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.”
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.