Braves Digest: 4/25

<B><U>Braves 7, Marlins 2</B></U>: J.D. Drew snapped a seventh-inning tie with a bases-loaded triple, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 7-2 victory over the Florida Marlins in the rubber match of a three-game series at Pro Player Stadium. <BR> <BR> <B><U>Minor League Quicks</B></U>: Dave Nilsson hits his first Richmond homerun, Trey Hodges earns the win; Dan Meyer gets his first career AA victory; Jeff Francouer has a monster day for Myrtle Beach; Brian Digby leads Rome to a win.


Braves take rubber match from Florida

Mark DeRosa went 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs batted in for Atlanta, which won for the fifth time in six meetings with Florida this season. The Braves are 3-3 on a 12-game road trip that continues with three games in San Francisco and three more in Colorado.

John Thomson (2-1) earned the win for Atlanta, allowing two runs on eight hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

The Braves snapped a 2-2 tie with four runs in the seventh against the Florida bullpen.

Atlanta grabbed a 1-0 lead with one out in the first when DeRosa belted his first homer of the season. It was the first earned run against Willis this season.

DeRosa came through again in the second, stroking a two-out base hit to score Johnny Estrada for a 2-0 lead. Estrada led off the inning with a single and took second on a bunt by Thomson.

The Braves left the bases loaded in the fifth when Estrada hit a soft liner to right for the third out, and the Marlins tied it in the bottom of the inning.


Hodges and Homers Lead Richmond Over Durham

The Richmond Braves won their fifth game in a row Sunday beating the Durham Bulls 5-1 at the Diamond in front of 7351 fans.

Trey Hodges won his first game of the season going six strong innings and allowing only one run on four hits. Trey walked only one and struck out seven. Sean Fesh pitched two scoreless innings in relief lowering his ERA to 1.86. Buddy Hernandez finished out the game with a scoreless ninth. Buddy now has an ERA of 2.89.

Richmond had three home runs Sunday. Mike Hessman continued his hot hitting with another bomb, his fifth of the season. Dave Nilsson hit his first home run in a Braves uniform with a solo shot. Ryan Jackson also hit his first home run of the season.

Wilson Betemit improved his average to .143 with a 1 for 2 day and has now hit safely in four straight games. Betemit also got two walks. Pete Orr continues his good work with a 2 for 4 day. Orr is now hitting .364 and has a five game hitting streak. Ryan Langerhans extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 1 for 4 day. "Langy" is now hitting .319.

Richmond is now 9-6 on the season.


G-Braves Shutout Birmingham

Greenville left-hander Dan Meyer pitched 5.1 shutout innings on his way to picking up his first win of the season as the G-Braves blanked Birmingham 5-0 Sunday afternoon.

Meyer, who missed ten days with a sprained ankle early in the year, has still yet to allow an earned run. He gave up only two hits, one walk, and two strikeouts. Alec Zumwalt pitched a perfect 1.2 innings, and Ralph Roberts allowed only one hit and one walk in the final two innings.

James Jurries continues to tear up the Southern League with a 4 for 4 afternoon. Jurries had two doubles and drove in a run. Cory Aldridge and Napoleon Calzado also had RBI singles.

Greenville improves to 3-14 on the season.


Pelicans Shutout First Place Kinston 5-0

Myrtle Beach right-hander Kyle Davies pitched six shutout innings to help lead the Pelicans to a 5-0 win over first place Kinston Sunday afternoon.

Davies allowed only two hits, walked one, and struck out eight. He lowered his ERA to 3.21. Ryan Basner pitched two scoreless innings allowing four hits and striking out 3. Basner lowered his ERA to 2.45. Glenn Tucker pitched a scoreless ninth to finish out the game.

Pelicans right-fielder Jeff Francoeur hit a three run home run in the fifth inning to lead the Myrtle Beach offense. Francoeur went 3 for 4 and is now hitting .259. It was his second home run and he now has 10 RBI on the season.

Gregor Blanco added a RBI single and has now hit in six straight games. Onil Joseph knocked in his first run of the season with a double.

The Pelicans are now 8-8 on the season.


Rome Beats Delmarva Behind Solid Pitching

The Rome Braves improved to 10-6 on the season with a 4-1 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds Sunday at State Mutual Stadium.

Bryan Digby continues to pitch well for Rome. He allowed only one run on six hits in six innings. Digby walked three and struck out four.

Then Rome got some solid relief pitching from Jose Ascaino, Kyle Bakker, and Brad Nelson. The three combined for three shutout innings and allowed only one walk and one hit.

After getting only 2 hits in his last 17 at bats, Rome right-fielder Matt Esquivel got back on track with a 2 for 2 day that included his 8th double and 9th RBI of the season. Miguel Bernard drove in two with a single in the first inning.

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