The Richmond Braves broke a scoreless tie with one run in the sixth and three in the seventh to beat the Rochester Red Wings 4-1 Friday night at the Diamond.
Brayan Pena knocked in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Then in the seventh David Kelton scored on an error by Rochester, followed by a run-scoring single by Scott Thorman. Then Carlos Mendez had a sac fly scoring Cesar Crespo.
Travis Smith pitched great for Richmond, going six scoreless innings and allowing only three hits. Smith, now 2-0 on the season, walked three and struck out six. Franklin Nunez gave up Rochester's only run, while Chad Paronto shut the door in the ninth earning his second save of the season.
Richmond is now 8-15 on the season. They continue the series with Rochester Saturday night as Ricardo Rodriguez pitches for the Braves against Jeremy Cummings. Game time is 7:00.
The Braves were held to two hits by five Mobile pitchers and lost to Mobile 3-0 on Friday night.
BayBears' starter Jared Wells pitched five no-hit innings before being pulled from the game. He got his third win of the season.
Mississippi starter Francisley Bueno allowed two runs on five hits in 2.2 innings. He is now 0-2 on the season. Three other pitchers went to the hill for the Braves, with the one of note being Will Startup. The lefty pitched two more scoreless innings to keep his ERA at 0.00 for the month of April.
The Braves are now 9-14 on the season. Matt Wright and Ryan Basner will pitch Saturday for Mississippi against Jose Oyervidez.
The Pelicans got a great pitching performance from the duo of Jose Ascanio and Kelvin Villa, along with some clutch hitting from Matt Young, and beat the Lynchburg Hillcats 5-1 for their sixth straight victory.
Ascanio pitched 5.1 scoreless innings, despite allowing six hits and five walks. He also struck out two. Then Kelvin Villa came in and gave up one run in 3.2 relief innings, with two walks, and four strikeouts.
Young was 3-for-4 with RBI singles in the 3rd, 5th, and 7th innings. Brandon Jones and Greg Creek also had RBIs for Myrtle Beach.
Myrtle Beach (13-9) goes for win number seven in a row Saturday night in a battle of lefties. Matt Harrison pitched for the Pelicans against Hillcats' southpaw Kyle Bloom.
The Braves game with the GreenJackets was suspended in the fourth inning due to a power outage in Augusta.
They'll try it again Saturday starting at 5:00 with Rome batting in the fourth inning. The game was tied at one when play was called.
Rome still has its five game winning streak on the line. They are 16-3 on the season.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look at the Braves' traditional front office philosophies. Email Bill at email@example.com.