The Richmond Braves have been struggling for runs in their six-game losing streak, but the offense came through late on Tuesday afternoon to give the team a 5-4 win in twelve innings in Buffalo.
Carlos Mendez two out double scored Scott Thorman to give the Braves the one-run advantage. Brad Baker was credited with the win in relief, his first win of the season.
Richmond grabbed a lead midway through the game on a three-run home run by Thorman, his first of the season. But then Buffalo bounced back for one run in the bottom of the fifth and two in the sixth off Scott Mullen to tie the game at four. The game remain tied until the twelfth.
Travis Smith started for Richmond and allowed two runs on four hits in five innings. Mullen blew the save as he gave up two runs in two innings. Chad Paronto then pitched two scoreless frames, including three strikeouts. Paronto has yet to allow a run this season. And then Baker pitched three scoreless innings, allowing only three hits. He walked one and struck out five.
Richmond is now 4-9 on the season. The Braves play Buffalo again this afternoon at 1:05. Newly-signed Ricardo Rodriguez will pitch for Richmond.
Mississippi split a double-header with West Tennessee, losing the opener 12-1 and winning the nightcap 4-2.
In game one, the Diamond Jaxx roughed up started Ryan Basner for six runs in the first inning. Then West Tenn scored two runs in the second and three in the third off lefty Macay McBride, with Mississippi on a rehab assignment. McBride gave up six hits, walked one, and struck out two in 1.2 innings of work.
Paul Bush came in and pitched 2.1 innings for the Braves, allowing one more run and striking out four. Then Bryan Digby finished things up by pitching a perfect eighth inning.
Mississippi's only run came in the third on a single by Martin Prado.
In game two, Cuban defector Francisley Bueno made his debut in a Braves' uniform and pitched five strong innings. Bueno allowed only one run on five hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. The only run off Bueno came in the second on a solo home run by Micah Hoffpauir.
Mississippi scored two runs in the sixth inning. Prado scored on a wild pitch, and then Jarrod Saltalamacchia extended his hitting streak to five games with a RBI single scoring Yunel Escobar.
After West Tenn had tied the game with a run off Manny Acosta in the sixth inning, the Braves took the lead with two runs in the ninth. Red-hot Gregor Blanco, who got his average up to .341, doubled home a run and later in the inning Escobar would single home Blanco for an insurance run.
Will Startup pitched two more scoreless innings in relief to pick up his second win of the season for Mississippi.
The Braves, now 6-7 on the season, will send Dave Coggin to the mound Wednesday night in game four of the five game series.
Myrtle Beach got some good starting pitching from Matt Harrison and clutch hits from Greg Creek and Mike Rozema to defeat Winston-Salem 5-3 Tuesday night at Coastal Federal Field.
Harrison allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits in six innings to pick up his first win of the season. The lefty walked one and struck out four.
Myrtle Beach took a 2-1 lead in the second inning on a two-run double by Rozema, who improved his average to .286 on the season with his 2-for-4 night. Then with the game tied at two in the fourth, Van Pope scored on a passed ball. Then Creek singled home Rozema to give the Pelicans a 4-2 lead. Creek then gave Myrtle Beach another run in the sixth when he singled home Clint Sammons.
Kelvin Villa pitched 2.1 innings in relief for the Pelicans and gave up one run. Dan Smith notched his second save in as many games when he closed the game out in the ninth.
Myrtle Beach is now 6-7 on the season. They host Winston-Salem again Wednesday night at 7:02. Luis Atilano pitched for the Pelicans.
Rome continued its roll Tuesday morning with a 6-4 victory over Kannapolis to extend the winning streak to five games and the Sally League's best record to 10-2.
Jairo Cuevas started for Rome and pitched another solid game, allowing two runs on six hits in 5.2 innings. Cuevas walked only one and struck out nine. Rome got more solid relief work as Nelson Payano allowed two runs (one earned) in 2.2 innings. Michael Nix recorded his third save of the season by getting the final two outs.
Rome's offense came from the long ball, as Jamie Romak hit a two-run shot, his third on the season, in the fourth inning. Then Max Ramirez hit his second of the season, a three-run shot in the eighth inning to put the game on ice.
The first place Braves are off Wednesday. They start an eight-game homestand Thursday when Augusta comes to State Mutual Stadium.
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.