It was a big night for Dax Norris as he helped lead Richmond to a 10-6 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens Saturday night at the Diamond.
Norris hit a three-run home run in the second inning and added a RBI single in the third inning. The Braves also scored four in the fifth inning, two on a double by Michael Ryan.
Another tough start for Anthony Lerew Saturday as the prospect allowed five runs on five hits in 4.1 innings, with seven walks, and three strikeouts. Lerew now has an ERA of 8.44.
Scott Mullen (2-2) pitched 1.2 innings and gave up a run but was credited with the victory. Franklin Nunez pitched three scoreless innings for his second save of the night.
Bill McCarthy continues to bounce out of his slump with a 3-for-5 night. And Tony Pena, Jr. had two walks on the night and got a hit to bump his average up to .345.
Richmond (15-21) plays game three of the four-game set with Toledo Sunday afternoon at 2:00 with Brian O'Connor on the hill.
Mississippi beat Birmingham 7-5 in a marathon game decided on a base hit by a pitcher.
Braves' reliever Danny Smith singled home Matt Esquivel and Josh Arteaga in the top of the thirteenth inning to give the Braves the two-run lead. Smith would hold onto the lead and get the victory, his first of the season. Smith pitched two scoreless innings and struck out four batters.
After Birmingham took the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Braves tied it at five in the top of the ninth on a Luis Hernandez single scoring Mike Rosamond. Then Mississippi's bullpen held the Barons in check. Will Startup continued his solid season with three scoreless innings before Smith entered the game to help out on the mound and at the plate.
Esquivel had a big hit for the Braves in the top of the eighth, clearing the bases with a double. Luis Hernandez and Ray Serrano also had RBIs for the Braves.
Mississippi starter Sean White struggled, going six innings and allowing four runs on five hits, with six walks and only three strikeous.
The Braves (14-22) continue the series with Birmingham Sunday night with Chris Waters scheduled to start.
James Parr, Arthur Santos, and Michael Nix combined for a four-hit shutout to snap Myrtle Beach's three-game losing streak with a 4-0 victory in Potomac.
Offensively, third baseman Van Pope had the big blow, a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Pope was 2-for-4 on the night and also added a RBI-double. Greg Creek drove in the other run with a single in the second inning.
The Pelicans are now back at .500 at 18-18. Kelvin Villa pitches Sunday in the rubber game of the three-game series with the Nationals.
Elvis Andrus' bases-clearing double in the second inning proved to be the difference as the Rome Braves beat the Charleston RiverDogs 4-3 Saturday night before a packed house at State Mutual Stadium.
Many of the fans were on hand to see Horacio Ramirez and Kelly Johnson make rehab appearances. Ramirez went 4.2 innings and allowed two runs on five hits, walked three, and struck out one. Johnson played left-field and was 1-for-4 at the plate with a single.
Jeff Lyman came in and relieved Ramirez and actually allowed one of Ramirez's base runners to score. But overall, Lyman did well going 4.1 innings and giving up just one run on six hits, no walks, and six strikeouts. Lyman's ERA is now 2.73.
Rome is now 25-10 on the season. They are off Sunday and open up a four-game series in Columbus on Monday night. Chris Vines will be scheduled to pitch for the 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 email@example.com.