Atlanta starting pitcher Horacio Ramirez made his first of three rehab starts Monday night and helped the Richmond Braves beat the Columbus Clippers 7-3.
Ramirez allowed one run on six hits in three innings, with no walks, and two strikeouts. He is scheduled to go twice more before the Braves determine if he's ready to re-join the Atlanta rotation.
While Ramirez's start was the big story, the headlines may go to Bill McCarthy, who busted out for two three-run home runs, his first two homers of the season. Scott Thorman drove in the first run of the night in the first inning with a single for his 15th RBI of the season.
After Ramirez threw his three innings, regular Richmond starter came into the game and pitched four innings. O'Connor allowed two runs on three hits and had six walks on the night, but came away with his first victory of the season. Phil Stockman continued his solid work with two scoreless innings. Stockman has struggled with his control in Richmond, but did not walk a batter Monday night and had two strikeouts.
The Braves are now 12-20 on the season. They play game two of the series in Columbus Tuesday night at 7:05 pm. Travis Smith (1.97 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Braves.
Sean White pitched his best game of the season as the Mississippi Braves beat West Tennessee 4-3 Monday night at Trustmark Park.
White allowed only one run on five hits in seven innings to pick up his second win of the season. He did not walk a batter and struck out five, and White lowered his ERA to 3.65.
Mississippi grabbed the lead in the third inning when Josh Burrus picked up his 4th and 5th RBIs on the season, a two-run single scoring Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Barbaro Canizares. Then in the fifth Canizares doubled home Yunel Escobar, only to score later in the inning by a double from Matt Esquivel.
The Diamond Jaxx mounted a late rally off Braves' reliever Manny Acosta. They scored two runs with two outs in the ninth inning to make the score 4-3, but Acosta got a ground ball on the next play to give the Braves the victory.
The Braves are now 12-19 on the season. Chris Waters goes for Mississippi Tuesday against fellow lefty Chris Shaver. Game time is 8:05 pm ET.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans lost their fourth game in a row Monday night as Frederick won the first game of a series at Coastal Federal Field.
It was a tough night for right-hander James Parr as the Keys grabbed an early lead with one run in the first and two runs in the second inning. Parr would go seven innings and allow four runs on seven hits, two walks, and two strikeouts. His ERA is now 4.72.
Clint Sammons knocked in Myrtle Beach's only run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.
With the losing streak, the Pelicans are now 16-15 on the season. Kelvin Villa will pitch Tuesday against Keys' lefty Garrett Olson.
Rome's bullpen failed Monday night for one of the first times this season, as Greenville won 5-3 to hand the Braves its fourth loss in the last five games.
Jeff Lyman had another excellent start for the Braves, allowing only one run on three hits in 6.1 innings. But Nelson Payano blew the save by allowing four runs in the eighth inning to also pick up the loss. Lyman walked three and struck out two and lowered his ERA to 2.84.
Kala Ka'aihue accounted for all three of Rome's runs. He had two solo home runs, the first one in the sixth inning and then another one in the ninth inning. Ka'aihue singled home a run in the fourth inning. The Rome first baseman now has 23 RBI on the season.
The Braves are now 21-9 on the season. Chris Vines pitched for the Braves Tuesday as they finish out the series in Greenville.
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.