Richmond broke a 1-1 tied in the 12th inning with a base hit by Cesar Crespo scoring Jamal Strong to beat Columbus 2-1 Wednesday night at the Diamond.
The game had been a pitcher's dual between Braves' right-hander Kevin Barry and Columbus lefty Kris Wilson. Barry went seven scoreless innings and allowed two hits, one walk, and had six strikeouts. Wilson also went seven scoreless allowing only three hits, three walks, and four strikeouts.
Columbus broke through with a run in the top of the 8th inning off Richmond reliever Tyler Yates when Andy Cannizaro singled home Danny Garcia. Then in the bottom of the ninth, Jonathan Schuerholz had a sac fly scoring Brayan Pena to tie the game at one.
Schuerholz was again involved in a run to win the game for Richmond. Jamal Strong led off the 12th with a walk, and then Schuerholz bunted him over to second base before Crespo would drive home the winning run.
Barry has now pitched 24.1 consecutive scoreless innings for the Braves and has an ERA of 2.01 in his seven starts. Wayne Franklin (1-2) got the win Wednesday in relief.
The win snapped Richmond's two-game losing streak. The Braves are now 17-23 on the season and take on Columbus again Thursday night.
Jacksonville jumped on Braves' starter Daniel Curtis for seven runs in five innings and held on to give the Braves their 25th victory of the season.
The Suns scored one in the third, four in the fourth, and two more in the fifth inning off Curtis, whose record fell to 2-4 with the loss. Jacksonville would score three more runs in the seventh inning off Braves' reliever Eric Schmitt.
All three of the Braves' runs came off home runs. Martin Prado hit a solo shot in the first inning, while Barbaro Canizares hit his first AA home run in the sixth inning, a two-run blast.
Mississippi (15-25) takes on the Suns again Thursday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Sean White will pitch for the Braves.
Jake Stevens had perhaps his best start of the season, but the Myrtle Beach bullpen blew the lead as the Keys scored two runs in the eighth and one run in the ninth inning to beat the Pelicans 5-4.
Stevens allowed only two runs on six hits in six innings, but only walked one and struck out one. Stevens has been struggling with his control all season, so this performance represents an improvement.
Myrtle Beach scored solo runs in the first, fourth, sixth, and seventh innings. Clint Sammons (4) and Greg Creek (1) hit solo homers for the Pelicans. Sammons also added a run-scoring single and now has 17 RBI on the season.
Frederick scored two runs in the eighth inning off Arthur Santos, and then won the game in the ninth when Nolan Reimold singled off Michael Nix to win the game for the Keys.
The Pelicans are now 19-20 on the season and continue their road trip Thursday night in Wilmington.
Rome won its fourth in a row beating Columbus 6-1 behind some solid pitching from some big leaguers and a future big leaguer.
Chuck James, on the Atlanta disabled list with a strained hamstring, pitched the first inning and got the Catfish one, two, three. James threw fifteen pitches and looked solid. He will now fly to Richmond and make several appearances that will potentially place him eventually in the Atlanta rotation.
Lance Cormier, on the DL with a strained oblique muscle, pitched the second inning and threw only ten pitches in getting the side out in order. Cormier had two strikeouts and looked ready to come off the DL when he's eligible on Thursday.
Jairo Cuevas then came into the game in the third inning and pitched 6.1 innings. He allowed only an unearned run in the ninth inning when shortstop Derrick Arnold made two errors in the inning. Cuevas earned his third win, giving up four hits, and lowered his ERA to 6.37 in his best performance of the year.
Isaiah Ka'aihue had two hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Braves, who also got a RBI double from Kelly Johnson, also rehabbing his injured elbow from the Atlanta disabled list.
Rome closes out its series in Columbus Thursday night with Jo Jo Reyes on the mound. The Braves are now 28-10 on the season.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. Email Bill at email@example.com.