Richmond scored three runs in the sixth inning and got a solid performance from Brian O'Connor to beat Toledo 4-2 Sunday at the Diamond.
With the Mud Hens up 2-1, Richmond outfielder Bill McCarthy tied the game at two with his first triple of the season. Then Jamal Strong singled home McCarthy to give the Braves the lead. A third run would score later in the inning on a wild pitch on a strikeout.
O'Connor allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings to pick up his second win of the season. He walked three batters and struck out only one. Tyler Yates pitched two scoreless innings, while Wayne Franklin picked up his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.
The Braves are now 16-21 on the season with this three game winning streak. They'll go for the sweep against Toledo Monday night at 7:00 pm with Travis Smith facing former Atlanta farmhand Zach Miner.
It was a pitchers' dual between Braves' starter Chris Waters and Barons' pitcher Tyler Lumsden until the eighth inning when Birmingham scored three runs to put the game out of reach and hung on for the 5-2 victory.
Waters had given up only two runs through the first seven innings, but in the eighth he gave up a leadoff single. After getting two outs, Waters walked a batter. Then Micah Schnurstein hit his third home run of the season to give the Barons a 5-0 lead.
Lumsden pitched eight scoreless innings, but in the ninth Mississippi scored two runs, including a sac fly from Barbaro Canizares. It was not enough as the Barons held on for the victory.
Mississippi and Birmingham continue the series Monday night. The Braves are now 14-23 on the season.
A tough break for the Pelicans as they were only four outs away from a victory when the rain fell hard in Potomac, later suspending the game between Myrtle Beach and the Nationals.
The game will be completed from the fifth inning on in a doubleheader on June 2nd. The Pelicans will have a 4-1 lead when they resume play. Myrtle Beach. Onil Joseph had hit his second home run of the season for the Pelicans, who entered the game with a 18-18 record.
The Pelicans will now head north to open up a three-game series in Frederick Monday night. Matt Harrison is scheduled to start for Myrtle Beach.
Rome enjoyed Sunday off. The Braves, 25-10 on the season, start a series in Columbus Monday night with Chris Vines on the mound.
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.