Friday, May 29, 2009

Ryno starts finding a groove

Valley native wins three straight for Braves

Bellevue’s Ryne Reynoso held Mobile to two hits and one run last Thursday night. Mississippi Braves photo by Ed Gardner

Right now, he's pitching for a last-place team in the Class AA Southern League. But Bellevue's Ryne Reynoso is starting to heat up on the hill with the temperatures rising for the Mississippi Braves in Pearl, Miss., outside Jackson.

Former Wood River High pitching ace Reynoso, 24, won his third consecutive game last Thursday in a 5-3 Braves home victory over the Mobile (Ala.) Bay Bears at Trustmark Park in Pearl. In that streak Reynoso defeated Tennessee 2-1, Jacksonville 6-1 and Mobile 5-3.

According to the Braves' press release on, "Reynoso was outstanding for the M-Braves. He gave up one run on only two hits through seven innings and improved to 3-2 on the year. It was his third consecutive win."

In his next start, Wednesday afternoon, Reynoso was the starter when the cellar-dwelling Braves played the league-leading Birmingham (Ala.) Barons in the 99-year-old Rickwood Field, oldest stadium in the country. The Braves donned the famous powder-blue Braves uniforms of the '80s for a game that was called the 14th annual Rickwood Classic.

Once again, Reynoso was the Braves' stopper. He yielded only one earned run over six-plus innings and put the Braves in position to snap their four-game losing streak. Mississippi (21-25, 8-13 road) did just that, rallying past the Barons (31-15, 15-5 home) by a score of 3-2 on a two-run home run in the ninth inning by Eric Campbell.

Reynoso, a 6-2, 215-pounder named for the Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg and nicknamed "Ryno," played in the outfield for Boston College. He dropped his ERA to 3.40 in his nine Braves games, eight of them starting assignments. He has 33 strikeouts and 21 walks in 47 innings.

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