But the Rome Braves have to be longing for the road after a rather forgettable stretch of games at SMS over the last week.
The Braves completed a ragged homestand on Tuesday, during which they lost five of eight games. They split a four-game set with the Lexington Legends, then lost three of four to the first-place Greenville Drive to sink to six games behind the division leaders.
The defense was a problem throughout the homestand, committing 18 errors in the eight games. Rome shortstop Edward Salcedo was charged with seven of the errors.
Another issue for the Braves was that they routinely fell behind early during the homestand. They surrendered a whopping 14 first-inning runs during the eight games.
Rome was able to end the homestand on a good note, defeating Greenville 8-1 in the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday night.
The Braves open up a four-game series in Asheville tonight at 7 p.m.
NOTE: The Rome Braves added pitcher Willie Kempf to the roster on Wednesday. Kempf comes to the Braves from Danville and was Atlanta’s 27th-round selection in the MLB draft in June.