The parent team may be having one of the worst seasons in recent history but the Class A Rome Braves of the South Atlantic League (SAL) did the organization proud when it rebounded from an opening game loss to the Lakewood Blue Claws and won three straight to capture the title in a 6-1 win in game four.
This was Rome’s second league title. They won the 2003 title in their first season in Rome. Rome was the only Atlanta Braves’ affiliate to win a league title this season.
Alejandro Salazar had three hits, scoring two runs as pitcher Max Fried struck out 13 batters to start the celebration. Fried was also the winning pitcher when the Braves eliminated Charleston in the Southern Division playoffs.
Rome spotted Lakewood a 1-0 lead but scored three runs in the fifth inning as Salazar and Anfernee Seymour scored for the Braves.
The Braves were only 70-69 overall but their 43-27 second half finish clinched the Southern Division by 2 1/2 games. The Braves were 58-82 last season.
Outfielder Ronald Acuna led the team in batting with a .311 average. Patrick Weigel led the pitching staff with 10 wins and was promoted to Class AA Mississippi in the Southern League to finish the season.