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Late Game Offense Nets Comeback Win for RBraves

Vaughn Grissom heads back to the dugout after blasting his first High-A home run in a 6-3 win over Winston-Salem on September 3, 2021. (James Reese)
September 3, 2021

The Rome Braves (49-56) defeated the High-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, the Winston-Salem Dash (39-66), 6-3 on Friday evening at State Mutual Stadium behind key offense late in the game and solid pitching. Rome plated the game’s first run in the bottom of the second. Brett Langhorne reached

The Rome Braves (49-56) defeated the High-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, the Winston-Salem Dash (39-66), 6-3 on Friday evening at State Mutual Stadium behind key offense late in the game and solid pitching.

Rome plated the game’s first run in the bottom of the second. Brett Langhorne reached base on a fielding error, and this scored Beau Philip.

Winston-Salem answered back quickly in the third and tied the game thanks to a solo home run to left. The Dash quickly scored two more runs and took the lead in this inning.

The Braves came back within a run in the bottom of the fourth after Vaughn Grissom hit his first home run as a Rome Brave. This made the score 3-2 Winston-Salem.

Rome did not score again until the eighth inning, and this was the inning that put the R-Braves in the win column tonight. Carlos Martinez singled and then advanced to second on the throw to score Grissom and Jesse Franklin V to put the Braves in the lead 4-3. Shean Michel then added on a couple of insurance runs after he singled to left to score Philip and Martinez.

Grissom went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored. Martinez went 3-for-3 and had two RBI.

Solid pitching was key in tonight’s victory for Rome. Darius Vines tossed five innings tonight and gave up one earned run on six hits and struck out eight. Jake Higginbotham pitched two innings in relief and struck out three. Justin Yeager (W, 2-3) tossed two innings, gave up one hit and struck out four.

Up Next

After tonight’s game, the Braves are 23.5 games behind Bowling Green in the High-A East standings and now have a 3-1 lead in the series against the Dash.

Rome will face Winston-Salem in game five of the series on Saturday evening at State Mutual Stadium. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. and gates will open at 5 p.m. Saturday will feature College Football Night. Fans can receive $2 off club tickets by using the promo code CFB at RomeBraves.com/Tickets. There will also be $3 draft and $4 well drinks available for purchase in the Three Rivers Club Bar where several college football games will be playing on the HD TVs.