LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Yunesky Maya's night against the Atlanta Braves is done. Once again, the right-hander looked very good at times and displayed lapses of concentration at others.
First the good: Thanks to a wacky 1-5-1-3 double play he started in the first, Maya got through the first three innings without allowing a run.
Now, the bad: He showed spotty control, walking two and hitting a batter in that span. He didn't fare too well when he challenged hitters - a 3-2 pitch to Chipper Jones and a first-pitch offering to Freddie Freeman both wound up clubbed over the center field wall for homers, giving the Braves a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Jones added an RBI double in the fifth, short-hopping the wall in right.
For the evening, Maya allowed four runs on five hits over five innings, his longest outing of the spring. He walked two and struck out two, His 3.59 ERA after four exhibition outings, including two starts, doesn't look too terrible, but Maya hasn't exactly seized the opportunity to be the Nats' fifth starter and seems destined to start the season at Triple-A Syracuse.
Todd Coffey relieved in the sixth and immediately ran into trouble, allowing a single to Brian McCann, a run-scoring double to Dan Uggla and a two-run Jason Heyward home run deep to right field. Coffey settled down to get the next three batters out, but it's now 7-0 Braves after six innings.
The Nationals, meanwhile, have only three hits for the night.