DANVILLE, Va,- The Danville Braves mustered only three hits in Friday's 1-0 loss to the Bluefield Blue Jays and, in the process, were swept for the first time in 2017. The 49th game of the season marked the first time the Braves have been shut out.
Odalvi Javier and Josh Winckowski dueled fiercely through six scoreless innings, albeit with two different linescores. Javier battled through his evening, scattering seven hits and only striking out two Blue Jays (33-16). Winckowski, on the other hand, only allowed two hits while striking out 10, including seven of the first nine Danville batters.
In the 7th inning, Chavez Young led off with a triple against John Curtis, extending his league-leading total to six. After Curtis retired the next two hitters on strikes, he uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Young to score from third for what would ultimately be the game's only run. The Braves (25-24) managed only three hits on the evening, with Garrison Schwartz's 2-3 night being the lone bright spot.
The Braves hit the road for a four game set at Burlington, beginning tomorrow night. Dilmer Mejia will get the ball in the opener, making his first start since July 29th at Johnson City. The Braves are 5-2 against Burlington this year, including a sweep at Burlington Athletic Stadium in June.
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