The Braves Report: 7/18

<B><U>Braves 3, Mets 2</B></U> <BR> Greg Maddux is not done yet. His first complete game in two years leads Atlanta to a 4-3 win over the Mets. Mark DeRosa had a blooper over the mound with the bases loaded in the 9th for the winner. <BR> <BR> <B><U>Down on the farm:</B></U> <BR> Marquis Pitches Richmond Past SWB; G-Braves Offense Remains Silent in Loss; Marte Homers in Pelicans Loss; Rome Sweeps Capital City; Danville Sweeps Princeton; Dodgers Shutout Braves 2-0.

Nothing like a solid pitching performance to get the second half started on the right foot. Greg Maddux got his first complete game of the season, and Mark DeRosa knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th, as the Braves beat the Benitez-less Mets, 3-2.

Maddux got off to a rough start in the first, as Mets CF Jeff Duncan tripled, and was driven in on a Cliff Floyd single. He got out of the inning without further damage, and kept the depleted Mets offense off the board until a Ty Wigginton solo homer in the 7th.

The win improved Maddux's record to 8-8 on the season. He allowed 8 hits on the night, striking out 3 and walking 1, in the 104 pitch outing. He was able to locate his pitches well, and had good movement on the ball, helping him to retire the side in order in the 3rd through 6th inning. This marks only the second time this year a Braves starter has thrown a complete game.

Four different Braves had multi-hit games, but overall, the Braves had trouble advancing the runners and knocking them in, as noted by the 10 men left on base. Vinny Castilla kept up his pre All-Star break tear, driving in the Braves first run of the night on a triple in the 4th, tying the game at 1-1. Robert Fick singled in Andruw Jones in the 6th, to put the Braves up 2-1, before Wigginton's homer tied it up in the 7th. Castilla and Rafael Furcal were both 3-for-4 on the night, while Andruw and DeRosa each added 2 hits of their own.

The game stayed tied until the bottom of the 9th, when John Franco assumed recently departed Armando Benitez's closer role. Before you know it, Franc-nitez had loaded the bases on a hit and 2 walks (one intentional), and Mark DeRosa knocked a little "Excuse-Me" single to second, driving in the winning run.

The Braves take the win, Skip was back in the booth, and all is well in Atlanta.

Thursday nights matchup pits Mike Hampton (5-5) up against Mets rookie Jae Seo (5-5). Despite pitching poorly in his past several games, Seo pitched well in his last visit to Atlanta in May, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits in 7 innings. The Braves ended up taking that game from him though, so let's hope for the same result tonight.

Down on the farm

Thursday's Minors Recaps and News
RICHMOND

Marquis Pitches Richmond Past SWB

Jason Marquis won his seventh game of the season to lead Richmond over Scranton Wilkes-Barrow 4-3.

Marquis (7-4) allowed three runs on nine hits over 6.1 innings. He walked only two and struck out nine.

Travis Wilson (4) and Mike Hessman each had solo home runs for Richmond. Donzell McDonald went 2 for 4 with a RBI. Johnny Estrada went 0 for 3 and Adam LaRoche went 0 for 4.

The Braves are now 45-54 on the season. Richmond plays game two of the series against SWB on Friday.

GREENVILLE

G-Braves Offense Remains Silent in Loss

Tennessee's Papo Bolivar had a three run home run off of Greenville starter Daniel Curtis in the first inning and that was all Smokies starter Rhett Parrott needed to defeat Greenville 8-1 Thursday night.

Parrott allowed only one run in seven innings to pick up his seventh win of the season.

For the second game in the row, the G-Braves pitcher drove in the only run of the game. Curtis had a RBI single in the fifth inning. On the mound, Daniel went five innings and allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits. Curtis is now 1-1.

Billy McCarthy went 2 for 4. James Jurries and Richard Lewis had the other two hits for the G-Braves.

With the loss, Greenville falls to 8-17 on the season.

Greenville returns home Friday to start a four game series with Orlando. Matt Belisle will pitch for the Braves.

MYRTLE BEACH

Marte Homers in Pelicans Loss

A rough night for Lefthander Macay McBride as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans lost to Winston-Salem Thursday.

Winston-Salem scored three in the third inning off McBride, who went six innings and allowed five earned runs. He walked one and struck out seven.

The game was tied at five in the seventh when Winston-Salem scored a run off Pelicans' reliever David Watkins.

Andy Marte went 2 for 4 and hit his tenth home run of the season. Marte is now hitting .291.

Myrtle Beach is now 7-18 in the second half. Game 2 of the 3 game series with the Warthogs will be Friday night.

ROME

Rome Sweeps Capital City

The Rome Braves played 21 innings of baseball Thursday night. Game one of a doubleheader went 14 innings before Onil Joseph won the game with a single scoring Daniel Ruiz. Ardley Jansen then had a sacrifice fly to give Rome a 4-2 lead.

The Bombers scored a run in the bottom of the 14th before Fernando Tadefa closed out the game.

In game two, Efigenio Peralta continued his tremendous pitching. Peralta went 4.1 innings for the victory, allowing just one hit and striking out seven. The Braves got a two run single by Mike Grasso in the second inning and held the lead from there.

Rome is now 13-14 on the season and return home to start a three game series with the Asheville Tourists at State Mutual Stadium.

DANVILLE

Danville Sweeps Princeton

The Danville Braves swept a doubleheader from Princeton Thursday night.

In game one, the Braves scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a single by Mike Hansen. Greg Donato was 2 for 2 on the night with a RBI. Jamie Hemingway and Steve Pyzik also had run scoring singles.

Charlie Morton started for Danville and allowed three runs (one earned) on one hit in 3.1 innings. Morton walked four and struck out five. His ERA is now 5.91.

In Game Two, Ben Thomas had the big offensive night for Danville as he went 2 for 2 with 2 RBI and 2 stolen bases. Dominique Partridge also had a run scoring double.

Roberto Nieves started for Danville and went three innings. Ryan Basner got the win in relief (3-0) as he gave up only one run in three innings of work. Brad Nelson pitched a scoreless seventh in a non-save situation.

Danville is now 18-12 on the season and they are in sole possession of first place. They go for the sweep against Princeton Friday night.

GULF COAST LEAGUE

Dodgers Shutout Braves 2-0

JoJo Reyes suffered the loss as the GCL Braves fell to the Dodgers 2-0 Thursday. Reyes went four innings and allowed the two Dodgers runs. He walked three and struck out three.
Reyes ERA is now 2.50.

Adam Stanley and Andrew Dewar both pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the Braves.

Carlos Moreta and Keith Eichas were both 2 for 4 for the Braves. Eichas is now hitting .381 on the season.

The Braves are now 15-11 on the season.

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