The Danville Braves started off the week on the wrong foot, dropping three games against Pulaski.
However, the D-Braves returned home on Friday and hopped back on their good foot, taking two of three from Princeton and opening a three-game set against Bristol with an 8-5 win on Monday.
vs. Pulaski (July 30-August 1)
Pulaski used a two-run fifth inning to erase a one-run deficit in its 3-2 win over Danville last Tuesday.
The Yankees’ rally culminated in one swing as Madison Santos crushed a two-run home run to right-center field that gave Pulaski a 3-2 lead.
Danville wasted no time getting on the board, scoring a run in the first on Beau Philip’s solo shot to center.
The score remained 1-0 until the third when Jose Martinez sent a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left to knot the score at 1-all.
The D-Braves struck back in the fourth as Connor Blair’s sacrifice fly to left scored Brandon Parker and pushed Danville’s lead to 2-1.
Blair and Philip each paced the D-Braves with an RBI, while Mitch Calandra went 3-for-3 at the plate.
Tyler Owens threw 3.2 strong innings for Danville, allowing one hit and one run, while striking out five. Albinson Volquez pitched two innings of solid relief, only allowing a hit and striking out two. Marrick Crouse closed out the game for the D-Braves, surrendering one hit and striking out two in the ninth.
Santos paced the Yankees with a pair of RBIs. Sean Boyle picked up the win for Pulaski, allowing one hit and striking out five in 2.1 innings pitched. Mitch Spence got the save, throwing two frames of hitless ball and striking out three in the process.
The second of the three-game set wasn’t as close as Pulaski struck for three in the first and two in the second on its way to an 8-0 win.
Ryder Green got the first-inning onslaught going with an RBI groundout to second base that put the Yankees on the board. Chad Bell followed with a two-run blast to right-center, giving Pulaski a 3-0 lead after one full.
It was small ball time in the second for the P-Yanks as Anthony Volpe’s sacrifice fly to right made it a 4-0 game. A wild pitch rounded out the scoring for Pulaski in the second.
Volpe, Green and Bell each paced the Yankees with a pair of RBIs.
On the mound, three Pulaski pitchers teamed up for a three-hit shutout of the Braves.
Jhonatan Munoz threw six effective innings, allowing one hit and no runs, while striking out nine in the process. Elvis Peguero followed with two frames of two-hit ball, while Tyler Johnson closed things out, pitching a perfect ninth and striking out two.
Philip, Calandra and Cody Milligan recorded the three hits for the Braves.
Game 3 was a bit more interesting, but Pulaski got a walk-off RBI single from Gustavo Campero to steal the victory in the bottom of the ninth.
Danville struck first, scoring two runs in the first on its way to the early lead. Ray Hernandez worked a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch allowed Blair to score, giving the D-Braves a 2-0 lead.
Pulaski used a Robert Javier run-scoring single in the second to pull within one and knotted the score at 2-all on Roberto Chirinos’ single to center in the fifth.
Bell put the P-Yanks back in front with his RBI sacrifice fly out to left in the bottom of the seventh.
The D-Braves had more gas in their tank, though, as they tied the score in the eighth on Cody Birdsong’s RBI double.
Hernandez and Birdsong each added an RBI for the D-Braves, while Birdsong led with two hits.
Ricky DeVito got the start for Danville, going three innings, while allowing only one run on one hit and striking out three.
vs. Princeton (August 2-4)
Princeton scored three runs in the top of the eighth to steal a 4-2 victory over Danville in the series opener.
Jelfry Marte’s triple, combined with a D-Braves’ error, put Princeton in front, 3-0 after eight innings. Diego Infante increased the Devil Rays’ lead when he drove an RBI double to left that made it a four-run game heading into the final frame.
Danville rallied back in the ninth, scoring a pair of runs on Charles Reyes’ two-run single to center.
D-Braves’ starter Mitch Stallings turned in a peak performance, striking out 11 batters in seven innings — marking his longest outing of the season.
Danville bounced back in Game 2, though, posting a 4-3 win thanks to a two-run eighth.
Bryce Ball got the rally going when he drew a bases-loaded walk that tied the game at 3-3. Willie Carter provided the game-winning hit when he knocked a double to left that scored Ball, leading to the final score.
Ball, Carter and Hernandez each paced the D-Braves with an RBI apiece. Carter and Hernandez each led Danville with a pair of hits as well.
The D-Braves continued their winning ways in the second game, picking up a 6-2 victory.
After Princeton scored two in the sixth to tie the game at 2-all, Danville answered back with a pair of runs of its own in the same frame.
Calandra’s triple to left scored Birdsong and gave the D-Braves a 3-2 advantage. Brandon Chapman followed with a single to left that scored Calandra and doubled down on Danville’s lead.
Danville got a little insurance in the seventh as a Princeton error and Calandra single scored a pair of runs and led to the final score.
Calandra drove in a team-high two runs for the D-Braves, while Birdsong contributed a team-best three hits.
Volquez and Crouse combined for three innings of hitless, shutout relief.
Zach Daniels got the win for Danville, allowing two hits and two runs after coming on in the sixth.
vs. Bristol (August 5)
Danville exploded for four runs in the bottom of the seventh on its way to an 8-5 victory over Bristol.
Trailing 4-3 late in the game, Hernandez drove a single to left that plated Philip and Carter and gave the D-Braves a 5-4 lead. Birdsong’s double to center pushed Danville’s lead to two and a caught-stealing error led to the final run of the frame.
Birdsong, Carter and Hernandez each led the D-Braves with a pair of RBIs.
Tanner Gordon got the win on the bump, throwing two innings of one-hit, shutout ball while striking out four.
Justin Yeager got the save, throwing two innings of three-hit ball, striking out three in the process.