Final score – Rome 6, Asheville 0
(Media release from the Rome Braves):
The Rome Braves and Asheville Tourists squared up for game three of the series in Rome on Thursday night, with Royber Salinas taking the mound for the Braves and Cole McDonald on the hill for the Tourists.
Drew Campbell would get the Braves on the board in the home half of the second with another triple down the right field line. Campbell’s three bagger would plate both Christian Robinson and Brian Klein.
The two runs would be all Royber Salinas would need in his outing on Thursday night. The right handed Venezuelan native would hurl six shutout innings while striking out nine and only allowing two hits. The six innings would tie him for his longest outing of the season so far. Salinas has only hit the six inning mark two other times this season. The no runs allowed over six would lower Salinas’s earned run average to 4.30.
Rome would tack on two more runs in the bottom of the seventh with a Vaughn Grissom double that scored Brian Klein and Drew Campbell. Christian Robinson would drive in the game’s final run in the bottom of the eighth with a double to score Javier Valdes.
The Rome bullpen would continue to do what they have done all season by shutting down the game in the late going. Jose Montilla, Issrael De La Cruz, and Austin Smith would combine to allow two hits, three walks, four strike outs, and no runs over three innings. This would be enough to hold the fort down and give the Braves the win.
Rome’s 6-0 victory would be their eighth of the second half, and their forty-fourth win overall in 2022 campaign. Rome and Asheville will continue the action tonight with a 7:00 PM first pitch, as Luis De Avila gets his first start after throwing a no-hitter on July 2nd in Greenville.
Thursday night’s outing featured an appearance by Atlanta Braves alum Sid Bream, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch and engaged with fans in a meet and greet.