Gonzalez happy to see bats wake up

Gonzalez happy to see bats wake up

Gonzalez happy to see bats wake up
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- After opening the Grapefruit League season with a couple of embarrassing losses, the Braves saw some of their big bats erupt in Monday's 10-5 win over the Astros at Osceola County Stadium.

Jason Heyward opened the scoring with a two-run, first-inning single off Jordan Lyles, and Dan Uggla produced the team's first home run with a third-inning solo homer off Xavier Cedeno. Serving as the designated hitter, Brian McCann also enjoyed a two-hit game.

"Overall, it was an exciting game," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "There was really a lot of exciting stuff to see."

Building off Sunday's two-hit performance -- making the most of his first start in a big league setting -- third baseman Joe Terdoslavich collected two doubles. Exciting, sure-handed shortstop Andrelton Simmons also displayed his offensive skills when he drilled an eighth-inning triple to left field.

Monday's 13-hit attack was a welcome sight for Gonzalez, who had seen his team limited to one hit in Saturday's opener and held to three runs in Sunday's 18-3 loss to the Tigers.