DANVILLE, Va.- The Braves overcame an early 2-0 deficit against the Bristol Pirates on Sunday, scoring the decisive run in the 7th and hanging on for a 3-2 win. In a pitchers' duel that featured only eight combined hits, the Danville bullpen held the Pirates hitless for the final seven innings.
Bristol (9-29) scored a pair of runs in the 2nd off Danville starter Jasseel De La Cruz. One run scored on a force out, and the second on a Yondry Contreras double that hit the wall in left-center field. De La Cruz would be finished after that inning, permitting the two runs on three hits while walking two and striking out three.
Danville (19-19) answered in the bottom of the third when Drew Waters singled to score Griffin Benson, and Derian Cruz hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Luis Mejia, tying the game at 2-2.
From that point on, the Braves' relievers took over the game. Zach RIce, Keith Weisenberg (2-1), and Landon Hughes (3 saves) pitched the final seven innings, allowing no hits and three walks, only once allowing a Bristol baserunner to reach third base.
In the bottom of the 7th, Cruz stood in the batter's box with Raysheandall Michel perched at third. Before Cruz had a chance to drive him in, Pirates' reliever Miguel Hernandez (0-3) fired a pitch that escaped from catcher Paul Brands. The passed ball allowed Michel to scamper home, giving the Braves a 3-2 lead which would eventually become the final score.
The Braves and Pirates square off again at Legion Field on Dollar Monday. Fans can enjoy souvenir sodas, hot dogs, and popcorn for one dollar each. On the field, Odalvi Javier (3-3) will make the start for Danville. The game is schedule for 7pm. For tickets, call 434-797-3792 or go online to dbraves.com.
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