Danville Wins Seventh Consecutive Game
Host of Braves Pitchers Fan 16 Royals on Their Way to 5-3 Victory
DANVILLE, VA - Almost 3000 fans packed their way into American Legion Post 325 Field to enjoy fireworks on and off the diamond. The Braves held on 5-3 against the Burlington Royals as Danville's pitching dominated a struggling Burlington lineup. Burlington came into the game 9th in most offensive categories, and the host of D-Braves pitchers did not do them any favors.
Max Povse took the mound for his first career start. Povse looked sharp in his two innings against the Royals, striking out three while giving up a hit and an unearned run on an error he committed covering first on a ground ball. Michael Flores, Luis Miranda, and Matt Kimbrel consecutively appeared in relief as they combined to strike out 12 batters. Kimbrel struck out all four batters he faced on the evening. Caleb Dirks appeared for the final two outs of the game following Kimbrel, and earned his team high second save of the season. As a team, Danville struck out a season high 16 Royals.
Sean Godfrey had another great night swinging the bat for Danville. The center fielder had two hits, including a double to the gap on his way to scoring two runs. The speedy leadoff man also had a steal, and raised his batting average to .378 on the season.
Jordan Edgerton came into the game with an Appalachian League leading 17 RBI, and drove in two more in the D-Braves victory on sacrifice flies. He finished the game 0-2 with two RBI.
Tanner Krietemeier saw his first start at first base for the D-Braves, and did not disappoint in the field or at the plate. Krietemeier finished the game 1-2 with two walks and two RBI on a double driven to center field in the sixth inning that scored Codey McElroy and Mike Dodig and put Danville up 3-2 over Burlington. Danville would extend it to a 5-2 lead and never look back.
Danville (11-3) wins over Burlington (6-8) 5-3, and extends its' Appy League best winning streak to seven straight games. Nearly 3000 D-Braves faithful came out to enjoy a Braves victory and an Independence Day celebration with a great night of baseball. The series now moves to Burlington at Burlington Athletic Stadium on Friday for the third game of a four game series with a first pitch scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
WP: Luis Miranda (1-0)
LP: Robinson Yambati (0-1)
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