Richmond had a dramatic tenth-inning win Sunday as Carlos Mendez doubled home Cesar Crespo to give the Braves a 2-1 victory over Scranton Wilkes-Barrow.
The Barons had a 1-0 advantage going into the bottom of the ninth, but with two outs shortstop Luis Hernandez hit his first home run of the season to tie the game at one. Then Mendez ended it in the extra inning.
Right-hander Kevin Barry started and pitched very well, allowing only one run on five hits in six innings of work. Chad Paronto was credited with the victory, his first of the season.
The Braves are now 9-16 on the season.
Mississippi and Mobile were rained out Sunday afternoon after trying to get through two rain delays. The first delay occurred after the top of the first. After a 45-minute delay, the Braves and BayBears played another half inning before the clouds opened up again.
The Braves have Monday off before starting a five-game series in Montgomery Tuesday night at 8:05 pm ET. Daniel Curtis (1-2, 5.64 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Braves, who remain 10-14 on the season.
It's now eight victories in a row for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, as they beat the Lynchburg Hillcats Sunday afternoon 6-4 at Coastal Federal Field.
The winning streak was in serious jeopardy early on, as Lynchburg gained an early 4-0 lead. The Pelicans had just one hit through four innings against Hillcats' starter Wardell Starling. But Onil Joseph got Myrtle Beach on the board with a two-run triple scoring Steve Pyzik and Greg Creek. Joseph then scored on a RBI single from J.C. Holt, who would then steal a base and then score on a Matt Young double tying the game at four.
In the sixth inning the Pelicans gained the lead for good as Creek doubled home Steve Doetsch. Myrtle Beach added an insurance run in the eighth inning when Doetsch scored on a wild pitch.
Pelicans' starter Charlie Morton pitched five innings and allowed four runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out six. Arthur Santos relieved Morton and was credit with the victory as he pitched the final four innings without yielding a run.
Unfortunately, the Pelicans (15-9) start a seven-game road trip Monday night with the first game in Salem starting at 7:00 pm. Luis Atilano will pitch for Myrtle Beach against Avalanche right-hander Felipe Paulino. We say unfortunately because the Pelicans really have enjoyed playing at Coastal Federal Field this season. They are now 14-3 at home, including ten straight wins.
Augusta scored five runs in the fifth inning off Rome starter Jairo Cuevas, and despite out-hitting the GreenJackets 11-6, Rome lost Sunday afternoon 6-1.
Rome starter Jairo Cuevas was sailing along until the fifth inning. He had struck out four and not allowed a hit or walk, but then Cuevas ran out of gas fast. He gave up a single with one out in the fifth, followed by two straight walks. After a strikeout for the second out, Augusta had four straight hits scoring five runs. Cuevas wound up going five full innings and allowed five runs, five hits, two walks, and six strikeouts.
The Braves only run came in the sixth when Kala Ka'aihue scored on a wild pitch.
Rome finishes out its series with Augusta Monday night at 7:05 before returning home to start a four-game homestand against Asheville. Jo Jo Reyes is schedule to start for the Braves Monday.
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.