After snapping a six-game losing streak Tuesday, the Richmond Braves got back into the loss column with a 12-3 loss to Buffalo Wednesday afternoon.
Richmond's newest starter, Ricardo Rodriguez, got off to a solid start. The former Rangers' starter allowed only one run on three hits in four innings. But his reliever, and the man he replaced in Richmond's rotation, Damian Moss, got roughed up for eleven runs (ten earned) on eleven hits in 3.1 innings pitched. Moss gave up four home runs to Buffalo hitters.
The Braves scored two runs in the fifth and a solo run in the eighth. Wes Timmons was 2-for-4 with a RBI. Luis Hernandez and Carlos Duran picked up the other two RBI for Richmond. Jonathan Schuerholz had his best game at the plate this season as he went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored.
Richmond is now 4-10 on the season. They'll play another afternoon game Thursday starting at 1:05 at Buffalo. Right-hander Kevin Barry will pitch for the Braves against lefty Jason Stanford.
West Tennessee scored three runs in the eighth inning to beat the Mississippi Braves 6-4 on Wednesday night.
Mississippi reliever Glenn Tucker replaced Eric Schmitt with two on and two out in the eighth inning and promptly gave up a two-run double to former Braves' farmhand Richard Lewis. Later in the inning, West Tenn scored an additional run on a passed ball by Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
The Braves grabbed a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning with three runs. Josh Arteaga hit his first home run of the year to plate two runs, and then Saltalamacchia walked with the bases loaded to give the Braves a one-run lead.
Braves' starter David Coggin went five innings and allowed three runs on four hits, one walk, and two strikeouts. Schmitt, who joined the Mississippi team earlier in the day, was tagged with the loss.
Thursday the Braves send left-hander Chris Waters to the mound against West Tennessee. Game time is 7:05 pm. Mississippi is now 6-8 on the season.
For the second straight game, Myrtle Beach right-hander Luis Atilano pitched a fantastic game and the Pelicans squeaked by Winston-Salem 2-1 Wednesday night at Coastal Federal Field.
Atilano allowed only one run on four hits in seven complete innings. The former first-rounder walked one and struck out three. Atilano has now had two straight seven-inning starts; he has given up only two runs in his last two appearances. Zach Schreiber got a save with two scoreless innings for the Pelicans.
With the game tied at one in the seventh inning, Steve Doetsch singled home Diory Hernandez, who had reached on an error and then stolen a base. The Pelicans got their first run in the third inning when Brandon Jones doubled home J.C. Holt. Jones and Barbaro Canizares both had two hits on the night.
The Pelicans have now won three in a row and are at the .500 mark (7-7). Charlie Morton and James Parr will pitch for Myrtle Beach Thursday night as they hit the road against Kinston. Game time is 7:00 pm.
Rome was off Wednesday. They start an eight-game home stand Thursday night against the Augusta Green Jackets starting at 7:05 at State Mutual Stadium. Jo Jo Reyes is expected to start for the Braves, who have won five in a row and are 10-2 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.