7:29 pm March 17, 2010, by David O'Brien
.032 – Nate McLouth’s batting average.
It’s gotten mighty frustrating for the skidding Braves center fielder, who went hitless again Thursday and is 1-for-31 for the spring, with 12 strikeouts and three walks.
On Wednesday, he said he’s seen progress lately.
“I’m getting there,” he said. “It’s frustrating not to get hits, regardless of whether it’s spring training. But I’d rather it happen now than in the season.”
But after not striking out for two games, McLouth had two strikeouts Thursday — his third two-strikeout game in the past five.
Manager Bobby Cox dropped McLouth from the leadoff spot to sixth in the lineup for Thursday’s game. Melky Cabrera hit leadoff and went 2-for-3 to raise his spring average to .324 in a team-high 34 at-bats.
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