Richmond's game with Buffalo was rained out Saturday night. The Braves and Bisons will play a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon starting at 2:00 pm. Travis Smith and Damian Moss will go for the Braves, who are 1-1 on the season.
After being no-hit for the first four innings of the game, the Mississippi Braves broke out for five runs in the fifth inning and held on for their first win of the season.
Huntsville's Corey Thurman held the Braves hitless for four innings, but was replaced in the fifth inning by Mike Meyers, who promptly gave up five runs. The Braves got RBI hits from Carl Loadenthal, Onil Joseph, and a two-run double by Martin Prado in their big inning.
Mississippi got a solid start from lefty Brady Endl, who had been battling the flu bug the past few days. Endl allowed two unearned runs on one hit in four innings, with three walks and four strikeouts. Bryan Digby (1-0) got the win after pitching a scoreless fifth inning. Phil Stockman had his second straight perfect outing, pitching three scoreless innings. And Glenn Tucker finished up the game pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
The Braves send lefty Chris Waters to the mound on Sunday against the Stars.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans won their second straight game Saturday with a 1-0 rain-shortened victory over the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
Left-hander Matt Harrison pitched five superb innings of baseball, not allowing a run on four hits, two walks, and five strikeouts. Reliever Arthur Santos got the win with three scoreless innings himself.
The Pelicans scored their only run in the seventh inning on some aggressive baserunning by Willie James, who was at third base after pinch running for Steve Pyzik. J.C. Holt grounded a ball to second base, but after the Blue Rocks' infielder looked James back at third, he threw to first to get Holt, only to see James dart home for the first and only run of the game.
The rain hit hard in the bottom of the eighth inning and the game was finally called.
Myrtle Beach is now 2-1 on the season. They'll play Wilmington again Sunday afternoon at 2:02 with Luis Atilano on the mound for the Pelicans against lefty Andrew Dobies.
Rome got some great pitching and help from some lousy Kannapolis defense to move to 3-0 on the season with a 7-1 victory Saturday night in front of a sold out crowd at Rome's State Mutual Stadium.
Left-hander Jo Jo Reyes was masterful, allowing only one run on five hits in five innings of work. Reyes did not walk a batter and struck out eight. He was relieved by Moises Hernandez, acquired over the winter from the Orioles for Leo Mazzone. The right-hander went three perfect innings and had five strikeouts. Lefty Devin Anderson finished out the game with a scoreless ninth inning.
The Braves got a lot of help from the Intimidators, who made six errors on the night. But Elvis Andrus also helped out with a 2-4 night and four runs driven in, his first RBIs of the season.
Rome is now 3-0 on the season and will close out the series with Kannapolis Sunday afternoon.
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 email@example.com.