Richmond's modest two-game win streak was snapped in twelve innings Thursday afternoon on a walk-off home run by Clippers' shortstop Andy Cannizaro.
The game started with some scoring as the Braves broke through with a solo run in the first inning on Carlos Mendez' single scoring Wes Timmons.
Columbus bounced back with two runs in the bottom of the first frame, including a RBI-single by Carlos Pena.
But then the pitching settled down. Ricardo Rodriguez pitched 6.1 innings and only allowed two unearned runs on five hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out two. Rodriguez's ERA is now 0.96.
The Braves finally tied the game in the top of the eighth inning when Wes Timmons hit his fourth home run of the season. Timmons was 2-for-5 on the night and is now hitting .327 on the season.
But in the bottom of the twelfth inning, with one out, Cannizaro homered over the left field wall to give Columbus the 3-2 victory.
Richmond is now 13-21 on the season.They start a three-game home series back at the Diamond Friday night against Toledo. Kevin Barry will get the call for the Braves.
Mississippi's losing streak is at three after West Tenn beat the Braves 7-1 Thursday night at Trustmark Park.
The Diamond Jaxx scored one in the first, three in the third, and one more in the fifth off Braves' starter Matt Wright. Four of the runs were earned off Wright, who walked two and struck out six.
Martin Prado's sac fly in the first inning was the only run for the Braves, who were outscored 36-13 in the five game series.
The Braves are now 12-22 on the season. They move on to Birmingham to start a five-game set with the Barons. Daniel Curtis is scheduled to start for Mississippi.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans had been playing very well at home before Frederick came to Coastal Federal Field. The Keys took three of four games, including the 10-2 victory in the series finale Thursday night.
It was another rough start for Jake Stevens, who gave up five runs on six hits in 5.1 innings. He walked five batters and struck out only two. Stevens' ERA is now 8.71.
The Keys then scored five runs (three earned) off right-hander Charlie Morton, whose ERA rose to 8.06.
After winning their last eight games to end the month of April, the Pelicans are now 2-8 in May. They are now back at .500 at 17-17 on the season. Myrtle Beach hits the road to Potomac Friday night to take on the Nationals. Luis Atilano is scheduled to start for the Pelicans.
In what's being billed as a big series for the first-place Rome Braves, it was a split in a doubleheader Thursday with the Charleston Riverdogs.
In game one Beau Jones returned from his strained oblique muscle to make a solid start. Jones gave up only one run on two hits in four innings, wth one walk, and five strikeouts.
The Braves scored their three runs in the third inning. Ovandy Suero singled home Jon Mark Owings, and then Eric Campbell singled home both Suero and Quentin Davis.
Tyler Bullock came on in relief of Jones to pick up the victory, his third of the season. Bullock pitched three scoreless innings.
In game two it was all Charleston. They scored solo runs in the second and third innings and then busted out for five in the fourth inning off Rome starter Jairo Cuevas.
James Conroy and Rolando Japa one-hit the Braves in the seven inning finale. Ovandy Suero got the only hit for Rome in the first inning.
The Braves are now 23-10 on the season. Jo Jo Reyes takes on Charleston on Friday night at State Mutual Stadium.
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.