Final score – Rome 10, Greenville 5
(Media release from the Rome Braves):
The Rome Braves welcomed the Greenville Drive to town on Tuesday night for the first of six straight against the Red Sox affiliate.
Dylan Spain would get the starting nod for his second start of the season, and his first at AdventHealth Stadium. Spain would go straight to work, and work a solid three innings on the bump. Spain would exit the game after hurling three full innings, striking out two, allowing one hit and only issuing one walk.
Rome would get on the board in the home half of the second inning as Willie Carter would single and drive in Landon Stephens. A Cade Bunnell double off the top of the center field wall would score Carter and give the Braves a two run to none lead, and Jacob Pearson would tack on two more with a double to right field.
Landon Leach would be the first man out of the pen for the Braves, taking over in the fourth inning. Leach would go two and two thirds of an inning in relief.
The Braves woud explode offensively one more time, plating five runs in the bottom of the fourth. A Cade Bunnell RBI single, a Jacob Pearson RBI double, and a two run Cal Conley home run would put the Braves up nine runs to none in the fourth. The home half of the fifth would see Drew Campbell cross the plate on a wild pitch, scoring Rome’s tenth and final run of the night.
Malcolm Van Buren would relieve Landon Leach after Leach allowed Greenville to cut the lead in half, and Van Buren would would finish the night with one and a third of an inning pitched, allowing no hits and no runs.
Davis Schwab and Trey Riley would combine to eat the last two innings of the game. Their combined two innings pitched would close the door for the Braves, giving them their twentieth win of the second half by a score of ten runs to five, and keeping the first place lead over the Bowling Green Hot Rods.
The Braves and Drive will pick it back up tonight at 7 pm for game two of the series, as Luis De Avila gets the starting nod for the Braves.