Oliver Perez struggles in Mets win
The erratic left-hander allowed three runs and five hits in 4 1-3 innings. He walked four and struck out three.
“I think the key today was I was behind the count to the batter (McCann) in the (fourth) inning and I walked him, and after that Escobar hit me,” Perez said. “He had two balls, no strikes and he took advantage of the pitch count.”
New York is counting on Perez to bounce back this season after struggling last year.
Hanson pitched five innings for the Braves, yielding two runs and four hits. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked three while throwing a spring-high 91 pitches in his fourth start.
“This is the farthest I’ve gone so far,” he said. “I didn’t even know I threw 91 pitches, but it’s good to get 91 out there, and my arm and everything feels good and I didn’t feel tired one bit. It’s good to throw that many pitches and still feel good.”
“I got two quick outs and just had a mental lapse,” Proctor said. “I made some good pitches, but I just didn’t execute well. You never want to have an outing like that, but you always try to take the positives out of a situation like that. My arm felt great, I made some great pitches, I kept the ball down, and I was throwing strikes for the most part until a couple hitters in there.”
NOTES: Mets SS Jose Reyes has been cleared to resume baseball activities after doctors determined his thyroid levels have returned to normal. He is expected to return to camp on Wednesday. “It’s a good sign for us today, and hopefully it will be a good sign for the rest of the year,” general manager Omar Minaya said. “Today is a good day.” … Tradition Field, New York’s spring training home, was renamed Digital Domain Park. The new naming-rights deal is with Digital Domain Holdings Corp., the parent of the Digital Domain visual effects studio in Venice, Calif. It includes provisions for programming at New York’s Citi Field and its scoreboard on some dates.