It was the Cole Hamels Show Tuesday in Richmond, as the talented left-handed Phillies' prospect dominated the Braves to give Scranton Wilkes-Barre an easy 5-0 victory.
Hamels pitched a two-hit shutout, along with only one walk and twelve strikeouts. He faced only three batters over the minimum. This was Hamels second game in AAA. In his first game for the Red Barons, he pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out fourteen.
The Braves had a decent start from Brian O'Connor, who allowed two earned runs in six innings of work. Phil Stockman gave up his first runs of the season, allowing three runs in 2.1 innings.
Wes Timmons (double) and Scott Thorman (single) had the only two hits for the Braves, who fall to 10-17 on the season. Richmond is off on Wednesday. They start an eight-game road trip Thursday in Toledo.
Montgomery scored three runs off Mississippi reliever Dan Smith in the sixth inning to beat the Braves 6-4 Tuesday night.
Smith was making his first appearance in Double-A after being promoted from Myrtle Beach late last week. With the Braves leading 3-2, Smith gave up a home run by Ryan Christianson and a two-run single by Jason Pridie to give the Biscuits a 5-3 win after six innings.
The two teams traded solo runs late in the game, including a home run by Jarrod Saltalamacchia on his 21st birthday, but Montgomery held on for the two-run victory.
Luis Hernandez drove in a run in the fourth inning, and Martin Prado accounted for the run in the sixth inning with a RBI single.
The Braves are now 10-15 on the season. They play against Montgomery again on Wednesday morning with the first pitch starting at 11:35.
A strange game for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans as they lost their second game in a row to the Salem Avalanche 9-8 Tuesday night.
James Parr had his worst start of the season as he allowed nine runs on 13 hits in 4.2 innnings. Parr entered the game with a 0.60 ERA in his first three games.
The Avs grabbed the 9-5 lead after five innings, but the Pelicans mounted a comeback. Van Pope and Mike Rozema
hit solo home runs in the top of the eighth inning, and then Onil Joseph hit a solo shot in the ninth to get to within one run. But Rodrigo Escobar struck out Matt Young and Brandon Jones to end the game.
The Pelicans are now 15-11 on the season, three games back of Kinston in the Carolina League's Southern Division. Myrtle Beach sends Jose Ascanio to the mound Wednesday night against Salem and James Barthmaier.
Down 2-1 in the eighth inning, Rome rallied for three runs and barely hung on for the 4-3 victory over the Asheville Tourists.
Elvis Andrus tied the game in the eighth with a ground out that scored Ovandy Suero, and then the Braves got some valuable insurance. Max Ramirez doubled home Quentin Davis, and Eric Campbell doubled in Derrick Arnold for the fourth run of the game.
Asheville scored one run in the top of the ninth inning, but Rudy Quinonez struck out Christopher Cook for his second save of the season.
Moises Hernandez started for Beau Jones, who had been disabled a few days ago with a strained oblique muscle. Hernandez allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in five innings, along with one walk, and six strikeouts. David Watkins got the win in relief with three scoreless innings of work.
Rome is now 19-5, 3.5 games up on Charleston. They take on Asheville again Wednesday night at State Mutual Stadium with Tyler Bullock scheduled to start.
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.