D-Braves Circle the Wagons, Take Series From Bristol

Danville Overcomes Early Miscues to Steal One 7-5 over the Pirates

By Matthew Johnson / Danville Braves | July 18, 2014 10:56 PM

Danville Rallies in Eighth to Steal Series Finale Over Bristol

Bristol Breaks Down Late as Danville Takes the Win; Series

DANVILLE, VA - Danville stole one late over Bristol in the rubber match of the series with the Pirates. In a clutch eighth inning, Fernelys Sanchez got the scoring started knocking in Justin Black on a single to tie the game at five. Joe Daris was hit by a pitch in the next at bat to load the bases, then Yeudi Grullon forced a walk to score Omar Obregon giving Danville a 6-5 lead, their first of the game. In the next at bat Jordan Edgerton would sacrifice another run in to give a 7-5 edge, which would be the final.

Danville committed three errors in the game, and the miscues piled up quick for the D-Braves. In the early going, it looked as if the errors would doom Danville, but the Braves battled at the plate to stay alive throughout the game.

Matt Tellor saw his first action since he left the first game of the season due to injury, and in his first game back he made a huge impact at the plate. Tellor went 2-4 from the DH spot, scoring a run, and recording his first career RBI. Tellor led off the second inning with a single, and Fernelys Sanchez would bring him in along with Tanner Murphy on his first triple of the season, to make the game 3-2.

Fernelys Sanchez had his best game of the season against Bristol going 3-4 with the triple, 3 RBI, and a run scored. The clutch night for Sanchez comes after a base running mistake last night, which was very costly for Danville late in the game as they pushed to rally back against the Pirates.

It was a rough go around again for Danville starter Daniel Cordero, who got roughed up a bit in the first inning, and never really got settled into his groove on the mound. Cordero went 3.2 innings, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on six hits, and a career high five walks. Cordero only recorded one strikeout in his sixth start of the season, as well.

The bullpen for the D-Braves continues to dominate. In the first two games of the series, the bullpen combined for 7.0 innings with 12 punch outs, only two hits allowed, zero walks, zero runs allowed, and held Bristol to a .095 batting average. Tonight it was much of the same out of the Danville pen. The trio of Matt Sims, Bradley Roney, and Luis Miranda combined for 5.1 stellar innings, allowing only one hit, two walks, and the group struck out five Pirates as well. Roney would be rewarded for his four strikeouts in 2.0 innings with a win, the second of his career and season. Luis Miranda also sat Bristol down one, two, three in the top of the ninth to record his team leading third save of the year with Danville.

The D-Braves (16-11) will be back in action tomorrow night on the road against the Greeneville Astros (13-14). Danville will send Atlanta's 2014 third round selection of Max Povse (0-0, 5.40 ERA, 2 starts) to the mound in a matchup with Greeneville's Keegan Yuhl (0-0, 2.13 ERA, 1 start) to start off the series. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at Pioneer Park in Greeneville, Tennessee.

WP: Bradley Roney (2-1)

LP: Jonathan Sandfort (0-3)

TOG: 2:39

ATT: 1067

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