Richmond broke out for five runs in the sixth inning and held on for the 8-1 victory in Columbus for their second win in a row.
Brayan Pena got the first big hit in the sixth with a two-run single scoring Wes Timmons and Scott Thorman. Bill McCarthy then singled home another run. The Braves also scored runs in the inning on a bases loaded walk and when Jamal Strong was hit with the bases loaded scoring Pena.
Travis Smith continued his solid season with eight strong innings. Smith improved his record to 3-0 and allowed only one run on four hits, three walks, and five strikeouts. Scott Mullen pitched a scoreless ninth inning to finish the game.
Tony Pena, Jr. continued to improve his average with a 3-for-5 night, including a double, triple, two RBI, and two runs scored. Scott Thorman was also 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Thorman's average is now up to .310. McCarthy, Timmons, Strong, Brayan Pena, and Cesar Crespo all had two hits for Richmond.
The Braves (13-20) play game three of the series in Columbus Wednesday night with Ricardo Rodriguez on the mound.
A tough game for the Mississippi Braves Tuesday as West Tenn won 6-4 at Trustmark Park.
The Braves trailed 2-0 going into the bottom of the seventh and then took the lead with three runs, led by a two-run single by Luis Hernandez.
Then in the top of the eighth inning, shortstop Yunel Escobar collided with third baseman Martin Prado behind third trying to catch a pop up. The Diamond Jaxx would then have four straight hits scoring two runs to take the lead, only to add two more for insurance.
The squandered lead meant that Chris Waters was not the beneficiary of the three runs in the seventh. Waters had pitched another great game, allowing only two runs on six hits in seven innings. He walked four and struck out six and lowered his ERA to 3.06. Dan Smith was stuck with the loss, his third since being promoted to AA a few weeks ago.
Mississippi (12-20) will try to get back on track Wednesday in game four of the five game series. Ryan Basner is scheduled to pitch for the Braves.
Clint Sammons singled home Matt Young with the winning run as the Pelicans beat Frederick 8-7 in eleven innings Tuesday night.
The Pelicans had tied the game with two in the bottom of the ninth inning. The first run came on a solo home run by Brandon Jones, his first of the season. Then Steve Doetsch singled home Van Pope to send the game into extra innings.
Jones had a big night, going 2-for-4 with 4 runs batted in. He singled home two runs in the sixth inning.
Myrtle Beach starter Kelvin Villa pitched well in his first start of the season, going six innings and giving up four runs (two earned) on six hits, four walks, and three strikeouts. Michael Nix had his best outing with the Pelicans, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings in relief. Arthur Santos got the win, his fourth of the season.
Game three of the series Wednesday will see Matt Harrison on the mound for the Pelicans, who are 17-15 on the season.
Rome scored four runs in the seventh inning to take the lead over Greenville and held on for the 8-5 win Tuesday night.
Down 4-2 in the seventh, the big blow was a two-run home run by Max Ramirez, his third on the season. Rome's designated hitter was 3-for-5 on the night and is now hitting .333. Eric Campbell, named the Sally League's Player of the Week on Tuesday, also homered in the ninth inning, his sixth of the season. His average is up to .277 on the year.
Chris Vines started for Rome and got his third win of the season. Vines allowed four runs on seven hits in seven innings. He walked three, which is unusual for him, and struck out seven. Adam Stanley gave up an unearned run in an inning and a third, while Rudy Quinonez closed out the game in the ninth.
The Braves return home to start a series Wednesday with second place Charleston. Rome is 22-9 on the season, three and a half games up on the Riverdogs in the Sally League's Southern Division.
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.