Final score – Rome 2, Bowling Green 0

(Media release from the Rome Braves):

The Rome Braves and Bowling Green Hot Rods were back in action on Thursday night, with Luis De Avila on the mound for the Braves.

De Avila would toe the rubber in the midst of a strand of solid starts for the Braves, and none more important than game three against the Hot Rods who entered Thursday’s contest a game and a half out of Rome’s first place spot.

De Avila would hurl four no-hit innings until Alika Williams lead off the top of the fifth with a line drive single. However, De Avila would not allow a run his entire outing. De Avila would finish with a line score of six and one third of an inning pitched, two hits, no runs, three walks, and four strike outs. Austin Smith would be the first man out of the pen for the Braves, going one and two thirds of an inning and striking out three.

The Braves would score the game’s only runs in the home half of the fifth inning when Landon Stephens singled on a ground ball to center to plate both Jacob Pearson and Jordan Cowan.

Rome however would only need one of those runs, as Trey Riley would come and slam the door out of the pen and secure the shut out for the Braves. The two run to none win would be Rome’s forty-ninth of the year, and their thirteenth of the second half. Their first place lead swells to two and a half games. The Braves and Hot Rods will pick back up tomorrow night for a 7:00 PM first pitch in game four of the series.

Photo courtesy of the Rome Braves