Former Richmond pitcher Zach Miner beat his old teammates to increase his lead in wins in the International League as Toledo beat the Braves 7-2 Monday night at the Diamond.
Miner had to leave the game in the sixth inning when he injured his knee backing up third base, but he pitched long enough to pick up his sixth win of the season. The right-hander, traded to Detroit in the Kyle Farnsworth deal last July, allowed two runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings, with two walks, and four strikeouts.
Ryan Ludwick hit a grand slam in the third inning off Richmond starter Travis Smith, who had his worst game of the season. Smith allowed seven runs on ten hits in 6.1 innings.
Tony Pena, Jr. continued his hot hitting Monday night with a 3-for-3 game, including a double, triple, and a RBI. Bill McCarthy and Cesar Crespo each had two hits.
The loss snapped a three-game losing streak for Richmond, now 16-22 on the season.
Birmingham scored five runs in the first inning off Braves' right-hander Paul Bush, making his first start of the season, and hung on for the 5-2 victory Monday evening.
Ricardo Nanita had the big blow in the inning, a three-run home run. Bush would settled down and pitch well from the second through the fourth innings. He went four and gave up those five runs on seven hits and two walks.
Ryan Basner would come in and pitch the final four innings for Mississippi and not allow a run. Basner did not walk a batter and struck out six.
The Braves got single runs in the fifth and seventh innings. Martin Prado singled home Ray Serrano in the fifth, while Matt Esquivel scored in the seventh when Gregor Blanco reached on an error.
Mississippi (14-24) finishes out its series in Birmingham Tuesday night with Matt Wright on the hill.
Myrtle Beach and Frederick were rained out Monday in Maryland. The two teams will play a doubleheader Tuesday night starting at 6:00 pm. Matt Harrison will get the start in Game One for the Pelicans, who remain 18-18 on the season.
Chris Vines, Nelson Payano, and Rudy Quinonez combined for a six-hit shutout Monday night as the Braves beat Columbus 4-0.
Vines continued his solid pitching with six innings. He allowed only three hits, walked three, and struck out seven. Vines lowered his ERA to 3.56 in getting his fourth win of the season.
Payano pitched two innings and gave up two hits and struck out three, while Quinonez gave up a hit but struck out the side to finish it out in the ninth inning.
Left fielder Kelly Johnson, rehabbing his bum elbow, went 3-for-3 with a triple, a walk, and a run scored.
Eric Campbell was another offensive hero for the Braves Monday, as he went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, and two RBI (26).
Rome (26-10) continues the series in Columbus Tuesday night as Beau Jones and Tyler Bullock are 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.