It’s been a hard knock kind of season for the Danville Braves.
The knocks continued this week as the D-Braves dropped four of their five games.
Bristol started Danville’s pain by handing it a 2-0 loss in the rubber-match game of a three-game set.
The D-Braves’ pitching staff was the lone bright spot in the rain-shortened game.
Mitch Stallings got the start on the bump, scattering eight hits and two runs, while striking out five in four innings pitched. Alex Segal closed out the fifth, allowing two hits and striking out a pair before rain moved in.
vs. Burlington (Aug. 8-10)
Burlington wasted no time jumping on Danville in the first game, posting six runs in the opening frame.
Vinnie Pasquantino (RBI single), Logan Porter (run-scoring sacrifice fly), William Hancock (two-run triple) and Burle Dixon (two-run home run), represented all six runs in the first of the Royals’ 10-0 victory.
Bryce Ball and Cody Birdsong each paced the D-Braves with a pair of hits.
The D-Braves were shutout in Game 2, as the Royals’ pitching staff dominated in a 6-0 victory.
Three Burlington pitchers combined to three-hit Danville in the route.
Angel Zerpa got the win, throwing five innings of one-hit shutout ball, striking out nine in the process.
Zack Phillips and Elliott Anderson closed the deal with two innings of one-hit shutout ball apiece.
Brandon Parker recorded two of the D-Braves’ three knocks.
Burlington struck for five runs in the second on its way to a 7-3 victory in the series finale.
Maikel Garcia (RBI single, run-scoring error on same play), Jack Gethings (run-scoring single), Jake Means (RBI double), Pasquantino (run-scoring double) and Mikey Filla (RBI double) accounted for all five runs.
Ball’s RBI double in the fifth got the D-Braves on the board and a wild pitch and Ball’s sacrifice fly to left in the seventh led to the final score.
vs. Kingsport (Aug. 12)
Danville started off its week on the right foot, scoring five runs in the top of the sixth on its way to an 11-7 victory.
Beau Philip’s run-scoring single started the frame and pushed the D-Braves lead to 7-5.
Danville broke out the big bats from there, as Connor Blair and Birdsong followed by slugging back-to-back home runs. Blair’s three-run dinger to left made it a 10-5 game and Birdsong’s solo shot to left gave the D-Braves a six-run cushion heading into the final three.
Danville’s big sixth was foreshadowed by a four-run fourth.
Birdsong started the rally with a single to right that brought Willie Carter around with the go-ahead run. Ray Hernandez followed with a run-scoring single to center and a wild pitch brought the third run in to score. Cody Milligan’s sacrifice fly to left rounded out the frame.
Carter jumped on the home run train in the fifth, sending a solo shot to center that made it a 6-1 contest.
Blair led the D-Braves with three RBIs, while Carter followed with two. Hernandez, Birdsong, Phillip and Milligan, rounded out six D-Braves players with at least an RBI.
Filyer Sanchez picked up the win on the bump, throwing an inning of one-hit, shutout ball. Alec Barger got the start, scattering three hits and striking out five in three pitched.