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Braves Pound Royals 8-0

July 26, 2007 - Appalachian League (ApL) - Danville Braves News Release

DANVILLE, VA - The Danville Braves pitchers ran their scoreless innings streak to 27 as the offense put together 13 hits in an 8-0 shutout over the Burlington Royals at American Legion Post 325 Field at Dan Daniel Memorial Park.

The 23-10 Braves move four games in front of the 19-14 Royals with the win. The Braves are now on a five-game winning streak, longest of the year.

Neftali Feliz, who started and went an inning in the suspended game on July 23 at Kingsport, pitched the first two tonight. He allowed no hits with two walks while fanning five. The last time a Danville starter allowed a run was on July 18, 33 innings ago.

Tim Ladd came in for the third and gave up a hit with no walks or Ks.

Jose Ortegano (3-0) pitched the next four, striking out eight and walking none as Royal bats collected a single hit. His ERA is now 0.80, second-best in the league behind teammate Cole Rohrbough's 0.59.

William Ramirez threw the final two frames with two hits, no walks, and two strikeouts.

The Braves only allowed four hits - two in the ninth - en route to a four-hitter.

The offense made a lot of noise tonight, as well. Jeff Stevens collected his first homer of the year while going 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run. Chad Lundahl went 3-for-4 in the No. 2 spot with two doubles, an RBI, and a run. Cody Johnson had a 2-for-4 evening with a double, an RBI, and two runs.

The first three runs came in the very first inning. Lundahl doubled to center with one out and Michael Fisher switched places with him in the next at-bat to go up 1-0. After a lineout, Cody Johnson doubled to bring around Fisher. A passed ball during Stevens' at-bat moved him up before Stevens singled to center to make it 3-0.

Danville went up 4-0 in the second when Lundahl doubled to center with two down to knock C.J. Lee in. Lee was hit by a pitch with one down before a foulout.

The Braves third saw even more action. With Jose Diaz in instead of Henry Arias (2-2), Josh Morris doubled to start it off. After a popup, Stevens blasted his homer to left. Benji Johnson did have a two-out infield single and moved to second on a wild pitch, but a groundout stranded him.

The final Braves runs came in the eighth. Cody Johnson led off and singled to short. Two swinging strikeouts followed before pinch-hitter Chris Anderson homered to left.

Today's offensive outburst made it the first time the Braves had double-digit hits since July 21. The last time an opponent had 10 hits or more was on July 8.

Royals starter Arias gave up four runs - three earned - in two innings. He also allowed five hits with no walks or strikeouts.

Relievers Diaz and Ryan Belanger both went two behind him. Diaz struck out two while walking none as Danville managed four hits with two earned runs off him. Belanger gave up just one hit with no walks or Ks.

Yensi Lopez and Ted Gjeldum both went an inning. Lopez allowed no baserunners while whiffing one. Gjeldum's frame saw two runs off three hits and no walks with two strikeouts.

As for promotions, July 27 is the annual Mayberry Deputy appearance. On July 28, the first 500 fans receive a checkbook cover, courtesy of Virginia Bank & Trust. -30-

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