The Pelicans got swept by Salem (Robert Gurganus)
Bill Shanks recaps a weekend jam-pack of Braves Minor League Action as Jason Marquis got a start for Richmond, Rome has their seven game winning streak snapped, and Myrtle Beach drops a doubleheader. Read on for the full recaps and scores.
GAMES OF SUNDAY, APRIL 27
Richmond beats Durham behind solid pitching from Marquis
For the second straight game, the Richmond Braves got solid pitching in defeating the Durham Bulls 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at the Diamond in Richmond.
Jason Marquis (1-0) got the win for Richmond, going five shutout innings allowing only four hits, striking out one and not walking a batter. John Ennis came in after Marquis and gave up one run on six hits in three innings. Buddy Hernandez came in to save the game in the ninth inning, earning his third save of the season.
Mike Hessman went 1 for 3 and drove in three runs for Richmond. Bo Porter also had an RBI single for the Braves.
Richmond improves to 11-12 on the season. They hit the road for a quick two game series in Norfolk starting Monday at 7:15.
Greenville loses second straight to Huntsville 3-1
The Greenville Braves fell back to the .500 mark (11-11) again as they lost to the Huntsville Stars 3-1 in Huntsville on Sunday afternoon.
Adam Wainwright (1-2) was the loser as he allowed three runs (two earned) on ten hits over seven innings of work. Wainwright did not walk a batter and struck out two.
Greenville struck first in the first inning on the second home run of the season by Ryan Langerhans. Huntsville then bounced back and scored two in the second and a solo run in the sixth inning.
Game 3 of the Huntsville-Greenville series is Monday at 8:05. Bubba Nelson (2-1) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves.
Myrtle Beach off on Sunday; open series Monday against Lynchburg
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans enjoyed Sunday off. The Pelicans are 7-14 on the season, 5.5 games out of first place in the Carolina League’s Southern Division. Myrtle Beach starts a three game series on the road in Lunchburg on Monday night with Matt Wright (0-3) scheduled to start for the Pelicans.
Delmarva snaps Rome’s seven game winning streak
The Delmarva Shorebirds beat Rome 5-3 on Sunday afternoon, ending Rome’s seven game winning streak.
Rome is now 15-8 on the season. The Braves finish out their eight game northern road trip on Monday in game four of their series against Delmarva.
GAMES OF SATURDAY, APRIL 27
Richmond shuts out Durham 1-0
Richmond Braves starting pitcher Chris Fussell won his second game of the season Saturday with a strong performance in leading his team to a 1-0 victory over the Durham Bulls.
Fussell pitched six and two thirds shutout innings and allowed only two hits. He walked four and struck out one. Fussell lowered his ERA to 2.13.
Wilson Betemit doubled to the right field corner in the third inning scoring the only Richmond run. Betemit is hitting .230 with 4 RBI so far this season.
Joe Dawley picked up his second save this season by getting the final out in the ninth inning.
Greenville loses series opener to Huntsville 4-3
The Greenville Braves opened a four game road trip with a one run loss to the Huntsville Stars on Saturday night.
The G-Braves got on the board first when Adam LaRoche doubled with two outs in the first inning. Then Billy McCarthy lined a double to left field to score LaRoche.
But Huntsville bounced back with two in the second and one in the third off Greenville starter Matt Belisle, who fell to 1-3 with the loss. Belisle allowed four runs on five hits through five innings. He walked three and struck out five. The right handed pitcher did help himself out in the second inning with an RBI single in the second inning.
Kelly Johnson got Greenville close in the ninth with a solo home run, his first of the season.
Myrtle Beach Swept by Salem
The Salem Avalanche swept the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in a double header on Saturday night, winning the first game 4-2 and the second game by the score of 6-2.
In the first game, Salem scored one run in the second inning and then chased Pelicans’ starter Daniel Curtis out of the game in the fifth inning when they scored three runs. Only one of the four runs Curtis allowed through four and two thirds innings was earned. He walked only one and struck out four.
The Pelicans had only four hits in the game with its only runs coming on a two run home run by Tony Pena (1).
Salem got a great pitching performance from Bob Robertson to beat Myrtle Beach by four in Game two of the double header.
Robertson had a complete game, allowing two runs on seven hits. Isaac Iorg had an RBI single to score the only Pelicans’ run.
Macay McBride got a no decision but pitched well. The 2001 first round draft choice pitched five innings, allowed two runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out five. McBride’s ERA is now 2.42 on the season.
Alec Zumwalt (1-2) was the loser as he gave up four runs in one and a third innings of work.
Rome wins seventh in a row
A big offensive night for the Rome Braves propelled the team to its seventh straight victory by beating the Delmarva Shorebirds 13-2 on Saturday night.
Jeff Francoeur went two for five with a triple (4), solo home run (3), and two runs scored. Yaron Peters went two for three with a double (6), a home run (3), two RBI (12), and two runs scored. Peters is now hitting .308 on the season.
Brian McCann continued his hot week with another home run, his fourth of the season. Rome’s catcher was two for five with four RBI (13). McCann has his average up to .290. And Onil Joseph was three for six with two RBI (7). Joseph’s average is .294.
Blaine Boyer (1-1) started for Rome and picked up his first victory of the season. Jose Rodriquez, Sung Jong, Fernando Tadefa, and Brad David pitched four scoreless innings of relief to close out the game.