The Richmond Braves won their second game in a row with a 2-0 shutout win over Norfolk Monday night.
Ricardo Rodriguez got his first win in a Braves' uniform with six shutout innings. Rodriguez allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out three. Macay McBride had his second consecutive scoreless outing, pitching the seventh inning and allowing only a walk. Brad Baker had two strikeouts in his scoreless inning, as did Peter Moylan, who finished out the game to get his first save of the season.
Richmond's two runs came in the first inning. Scott Thorman tripled home Brayan Pena, and then he scored when Bill McCarthy reached on an error. That was all the offense the Richmond pitchers needed.
The Braves are now 6-13 on the season.
Mississippi lost its fourth game in a row Monday night as Montgomery scored a run in the top of the ninth to win 3-2 at Trustmark Park.
Braves' starter Ryan Basner was the story early on. The right-hander had a perfect game and nine strikeouts through five innings. He was then given a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth when Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his third home run of the season.
But in the sixth Basner hit the leadoff batter and then gave up the first hit of the game to Jeremy Owens. Basner then got two outs, but Jason Pridie got a two-out single to score Ryan Knox to tie the game at one.
Eddie Perez gave the Braves back the lead in the bottom of the sixth with a single that scored Yunel Escobar.
Matt Wright, who joined the Mississippi roster earlier Monday, relieved Basner and promptly gave up a home run to Gabriel Martinez in the seventh inning to tie the game at two.
Then in the ninth, Jason Pridie led off the inning with a single. Joshua Johnson then tried to bunt Pridie over, but Wright's throw to first base got by Willie James. Pridie came all the way around to score and break the 2-2 tie.
Wright took the loss, despite pitching well in his debut. Basner went six innings and allowed only one run on two hits, no walks, and ten strikeouts.
Mississippi is now 7-12 on the season. Chris Waters pitches for the Braves Tuesday night in the series finale against Montgomery.
A good start to the Pelicans' seven-game homestand Monday night as they defeated the Salem Avalanche 2-1 at Coastal Federal Field.
Matt Harrison got his second win of the season pitching eight strong innings. The lefty allowed only one run on three hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. Harrison's ERA lowered to 2.66. Dan Smith recorded his fourth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning. Smith now has an ERA of 1.29.
The Avalanche scored first in the first, but the Pelicans bounced back in the bottom half of the frame when Brandon Jones had a sac fly scoring Matt Young. Then in the bottom of the eighth with the game tied at one, Clint Sammons had a sac fly to score J.C. Holt giving Myrtle Beach the lead and the chance for Harrison to get his second win of the season.
The Pelicans are now back at .500 on the season, 9-9. Luis Atilano will pitch Tuesday night for Myrtle Beach against Salem righty Evan Englebrook.
Chris Vines continued his solid pitching Monday night defeating the Columbus Catfish 6-2 at State Mutual Stadium.
Vines allowed two runs on five hits in six innings, with one walk, and three strikeouts. The Braves got great relief once again as Michael Nix pitched two scoreless inning with five strikeouts. Nix now has 17 strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work. Steve Russell finished out the game with a scoreless ninth inning.
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Rome put three runs on the board when Quentin Davis doubled with the bases loaded to clear the bases. Eric Campbell added a sac fly in the fifth inning, and then Junior Guerra doubled home Jamie Romak in the sixth inning to give Rome the four-run lead.
The Braves are now an astounding 13-3 on the season. Game two of the series with Columbus will be tomorrow night with Jairo Cuevas on the mound.
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.