Proctor gives up three-run homer, Braves blow lead

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Another day, another blown lead against the Mets.

After blowing three leads in a 5-5, 10-inning tie against the Mets in Saturday’s Grapefruit opener, the Braves blew a four-run lead Sunday in a 5-4 loss against the New Yorkers.

The big blow was journeyman second baseman Russ Adams’ long, three-run homer in the eighth off Braves veteran Scott Proctor, who has missed most of two seasons recovering from elbow surgeries. The right-hander allowed two hits and two walks in the eighth.

“The guy [Adams] is a dead-fastball hitter and he left it right over the plate, Gonzalez said. “If this was a week to go or something, then you’d be worried. But it’s the first time out.”

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was out of the game and working out in the weight room when Proctor gave up the homer. He saw Proctor walking through the clubhouse later and asked him how he’d pitched.

Proctor made the sound of a bomb detonating and said, “Terrible.”

Etc.

Second baseman Dan Uggla went 0-for-3 with one strikeout in his Braves debut, and Martin Prado had two hits including an RBI single in his first game as the starting left fielder. The 2010 All-Star second baseman switched positions after the Uggla trade.

“He’s a baseball guy,” Gonzalez said of Prado. “The way he works and goes about his business, you know it’s not going to take him long. I’m not saying he’s a finished product, but he looked pretty good [in left field Sunday].”

Braves utility infielder  Shawn Bowman, a minor league free-agent pickup, had a two-run single and made the defensive of the game Sunday. He dove to stop a sharp grounder at third base in the seventh inning, regrouped and threw to first for the third out, preventing at least one run from scoring with the Braves ahead 4-2.

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B

February 27th, 2011
6:14 pm

JHeyBravos

February 27th, 2011
6:14 pm

Didnt want him last year, dont want him this year

justin1

February 27th, 2011
6:25 pm

Prado for MVP

Deedle Nick

February 27th, 2011
7:53 pm

Another day, another blown lead against the Mets.

“After blowing three leads in a 5-5, 10-inning tie against the Mets in Saturday’s Grapefruit opener, the Braves blew a four-run lead Sunday in a 5-4 loss against the New Yorkers.”

Does it matter? This was the second ST game. It’s what ST is for; working on different aspects of your game, experimenting, learning, etc.
Let’s worry about blown game when it matters.

ryan c

February 27th, 2011
8:27 pm

I hope Proctor works his way off of the team fairly quick. Marek’s just too good to be stored at AAA.

Robin Of The Hood

February 27th, 2011
8:31 pm

Deedle is exactly right…If winning ST games were important then Heyward would have came in late as a pinch hitter then stayed in and played d and then Tommy Hanson would have came in to close like it was a game 7 and every guy can be used. As a fan, yea you want to win but ST is more about working on things for the season rather than winning. They never game out a World Series ring at the end of ST…Its called Spring TRAINING for a reason….gives rooks and role players a chance to show the Atlanta Brass what they have and try to leave an impression in their heads for when a call-up is needed

gotigers72

February 27th, 2011
9:06 pm

I thought it was a bad move when Proctor was signed, and it looks like my thought is correct. I just hope he doesn’t go north and cost us any games. Another bad move by signing a rag arm that is toast.

Please Fredi, don’t keep him on the team just because he has “experience”. That hasn’t worked so many times before for the Braves such as signings with Albie Lopez, Raul Mondesi, etc.

Eddie

February 27th, 2011
9:11 pm

Hey guys not so fast. If Proctor is toast we will know it soon. Before his injury he was a really valuable member of the Yanks. That’s why they call it Spring Training!

JD

February 27th, 2011
9:28 pm

Agreed, you like to see the kid Bowman step up both defensively and offensively, that’s a really good sign this early. And it is just Spring Training, let Proctor shake some rust off before you cover him in dirt…..

Fan since 1977

February 27th, 2011
9:59 pm

I think Prado can get 2 hits a game no matter where he plays.

Billy

February 27th, 2011
11:08 pm

Marek is good! I love the way the young players and minor league FA have been playing. Wren did a good job on picking up these guys. Hope they make it.

baseballsback

February 27th, 2011
11:17 pm

hope the Proctor bashers realize he hasnt even really pitched since early 09, he was injured. you honestly expect him to come out of the gate lookin like Cy Young? get real people.

SUMMER OF 91

February 28th, 2011
12:51 am

he was throwing 96 with ease, that’s all we really needed this early.

MariettaDerek

February 28th, 2011
1:01 am

Not sure how big a role Proctor is gonna play for the Bravos pen this year, but he better start getting DOUBLE PITS TO CHESTY with it soon if he wants to get a serious chance.

AA

February 28th, 2011
2:12 am

So, basebalsback, you don’t consider the 41+ innings of nearly 6.5 ERA & 1.68 WHIP he posted in the minors last year “really pitching.” I guess I’ll buy that, since it’s with those numbers, I wouldn’t consider it pitching either…I think the “bashers” realize that based on recent history, he has no business in this bullpen. They would be pleasantly surprised if he just looked competitive early on…obviously, he didn’t.

ryan c

February 28th, 2011
7:18 am

Maybe the Proctor bashers never really liked Proctor because his peripherals have only been good one year in his career (2006). In 2007, he was insanely lucky to keep his era under 4.

Tom

February 28th, 2011
8:41 am

well sounds like same old Braves; relief pitching sucks and losing to the worst team in the division

bvillebaron

February 28th, 2011
9:34 am

Tom:

Thanks for the insight after two meaningless spring training games. And here I thought the Braves had one of the best bullpens in the league and the Nationals finished last this past season.

ady

February 28th, 2011
11:14 am

MariettaDerek,
Dude you back with your DOUBLE PITS TO CHESTY deal again ??? wassup dude, where ya been?

Dorothy Davis

February 28th, 2011
12:29 pm

Proctor who??? I don’t recall him doing anything spectacular last year, and Ugla 0 for 3…what else is new?

ramblingman

February 28th, 2011
1:39 pm

Funny. Goobers will proclaim someone’s career over because they have a bad outing in the first or second game of ST. But no one will proclaim Freeman the best hitter on the planet after going 3 for 3 in his first game.

I think that speaks volumes.

Arkie

February 28th, 2011
3:30 pm

Spring Training is that “Spring Training” Give Proctor and all the players a chance. Pitchers are not trying to locate pitches, throw sliders, curves, etc.,just trying to throw strikes. Old saying “the cream will rise to the top”. In a few weeks, Fredi will have a better idea of who to keep and who to send down. Lets enjoy each player and wish him luck. Go Chipper, Go Braves.

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