Atlanta Braves second baseman Brooks Conrad benched after triple-error game
After committing three errors against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, Atlanta second baseman Brooks Conrad has been benched for Monday's Game 4, an elimination game for the Braves in the best-of-five divisional series.
Veteran Troy Glaus will take the 30-year-old rookie's spot in the starting lineup. Glaus will start at third and utility player Omar Infante will move from third to second.
Conrad has eight errors in the last seven games, including four during the series against the Giants.
Perhaps the most devastating of them all came in the ninth inning Sunday. With the score tied at 2-2, a grounder hit by Buster Posey went through Conrad's legs to bring home Freddy Sanchez for the go-ahead run. The Giants went on to win the game, 3-2, and take a 2-1 series advantage.
Conrad was a utility infielder most of the season but became a starter at third base when All-Star second baseman Martin Prado went down with hip and oblique injuries in late September. Conrad was moved to second base, his primary position in the minor leagues, after committing a pair of throwing errors at third against Philadelphia during the final series of the regular season.
-- Chuck Schilken
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: Brooks Conrad sits on the bench after his error allowed the go-ahead run to score on a grounder by San Francisco's Buster Posey. Credit: Curtis Compton / Atlanta Journal-Constitution / MCT