Buffalo scored two in the second, three in the sixth, and five runs in the eighth inning to rout Richmond 10-1 Friday night at the Diamond.
The Bisons struck for two off Richmond starter Wes Obermueller in the second inning, with one run coming from a solo home run by Franklin Gutierrez. Obermueller pitched well except for that one inning, allowing only those two runs over five innings.
But then Buffalo scored three runs off Scott Mullen in two innings and exploded for five runs in the eighth inning off Eric Schmitt to blow the game open.
Richmond's only run came in the fifth when Michael Ryan singled home Billy McCarthy. Scott Thorman and Wes Timmons were the only Richmond hitters to have more than one hit, each getting two hits.
The Huntsville Stars beat the Mississippi 4-2 for the second straight game to put the Braves winless on the season.
Huntsville scored two in the first inning off Braves' starter David Coggin, who allowed three runs overall in his four innings of work. Then the Stars scored one run off Ryan Basner, who was solid in relief. Basner allowed only one run on two hits in four innings of work, with no walks and five strikeouts. Brad Baker pitched a scoreless ninth inning in his first appearance of the season.
But the Braves were unable to produce much offense, as both runs were scored in the seventh inning on a two-run home run by Mike Rosamond.
It was late inning magic in Myrtle Beach Friday night as Diory Hernandez broke a 4-4 tie with a base hit in the 10th inning, giving the Pelicans their first win of the season.
Myrtle Beach had tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Hernandez doubled home Van Pope before scoring the tying run on a double by Clint Sammons.
Will Startup picked up the win in relief, with two scoreless innings of work. The lefty allowed only one hit, walked one, and struck out three.
Jose Ascanio started for Myrtle Beach and allowed two runs on three hits in three innings. Then the Pelicans got some excellent middle relief from lefty Kelvin Villa, who allowed only two unearned runs on three hits in five innings, no walks, and four strikeouts.
Rome first baseman Kala Ka'aihue had a big night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs to lead the Braves to their second straight victory to start off the season.
Ka'aihue had a RBI single in the third inning and then a solo home run in the eighth inning to give the Braves some breathing room.
Jairo Cuevas started for Rome and went four innings. He pitched well except for walking two batters to start the fourth inning and then giving up a three-run home run to Salvador Sanchez. Cuevas allowed only two hits, walked four, and struck out five.
Nelson Payano came in relief of Cuevas to get the victory. The right-hander went four scoreless innings and allowed only one hit, walked two, and struck out six. Michael Nix pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his first save of the season.
Other offensive stars for Rome: Eric Campbell (2 for 4 with a run scored), Jordan Schafer (2 for 4 with a run scored and a stolen base), Jamie Romak (1 for 3 with a RBI), and Junior Guerra (RBI).
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. Email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.