Rome, GA - Good pitching will win a lot of games, and the Rome Braves (19-41) pitching staff was proof of that on Friday night, as they stymied the Greenville Drive (29-30) offense in a 6-1 victory in the series opener.
Rome starter Tyler Brosius (1-3) was the story of the night, as he kept the Drive hitless through his six innings of work. He allowed one unearned run and four walks and struck out one.
The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the fourth after Jacob Schrader's triple and Carlos Franco's RBI groundout, and they added four more runs in the fifth against Teddy Stankiewicz (4-4). Johan Camargo and Victor Caratini hit RBI singles in the frame, and Ross Wilson and Franco connected for RBI doubles.
Wendell Rijo was responsible for both the Drive's only run and their first hit on the night, as he walked in the fifth and scored on a Rome error, and he laced a seventh-inning double to end the no-hit attempt.
Franco continued his hot hitting in the seventh inning with an RBI double against Jonathan Aro. He finished the night 2-4 with three RBI. Schrader had three hits for Rome, while Camargo and Connor Oliver added two hits apiece.
The teams will make up Thursday's rainout as part of a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 5:00. Drive LH Daniel McGrath (1-2, 2.95) is scheduled to meet Braves LH Matt Marksberry (0-2, 4.05) in game one, and the scheduled starters for the nightcap are Drive RH Joe Gunkel (2-0, 2.31) and Braves RH Steve Janas (2-0, 2.70).