Tom Sox Set to Face Braves for Final Regular Season Meeting

The Charlottesville Tom Sox (24-9) will face the Staunton Braves (16-18) tonight at John Moxie Stadium. It will be broadcast live on the Braves Facebook page. First pitch is set for 7:30 P.M.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Charlottesville Tom Sox (24-9) will face the Staunton Braves (16-18) tonight at John Moxie Stadium. It will be broadcast live on the Braves Facebook page. First pitch is set for 7:30 P.M.

 

Coverage: Viewers can head to the Braves Facebook Page to watch tonight’s game. A link to the live stats is available on Pointstreak. The Tom Sox Twitter account (@CvilleTomSoxVBL) will provide live updates.

 

Ticket Information: Tickets for tonight’s game can be purchased at the gate. Free tickets are available at Brookdale Senior Living, City National Bank, Tasty Eats ‘N’ Treats, Henry Funeral Home & Cremation Center, the Staunton YMCA, and Fisher Auto Parts in Staunton.

 

PROBABLE STARTERS

Charlottesville: RHP Brady Kirtner – Virginia Tech (2-0, 2.57 ERA, 21.0 IP, 12 BB, 30 K)

Staunton: TBA

 

LEADING OFF

  • The Tom Sox and Braves will meet for the eighth and final time this season.

  • The Tom Sox’s 24-9 record is the best in the VBL. They are 1 of 2 South division teams over .500.

  • Charlottesville struggled at the plate and on the mound Tuesday, falling in Waynesboro 9-0.

  • Charlottesville’s offense has scored 39 runs over the last 4 games.

  • Due to COVID-19 issues in Covington, yesterday’s home game and Saturday’s away game against the Lumberjacks were both canceled. Charlottesville will play 40 regular season games due to the cancelations.

  • The Tom Sox will clinch the South Division with a win tonight.

 

SERIES vs STAUNTON

  • Charlottesville is 23-19 against Staunton all-time, but is 8-12 at John Moxie Stadium.

  • Charlottesville is 3-4 at John Moxie Stadium since the start of the 2019 season.

  • After winning the first four games against the Braves this season, the Tom Sox have lost the last 3.

  • The 3-game losing streak is tied for the Tom Sox’s longest in the series’ history.

  • 5 of the 7 games this season have been decided by 4+ runs. The other two have been 1-run affairs.

  • The Tom Sox and Braves would meet in the 1-4 matchup if the playoffs started today.

 

LAST TIME OUT

  • The Tom Sox struggled both at the plate and on the mound, falling 9-0 to Waynesboro on Tuesday.

  • Charlottesville was shut out for the first time since June 20, when they were no-hit by Winchester. They were shut out in 9 innings for the first time since June 23, 2018.

  • The Tom Sox managed only four baserunners (3 hits) in their 9 innings. No runner reached base until the sixth inning.

  • Waynesboro pitching struck out ten Tom Sox batters and walked only one.

  • Waynesboro scored 6 of their 9 runs in the first inning, including a pair of RBI walks.

  • The Tom Sox walked 10 batters, their 2nd-most this season, and allowed 8 Generals hits.

  • Charlottesville’s bullpen allowed only three runs, four hits, and struck out six in 7.2 innings.

 

TEAM TRENDS

  • The ‘Sox offense has scored 7.6 runs/game in wins and 3.8 in losses. They had scored 3.1 runs/game in losses prior to Friday’s loss in Staunton.

  • 22 of Charlottesville’s 33 games have been decided by 3 or more runs.

  • Three of the six 1-run games have been walk-off wins. Each of the last two have been decided by one run – a walk-off win on Wednesday and walk-off loss on Friday.

  • The ‘Sox are batting .277 with 2 outs. In all other situations, they are batting .244.

  • Tom Sox batters are batting .280 with runners on base and .306 with runners in scoring position.

  • Charlottesville has scored double-digit runs in 4 of the last 6 games. They did so in 4 of the previous 27.

  • After stealing 92 bases through the first 29 games, Charlottesville has stolen just one in the previous 4.

 

TIME TO CLINCH

  • The Tom Sox can clinch the South Division regular season with a win tonight.

  • The regular season crown would be Charlottesville’s 2nd in the last 4 seasons (2017).

  • The Tom Sox currently sit 7 games ahead of Harrisonburg with 7 games remaining in their schedule.

  • The Tom Sox would face the 4th-seeded Braves if the playoffs started today.

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