It will be a battle of two pitchers who started the season in the big leagues Saturday night at the Diamond as the Richmond Braves host the Syracuse Chiefs at 7:00 pm.
Chuck James will start for the Braves against Chiefs' right-hander Josh Towers, who was sent down recently after struggling in Toronto's rotation. James will be making his fourth "rehab" start for Richmond. He has allowed three earned runs in nine innings, with two walks, and eight strikeouts.
Richmond is 23-31 on the season, 15.5 games back of Charlotte in the International League's South Division.
Mississippi will try to extend its season-high five-game winning streak Saturday night when they play at Carolina starting at 7:15.
Sean White (2-3, 4.97) will start for the Braves against Anibal Sanchez (2-4, 3.58), one of the many young players acquired by the Marlins last winter. White struggled in May, posting a 5.29 ERA in six starts.
The Braves are now 24-31, 11.5 games behind the Jacksonville Suns in the Southern League's South Division.
Myrtle Beach goes for number four in a row Saturday night as they take on the Potamac Nationals at 7:05.
Matt Harrison, the Pelicans' ace, will make his 11th start of the season. Harrison is 6-3 on the season with an ERA of 2.87. He's walked only 11 batters in his ten starts.
The Pelicans are 26-28 on the season, 10.5 games back of Kinston in the Carolina League's Southern Division.
The Braves will send its ace to the mound in search of victory number three in a row as they take on the Savannah Sand Gnats once again at Grayson Stadium starting at 7:05.
Jo Jo Reyes (6-0, 2.47) will pitch against Carlos Martinez. Reyes had an unbelievable month of May, going 4-0 with an ERA of 0.93. He allowed only 16 hits in his six starts in May, with 43 strikeouts in 38.2 innings of work. Reyes could find himself in Myrtle Beach in a few weeks after Rome clinches the division title.
The Braves maintain the 7.5 game lead on Augusta in the Sally League's Southern Division with a 37-16 record.
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.