It's game three of the four-game series in Durham tonight for the Richmond Braves, who have now lost three games in a row. Right-hander Anthony Lerew will try to get on track tonight. Lerew has really struggled, with a 1-3 record and a 8.65 ERA in nine games (eight starts). Richmond is 19-27 on the season, 14.5 games back of the Charlotte Knights in the International League's South Division.
Mississippi will try to snap a three-game losing streak tonight as they host Birmingham in the middle game of the five-game series at Trustmark Park. Lefty Chris Waters, 2-2 on the season with a 3.60 ERA in eight games, will get the start for the Braves, who are now 17-29 on the season, eleven games back of Montgomery and in fourth place in the Southern League's South Division.
Myrtle Beach is off today. They will open up a three-game weekend series Friday night at Coastal Federal Field when Wilmington comes to the Grand Strand. The Pelicans will send James Parr to the hill. After a 5-16 month of May, the Pelicans have fallen to 20-25 on the season, twelve games back of Kinston in the Carolina League's Southern Division.
Rome goes for its third victory in a row tonight when they host Savannah in game three of the four-game series at State Mutual Stadium. Chris Vines, 4-1 on the season with a 3.91 ERA, will get the start for the Braves. Vines is having a solid season in his return to Rome, and there's an excellent chance he'll be promoted after the Braves win the division next month. Rome is 32-13 on the season, 6.5 games up on the Charleston Riverdogs in the Sally League's Southern Division.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.