Burlington, N.C. - The Royals snapped a three-game winning streak on Monday in a 6-4 loss that stretched across four hours and 13 minutes because of a rain delay that lasted just shy of two hours.
Both teams were scoreless when the tarp came out between the top and bottom halves of the second inning. When Braves first baseman Bryce Ball stepped up to the plate as the first batter following the delay, he launched a solo homer over the right field fence to put Danville ahead 1-0. Burlington answered quickly in the top of the third. With one out, Jay Charleston hit a groundout to short that plated Mikey Filia and tied the game up.
Later, with two gone in the bottom of the fourth, Braves catcher Mitch Calandra hit a fly ball to center field that looked like it would end the inning. However, left fielder David Hollie crashed into center fielder Kevon Jackson as the latter made the catch, jarring the ball loose from his glove and allowing two Danville runs to score. Another run came in on a Charles Reyes single to make it 4-1 Braves through four.
The Royals chipped away at the lead in the later innings. Hollie brought home Jake Means on a single in the sixth and Vinnie Pasquantino slapped an RBI double to cut the deficit to 4-3 in the top of the eighth. But Ball answered in the bottom half, torching a two-run home run to right field for his second of the game to extend the Braves lead to 6-3.
Charleston brought in Jackson on a groundout in the top of the ninth, but Burlington couldn't add more and 6-4 was the final.
Braves reliever Deyvis Julian, who pitched the third and fourth innings while allowing a single unearned run, earned the win. Royals hurler Jonah Dipoto took the loss after surrendering three unearned runs in the fourth. Kenny Wells picked up the save for Danville by preserving the lead in the ninth.
The Royals have a day off tomorrow before starting a three-game series with Elizabethton on Wednesday. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.
Single-game tickets are on sale now. Call 336-222-0223 or visit www.burlingtonroyals.com for more information.
WP - Deyvis Julian (1-1)
LP - Jonah Dipoto (0-1)
SV - Kenny Wells (1)
Ball - 2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB
Means - 2-4, 2B, 2 R, BB
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