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Dodd Dazzles, Braves Snap Streak

Landon Stephens stands in the box underneath an early summer sunset in Rome, Georgia during a 3-1 win over the Wilmington Blue Rocks on June 8th. (Mills Fitzner)
June 9, 2022

ROME, GA – The Rome Braves and Wilmington Blue Rocks were back in action on Wednesday night in game two of six. Dylan Dodd would get the start for the Braves, his first ever against the Blue Rocks. Much like the night prior’s contest, Rome got on the board first.

*ROME, GA – *The Rome Braves and Wilmington Blue Rocks were back in action on Wednesday night in game two of six. Dylan Dodd would get the start for the Braves, his first ever against the Blue Rocks.

Much like the night prior’s contest, Rome got on the board first. This time, Vaughn Grissom would belt his sixth home run of the year in the bottom of the first to put the Braves up early by a score of two runs to one. A Bryson Horne single would plate Drew Campbell to push the Braves out in front by three runs.

Three runs would be all the Braves needed, as Dylan Dodd would work a stellar start. In his first start against Wilmington in his career, the lefty would go six full innings while striking out five. Dodd would only give up one run on six hits, with two walks. Dodd now lowers his earned run average to 3.79. The lone run Dodd would sacrifice would come on an Omar Meregildo double in the top of the sixth.

The Braves bullpen would shine tonight as RJ Freure, Alec Barger, and Austin Smith would combine for three scoreless innings in relief, giving the Braves their twenty-ninth win of the 2022 season by a final score three runs to one. Both Freure and Barger would be credited with the hold, and Austin Smith would earn his fourth save of the season. The night’s win snaps a four game skid for Rome, putting them back in the win column for the first time since June 2nd. Dylan Dodd is credited with his team leading fifth win of the season, and the Braves now sit three and a half games back in third place within the South Atlantic League’s South Division.

Rome and Wilmington will square back up tomorrow night for game three, with Rome’s Andrew Hoffmann getting the ball for the Braves in a 7:00 pm first pitch.