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Rome Braves get key hit in ninth to win, 4-3. Media release: The Rome Braves opened their four-game series with the Greenville Drive by grabbing an exciting win on Thursday night at Flour Field. Braves speedster Jose Bermudez raced home on a fielder’s choice to score the winning run in the Top of the 9th inning, breaking a 3-3 tie and getting Rome off to a successful start on their long road trip through the Carolinas.
Greenville opened the scoring with a run off Rome starter LHP Dilmer Mejia in the 1st inning. Outfielder Jordan Wren drove home Cole Brannen on an RBI force-out, making it 1-0. Mejia prevented further damage in the inning by stranding two runners in scoring position.
Rome would answer in the 2nd inning with a strong rally. Griffin Benson and Henry Quintero opened the frame with consecutive singles. With one out Brendan Venter delivered a two run double in the left-center field gap, giving Rome a 2-1 lead. Shortstop Braden Shewmake drilled a single into center to score Venter and Rome was up 3-1.
The Drive offense used lead off walks to create rallies in the 2nd and 5th innings. In each frame the walk eventually led to a run and by the 5th the game was tied up 3-3. With each bullpen firing zeroes things remained deadlocked until the 9th inning.
Bermudez led off with an infield single up the middle and then stole second base. He took third on a ground-out to short. Greg Cullen came up and the infield moved in. Cullen hit a grounder to third baseman Brandon Howlett, who scooped it and fired to home plate but missed low, allowing Bermudez to score. The fielder’s choice gave Rome the go-ahead run. All-Star reliever RHP Jose Montilla made sure it was the winning run with a lock-down 1-2-3 Bottom of the 9th on the mound.
The victory puts the Braves back at .500 for the 2nd half at 4-4 and places them one game out of first in the Southern Division.
Benson finished the night 2-3 with a walk, stolen base and a run scored. Quintero was 2-4 with a stolen base and a run scored. Venter was 1-4 with a double, run scored and two RBI and Bermudez was 1-3 with a run scored, two stolen bases and a hit by a pitch.
Mejia went 5 innings and allowed three runs on five hits. He struck out three and walked three. Montilla got the win with 2 shutout innings of work complete with three strikeouts. He walked one and allowed one hit.
Rome was 5 for 5 on stolen base attempts against Greenville on Thursday night.
Rome and Greenville continue their four game series on Friday evening. First pitch of Game 2 from Flour Field is scheduled for 7:05 pm. Rome starts RHP Alan Rangel (6-4, 4.91). Greenville will counter with RHP Alex Scherff (3-5, 4.19).
Rome Braves (4-4, 34-43): 4 R 9 H 1 E
Greenville Drive (5-3, 37-41): 3 R 6 H 2 E
W: Jose Montilla (2-5)
L: Angel Padron (1-5)
Next: In Greenville tonight through Sunday. Games at 7:05 p.m. except Sunday, 3:05 p.m.
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About the All-Star game votes: National League (Atlanta Braves in bold)
1B: Freddie Freeman 38.5%, Josh Bell 37.4%, Anthony Rizzo 24.2%
2B: Ketel Marte 39.2%, Ozzie Albies 34.3%, Mike Moustakas 26.5%
SS: Javier Baez 43.3%, Trevor Story 29.3%, Dansby Swanson 27.4%
3B: Nolan Arenado 51.9%, Josh Donaldson 25.1%, Kris Bryant 23.0%
C: Willson Contreras 44.6%, Brian McCann 33.0%, Yasmani Grandal 22.4%
OF: Christian Yelich 22.3%, Cody Bellinger 21.0%, Ronald Acuna Jr. 15.0%, Charlie Blackmon 12.6%, Nick Markakis 8.2%, Jason Heyward 6.5%, Kyle Schwarber 5.3%, Albert Almora Jr. 5.0%, Joc Pederson 4.0%
From Atlanta: Second baseman Ozzie Albies, shortstop Dansby Swanson, third baseman Josh Donaldson, outfielder Nick Markakis and catcher Brian McCann were the other Braves on the Starters Election ballot. The remainder of the National League’s reserves and pitching staff, which could include Atlanta rookie Mike Soroka, will be announced Sunday.
Corky Kell Classic returns to Barron Stadium on Aug. 22 with Rome, Calhoun games: Look for another season-starting double header in Rome as part of the 2019 Corky Kell Classic high school football kickoff. Calhoun is scheduled to play Ridgeland at 5:30 p.m. and Rome hosts Marietta at 8:30 p.m. in the 28th edition of the classic. Media: The classic’s website states all games will be broadcast on CBS46 and Peachtree TV, and will be streamed live on the National Federation of High School Associations Network at NFHSNetwork.com. Radio listeners can tune into 92.9 The Game for coverage of the games (the signal is available in Floyd County).
- 2019 high school football schedules: Every local school with games starting in August. 2019
- The Atlanta Falcons will open the 2019 preseason in the Hall of Fame Game against the Denver Broncos on Aug. 1 at 8 p.m.
- Berry College Vikings open the 2019 season at Maryville on Saturday, Sept. 7. 1 p.m. kickoff. Vikings
- Shorter Hawks begin the season at East Tennessee State on Saturday, Sept. 7. Hawks
- Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Clemson, Thursday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m. ACC Network. Jackets
- Georgia Bulldogs at Vanderbilt, Saturday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. SEC Network. Bulldogs
The Gary Tillman Memorial Clocktower 5K Race and 2-mile Health Walk returns to Heritage Park on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 8 a.m. Registration is now open for the event with early bird pricing through July 27. This fun and challenging 5K winds through historic downtown Rome, and climbs historic Clocktower Hill in the second mile. Both the 5K and the 2-mile health walk courses are very scenic, as they take in much of the “Between the Rivers” district of beautiful downtown Rome. Both events start and end in Heritage Park. Pre and Post Race refreshments, pre and post race massages, music, and fun make this a race not to be missed. Proceeds go to the Exchange Club Family Resource Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Early registration is $25 for 5K and $20 for health walk, after July 27, price increases to $30 and $25. Register