Braves Digest: 4/16

<U><B>Braves 5, Marlins 4:</B></U> Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer and Julio Franco singled in the go-ahead run during a three-run sixth inning, as Atlanta cooled off the red-hot Florida Marlins, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game set at Turner Field. <BR> <BR> <B><U>Minor League Quicks:</B></U> Ryan Jackson continues hot hitting for Richmond; Greenville wins their first game of the season; McCann with two hits for Myrtle Beach; Doetsch continues to absolutely rake in Rome.

ATLANTA

Wright, Braves Beat Fish 5-4

The Atlanta Braves beat the Florida Marlins 5-4 Friday at Turner Field in Atlanta.

Jaret Wright (1-0) pitched another solid ballgame as the Braves fifth starter going six innings and allowing four runs (one earned). He also had six strikeouts.

The Braves got power from Eli Marrero and Chipper Jones, who both had two run home runs. Julio Franco knocked in the game winner with a single to right field.

Atlanta hosts Florida again Saturday with Russ Ortiz on the mound. They are now 5-5 on the season.

RICHMOND

Richmond Loses 8-1 To Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Indians bombed the Richmond Braves 8-1 Friday night before 6200 fans in Indianapolis.

The game was tied at one when the Indians scored two in the third, then two in the fourth, a solo run in the fifth, and finally two runs in the seventh inning. Richmond made three errors on the night, making three runs unearned.

Richmond got a sac fly from Ryan Langerhans in the first inning for their only run. Ryan Jackson went 2-4. Mike Hessman had a base hit in his first game with Richmond this season. The Braves had only six hits on the night.

Sam McConnell (0-1) was the loser for Richmond, going four innings and allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. The Indians scored one run off of Buddy Hernandez and two runs (one earned) off of Roman Colon.

The Braves (3-4) and Indians play again Saturday. Chuck Smith will pitch for Richmond.

GREENVILLE

G-Braves Score 3 in 9th For First Win of Season

Down 4-2 in the ninth inning, the Greenville Braves scored three runs to beat the Chattanooga Lookouts 5-4 in their 2004 home opener.

The Pena Boys, Brayan and Tony Jr. (no relation), got the inning started with back-to-back singles. Then they were sacrificed over to third by Aaron Herr. Brayan Pena then scored on a wild pitch, and Tony Pena Jr. tied the game when he scored on a RBI single by J.C. Boscan.

Adam Stern was then the hero from Greenville, with a triple off the right-field wall scoring Boscan giving the Braves their first win of the season (1-7).

Former G-Brave Travis Wilson helped give the Lookouts an early lead with a two RBI single in the first inning. Chattanooga scored another run in the first and then scored one more in the third inning off of two Greenville errors in the third inning.

Greenville finally got on the board in the fifth inning when Kelly Johnson tripled off of Lookouts starter Charlie Manning. Johnson would then score when Brayan Pena reached on an error. Newly acquired infielder Napoleon Calzado had a triple in the sixth inning, and then scored on Andy Marte's first hit as a Double A player, a RBI double into the game in left field.

Kevin Barry (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings in relief and picked up the win. Steve Smyth was the starter for Greenville and went three innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits, four walks, and five strikeouts.

The G-Braves and Lookouts play game two of their three game series Saturday at 7:15 at Greenville Municipal Stadium. Zach Miner (0-2 - 20.25) will pitch for Greenville against Seth Etherton (1-0 - 0.00).

The Braves made a minor league trade before Greenville's game today acquiring infielder Napoleon Calzado from the Baltimore Orioles organization for a player to be named later.

Calzado split last season between AAA Ottawa (.311, 0 HR, 15 RBI, 9 SB in 196 at bats) and AA Bowie (.265, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 11 SB in 166 at bats).

Calzado signed with the Orioles as a non-drafted free agent back in 1996 out of the Dominican Republic. He's 6'3", 181 pounds. Bats and throws Right. His best season was in 2001 with A Frederick when he hit .287 with 5 HR, 41 RBI, and 34 SB. Calzado can play third, short, and the outfield.

Calzado replaces Isaac Iorg on the Greenville roster. Iorg was placed on the Disabled List with a strained left hamstring.

MYRTLE BEACH

Myrtle Beach Loses Home Opener 4-2

The Potomac Cannons scored three late runs to beat the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4-2 Friday at Coastal Federal Field.

The Pelicans got a great pitching performance from Matt Wright, who went five scoreless innings and struck out eight. But the Cannons scored two runs in the seventh inning off of Mike Mueller and one in the eighth inning off of Efigenio Peralta.

Myrtle Beach scored solo runs in the second and ninth innings. Ben Thomas was 2-4 with a RBI. Brian McCann also had two hits for the Pelicans.

The two teams play game two of the series Saturday night. Kyle Davies will pitch for Myrtle Beach.

ROME

Bombers Beat Braves 10-5

Rome's three game winning streak was snapped Friday as the Capital City Bombers won 10-5 in Columbia.

The Braves got on the board first with back-to-back solo home runs by Matt Esquivel (1) and Ardley Jansen (1). Then the Bombers got a two-run home run from Shawn Bowman (3) in the bottom of the fourth. Reyes would then leave after the fourth inning (3 h - 4 ip - 2 r - 2 er - 2 bb - 5 k).

Capital City would then take the lead with two runs in the sixth inning off of Rico Rodriquez (1-1). They'd add one in the seventh and five in the eighth inning off of Brad Nelson, who gave up six unearned runs.

Rome would bounce back with three runs in the ninth inning, including a solo home run by Steve Doetsch (4), a run scoring double by Carlos Guzman, and a RBI single by Jarrod Saltalammachia.

The Braves fall to 6-2 on the season. Game three of the series with Capital City is Saturday with Steve Russell the scheduled starter.

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