Ricardo Rodriguez had his worst start in a Braves' uniform as the Columbus Clippers beat Richmond 7-5 Tuesday night at the Diamond.
Rodriguez allowed six runs on six hits in six innings, with five walks, and only three strikeouts. The Clippers gained the commanding lead with five runs in the fifth inning.
Scott Thorman hit his fifth home run of the season for the Braves, a solo shot in the third inning. And Tony Pena, Jr. continued his tremendous hitting since returning from his big league stint in Atlanta. Pena went 3-for-5 and his average is now up to .377.
Richmond is now 16-23 on the season after losing two games in a row. They continue the series with Columbus Wednesday night with Kevin Barry on the mound.
Matt Wright continued his solid early season work with seven strong innings as the Braves beat Birmingham 3-2 Tuesday night.
Wright allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits in seven innings, with one walk, and seven strikeouts to win his second game of the season.
The Braves scored solo runs in the first, third, and fifth innings. Martin Prado, Matt Esquivel, and Barbaro Canizares had RBI hits for Mississippi. Canizares' double in the fifth turned out to be the game winner.
Zach Schreiber came in to pitch the final two innings and earned his first save of the season.
Mississippi and Birmingham wrap up the series Wednesday. Daniel Curtis will pitch for the Braves, who are now 15-24 on the season.
Myrtle Beach and Frederick split a doubleheader Tuesday night.
The Pelicans won game one 2-0 on a four-hit complete game shutout by lefty Matt Harrison, who had one walk and five strikeouts. Harrison lowered his ERA to 2.90 and is now 4-3 on the season.
Myrtle Beach scored its first run in the third inning on a ground out by Carl Loadenthal. Then in the sixth Mike Rozema had a RBI single making the score 2-0.
In game two Frederick scored three runs in the fifth inning off Pelicans' reliever David Watkins and hung on for the 5-3 victory.
Myrtle Beach starter Charlie Morton went four innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits, walked one, and struck out seven.
Onil Joseph was the offensive star for the Pelicans. He was 4-for-4 with 3 runs batted in.
The Pelicans (19-19) continue this series Wednesday night in Frederick. Jake Stevens is scheduled to start for Myrtle Beach.
It was a shootout at the OK Corral Tuesday night as the Braves beat Columbus 15-12.
Beau Jones started for the Braves and went only 2.2 innings. He allowed three runs, but struck out seven. He also walked three so he accumulated a lot of pitches early in the game.
Tyler Bullock was next for Rome and he allowed only one run in 3.1 innings.
The offensive fireworks started in the top of the sixth when Rome, leading 4-3 at the time, scored ten runs. Columbus would then score one run in the bottom of the sixth and then eight in the bottom of the seventh, with six of those runs charged to Rome reliever Jose Santiago.
Kelly Johnson, rehabbing his elbow with Rome, was 3-for-4 with a double and RBI. Rome will have two more of Johnson's Atlanta teammates with the team on Wednesday. Lance Cormier and Chuck James will each pitch one inning for Rome Wednesday. Jairo Cuevas will then pick up and pitch for the Braves, who are now 27-10 on the season.
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.