Braves Digest: 4/23

<B><U>Braves 6, Marlins 1</B></U>: Russ Ortiz allowed just one run over 6 1/3 innings to lead Atlanta to a 6-1 win over Florida in the opener of a three-game set at Pro Player Stadium. <BR> <BR> <B><U>Minor League Quicks</B></U>: Ryan Langerhans can't cool down; Macay McBride loses his second straight start; Jose Capellan roughed up by Kinston; Rome scores a come from behind victory.


Russ Ortiz (2-2), who was brilliant in defeating the Marlins last week at Turner Field, was just as strong in this contest. The righthander surrendered only four hits while striking out six and walking six. Ortiz allowed only one run and six hits over 6 2/3 innings in last week's 4-1 win.

J.D. Drew hit a solo homer and drove in two runs for the Braves, who have taken all four meetings against Florida this season, including last week's three-game home sweep. Adam LaRoche added a pair of RBI and Rafael Furcal went 3-for-5 in the win.

Josh Beckett (1-2), who was outdueled by Ortiz in last Saturday's contest, was on the wrong end in this game as well. Beckett, who has lost three straight starts against Atlanta, permitted six runs on six hits over five innings while fanning four and walking two.

The Braves added three more runs in the third inning for a comfortable 5-0 edge. Furcal led off with a bunt single and moved to second on Wise's sacrifice. Giles then walked and after Drew struck out, Andruw Jones singled in Furcal for a three-run lead. LaRoche followed with a double to the gap in left-center field to bring home both runners for a 5-0 cushion.

Drew's solo homer to right field made it a 6-0 game in the fifth inning. It was Drew's second home run of the season.

Florida finally got on the board with a run in the sixth. Pierre led off with a double and was plated by Cabrera's two-base hit.


Ryan Langerhans's game winning RBI single with no one out in the bottom of the ninth inning vaulted the Richmond Braves past the Charlotte Knights, 5-4 on Friday.

Jorge Velandia led off the inning with a double to right field off of Jose Santiago. Vic Darensbourg came in to relieve Santiago, but Pete Orr singled and Langerhans drove in Velandia to win the game.

The Braves took a 4-3 lead into the eighth inning, but Charlotte tied the game on a sacrifice fly by Mario Valenzuela.

Mike Romano (1-2) picked up the win in relief. He pitched 1 2/3rd scoreless innings and gave up one hit.

Jose Santiago absorbed the loss. He allowed a run on three hits in 2 2/3rd innings. The loss dropped him to 0-1 on the season.

The Braves swept the three-game series with the win and will host Durham on Saturday, while Charlotte open's a three-game series in Norfolk.


Righthander Tetsu Yofu allowed just one unearned run over six innings to lead Birmingham to a 4-1 victory over the Greenville Braves on Friday night at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. The loss, the Braves fourth in a row, dropped Greenville to 2-13 on the season.

Greenville starter Macay McBride (0-2) lost a second straight start, yielding four Barons runs over six innings. Birmingham opened the scoring in the third as Mike Spidale tripled with one out and then scored on a single to right field by Ruddy Yan.

The Braves lone tally came in the fifth inning. Napoleon Calzado opened the frame reaching on an error. He then took third on a Tony Pena single to center field. Brayan Pena followed by bouncing to short for a double play, scoring Calzado and tying the game at 1-1.

The Barons, now winners of two straight, came right back to claim the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Rob Sasser led off with a triple off McBride. Nate Murphy followed with a single to put Birmingham ahead, 2-1. Mike Morse's sixth inning solo homer along with a Sasser RBI double capped the scoring, making it 4-1.


The Kinston Indians beat the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 6-3 Friday night at Grainger Stadium in Kinston, N.C. Pelicans starter Jose Capellan lasted 3.2 innings allowing six earned runs and took the loss and is 0-1. Kinston starter Brian Slocum pitched seven innings earning his third win of the season. At one point, Slocum retired 12 consecutive Pelicans batters, retiring the Pelicans in order in the third, fourth, and and fifth innings.

Myrtle Beach scored first when Gregor Blanco scored in the first inning on Brian McCann's rbi single. The Indians countered with six runs in the fourth inning, sending 10 men to the plate. That drove Capellan from the mound. The Pelicans scored two runs in the ninth and had the bases loaded with the tying runner on first, but the game ended when Ben Thomas groundef out to second.


The Rome Braves snagged a come-from-behind victory from the Lakewood BlueClaws 6-5 Friday evening at State Mutual Stadium before a crowd of 4,363.

Lakewood took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning. Jake Blalock tripled to center field and came around to score on a throwing error by Rome left fielder Josh Burrus.

The BlueClaws added another run in the fourth. Tim Moss singled to open the inning and then stole second. Moss advanced to third on a wild pitch from Braves starter Stephen Russell. Marc Tugwell's sacrifice fly to left scored Moss.

Rome put one run on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Matt Esquivel doubled and advanced to third on consecutive walks issued by Lakewood starter Scott Mathieson to Miguel Bernard and Ardley Jansen. Esquivel scored on a Carlos Guzman fielder's choice.

Lakewood would add two runs in the fifth and one in the eighth, but it proved to not be enough in the end.

The Braves snapped back in the eighth posting two runs. Scott Schade singled to right and was replaced by pinch runner Dean White. White moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a base hit by Miguel Bernard. Cole Barthel then came in to pinch run for Bernard. Ardley Jansen drew a walk off Lakewood reliever Cory Schultz to load the bases. A wild pitch by Schultz allowed White to score from third and Barthel came home on a throwing error by BlueClaws catcher Jose Cortez.

Rome took the game away from Lakewood in the bottom of the ninth. Josh Burrus led off the inning with an infield single. Martin Prado's sacrifice bunt advanced Burrus to second. Steven Doetsch looped a single into right field allowing Burrus to score. Dean White drew a walk, moving Doetsch to second. Steve Pyzik's base hit to left scored Doetsch to give the Braves the victory.

Jacob Stevens gets the win in relief for Rome (1-0) while Dan Hodges (0-1) takes the loss for Lakewood.

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