After getting out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on RBI singles by David Kelton and Michael Ryan, Richmond saw several of the top prospects in baseball take over the game, as Durham beat the Braves 6-3 at the Diamond.
The Bulls scored two in the fifth, three in the seventh, and one run in the eighth inning to take control of the game. Elijah Dukes, a top outfield prospect for Durham's parent club in Tampa Bay, went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Delmon Young had a hit and a walk on the night, and B.J. Upton was 1-for-1 with a run scored and four walks.
Richmond starter Brian O'Connor did well, allowing only two runs in five innings of work. But reliever Kevin Barry was roughed up, as he allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits in three innings.
Durham is now 5-0 on the season, while the Braves dropped to 2-3. The teams will square off again Tuesday night with Anthony Lerew pitching for Richmond.
It was a good showing for Macay McBride, but a lousy outing for the pitchers that came behind him as the Huntsville Stars skunked the Mississippi Braves 12-5 Monday night at Trustmark Park.
McBride was assigned to Mississippi Monday for a rehab assignment for the strain in his forearm. He pitched a scoreless first inning and allowed only one hit and struck out a batter.
But then Daniel Curtis gave up four runs in four innings of work. Bryan Digby had a rough night, allowing seven runs (five earned) on eight hits in two innings. Glenn Tucker pitched the ninth inning and gave up an unearned run.
Mississippi's Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the ninth off former Braves' farmhand Joe Winklesas. Gregor Blanco went 4-for-5 with a double, and Yunel Escobar was 1-for-3 with a RBI.
McBride will pitch one inning on Wednesday, then another inning Saturday, and finally two innings next Tuesday before the Braves determine when he'll return to the big leagues.
The Braves (2-3) start a five-game series with Mobile Tuesday night at Trustmark Park. Sean White is scheduled to pitch for Mississippi.
Winston-Salem scored five runs (three earned) off Myrtle Beach reliever Charlie Morton to hold on for the 5-1 victory over the Pelicans Monday night.
Righty James Parr started for Myrtle Beach and went five scoreless innings. But Morton was roughed up, allowing five runs (three earned) on three hits in three innings pitched.
The Pelicans managed only four hits on the night, and Clint Sammons drove in the only run in the second inning on a groundout.
Jake Stevens faces the Warthogs Tuesday night in his second start of the season for Myrtle Beach, who is now 2-3 on the young season.
Rome had the day off on Monday. They start a eight-game road trip Tuesday night in Savannah against the Sand Gnats. Tyler Bullock and Jeff Lyman will piggyback and pitch for the Braves, who are 4-0 on the season.
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.