Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Spoiler alert — Rome Braves knock Augusta out of first place with key road win. Rematch tonight at 7:05 p.m. Plus: Links to fall football.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Spoiler alert — Rome Braves knock Augusta out of first place with key road win. Rematch tonight at 7:05 p.m. Plus: Links to fall football.

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Need a hand? Andrew Moritz, left, and Jeremy Fernandez almost tag-team a catch during Thursday night’s road win in Augusta. Photo by Mills Fitzner. 

 

Rome Braves stay hot, win opener in Augusta, 7-4.  Media release:  The Rome Braves overcame an early four run deficit to defeat Augusta 7-4 in their series opener at SRP Park on Thursday evening, sending the GreenJackets tumbling out of 1st place in the Southern Division standings.

Trailing 4-0 after the 1st inning the Rome offense began to slowly but surely chip away at the Augusta advantage, finally tying it up in the 7thand taking the lead in the 8th. Led by lefty reliever Dilmer Mejia the Rome bullpen was phenomenal, throwing 8.1 scoreless innings and allowing only one hit with seven strikeouts.

Augusta took their early advantage but was then held in check by Mejia. With the Nicaraguan southpaw doing his work it gave the lineup time to build the comeback. Rome scored two runs in the 3rd inning off a wild pitch and an RBI groundout. The Braves pulled within a run at 4-3 in the 5th inning on an RBI single by Logan Brown.

The tying run scored in the 7th inning on an opposite-field solo homerun by Greg Cullen, his fourth homer of the season.

The Braves took their first lead of the night in the 8th inning as Jeremy Fernandez ripped a two run triple down the left field line to score Ariel Montesino and Andrew Moritz. Fernandez later scored on a throwing error, making it 7-4. Luis Mora and Jake Higginbotham shut it down the rest of the way to give Rome the win and loosen Augusta’s grip on 1st place.

Fernandez was 3-5 with two doubles, a triple, two RBI and three runs scored. Cullen was 2-3 with a homer, a walk and was hit by a pitch. He scored two runs. Brown went 2-4 with an RBI and a walk. Montesino was 1-3 with a double, walk and was hit by a pitch.

Mejia threw 6 innings and allowed no runs and no hits. He struck out four and walked three while lowering his season ERA to 1.42.

Rome and Augusta continue their four game series on Friday night at SRP Park. Game 2 is scheduled for 7:05 pm. Rome will start RHP Odalvi Javier (2-3, 4.13) while Augusta has not announced their starting pitcher.

The Braves’ Greg Cullen shatters his bat during Thursday’s game. Photo by Mills Fitzner.

Rome Braves (29-37):                 7 R     11 H    0 E

Augusta GreenJackets (34-31):   4 R      3 H    2 E

W: Luis Mora (1-0)

L: Sandro Cabrera (2-1)

S: Jake Higginbotham (1)

Time: 3:13

Attendance: 4,110

Next:  At Augusta. Game times: 7:05 p.m. Friday; 6:05 p.m. Saturday; and 2:05 p.m. Sunday.

Roster moves:  Rome Braves infielder Carlos Paraguate has been placed on the injured list. In corresponding moves, infielder Brendan Venter has transferred to Rome from Danville. The Rome roster has 25 active players and 6 injured.

Pictures: Mills Fitzner’s photos from 2008-18, archive

The annual Atlanta Braves Tryout Camp at State Mutual Stadium is scheduled for Monday. Registration starts at 9 a.m. (participants should enter and register through Gate 6). Tryouts start at 10:00 AM. The annual event is free of charge and under the direction of Braves area scout supervisors. All players must be between the ages of 16 and 22 to participate and are expected to furnish their own cleats, gloves and uniforms. No exceptions. The Braves will provide any other necessary equipment. American Legion players must have written permission from their coach.

The South Atlantic League announced rosters for the 60th Annual SAL All-Star Game. Four Rome Braves players were named to the Southern Division roster and will represent the Single-A Braves in the upcoming game Tuesday, June 18. While RHP Jose Montilla was the lone Braves hurler named to the team, three position players were also selected including starting catcher Logan Brown, second baseman Greg Cullen and right fielder Trey Harris to round out the Braves participants.

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