Richmond split a double-header with Norfolk on Sunday afternoon, losing the opener 1-0 but winning the nightcap 4-1.
In the first game, veteran major leaguer Jose Lima proved he can still pitch shuting out the Braves on three hits in six innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out six.
Lima outdueled Richmond lefty Brian O'Connor, who pitched well himself going five innings and allowing only one run on two hits. Norfolk scored the only run of the game off O'Connor in the third inning on a RBI-triple by Lastings Milledge.
Atlanta lefty Macay McBride, in Richmond on a rehab assignment, pitched a scoreless sixth inning. He gave up one hit and struck out one. Peter Moylan, sent down to Richmond on Friday, also pitched a scoreless inning for the Braves.
In game two, Richmond's Travis Smith pitched great, giving up only one run on four hits with seven strikeouts in six innings to get the victory.
Richmond scored three runs in the second inning capped by a RBI double by Travis Smith. Carlos Duran added a RBI single and Wes Timmons had a sacrifice fly. The Braves then added another run in the fourth inning on a RBI double by Luis Hernandez scoring Smith, who had singled.
Chad Paronto pitched the seventh to get his first save of the season for Richmond, who improved to 5-13 on the season. These two teams move on to Norfolk to complete this series on Monday. Ricardo Rodriguez will make his second start for the Braves against Norfolk's Jason Scobie.
Mississippi got a great pitching performance from Francisley Bueno, but he was outpitched by Montgomery starter Jim Magrane as the Biscuits beat the Braves 3-1 Sunday at Trustmark Park.
Magrane pitched eight scoreless innings and did not allow a baserunner past first base. He gave up only four hits and did not walk or strike out a batter.
Bueno had his second straight outing for the Braves, allowing three runs on four hits in six innings. He walked four and struck out ten. Bueno gave up a two-run home run to Ryan Christianson in the second inning and then a RBI single by Jason Pridie in the third inning.
Eddie Perez drove in the only run of the game for the Braves with a single in the ninth inning. Perez was 3-for-4 and is now hitting .500 (7-for-14) so far this season.
Will Startup continued his solid work in the Braves' organization. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning and has now pitched 10.2 innings this season between Myrtle Beach and Mississippi without giving up a run.
The Braves have now lost three in a row for the first time this season. They play game four of their five-game series with Montgomery Monday night at 7:05 at Trustmark Park. Ryan Basner starts for Mississippi against Biscuits' lefty Chuck Tiffany.
Myrtle Beach was off on Sunday. They'll open up a four-game series and a seven-game homestand Monday night when they host the Salem Avalanche at Coastal Federal Field. Matt Harrison will pitch for the Pelicans, who are 8-9 on the season, 3.5 games back of Kinston in the Carolina League's Southern Division.
Rome got back on the right track Sunday afternoon with a 7-6 victory over the Augusta GreenJackets in ten innings.
Jamie Romak started the tenth inning with a walk, and then Jordan Schafer doubled him home with the winning run.
Down 2-1 to Augusta in the fifth, the Braves broke out for five runs to take a 6-2 lead. Ovandy Suero singled home Junior Guerra to get the rally started. Then Eric Campbell signled home Suero. Kala Ka'aihue then singled home Quentin Davis, followed by a passed ball that allowed Campbell to score. Romak then singled home Ka'aihue for the fifth run.
Tyler Bullock had his third straight solid start for the Braves, allowing only two runs on six hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out two. Bullock's ERA is now 1.88. Jeff Lyman allowed three runs on six hits in 2.1 relief innings. And Moises Hernandez got the win in relief, allowing only one run in 2.2 innings of work.
The 12-3 Braves welcome second place Columbus to town Monday for a 7:05 game at State Mutual Stadium. Chris Vines will pitch for the Braves, who are 2.5 games up on the Catfish in the Sally League's Southern Division.
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.