“He’s nasty against those left-handers,” Gonzalez said. “We kind of did that on purpose (bringing him in for the seventh)…. It’s not that he’s a crafty left-hander that needs deception to get people out. He’s got plenty of stuff, and he’s kind of funky.”
Short hops: Reliever Jordan Walden threw 30-plus pitch bullpen session Wednesday, his second since getting an epidural last week for a bulding disc. His next step is to throw live batting practice or pitch in a game. Walden has pitched since his Feb. 23 spring debut… The Braves play the New York Mets at 1:05 p.m. Friday at Champion Stadium, with Tim Hudson to face Mets right-hander Jeremy Hefner.