A wild game in Richmond Sunday afternoon as the Braves fell behind early, only to bounce back and score thirteen runs in a 13-6 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs.
Richmond's ace Kevin Barry, who was practically perfect in May, was roughed up for five runs in the first and one in the second giving the Chiefs the 6-0 lead. But then in the bottom of the second inning the Braves bounced back with five runs, four coming on a grand slam by Scott Thorman, who was playing right field Sunday.
The Braves then scored two more in the fourth, and three each in the fifth and seventh innings, while the bullpen held the Chiefs to only six runs.
Peter Moylan got the win, going three scoreless innings. He lowered his ERA to 3.27 and won his first game for Richmond. Phil Stockman continued his outstanding pitching. The Australian went three scoreless innings and allowed only one hit with three strikeouts. And Scott Mullen wrapped the game up wtih a scoreless ninth.
Along with Thorman, who now has 12 home runs and 35 RBI on the season, Tony Pena, Jr., Martin Prado, and Jonathan Schuerholz provided the offense for Richmond. Pena was 2-for-5 with 3 RBI. Prado was 3-for-5 with 2 RBI and is now hitting .429 in Triple-A. And Schuerholz had his best game of the season, going 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and two runs scored.
Richmond is now 24-32 on the season. They move on to Charlotte to play the first place Knights Monday evening.
Mississippi's six-game winning streak was in serious jeopardy, but the Braves scored four in the ninth inning to beat Carolina 7-5 Sunday afternoon.
Down 5-3, the Braves started the big inning when Gregor Blanco grounded out, which scored Mike Rosamond. A sac fly by Luis Hernandez tied the game at five. Then Matt Esquivel singled home Yunel Escobar and Barbaro Canizares to give the Braves the lead.
Braves' starter Chris Waters started off well, looking great for the first three innings. Then a home run by Kevin Randel tied the game at two. Waters was bothered by a blister and lasted only 5.2 innings. He allowed four runs, walked five, and struck out six.
Dan Smith got the win, his second in Double-A. He got the final two outs in the eighth inning. Ryan Basner pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his first save of the season.
With the seven game winning streak, Mississippi is now 26-31 on the season. They take on Carolina again Monday night with Paul Bush on the mound.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans extended its winning streak to five games with a 5-2 win over the Potomac Nationals Sunday afternoon.
With the game tied at two, the Pelicans took the lead in the seventh inning on a sacrifice bunt by Robert Marcial, which allowed a run to score. Carl Loadenthal gave Myrtle Beach some insurance with a two-run home run in the ninth inning.
Pelicans' starter Jake Stevens had another solid outing, allowing only two runs on six hits in five innings, with three walks, and four strikeouts. Steve Russell pitched two scoreless innings for his second win in Myrtle Beach, while Moises Hernandez continued to show he's a closer prospect with his third save of the season. Hernandez pitched two scoreless innings and struck out one.
Myrtle Beach is now back at .500 with its five game winning streak, 28-28. They return home to open up a series against Lynchburg Monday night at 7:02 with Luis Atilano on the mound.
A rough outing for Rome starter Chris Vines on Sunday as the right-hander allowed seven runs in 4.2 innings giving the Savannah Sand Gnats an 8-2 victory.
Rome had a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning when Savannah scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth. They added one more in the eighth.
Rome's two runs came in the fourth on RBI hits by Manny Rodriguez and Quentin Davis.
Tyler Bullock (2.1 scoreless innings) and Rudy Quinonez (1 scoreless inning) pitched well in relief for Rome.
The Braves are now 37-18 on the season. They host Augusta at State Mutual Stadium Monday night at 7:00.
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.