Bats, bullpen rescue Brackman
Charleston RiverDogs pitcher Andrew Brackman already knows what it's like to survive Tommy John surgery.
Now he knows what it's like to survive a lightning strike, maybe a fall from an airplane, or at the very least, a really bad outing in the South Atlantic League.
In 3 1/3 innings of work Tuesday night against Bowling Green, Brackman walked 10 of the 19 batters he faced, gave up a hit and threw five wild pitches.
Remarkably, he allowed only three runs.
Incredibly, he did not lose.
Charleston (25-20) rallied for a 9-4 victory over the Hot Rods (23-22) in front of a Riley Park crowd of 3,309.
"It wasn't a pretty game from either side," RiverDogs manager Torre Tyson said. "We got (Brackman) through the game with a few innings of work and skated by without a ton of harm, and hopefully we'll just wipe the slate clean."
Brackman, the New York Yankees' first-round draft choice in 2007, missed all of 2008 after elbow surgery.
Tuesday night, he missed all of home plate.
"There's nothing you can say," Tyson said regarding Brackman's difficult outing. "Sometimes he just fights himself. He's out there talking to himself. But he's got to fight through it."
Brackman, who entered the game with a 1-4 record and a 3.44 earned run average, exited Tuesday night with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth inning and the score tied at 3.
Casey Erickson (3-1) restored order on the mound for the RiverDogs with 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief, allowing two hits with no walks and five strikeouts.
Charleston moved ahead 5-3 with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Dan Brewer struck the big blow of the inning with a run-scoring double to left.
Melky Mesa had a run-scoring double in a four-run sixth. Charleston finished with 14 hits, and five players had two hits each.
This morning's game is in honor of the Charleston County School system. Students get a day off from class to come to the ballpark. The game is a sellout.
Manny Banuelos (1-2, 3.62 ERA) is scheduled to start today for the RiverDogs.