The Burlington Royals entered into a first place tie Tuesday night, on the strength of a 4-2 win over the Danville Braves. For the second straight start, Colin Rodgers, the Royals 3rd round pick in this year’s Major League draft, was outstanding, giving up only one hit and one walk over five scoreless innings to pick up his second win of the season. The Braves sole hit off of Rodgers, a fifth inning single by Edison Sanchez, ended a streak of 10 2/3 hitless innings going back to Rodgers last start.
The Royals offense came in the second and fourth innings, thanks to a pair of consecutive ground-rule doubles by Kenny Diekroeger and Fred Ford in the second inning. Henry Moreno smashed a two-run homer to left field in the fourth to give the Royals a 4-0 lead, which would sustain them through the remainder of the game.
It was the latter part of the Royals lineup that really shined last night, including a 3-for-4 game from catcher Cameron Gallagher, who doubled and picked up an RBI and a run scored. Collectively, the five through nine hitters in the order went 9-for-19 in the game, while the lead-off hitter through the clean-up spot went 0-for-14.
Burlington hosts Danville again tonight, with the winner taking sole possession of first place in the Appalachian League East. Christian Binford will take the hill tonight in search of his first win of the year. Binford, the Royals 30th round draft pick from last year’s draft, is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA in just one start thus far.