Wednesday night’s final score – Rome 6, Asheville 5 in 10 innings
(Media release from the Rome Braves):
The Rome Braves and Asheville Tourists teed it up for game two of the six game sting on Wednesday, with Rome’s Andrew Hoffmann taking the mound for the Braves.
Entering the night’s matchup, Hoffmann held a 7-2 record with a 2.55 earned run average. This marked the first start in the month of July for the right hander after an impressive month of June where he strung together a 1.93 earned run average over twenty-eight innings pitched.
Hoffmann would go straight to work and continue a strong stretch of pitching. Hoffmann would call it a night after recording six innings pitched and punching out eight and only allowing two hits. RJ Freure would be the first man out of the bullpen for the Braves, working a perfect top of the seventh. Ben Dum would be the next man up, and he would punch out two to keep the Tourists bats at bay.
Rome would cling to a two run lead for most of the game thanks to a first inning single from Justyn-Henry Malloy that drove in Vaughn Grissom, and a Drew Campbell single that would score Justyn-Henry Malloy.
Dylan Spain would trot out of the bullpen in hopes to work the top half of the ninth, but lightning in the area would put the game in a delay. After the forty-right minute lightning delay, the Asheville Tourists would storm back to tie the game in the ninth inning on a two run double from Cristian Gonzalez.
In the top half of the tenth, Asheville would plate three runs on hits from Jose Alvarez and Quincy Hamilton to put the Tourists up five runs to two.
The home half of the tenth would see Rome score two runs on a throwing error and wild pitch from Danny Cody, and a triple from Drew Campbell would knot the game at five runs each.
With the winning run ninety feet away, catcher Javier Valdes would step to the plate and send a ground ball up the middle to win the game. The six to five walk-off win is managerial win number one hundred for Rome’s Kanekoa Texeira who is in his second full season as a manager.
The Braves and Tourists will pick right back up tomorrow evening as Royber Salinas will take the mound in a 7:00 PM first pitch. Braves alumni Sid Bream will be in attendance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and sign autographs during the game.