Right-hander Anthony Lerew had his best start of the season to lead the Richmond Braves to a 3-1 victory over Scranton Wilkes-Barrow at the Diamond Monday night.
Lerew pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing only two hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. After five tough starts, Lerew finally performed as the top right-handed prospect should.
Scott Thorman, playing left field for Richmond, got the Braves on the board with a solo home run in the fourth inning. It was his fourth homer of the season. Thorman also drove in a run in the fifth inning on a fielder's choice; another run scored on the same play on a throwing error.
The Braves are now 10-16 on the season, 9.5 games back of Charlotte in the International League's South Division. They'll play Scranton Wilkes-Barrow Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 pm. Brian O'Connor (0-2, 4.91) will pitch for Richmond against Phillies' top prospect Cole Hamels (1-0, 0.00).
The Mississippi Braves were off Monday night. They open up a five-game series Tuesday in Montgomery. Daniel Curtis will get the start for the Braves, who are 4/5 games back of Jacksonville for third place in the Southern League's South Division.
A pitcher's dual in Salem turned into a late-inning, late-night contest as the Avalanche stopped Myrtle Beach's eight-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory.
With the game tied at one in the top of the thirteenth, Myrtle Beach took the lead on a sac fly from Van Pope. But the Avalanche won the game in the bottom of the 13th on back-to-back RBI singles by Mario Garza and Wallace Torbert off Pelicans' reliever Michael Nix.
Luis Atilano had his fourth straight solid start for Myrtle Beach, going six innings and giving up only one run on four hits, two walks, and two strikeouts. He lowered his ERA to 4.25 after giving up eight runs in his first 2.2 innings of the season which ballooned his ERA.
The Pelicans finish up the series at Salem tonight at 7:00 pm. James Parr (1-0, 0.60) will pitch for Myrtle Beach against lefty Troy Patton (0-3, 3.60). Now that the eight-game winning streak is over, the Pelicans are 15-10 on the season, two games back of Kinston in the Carolina League's Southern Division.
Like Tim Hudson, Anthony Lerew, and Luis Atilano, Jo Jo Reyes had a brilliant pitching performance for the Rome Braves as they beat the Augusta Green Jackets 8-1 Monday night.
Reyes allowed only one run on one hit in seven innings, with one walk, and eleven strikeouts. His ERA dropped to 4.39.
After seeing Augusta score a solo run in the first, Rome bounced back with four runs in the third inning, three off Eric Campbell's third home run of the season. Max Ramirez had a RBI single in the fourth to make it 5-1.
Then in the seventh, Rome added three more runs on Junior Guerra's three-run home run, his first of the season.
Rome takes on Asheville back at home tonight at 7:00. The Braves are now 18-5, 3.5 games up on Charleston in the Sally League's South Division.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.