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Braves spoil Davies' return to Atlanta with series sweep

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

It wasn't exactly the happiest of homecomings for former Stockbridge and Atlanta Braves' pitcher Kyle Davies.

Davies, who is now with the Kansas City Royals, gave up four runs in the first inning and only lasted 4.1 innings Sunday afternoon and Atlanta went on to sweep the visitors from the American League 8-5.

Davies finished the game with a no decision and now has a 4-5 record on the year with 50 strikeouts and 37 walks.

He made his major league career in 2005 with the Braves at the age of 21 before getting traded to the Royals in the middle of the 2007 season.

Other players from the Southern Crescent playing professional baseball include Matt Murton, now collecting a paycheck in Japan. Murton plays for the Hanshin Tigers of the Pacific league where the former Eagle's Landing and Georgia Tech star is adjusting to his new team, league and culture.

Murton has quickly turned into one of the league's best hitters, batting .348 with eight homers and 33 RBIs. for the Hanshin Tigers, one of the country's oldest baseball franchises as they have been around since the 1930s.

Even though Murton was a .286 lifetime hitter in the majors, he spent time between the majors and triple-A teams. He made his debut with the Chicago Cubs, played with the Oakland Athletics and last season spent part of the year with the Colorado Rockies.

Younger brother Luke Murton is getting it done too.

As a member of Charleston Riverdogs, the New York Yankees low Class A affiliate, Murton is hitting .291 with eight homers and 37 RBIs.

Two players from Southern Crescent now play for the Modesto Nuts. Isaiah Froneberger, who was drafted straight out of Forest Park High School, is 2-1 on the year in 23 games. He has a 2-1 record with a 3.89 ERA. The former Panther has 36 strikeouts and 23 walks.

Former Henry County baseball player Scott Robinson is struggling at the plate with a .215 average with one home run and 22 RBIs. Modesto is a Class A team in the Rockies' farm system.