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Braves bats come alive to sting GreenJackets

June 8, 2006 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Rome Braves News Release

Rome, GA - The Rome Braves snapped their three game losing streak tonight at State Mutual Stadium in an exciting 9-4 win over the Augusta GreenJackets in front of 3,725 fans. Rome increased their lead to five games over Augusta in the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League.

The GreenJackets drew first blood in the second inning when Jose Yens singled to left and scored on a Hector Borg hit up the middle to give the GreenJackets the 1-0 lead. The Braves answered in their half of the inning when Isaiah Ka'aihue sent a rocket to left for a stand up double. He advanced to third on an Eric Campbell fly out and scored on Manny Rodriguez's double to tie the game 1-1. In the third, Augusta's Eugenio Velez singled to score Anthony Contreras. Contreras later scored on a Mike Mooney single to give the GreenJackets the 3-1 advantage. In the fourth, the Braves brought the score to within one run when Eric Campbell doubled to left, raced to third on a Rodriguez groundout and then crossed the plate on a Brandon Monk single to make the score 3-2. The Braves bats exploded in the fifth inning with seven hits and six runs. Ovandy Suero got the rally started with a perfectly executed bunt single. He stole second and then moved to third on a Quentin Davis single to center field. Elvis Andrus drove in two when he sent the ball sailing to right for a double. Max Ramirez then singled through the hole at shortstop, moving Andrus to third. Ka'aihue then sent his second double of the night down the left field line scoring Andrus giving Rome the 4-3 lead. Augusta's Taylor Wilding relieved starting pitcher Ronnie Ray but the change did little to stop the Braves rally. Eric Campbell singled through the hole at second, allowing Ramirez to jog home and give the Braves the 5-3 advantage while advancing Ka'aihue to third. Rodriguez then flied out and moved Campbell to second. Brandon Monk reached base on a fielder's choice that advanced Campbell to third as Ka'aihue was tagged out at the plate.

The Braves last two runs of the inning came when Jordan Schafer swatted the ball to left center for a triple to drive in both Campbell and Monk. The inning ended with the Braves taking a commanding lead of 8-3. In the bottom of the seventh, Rome added an insurance run to make the score 9-3. The GreenJackets scored one in the eighth but Rome held on for the 9-4 victory. Rome starter Jo Jo Reyes picked up the win (7-1) and Ronnie Ray was tagged with the loss (4-4) for Augusta.

Roster Move: The Braves activated pitcher Nicholas Tisone just prior to Thursday's game. Tisone was 0-2 with a 7.88 ERA prior to being placed on the disabled list on June 1st.

Tomorrow the Braves hit the road and begin a three game series against the Columbus Catfish. The team returns home on Friday June 16th. For ticket information call 706-378-5144 or log on to www.romebraves.com


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