Right-hander Kevin Barry pitched another great game for Richmond to give the Braves a 3-0 victory in front of a sold-out crowd at the Diamond Friday night.
Barry pitched six scoreless innings and allowed only three hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out nine. KB has some outstanding stats in his six starts this season, after relieving in his first two appearances: 1-1, 2.43 ERA, 26 hits allowed in 33.1 innings, 9 runs, 11 walks, and 33 strikeouts.
Carlos Mendez drove in the Braves' first run in the fourth inning. A second run would score soon after on a double play. Richmond's final run came in the fifth when Scott Thorman reached on an error, scoring Jamal Strong.
Tyler Yates made his debut for Richmond and pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Barry. Phil Stockman continued his solid work this season with two scoreless innings, earning his first save of the season.
The Braves (14-21) take on Toledo again Saturday night with Anthony Lerew on the hill.
Mississippi's Daniel Curtis pitched perhaps the best game of the year for the Braves, pitching eight scoreless innings to lead his team over Birmingham 2-0 Friday night.
Curtis allowed only four hits, had no walks, and struck out five. Manny Acosta would pitch the ninth and get his fourth save of the season.
The Braves scored the first run of the game in the third on a wild pitch by Barons' starter Ray Liotta. Then in the sixth, Matt Esquivel doubled home Barbaro Canizares for the second run.
The victory Friday night snapped a three-game losing streak for the Braves, who play game two of the series in Birmingham Saturday night. Sean White (2-2, 3.65) will get the start for the Braves.
Myrtle Beach has now dipped below the .500 mark after an 8-7 loss in Potomac Friday night.
But then Myrtle Beach bounced back with three runs in the sixth, one on a RBI single by first baseman Greg Creek. Potomac then added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh on a RBI double by Brandon Powell.
The Pelicans tried to tie it with single runs in the eighth and ninth innings, including Brandon Jones's second home run of the week, but the Nationals would hold on for the victory.
Atilano was charged with seven runs on 12 hits in four innings. He started the season with a bad start, then he had four good ones in a row, and now he's struggled in his last two starts. Atilano's ERA is now 6.05.
It's now three losses in a row for Myrtle Beach, who is now 17-18 on the season after a 2-9 start to the month of May. They play Potomac again Saturday night at 7:00 with James Parr scheduled to start.
Well three of four solid pitching performances in one night is not bad for the farm system, and Jo Jo Reyes joined Barry and Curtis in pitching a fantastic game leading the Rome Braves to a 3-1 win over Charleston.
Reyes allowed only one run on three hits in seven innings pitched, with one walk and seven strikeouts. He is now 4-0 on the season, and in the month of May he is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.95 (2 ER in 19 IP, 4 BB, 24 K).
Rome scored solo runs in the second, fourth, and eighth innings. Third baseman Eric Campbell put the game on ice with his fourth home run of the season in the eighth inning.
Moises Hernandez continued his great work with two perfect innings to pick up a save. Hernandez, acquired from the Orioles for Leo Mazzone, now has an ERA of 2.20.
The final game of the series with Charleston will be Saturday night at State Mutual Stadium. Rome (24-10) will send Horacio Ramirez to the mound as he makes his second rehab start. Kelly Johnson, suffering from elbow problems, will also play for the Rome Braves.
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.