Richmond closes out its series with the Durham Bulls tonight starting at 7:00. Brian O'Connor (3-3, 3.68 ERA) will make his eighth start of the season for the Braves. O'Connor has become a very dependable Triple-A starter for the Braves, who are 20-27 on the season and 5-5 in their last ten games.
The Mississippi Braves will try and snap a four-game losing streak tonight when they host Birmingham in game four of the five-game series. Paul Bush, who pitched six solid innings in his second start of the season earlier in the week, will start for the Braves. Bush is 2-3 with a 4.01 ERA. The Braves are 17-30 on the season.
After a needed off day Thursday, the Pelicans start a three-game weekend series with Wilmington tonight at Coastal Federal Field starting at 7:02. James Parr, 2-3 with a 3.63 ERA in seven games (five starts), will start for Myrtle Beach. The Pelicans are now 20-25 on the season.
Rome will send Beau Jones to the hill tonight against Savannah in search for their fourth victory in a row. Jones is 1-0 on the season with a 3.68 ERA in seven starts. The Braves are 33-13 this 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.