Braves Digest: 4/18

<U><B>Braves 3, Marlins 2</B></U>: Andruw Jones barely slid under a tag to score the game-winning run after Miguel Cabrera lost a flyball in the sun in the 10th inning, as Atlanta defeated Florida 3-2 in the finale of a three-game set at Turner Field. <BR> <BR> <B><U>Minor League Quicks</B></U>: Joe DePastino's sacrifice fly caps Richmond win; Macay McBride roughed up in Greenville loss; Gonzalo Lopez goes four strong (7K's) in Rome's loss to Capital City.


Braves win thriller 3-2 in ten innings.

The Atlanta Braves won a thriller in Atlanta Sunday as Marlins right-fielder Miguel Cabrera dropped a ball in right field allowing Andruw Jones to score the winning run in the tenth inning.

The Braves got a great pitching performance from Mike Hampton, who gave up only one run in seven plus innings of work. Kevin Gryboski gave up a two run home run to Ramon Castro in the eighth inning to tie the score at 2.

Atlanta left-fielder Chipper Jones injured his hamstring on a fly ball in the middle of the game. He is to be re-evaluated Monday, but is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list.


Joe DePastino's sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning drove in the winning run, as the Richmond Braves bested the Indianapolis Indians, 8-6. Richmond (4-5) rallied from a two-run deficit for the victory.

The Braves scored the winning run off losing pitcher Chris Michalak (1-2). Michalak hit Nick Green with a pitch to open the inning. Ryan Langerhans, attempting to sacrifice, dropped a bunt which Michalak fielded and threw late to second base behind Green. Lee Evans then walked to load the bases.

DePastino followed with a fly out to right field. Tribe right fielder Corey Hart fired a perfect strike to home plate as the runners held their ground, with the exception of Langerhans at second base. As catcher Mark Johnson threw to shortstop J.J. Hardy, Green broke for home plate. Hardy's throw was off line and Green scored the eventual winning run.

The Braves added another run in the inning, as Michalak intentionally walked Mike Hessman to re-load the bases, but Pete Orr drove a deep fly to center field, scoring Langerhans.

The Indians had a chance to win the game in the ninth. With one out, Chris Coste, who collected four hits, doubled down the left field line off Braves reliever Matt Whiteside. Pinch hitter Jeff Liefer received an intentional pass. After Hart popped out to first baseman Mike Hessman, pinch hitter Jon Nunnally struck out looking to end the threat.

Matt Whiteside (1-0) worked two innings of scoreless relief to earn the win.

Indianapolis (5-3) will meet the Braves in the rubber game of a four-game series Monday at noon on Baseball In Education Day at Victory Field.

The Tribe will send Travis Phelps to meet Trey Hodges tomorrow


Dionys Cesar and Jason Hill had three hits each as the Chattanooga Lookouts defeated the Greenville Braves 9-5 Sunday afternoon in Southern League action at Municipal Stadium. Every Lookout starter reached base to offset three G-Brave homeruns in front of 2,830 fans. The Lookouts got off to a hot start with three first inning runs on two hits off of G-Braves' starter Macay McBride (0-1). McBride did not help his own cause, walking three, and Chad Durham took advantage with a two RBI single.

Chattanooga continued the assault with two more runs in the second. A four-pitch walk to opposing pitcher Steve Kelly (1-0) was followed by an Andrew Beattie infield hit and an RBI double from William Bergolla. Dionys Cesar brought Beattie in with a ground out.

After the Lookouts posted their sixth run of the game in the top of the third, the G-Braves put their first tally on the board in the bottom half. Adam Stern led off with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a James Jurries ground out.

G-Brave bats showed signs of life as Cory Aldridge and Bill McCarthy each ripped solo homeruns, Aldridge's coming in the fourth and McCarthy's in the sixth, to make the score 6-3.

Jurries then answered a three-spot from the Lookouts in the top of the seventh with a soaring two-run homerun in the bottom half of the frame to cap off scoring.


Potomac scored six runs (five earned) in three innings off of Myrtle Beach starter Kyle Davies and went on to blow out the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 9-1 Sunday evening at Coastal Federal Field.

Davies struggled with his control walking five batters. He allowed only three hits in his three innings, but the walks hurt him severely.

On a positive note, Myrtle Beach reliever Matt McClendon had another strong outing pitching three shutout innings. McClendon, who missed almost all of the last two seasons, has yet to give up an earned run in 5.2 innings and has walked only one batter.

The Pelicans offensive struggles continue. They had only four hits on the day, and have only 47 hits in their last eight games.

Myrtle Beach drops to 5-5 on the season. They open up a three game series with Winston-Salem on Monday night at Coastal Federal Field. Jose Capellan is slated to pitch for the Pelicans. Game time is 6:05.


The Captial City Bombers beat the Rome Braves 5-2 Sunday afternoon.

With the game tied at two in the sixth inning, Capital City scored two runs off Rome reliever Sean White. Jamar Hill then gave the Bombers an insurance run in the 8th inning with a solo home run off Jake Blakeney.

Rome left-fielder Josh Burrus had another big day, going 3-3 with his first home run of the season. Burrus is now hitting .333. The Braves managed only five hits in the game.

Braves starting pitcher Gonzalo Lopez went four innings, allowing two runs on four hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts.

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