Braves Roll Past Express, 13-7
June 30, 2017
VIENNA, VA – The Braves followed up Thursday’s magic with another gritty win on Friday night, defeating the Rockville Express by a score of 13-7.
Herndon garnered a lead in the early going and never looked back—despite making it close towards the later innings—scoring twice in the second and twice in the third to put the pressure on Rockville’s offense to find a way to match pace.
In the second, the Braves got the scoring started as a result of an error from the Express shortstop, allowing Ciaran Devenney to score. Following that, Chandler Miller drove in Kyle Benjamin with a RBI double to push it to 2-0.
The Braves shut down the Express in the top of the third and quickly returned to the batter’s box where they would tack on a pair thanks to a Richard Constantine solo shot and Alex Bernauer sacrifice fly.
Rockville finally broke silence in the fifth, where they would scrape a run across to get on the scoreboard, but Herndon had answers.
In the bottom half, the Braves struck for three runs, as Ciaran Devenney plated Richard Constantine with a RBI single, followed by Michael Kuzbel’s 2-RBI single.
Despite solid pitching through the first six innings, the Braves bullpen struggled in the seventh, surrendering five runs to make it a one-run game, holding on to a 7-6 lead entering the bottom half of the inning.
The offense managed to muster up some insurance, as a fielder’s choice enabled the Braves’ eighth run to cross the plate, as well as back-to-back bases-loaded walks for Chandler Miller and Richard Constantine, earning the ninth and tenth runs. The free trips to first weren’t done, however, as another bases-loaded walk brought in the Braves’ eleventh run of the game, and fourth of the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, Chandler Miller added to Rockville's troubles, bringing in another run to extend the lead even further. Conner Hall followed up with a RBI after being thrown out at first for a fielder's choice. That insurance would prove to be more than enough as the Braves would close out the Express in the top of the ninth--despite giving up a solo home run--for the win.
On the mound for the Braves, starter Casey Goldenberg was efficient, putting together a quality start with six innings of work and three runs allowed.
With the win, the Braves return to .500 baseball at 12-12.
The Braves’ next game will be tomorrow, July 1 as they take on the Baltimore Redbirds on the road starting at 6:30 p.m.