Richmond had its two-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night as the Rochester Red Wings scored two runs in the tenth inning to win 4-2 at the Diamond.
The Braves had tied the game at two in the ninth inning with a solo home run by first baseman Scott Thorman, his second of the season. But then the Red Wings plated two runs in the tenth when former Braves' farmhand Garrett Jones doubled off reliever Scott Mullen to score Jason Bartlett and Jason Kubel.
The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when Rochester broke through for two runs off Richmond starter Kevin Barry. Josh Rabe and Shawn Wooten had run-scoring doubles for the Red Wings. Richmond bounced back with a run in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Schuerholz.
Barry pitched well, allowing only two runs on five hits in 6.1 innings. He walked two and struck out five. The loss was charged to Franklin Nunez, who falls to 1-2 on the season.
Richmond (6-14) and Rochester play game two of the series Wednesday night starting at 7:00. Anthony Lerew will take on Pete Munro.
The Mississippi Braves snapped a four-game losing streak with a four-run sixth innning to beat the Montgomery Biscuits 9-6 on Tuesday at Trustmark Park.
Down 4-3 in the sixth, the Braves' offense finally woke up, led by Josh Arteaga driving home Carl Loadenthal to tie the game. Then Yunel Escobar singled home Arteaga, followed by a two-run double by Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Arteaga had a sac fly in the seventh inning, and Willie James then singled home Matt Esquivel to give the Braves a little insurance.
Chris Waters (2-0) got the victory with another solid performance. The lefty allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits, three walks, and six strikeouts in six innings of work. Glenn Tucker gave up two runs in the eighth inning, but Will Startup came in to shut the door to get his second save of the season. Here are Startup's season stats (one game with Myrtle Beach and six games with Mississippi): 3-0, 0.00, 2 saves, 7 hits in 11.2 innings, 0 runs, 2 walks, and 19 strikeouts.
The Braves (8-12) now hit the road for a ten-game trip, starting Wednesday in Mobile. Daniel Curtis (1-1) will pitch for Mississippi.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans won their third game in a row Tuesday with a dramatic 4-3 ninth-inning victory over the Salem Avalanche.
Down 3-1 in the ninth, Pelicans' third baseman Van Pope led off the inning with a walk. Then catcher Clint Sammons hit his second home run of the season to tie the game at three. Diory Hernandez was next, and he promptly knocked a solo home run to give Myrtle Beach the thrilling victory. The Pelicans are now 8-0 in one-run games.
Salem had gotten on the board first with two runs in the top of the third. The Pelicans bounced back with a solo run in the bottom of the frame as Matt Young singled home Onil Joseph.
The Pelicans got another solid outing from right-hander Luis Atilano, who went seven innings and allowed three runs on seven hits, one walk, and two strikeouts. Atilano had a rough start in his season debut (8 runs on 11 hits in 2.2 innings), but his last three starts have been outstanding (16 hits in 21 innings, six runs, five earned runs, three walks, and eight strikeouts - an ERA of 2.14).
Myrtle Beach (10-9) takes on Salem again Wednesday night at 7:02 pm with righty Charlie Morton (1-2, 6.94) on the mound against Salem's Felipe Paulino (1-2, 6.46).
The Rome Braves continue to shock all of baseball. Perhaps the youngest team in the South Atlantic League is the best team in baseball, and they won their third game in a row Tuesday night with a 6-5 victory over the Columbus Catfish.
Rome scored one run in the second inning on a double by Cody Clark to get their scoring going. Then in the fourth Eric Campbell (1) and Kala Ka'aihue (4) hit back-to-back home runs to lead off the inning, and Derrick Arnold then added a single scoring Clark to give the Braves a 4-0 lead.
Braves' starter Jairo Cuevas held Columbus scoreless through the first four innings, but then the Catfish broke through for three runs in the fifth to make the game 4-3. Rome added another run in the fifth on a RBI single by Ka'aihue, and then the final run scored on a wild pitch that plated Ovandy Suero. Columbus added single runs in the eighth and ninth innings, but the Braves would hold on for the win.
Cuevas got the win, his second of the season. Cuevas allowed three runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings. Rudy Quinonez, called up Monday from Extended Spring Training, got his first save of the season.
Rome plays a businessperson's special Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 pm. Jo Jo Reyes is scheduled to pitch for the Braves, who are now 14-3 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.