They were not cheering him Sunday evening, when his two-run home run brought the visiting Mississippi Braves all the way back from an early deficit to a 4-2 win at AT&T Field.
Pedroza, playing shortstop for the Braves since they plucked him off the Independent League scrap heap in mid-2012, stung Lookouts reliever Yimi Garcia for a two-run home run in the ninth inning for a the victory in the first of five games at AT&T Field.
Game two is scheduled for tonight at 7:15 with a Lookouts starter to be determined. The Lookouts, not that far removed from a 10-game winning streak, have now lost three straight.
Sunday, they jumped out 2-0 against starter Cody Martin in the second inning, scoring twice on an RBI single for lead-off man Rafael Ynoa and a follow-up double from Miguel Rojas.
After Martin came out after five innings and four hits allowed, the M-Braves bullpen put the clamps on the offense for the rest of the night, blanking them on four hits over the last four innings. The Braves’ offense, meanwhile, began chipping away.
Mississippi finally got on the board in the sixth against spot starter Steve Smith. Looking for his first win, Smith allowed only six hits over 5 1/3 innings, but reliever Michael Thomas followed him and gave up a single to Christian Marrero and a sacrifice fly to Edward Salcedo.
The tie was broken in the eighth inning when Braves’ leadoff man Philip Gosselin went deep against Garcia (1-3) for his first homer of the season.
In the visitors’ ninth, another former Lookout, Kyle Russell, picked up a one-out single and Pedroza followed with his second homer of 2013, to right-center, for the Braves’ first lead of the evening.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Lookouts went down swinging against former Vanderbilt ace Mark Lamm, who struck out the side for his sixth save. Ryne Harper (2-1) worked out of his own jam to earn the victory.
Puig called up
The Lookouts lost the services of outfielder Yasiel Puig Sunday when it was initially tweeted he would be recalled Monday and be in the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup. A corresponding move for the Lookouts was not expected until today. Puig departed the Southern League leading it in hitting (.313) and third in RBIs (37).