Daniel Curtis will be on the mound for Richmond
against Louisville's Jeriome Robertson.
The young position players continue to do well for
Richmond early in this season. Tony Pena extended his
hitting streak to eight games Friday with a double.
He's now hitting .306 on the season. Kelly Johnson
went 2-3 Friday and his average is now up to .345.
Andy Marte went 0-4 Friday to snap a four-game hitting
streak, but he's still hitting .361 on the season.
Richmond is now 3-6 on the season. They are only a
game back of Durham and Norfolk in the South Division
of the International League.
The Mississippi Braves go for their second
straight-win tonight when they take on the
Jacksonville Suns at the Baseball Grounds of
Jacksonville at 7:05. Matt Wright will go to the hill
for the Braves against Dodgers' prospect Eric Hull.
Mississippi won Friday night behind some timely
hitting from Brian McCann, who got a bases loaded
triple in the seventh inning to break the game open.
McCann is now hitting .280 on the season with 7 RBI.
Jonathan Schuerholz continued his hot hitting with a
double. He's now hitting .370 on the season.
Jeff Francoeur singled in a run for his 9th RBI on the
season. He also got his second walk of the year.
Zach Miner rebounded from a shaky first appearance to
pitch well Friday night. He allowed only two runs on
four hits in five innings of work, along with seven
strikeouts. Macay McBride, who blew the lead for
Miner, picked up the victory. McBride allowed two runs
on four hits in 3.1 innings of work. Glenn Tucker got
his first save of the season.
The Braves are now 2-6 on the season, five games back
of Montgomery in the South Division of the Southern
The first place Myrtle Beach Pelicans take on the
Potomac Nationals Saturday night at 7:02 at Coastal
Federal Field with right-hander Sean White on the
mound against Nationals' lefty Mike O'Connor.
The Pelicans won 7-4 Friday night behind a pretty good
power display. Outfielder Josh Burrus and catcher
Miguel Bernard both hit their second homers of the
season and first baseman Scott Schade added to his
league leading RBI total (8) with his first homer of
the year to help the Pelicans earn their second
Myrtle Beach got some solid pitching as well. Juan Alvarez started and allowed two runs on five hits in
the first four innings. Then Wes Letson came in and
pitched 3.2 innings of relief to get his first win of
the season. Bryan Digby closed things out for his
second save going to final inning and a third.
The Pelicans are tied with Kinston for first place in
the Carolina League's Southern Division with a 6-3
After finally showing signs of some offense Friday
night, the Rome Braves take on the Columbus Catfish
Saturday afternoon at 1:00 with Jonny Venters on the
Rome beat Columbus 10-2 Friday with nine runs in the
fourth inning. The big blow was a grand slam by first
baseman Keith Eichas. Cole Armstrong also doubled home
three in the fourth inning. He now leads the team with
eight runs batted in.
Luis Atilano pitched well for Rome in picking up his
first win of the season. Atilano went five scoreless
innings and allowed only two hits, two walks, and
The Braves are now 3-5 on the season, three games
behind Greenville in the Southern Division of the
South Atlantic League.
Bill Shanks has a new book on baseball scouting and
player development philosophies with the Braves as the
main focus. Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A
Winning Team will be out in a couple of weeks. Bill
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.