Columbus snapped Richmond's two-game winning streak as four eight-inning runs proved to be the difference Friday night with a 7-6 win over the Braves.
Chuck James, on a rehab assignment but really stretching out his arm to possibly become a starter again, pitched the first two innings and gave up a solo home run. James did not walk a batter and struck out three.
But then Anthony Lerew, sent back down to Richmond from the Atlanta roster Thursday, came into the game and struggled once again. Lerew gave up six runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings, including the four runs in the eighth inning to give Columbus the lead.
The game was tied at three when Richmond scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Carlos Mendez cleared the bases with a double giving the Braves the comfortable lead.
The Clippers bounced back in the top of the eighth with Carlos Pena's three-run home run the big blow.
Scott Thorman continued his hot hitting with a 3-for-4 night, including a RBI and a run scored. Thorman is now 8 for his last 17 with four runs scored.
Richmond is now 18-24 on the season. They hit the road to play in Norfolk Saturday night.
Mississippi played home run derby to snap a two-game losing streak and beat the Jacksonville Suns 4-3 Friday night.
Barbaro Canizares got the scoring started in the top of the fourth inning with a two-run blast, his second of the season. After the Suns scored three in the sixth to take the lead, Canizares tied the game with two outs in the top of the ninth inning with a solo blast.
Then in the top of the eleventh inning Yunel Escobar hit his first home run of the season to give the Braves the lead.
Braves' starter Chris Waters pitched well again, allowing only three runs on six hits in seven innings, with two walks, and seven strikeouts. Glenn Tucker pitched a scoreless inning, and then Zach Schreiber came on and pitched three scoreless innings to pick up his first win in Double-A.
The Braves are now 16-26 on the season. Game four of the series will be Saturday night with Ryan Basner pitching for Mississippi.
Four Wilmington pitchers limited Myrtle Beach to only five hits and handed the Pelicans their fourth loss in a row with a 2-0 score.
Myrtle Beach starter James Parr pitched well, allowing only two runs on six hits in seven innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out seven. Wes Letson and David Watkins added a scoreless inning each in relief.
But the Pelicans' offensive problems continued as Mario Pena, Scott Showmake, Beau Vaughn, and Michael James combined for the shutout.
The Pelicans are now 19-22 on the season. They close out the series with the Blue Rocks Saturday at 7:00 pm.
Once again plenty of heroes for the Rome Braves as they won their seventh game in a row Friday night 12-2 over the second place Charleston Riverdogs.
Jeff Lyman was the pitching hero as he improve to 3-0 on the season. The 19-year-old righty pitched 5.2 scoreless innings and allowed only two hits, walked two, and struck out five.
Rome scored three in the first, two in the third, three in the sixth, and four in the seventh inning. Elvis Andrus returned after missing three games with a back strain and was 2-for-5 wtih a double and two runs scored. Eric Campbell was 3-for-5 with a RBI and two runs scored. Campbell is now 12-for-23 in his last five games with six RBI and six runs scored.
Isaiah Ka'aihue continued his torrid streak going 3-for-4 with another home run, his 11th, and three RBI (32). Ka'aihue is now 10-14 in his last four games with three home runs, nine RBI, five walks, and eight runs scored. Overall, his average is now up to .341 on the season.
Max Ramirez was 2-for-3 with a RBI, two walks, and two runs scored. And Jamie Romak was 2-for-5 with a RBI.
The Braves (30-10) continue this incredible season Saturday night in Charleston with right-hander Chris Vines on the mound.
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.