Rome (32-30) lost Wednesday night’s contest at State Mutual Stadium, falling 4-3 to the visiting Greensboro Grasshoppers (37-25). The R-Braves committed five errors in the one-run loss, damaging their chances to win Game 2 of this week’s six-game set.
The scoring started early for the Rome Braves. After being held scoreless in Tuesday’s nine-inning affair, the Braves tallied two runs with a homer by Jesse Franklin V, his 15th of the season, to jump on top. Franklin drove in Kevin Josephina as well to give Rome a 2-0 advantage. Greensboro added one run in the top of the third to start battling back and claimed the lead with a two-run fifth inning. Both of those scores were unearned and came as a result of errors by Rome’s defense.
The R-Braves were able to knot it up again in the bottom of the seventh. Michael Harris II struck out swinging, but a wild pitch allowed Harris to reach and Andrew Moritz to touch home plate. The tie would not last for long, though, as two errors on one play let the Grasshoppers retake the lead in the next half-inning. The Pittsburgh Pirate High-A affiliate would not relinquish that slim advantage, winning 4-3 in Floyd County.
Jesse Franklin V was 2-for-5 with one homer. The Michigan Wolverine drove in two runs and scored once. Bryce Ball (2-for-3, 2B, BB) and Andrew Moritz (2-for-3, 2B, BB, R) each reached three times.
Darius Vines put together a solid outing on Wednesday. The right-hander pitched five innings, surrendering one earned run on three hits and two walks. Vines recorded five strikeouts. Mitch Stallings pitched two scoreless innings, recording four K’s and giving up just two hits. Zach Daniels and Mitch Horacek combined to throw the last two innings, giving up one run (unearned) in the eighth.
The Rome Braves and Greensboro Grasshoppers will battle for the third time this week on Thursday night. Game-time for tomorrow’s game is set for 7 p.m. and gates will open at 6 p.m.