But on Tuesday night, the home team did all the right things at all the right times.
Playing before a crowd of 2,764 at SMS, the Braves overcame a three-run deficit and posted a 5-3 victory over the Greenville Drive in the opener of a three-game series.
The Braves came into the night owning a 7-18 record at their home park, which is among the worst home records in minor league baseball.
Trailing 3-0, the Braves rallied for three runs in the fifth inning to tie, then took the lead on Will Skinner’s solo homer in the sixth.
The Braves added an insurance run in the eighth, and reliever Ryne Harper held the Drive scoreless in the ninth to complete the win and earn his fifth save. Tony Mueller finished with three hits.
Final: Braves 5, Drive 3
The turning point:
With the game tied at three apiece in the sixth inning, Rome’s Will Skinner nailed a solo shot to center field to give the Braves the lead.
Who did what for Rome: Skinner’s only hit of the game was his fifth homer of the season. Brandon Drury also had a solo home run, and Tony Mueller went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
On the mound: Rafael Briceno (3-5) got the win after going six innings and allowing three runs. Jarrett Miller pitched two scoreless innings, and Ryne Harper struck out the side in the ninth to earn his fifth save. Former Armuchee star Tyler Wilson pitched one
inning for the Drive, allowing one run.
Game notes: With the win, the Braves snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the first time in the month of June.
Next Game: The Braves will host Greenville
tonight at 7 p.m.