Braves Digest: 5/9

<B><U>Braves 5, Astros 4</B></U>: Andruw Jones smacked a home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead Atlanta to a 5-4 win over Houston in the second of a three-game series at Turner Field. <BR> <BR> <B><U>Minor League Quicks</B></U>: Pete Orr continues to tear up the International League; Zach Miner has another rough night for the G-Braves; Jose Capellan continues to build off solid spring with seven strong for the Pelicans.

ATLANTA

Andruw's Homer Lifts Braves Over Astros

Andruw Jones poked an opposite field home run in the tenth inning to give the Atlanta Braves a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros at Turner Field Saturday night.

The Braves are now 14-15 on the season and tied with the Phillies for second place in the NL East. Russ Ortiz pitches for Atlanta Sunday at 1:05 against Andy Pettitte of the Astros.

RICHMOND

Richmond Beats Syracuse 5-4

Richmond scored four runs in the seventh inning to defeat Syracuse 5-4 Saturday afternoon at the Diamond.

Nick Green doubled to clear the bases for the big hit in the seventh inning. Green went 3 for 4 and has raised his average to .344. Nick now has a five game hitting streak (.474).

Pete Orr went 2 for 5 and is now hitting .391. Orr is now 12 for his last 27 (.444) and he has a six game hitting streak.

Tim Drew started and did not figure into the decision. He allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits in five innings. Ryan Glynn (1-0) got the win in relief. He went 2.2 scoreless innings. Armando Almanza got his first save of the season pitching a scoreless 1.1 innings. Almanza has not allowed an earned run since he joined Richmond. His rehab stint is over Sunday and the Braves will then have to make a decision on him joining the Atlanta roster.

Richmond is now 13-14 on the season. They host Syracuse again Sunday at 2:00 with Travis Smith (2-0) on the mound.

GREENVILLE

G-Braves Lose Fifth In A Row

The Carolina Mudcats scored seven runs in the first three innings to build a big lead and eventually defeat the Greenville Braves 11-3 Saturday night.

Zach Miner (1-4) had another rough night for the G-Braves, allowing seven runs (six earned) on six hits and three walks in 2.2 innings. Steve Smyth came in relief and allowed one run in 1.2 innings. Then despite five strikeouts, Brett Evert gave up three runs on five hits in 2.2 innings. Jamie Emiliano would pitch a perfect eighth inning.

Adam Stern had the best night offensively for the G-Braves going 2 for 5 with a RBI. Andy Marte and Brayan Pena also drove in runs.

The G-Braves are now 6-23 on the season. They wrap up their series with Carolina Sunday afternoon at 2:00. Macay McBride is the scheduled pitcher.

MYRTLE BEACH

Capellan Leads Pelicans Over Lynchburg

Myrtle Beach right-hander Jose Capellan pitched seven strong innings to lead the Pelicans over Lynchburg Saturday night 5-3.

Capellan allowed only one unearned run on six hits, one walk, and eight strikeouts. He is now 2-0 in his last three starts with an ERA of 0.50. In those three games he's allowed only nine hits in eighteen innings, two runs, one earned run, five walks, and twenty four strikeouts. He's lowered his overall ERA to 3.08.

Jeff Francoeur extended his hitting streak to seven games by going 2 for 5 with a double and 2 runs scored. His average is now up to .266. Ben Thomas also had two hits and two RBI. Luis Hernandez extended his hitting streak to five games with a 1 for 4 performance. Gregor Blanco hit his first home run of the season.

Myrtle Beach (15-14) will close out the series with Lynchburg Sunday afternoon with Matt Wright on the mound.

ROME

Rome Loses Third Straight To Capital City

The Rome Braves lost for the tenth time in their last twelve games as they were defeated 7-4 by Capital City Saturday Night.

The Bombers grabbed an early 2-0 lead with solo runs in the first two innings off Rome starter Jo Jo Reyes. Leading 3-1 in the sixth, Cap City then scored three more runs off reliever Sean White to have a commanding advantage.

Rome had only four hits on the night. Mike Hanson tripled home a run and Josh Burrus and Carlos Guzman both drove in solo runs.

Rome is now 13-16 on the season. They are off Sunday before flying to Hagerstown to start a three game series with the Suns on Monday night.

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