Braves Digest: 4/21

<B><U>Braves 9, Reds 5</B></U>: Andruw Jones and Rafael Furcal homered in the top of the 10th inning to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 9-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the middle contest of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park. <BR> <BR> <B><U>Minor League Quicks</B></U>: Wilson Betemit comes through in a big way for Richmond; Blaine Boyer gets busted up by the Warthogs; Chuck James lowers his ERA to 1.26 in Rome Braves win.


Mark DeRosa recorded two hits, three RBI and a run scored for Atlanta, which rebounded from a series-opening setback and won for the fourth time in five games. Rookie Adam LaRoche hit his first major league home run in the victory.

As the top of the 10th commenced, the teams were deadlocked at five, but the Braves broke the game wide open with four runs on two homers to gain control. Jones started the top of the extra frame with a solo shot to left.

DeRosa and Johnny Estrada then walked with two outs before Furcal belted a three-run homer to left-center off of Brian Reith for a 9-5 Atlanta lead.

John Smoltz then came on for the Braves and worked around an infield single by Barry Larkin before getting the final three outs.


Betemit Carries Braves to a 6-3 Win

Wilson Betemit's bases-clearing double in the bottom of the eighth inning broke open a tied ballgame to give the Richmond Braves a 6-3 victory over the Charlotte Knights at The Diamond Wednesday night.

Besides Betemit's late-inning heroics, Mike Hessman added his third home run in successive games for the Braves. Nick Green also added three hits, and his triple in the third set up a two-run rally for a 3-1 lead the Braves would hold until the top of the eighth inning.

The Knights had tied the contest at three in the top of the eighth on consecutive RBI on a Bobby Smith single and a Mike Rivera sacrifice fly. Joe Borchard, who entered the contest hitting .170, also contributed a 3-for-3 night for the Knights.

Matt Whiteside (2-0) picked up the victory working 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. Mitch Wylie (0-1) was charged with the loss for the Knights giving up two earned runs on three hits in 1.1 innings of work.


G-Braves 9th Inning Rally Comes Up Short

The Jacksonville Suns beat the Greenville Braves 4-3 Wednesday night, but the G-Braves went down with a good fight that just came up short.

Down by two going into the bottom of the ninth, Greenville scored on a Brayan Pena single to right field scoring Napoleon Calzado to make the game 4-3 Jacksonville. Then with two outs Adam Stern walked to load the bases for James Jurries, who then lined a rocket down the third base line that was snagged by Suns third baseman Brennan King to end the game.

Jacksonville scored first in the game in the second inning when Daylan Holt singled to left field. Kelly Johnson fielded the ball cleanly, but made a wild throw to second that allowed Brennan King to score from third. Sergio Garcia would then single to score Holt making it 2-0 Suns.

Greenville tied the game in the sixth inning. Calzado grounded out with the bases loaded scoring Adam Stern, and then Cory Aldridge would single home a run to make the score 2-2.

Steve Smyth did not pitch poorly for Greenville, allowing only the two runs in six innings. But Armando Almanza (0-3) would give up a run on a RBI single by Willy Aybar. Then Jacksonville would add one more when Nick Alvarez singled off Ralph Roberts.

The G-Braves (2-11) wrap up their seven game home stand with a Thursday night game against the Suns at 7:15 at Municipal Stadium. Zach Miner (0-3) will go for the Braves.


Pelicans Lose Big To Winston-Salem

One day after being shutout by the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Winston-Salem Warthogs exploded for 12 runs to win the last game of the three game series at Coastal Federal Field.

With a 2-1 lead in the 5th, the Warthogs busted out for four runs off Myrtle Beach starter Blaine Boyer (1-2). Then Winston-Salem added six runs in the seventh inning off of Pelicans reliever Manny Acosta.

Myrtle Beach was limited to only one hit over five innings by Warthogs starter Sean Tracey (1-1). They would add two in the ninth inning off reliever Byeong Hak An. Gregor Blanco, Wes Timmons, and Luis Hernandez picked up RBI's for the Pelicans.

Myrtle Beach (7-6) is off Thursday. They start a weekend series in Kinston Friday night.


Rome Beats Lakewood 9-3

The Rome Braves scored six runs in the second inning and single runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to beat the Lakewood BlueClaws 9-3 Wednesday afternoon at State Mutual Stadium.

The Braves got a great pitching performance from left-hander Chuck James, who went six shutout innings and allowed only two hits, one walk, and had four strikeouts. James lowered his ERA to 1.26.

Dean White had the biggest day for the Braves going 3 for 4 with 2 RBI. Scott Schade and Steve Doetsch both went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Schade had his first home run of the season, the only homer for the Braves on the day. Josh Burrus and Steve Pyzik also had run scoring singles. Mike Hanson added a sacrifice fly.

The Braves are now 8-4 on the season. They take on the Blueclaws again Thursday with Jo Jo Reyes on the mound.

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