Manager Fredi Gonzalez was impressed with Francisco, having seen him play nine innings for the first time. Gonzalez thought Francisco's at-bats were impressive, especially considering the fact that Francisco had a whirlwind 24 hours after getting traded and immediately making the trip from Arizona to Florida, then finding himself in the lineup.
Freddie Freeman punctuated an excellent spring Monday by going 2-for-3 with his seventh Grapefruit League home run. Freeman, who has said all along that he's not worried about a sophomore slump after finishing second in the 2011 National League Rookie of the Year Award voting, exited Monday's game with a .295 average, .356 on-base percentage, .603 slugging percentage and 15 RBIs this spring.
"He's been hot," Gonzalez said. "Let's take that bottle and put a cap on it and start the season right now."
Gonzalez said right fielder Jason Heyward, who sat out Monday after only one at-bat Sunday, was fine and should be in the lineup for Tuesday's exhibition against the Braves' "Futures" squad at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Ga.