Two Errors in Ninth Give Braves 2-1 Win

<b>VERO BEACH, Florida</b>--It is said that to error is human and the Dodgers were really human Friday afternoon in Orlando, giving Atlanta three unearned runs on four errors and with it a 3-2 win.

On a happier note, Derek Lowe worked three scoreless innings and he was followed by Kaz Ishii, Derek Thompson, Frank Brooks, Kelly Wunch and Aquilino Lopez who should have thrown scoreless innings.

L.A. scored first on a double by Jose Valentin and a single by Willie Aybar in the fourth. Atlanta tied in the fifth after a pair of errors by shortstop Tony Schrager. Outfielder Tydus Meadows boomed a homer for Los Angeles in the top of the ninth to gain a 2-1 lead.

But in the last of the ninth, first baseman Brian Myrow booted a grounder, Atlanta followed with a single and a walk to load the bases with one out and then Myrow scooped up a grounder and hit the runner going into second base with a throw on an attempted game-ending double play as two runs scored.

Schrager had a single and a double for L.A. and right fielder Cody Ross walked three times and stole a base.

Lowe worked flawlessly in his three inning stint, allowing a lead-off single in the second inning but then throwing a double play to get out of the inning. He threw 29 pitches, 22 of them strikes. He noted after the game he was pleased with his effort and noted, "It was all about pitch count, not innings."

J.D. Drew, on the other hand, struck out in two appearances, much to the delight of the Braves fans who were vocal in their disapproval of his departure from Atlanta by free agency.

Blue Notes--Eric Gagne. who suffered a slight knee sprain in the first days of spring training, continued his recovery, throwing from 120-feet and following with running exercises. … Brad Penny is threw 58 pitches with the final 19 demonstrating some pop. He is working on using more lower body and less upper body in his pitches. Manager Jim Tracy is hopeful he will be ready by opening day. … Wilson Alvarez, felled by the flu the opening week, pitched batting practice (45 pitches) and felt stronger. He is scheduled to pitch against the Mets tomorrow. … Odalis Perez, bothered by biceps tendinitis, is scheduled to throw off a mound tomorrow. … Lefty Mike Venafro, sidelined by a hamstring pull, is not expected to see action until next week. … Elmer Dessens also threw on the sidelines and should be ready soon. … Despite what you head, Hee Seop Choi will be the Dodgers' first baseman unless he completely falls on his face. "We are committed to Choi playing first base for us," Tracy said. "We have to get production from the first base position. … Jeff Weaver allowed six runs in his first appearance of the spring but he threw nothing but fastballs and changeups, his changes were up and were hit hard.

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