Cecil hit by Braves in Sixth, Down Jays 5-3

By on March 24, 2011

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Brett Cecil works to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday (Photo by Eddie Michels)

DUNEDIN, Fl. (RSEN)–Lefty Brett Cecil tossed five solid innings before the wheels came off in the sixth as the Atlanta Braves topped the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 Thursday afternoon.
     Cecil cruised through the first five allowing just two hits while striking out five but in the sixth, things were different.
     Cecil, the Jays third starter, got a quick pop out by the inning’s first hitter but them allowed a single, a base runner due to an error,two more singles before Dan Uggla ended Cecil’s day with a three-run homer.
     The final line for Cecil was 5 1/3 innings, five runs, four earned on six hits with five strike outs on 88-pitches, 57 for strikes.
     Braves starter Jair Jurrjens lasted just one inning but for a different.  According to a team spokesman Jurrjens was suffering form discomfort in his right side.
     Jays 3B Jose Bautista did give the home team the early lead with a solo homer in the fourth to left center.  It was his third of the spring.
     The Jays travel to Ft. Myers on Friday for a night game against the Boston Red Sox at 7:05 PM.
     2B Aaron Hill (right quad) will stay back though and DH at least four times in a minor league game at the Cecil P. Englebert Complex in Dunedin.
     Jay’s manager John Farrell said of Hill’s progress, He came in feeling good after last night’s game, he had a bounce in his step today.”
     RHP Frank Francisco (right shoulder) who was penciled in as the closer at the start of spring camp, will start a throwing program on Sunday according to Farrell.  “We’re going to do the right thing by him,” said Farrell, “His arm is structurally sound.”

 

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