Danville, Va. - The Royals and Braves went down to the wire on Thursday. Following a two-hour rain delay, Burlington hoped the long wait would be worth it for a win to clinch a playoff berth. Instead, the 10-inning affair went Danville's way 3-2 in walk-off fashion.
The Royals two runs both came early in the ballgame. With Jack Gethings on first, Vinnie Pasquantino launched a homer over the tall fence in right-center to put Burlington in front 2-0.
B-Royals starter Angel Zerpa's performance helped keep the Braves off the board early, surrendering just one hit and striking out six in three innings of work.
However, Danville strung some offense together in the bottom of the sixth. After the Braves loaded the bases, Brandon Parker and Beau Philip hit back-to-back sacrifice flies that evened the score at 2-2.
After the ninth ended without a winner and Burlington failed to score in the top of the tenth, Danville put runners on second and third with one out. Then, Jose Palma hit a high chopper to Royals pitcher Elliott Anderson. The lefty rifled a throw home, but the height of the ground ball allowed Charles Reyes enough time to safely score and win the game for the Braves.
Alex Segal (1-1) earned the win for a scoreless top of the tenth while Anderson (2-2) took the loss.
Burlington returns home on Friday to begin its final regular season homestead against the Pulaski Yankees. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
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