Braves Digest: 4/11

<U><B>Cubs 10, Braves 2:</B></U> Kerry Wood twirled seven strong innings and Michael Barrett hit one of four Cubs home runs, as Chicago hammered the Atlanta Braves, 10-2, in the finale of a three-game series from Turner Field. <BR> <BR> <U><B>Minor League Quicks:</B> </U> Steve Smyth not sharp in Greenville debut (4IP, 6H, 6ER); Matt Whiteside picks up his second save of the season for Richmond; Jeff Francouer solid in Pelican win.

Cubs Win Rubber Game Over Atlanta

The Chicago Cubs scored solo runs in the first three innings and then seven runs in the final three innings to blow out Atlanta 10-2 on Sunday.

The Cubs touched up Braves starter Russ Ortiz for four runs in seven innings. Atlanta would score one run in the seventh inning off of Chicago starter Kerry Wood to make it a 4-1 game, but the Cubs answered back with four in the eighth and two in the ninth.

Wood went seven strong innings and allowed only one run and struck out eleven to win his second game of the season.

Atlanta is now 3-3 on the season as they take off for their first road trip of the year.

Minor League Recaps

RICHMOND BRAVES 4, INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS 3 - The Richmond Braves battled back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Indianapolis Indians 4-3 Sunday afternoon at The Diamond in Richmond.

The Indians scored two in the first and three in the third inning off of Richmond starter Ray Aguilar. The Braves bounced back in the fourth inning when Ryan Langerhans singled home Joe DePastino. Then DePastino had RBI singles in the fifth and seventh innings to tie the game at 3. Damon Hollins would give the Braves the lead with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.

The Braves bullpen did a fine job of holding Indianapolis to three runs. Ryan Glynn and Buddy Hernandez both pitched two scoreless innings. Matt Whiteside pitched the ninth inning to record his second save of the season.

The Braves are now 2-2 on the season. Game three of their series with Indianapolis will be Monday.

Here are the pitchers for this week:
MONDAY: Trey Hodges (vs. Indianapolis)
TUESDAY: Travis Smith (vs. Indianapolis)
WEDNESDAY: Sam McConnell (at Louisville)

AUGUSTA GREENJACKETS 3, ROME BRAVES 0 - In the final game of the series, the Augusta Greenjackets avoided a Rome sweep by defeating the Braves 3-0 at State Mutual Stadium in front of 2,617 fans.

In the top of the first Augusta jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. Robert Evans lead off the game with a walk, stole second, and went to third on a groundout. He later scored on a wild pitch. As it turned out that is all the Greenjackets would need to seal the victory. They added two insurance runs in the sixth and the eighth to extend score.

Augusta had a fine pitching performance from Jarrett Gardner (1-0) who pitched five solid innings not allowing a run and striking out two. Starter Steven Russell got the loss (0-1) for the Rome Braves.

CHATTANOOGA 11, GREENVILLE 1 - Chattanooga pounded out 11 runs on 11 hits and beat Greenville 11-1 in Southern League play.

SS Jeff Bannon led the Lookouts by going 2-for-3 with three RBI, two doubles, and one run. CF Kenny Kelly also chipped in by going 2-for-3 with two RBI, three runs scored and a double.

Chattanooga's Seth Etherton pitched five scoreless innings, gave up three hits and struck out four to pick up his first win of the season.

Steve Smyth gave up six runs on six hits in four innings to take the loss.

2B Aaron Herr knocked in Greenville's only run on an RBI single in the ninth. He finished 2-for-4 with two singles.

MYRTLE BEACH PELICANS 4, WILMINGTON BLUE ROCKS 1 - The Myrtle Beach Pelicans bounced back Sunday evening to even up their record to 2-2 with a 4-1 win over the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Kyle Davies (1-0) picked up the win as he allowed just one hit in five shutout innings.

The Pelicans got on the board first with three runs in their half of the third inning. With one out on the scoreboard, Alonzo Ruelas was hit by a pitch and then advanced to third on a passed ball and then a ground out. After a Juan Downing walk, Jeff Francoeur singled home the first run of the game. In the next at bat, Scott Thorman drove home two more runs with a double to right field.

The score would remain 3-0 until the Blue Rocks pushed home a run on a double play ball to make it 3-1 in the top of the sixth. A Ruelas sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh scored Jamie Hemingway to give the Pelicans the final 4-1 lead.

Glenn Tucker pitched the final inning to pick up his first save of the season. Colt Griffin (0-1) got the start for the Blue Rocks and was saddled with the loss as he allowed three runs on three hits and three walks.

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