outs in the third and struck out the only batter he faced. Lefty Donnie Veal pitched the eighth and gave up a run on a hit and a walk.
The Braves will play their first night game of the Grapefruit League schedule at 7:05 p.m. Thursday when they travel to face the New York Yankees in Tampa, Fla.
First baseman Freddie Freeman’s three-run, third-inning blast provided all of the Atlanta Braves’ offense Tuesday, and a pair of possible Gwinnett Braves relievers sealed a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Right-hander Jose Veras worked around two hits to post a scoreless eighth inning and earn a hold. Fellow righty Arodys Vizcaino then notched his first save of the spring with a perfect ninth inning. Left-handed pitcher Eric Stults, a candidate for the Braves’ No. 5 starter spot, pitched three innings of relief with one run allowed on four hits with a walk and a strikeout, which also earned him a hold.
Potential G-Braves’ position player stats from Tuesday:
Phil Gosselin (3B), 1-for-3, R, K.
Eury Perez (RF), 1-for-2, BB.
Pedro Ciriaco (SS), 1-for-3, K.
Joey Terdoslavich (LF-1B), 0-for-3, K.
Catcher Jose Yepez and second baseman Jace Peterson entered the game as defensive replacements in the eighth inning and did not receive an at-bat.
The Braves will remain at Champion Stadium to play the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday with a pair of lefties set to oppose one another in their second starts of Spring Training. Alex Wood is scheduled to start for the Braves opposite Marco Gonzales of the Cardinals.
A handful of pitchers that could see time with the Gwinnett Braves this season combined Monday to limit the Washington Nationals to a single tally in a 2-1 victory for the Atlanta Braves in Viera, Fla.
Starters competing for the final rotation spot, left-hander Wandy Rodriguez and righty Chien-Ming Wang, each threw three shutout innings, allowing two hits each. Rodriguez (1-0) struck out two batters and earned the victory, while Wang picked up his first hold of the spring after he walked two and struck out one.
Other potential G-Braves pitchers’ stats from Monday:
RHP Michael Kohn (H, 1) 1.0 IP, K.
RHP Jake Brigham (S, 1), 1.0 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 2 K.
Potential G-Braves position players’ stats from Monday:
Joey Terdoslavich (LF-1B), 1-for-1.
Jose Peraza (2B), 0-for-4.
John Buck (DH), 0-for-4, 3 K.
Jesus Flores (C), 0-for-1.
Infielder Sean Kazmar entered the game as a defensive replacement at third base, and outfielder Cedric Hunter entered in left field in the ninth inning. Neither player received an at-bat.
Before the game, the Braves optioned left-handed pitcher Ian Thomas and infielder Elmer Reyes to Gwinnett. They also re-assigned right-handed pitcher Matt Capps, infielder Johan Camargo, and catchers Yenier Bello and Tanner Murphy to Minor League camp. That leaves 60 active players in the Braves’ Major League camp.
The Braves will host the New York Mets for a game at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Right-hander and Opening Day starter Julio Teheran will start on the mound for the Braves. The Mets will send righty Bartolo Colon to the mound.
The Atlanta Braves finished a weekend that included three games in two days with a unique outcome, even for Spring Training.
Nine Braves pitchers combined to no-hit the Houston Astros through 10 innings Sunday in Kissimmee, Fla., including three hurlers who could find themselves on the Gwinnett Braves’ roster in 2015. Houston still pushed across two runs in the seventh when right-hander Mauricio Cabrera walked two and hit a batter to begin the inning before consecutive groundouts gave the Astros a 2-1 lead.
A pair of potential G-Braves tied the game at 2-2 in the eighth. Outfielder Joey Terdoslavich led off the inning with a double and scored three batters later on a sacrifice fly by outfielder Todd Cunningham. The game ended after 10 innings with the scored tied at two.
Potential G-Braves pitchers’ Sunday stats:
RHP Cody Martin, 2.0 IP, 2 BB, 3 K.
RHP Brandon Cunniff (H, 1), 1.0 IP.
LHP Ian Thomas (H, 2), 1.0 IP, 3 BB, K.
Potential G-Braves position players’ Sunday stats:
Terdoslavich (1B), 1-for-2, 2B, R.
Cunningham (RF), 0-for-3, RBI.
Jace Peterson (SS), 2-for-4, R.
Phil Gosselin (2B), 0-for-4.
Cedric Hunter (LF), 0-for-3, BB.
Pedro Ciriaco (3B), 0-for-4, 2 K.
Eury Perez (CF), 2-for-3.
Jose Peraza (2B), 0-for-1.
Yenier Bello (DH, pinch hit), 0-for-0, BB.
Braeden Schlehuber (C), 0-for-0, BB.
The Braves lost a pair of split-squad games Saturday. The New York Mets defeated Atlanta 3-1 in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and the Detroit Tigers topped the Braves 12-6 at Atlanta’s Spring Training home, Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Despite the losses, the Braves got their first look at right-handed pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, who they acquired during the offseason in a trade with the Astros that sent Evan Gattis to Houston.
Foltynewicz gave up a leadoff double to Wilmer Flores in the second followed by a run-scoring single by Michael Conforto that put New York ahead 1-0. Otherwise, Foltynewicz gave up two other hits and walked two with one strikeout in 1 2/3 innings.
Other potential G-Braves pitchers vs. New York:
RHP Aaron Kurcz, 0.1 IP, K.
LHP Manny Banuelos (L, 0-1), 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (ER).
RHP Jose Veras, 1.0 IP, 2 BB, K.
RHP Matt Capps, 1.0 IP, 2 H.
RHP Sugar Ray Marimon, 2.0 IP, H, BB, K.
Possible G-Braves position players vs. New York:
Peraza (SS-2B), 0-for-4, 2 K.
Sean Kazmar (3B), 1-for-1.
Matt Kennelly (C), 0-for-1.
Perez (LF), 1-for-3, R.
Jesus Flores (DH, pinch hit), 0-for-1.
Six players who could suit up for Gwinnett started in the field against Detroit, and potential G-Braves accounted for eight of the team’s nine hits.
Peterson (2B), 0-for-3, BB, 2 K.
Gosselin (3B), 0-for-2, BB.
Terdoslavich (1B), 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 R, K.
Mycal Jones (LF), 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI.
Cunningham (CF), 2-for-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB.
Hunter (RF), 0-for-3, BB.
John Buck (C), 1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI, BB.
Ciriaco (3B), 1-for-2, R.
Schlehuber (C), 0-for-1.
Corban Joseph (DH), 0-for-2, R, K.
Potential G-Braves pitchers vs. Detroit:
RHP Williams Perez, 1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, K.
LHP Donnie Veal, 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, K.
RHP Todd Coffey, 1.0 IP, H, 2 K.
The Braves will travel to Viera, Fla., for a 1:05 p.m. game Monday against the Washington Nationals. Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez will start for Atlanta against fellow lefty Gio Gonzalez of the Nationals.
The Atlanta Braves came up short in a 9-8 slugfest Friday against the Washington Nationals at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. However, a pair of potential 2015 Gwinnett Braves provided much of Atlanta’s firepower.
Infielder Pedro Ciriaco and outfielder Cedric Hunter were the only two Braves to play the entire game, and they accounted for four of the team’s 14 hits.
Ciriaco fell a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the third inning and a two-out, two-run double in the fifth that gave the Braves an 8-7 lead. Hunter scored the go-ahead run after he had singled in the preceding at-bat. He finished 1-for-5.
Other possible G-Brave position players:
Jace Peterson (2B), 2-for-4, 2 R.
Braeden Schlehuber (C), 1-for-3, RBI, threw out attemping basestealer in the fifth inning.
Joey Terdoslavich (1B), 0-for-2, 2 K.
Jose Peraza (2B), 0-for-1.
Todd Cunningham (CF), 0-for-1.
Jose Yepez (C), 0-for-0, HBP.
Three pitchers who project to make Atlanta’s Opening Day roster, Alex Wood, Jason Grilli and Josh Outman, covered the first four innings on the mound. Manager Fredi Gonzalez then turned to four potential G-Braves to cover the final five frames.
RHP Juan Jaime, 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB.
RHP Michael Kohn, 1.1 IP, 2 BB, K.
RHP Arodys Vizcaino (BS, 1; L, 0-1), 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, WP.
RHP Tyrell Jenkins, 2.0 IP, 2 H, K.
The Braves will enter their first of three split-squad days of Spring Training on Saturday. Part of the team will remain at Champion Stadium to take on the Detroit Tigers at 1:05 p.m., while another portion will face the New York Mets at 1:10 p.m. in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The club will then come back together for a 1:05 p.m. contest Sunday against the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Fla.