Richmond beat Durham twice this weekend with some really good pitching. Jason Shiell (W, 1-1) pitched 7 shutout innings in the first game with Wayne Franklin and Manny Acosta completing the shutout. Ricardo Rodriguez (W, 5-7) won the second game by giving up only 2 runs in 7 innings. Manny Acosta got the save for the second consecutive night. Brayan Pena drove in 2 runs in the first game while Tony Pena scored twice on his 2-3 night. Gregor Blanco singled, walked, stole a base, and scored as well. Jamal Strong hit his first home run of the season in the second game.
Box Score: Richmond 3, Durham 0
Box Score: Richmond 4, Durham 2
AA - Mississippi
The Mississippi Braves didn't play on Sunday so there is only one game to cover. Matt Wright started and pitched great but he left with the game tied and the Braves ended up losing in extra innings 4-2. Wright only gave up 3 hits and 2 runs in 6.2 innings to lower his ERA to 2.22. Arthur Santos (L, 1-2) pitched 3 innings in relief and gave up his first earned run of the season since being promoted to Mississippi. His ERA now stands at 0.47. Mississippi got on the board with an Anthony Lerew pinch-hit RBI groundout. Luis Hernandez drove in the other run.
Box Score: Mobile 4, Mississippi 2
High A- Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach split their games this weekend with the first game being a wild win at 11-10. Jo-Jo Reyes started the game and only gave up one run on 3 hits in 5 innings to lower his ERA to 1.02. Devin Anderson, Ralph Roberts, and Moises Hernandez then gave up 9 runs out of the pen. Michael Nix (W, 2-3) pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless ball for the win. Matt Young, Van Pope, Kala Kaaihue, and Greg Creek each drove in 2 runs in the game. James Parr started Sunday's game and left in a 3-3 game after 6 innings. Joey Devine (L, 0-1) then came in and walked 3, threw a wild pitch, and gave up 2 runs. Diory Hernandez singled twice and scored twice while Clint Sammons drove in a run with 2 hits.
Box Score: MB 11, Wilmington 10
Box Score: Wilmington 5, MB 3
Low A- Rome
Rome has yet to find the success they enjoyed in the first half as they lost twice this weekend. The pitching faltered on Saturday as Tyler Bullock, Nick Tisone, and Adam Stanley (L, 1-4) combined to give up 11 runs. Asher Demme pitched well on Sunday as he gave up only one run on 7 hits in 5 innings but Jeff Lyman (L, 4-1) blew the game with 3 runs in 3 innings. Lyman stuggled with control as he walked 4 and gave up 3 hits. Jamie Romak stared in both games with 2 home runs and 4 RBI. Jordan Schafer homered and drove in 4 runs on Saturday.
Box Score: Columbus 11, Rome 9
Box Score: Columbus 4, Rome 3
Danville continued its good play with a couple of high scoring victories. Phillip Britton went 4-10 with 5 RBI's over the weekend. Chase Fontaine also had a couple of good games with 3 hits and a home run. Danny Brezeale also hit a 3-run homer on Saturday. Tommy Hanson (W, 1-1) got the win on Saturday despite giving up 3 runs in 2 innings. Lee Hyde (W, 1-0) took the win on Sunday with 2 shutout innings.
Box Score: Danville 8, Kingston 7
Box Score: Danville 9, Kingston 5
Steve Kent (W, 1-0) made an impressive start on Saturday and Ysidro Garcia may have been a little better to finish off the Braves' 7-0 win over the Phillies. Kent gave up only 2 hits with no walks and 6 strikeouts in 5 innings. Garcia held the Phillies hitless in the final 4 innings while allowing only 2 walks. The offense started ominously as the first 6 Braves hitters struck out. Jon Mark Owings provided all the offense the Braves needed with a two-run double in the 3rd. Steven Garcia added 3 hits and a solo homer. Errors were the story of Sunday's game. The Braves made 5 of them. Deivis Rivadeneira made 2 of them. Jose Ortegano gave up only one hit in 4 innings but also gave up 2 runs (one earned). Chad Rodgers (L, 0-1) took the loss despite giving up only an unearned run in 4 innings. Ysidro Garcia finished up by giving up 2 unearned runs of his own as the Braves fell 5-2.
Box Score: Braves 7, Phillies 0
Box Score: Indians 5, Braves 2