After snapping a four-game losing streak Thursday
night, the Richmond Braves play their first home game
of the season at the Diamond with a 4:00 contest
against Louisville this afternoon.
Andy Van Hekken, who got a loss in his 2005 debut by
giving up 7 runs on 6 hits in 4 innings, will be on
the mound for the Braves. Steve Kelly will go for the
Richmond is 3-5 in the South Division of the
International League, one game back of the Durham
Mississippi continues its season-opening road trip
with the start of a three-game series in Jacksonville
Friday night at 7:05. Macay McBride will pitch for the
The Braves are 1-6 on the season. Pitching has been
the problem, as the team ERA is 7.47, worst in the
However, the offense has been impressive. Jonathan Schuerholz is off to a fantastic start, leading the
team in average (.391) and OBP (.481) in 23 at bats.
Jeff Francoeur is tied with Brian McCann with two home
runs for the team lead. Frenchy is also third on the
team in average (.357) and fourth in OBP (.400).
Next year's Pete Orr, Wes Timmons, is off to a hot
start with a .357 average and a .417 OBP. Scott Thorman is also playing well, with a .346 average and
a .433 OBP.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans get back home Friday night
to start a three game weekend series against the
Potomac Nationals. Juan Alvarez will be on the hill
for the Pelicans.
After they split a four-game series with
Winston-Salem, the Pelicans are now 5-3 on the season,
tied for first place with Kinston in the Southern
Division of the Carolina League.
Matt Esquivel and Jarrod Saltalamacchia are off to hot
starts for the Pelicans. Esquivel is hitting .375 with
2 home runs, 4 doubles, and 5 RBI in his first eight
games. Salty Dog is hitting a cool .400 with a home
run, 5 doubles, and 5 RBI.
Rome continues its four-game weekend series against
the Columbus Catfish Friday night at 7:00 with Luis
The 2-5 Braves are struggling at the plate. Cole Armstrong hit the first home run of the season for the
team on Thursday night.
However, the pitching has been superb. The team ERA is
now 2.48 after Matt Harrison's solid start Thursday.
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