Minor League Report - Sunday April 9

The Rome Braves are 4-0 to start the season. BravesCenter's Bill Shanks has all the highlights from around the Braves' farm system on Sunday.


Richmond split a double-header with Buffalo Sunday afternoon, losing the opener 2-0 in ten innings, while bouncing back for the 3-0 victory in the nightcap.

In game one, Buffalo broke a scoreless game with two runs in the tenth inning off Richmond reliever Peter Moylan. Tim Laker doubled in the runs for the Bisons to score the only runs of the game.

The Braves had only five singles in the game, with red hot Bill McCarthy getting two of them.

Pitching was again the story in game two, with Richmond's Damian Moss pitching five scoreless innings. The lefty got the victory allowing only one hit, walking four, and fanning eight batters. Franklin Nunez got his first save with two scoreless innings in relief.

Wes Timmons got a RBI in the second inning, which turned out to be the winner, when he grounded out and Scott Thorman scored. Brayan Pena singled in a run in the third, and then Tony Pena, Jr. scored a run in the fifth when Brayan Pena bounced into a double-play.

Richmond is now 2-2. They'll host Durham tomorrow night at the Diamond for the first game of a four-game series. Lefty Brian O'Connor will pitch for the Braves against right-hander Brian Stokes.


The Mississippi Braves won their second straight game Sunday 3-1 behind some terrific pitching and another clutch hit from Yunel Escobar.

Starter Chris Waters went 4.2 innings before he reached his pitch limit. The lefty allowed only one run on six hits, three walks, and three strikouts.

Then the Mississippi bullpen was perfect the rest of the way. Paul Bush got the win after going 2.1 scoreless innings. Brad Baker and Manny Acosta then pitched a scoreless inning each to finish the game. Acosta picked up his first save of the season.

Escobar kept his average at .333 after a 1-for-3 game, including a 2-run double in the third inning. Mississippi's other run came in the eighth on a single that scored Escobar.

Mississippi is now 2-2 on the season. They'll finish out the season-opening series with Huntsville Monday night at 8:05 pm ET. Daniel Curtis will take on Huntsville right-hander Khalid Ballouli.


A rough outing Sunday for Luis Atilano, as the right-hander gave up eight runs in 2.2 innings to take the loss for Myrtle Beach, who lost to Wilmington 10-1 at Coastal Federal Field.

The Braves' former first rounder allowed eleven hits, including three home runs, two walks, and two strikeouts. Atilano was relieved by Zach Schreiber (one run on three hits in 2.2 innings), Wes Letson (three scoreless innnings), and Dan Smith (one run in one inning).

Myrtle Beach's only run came in the eighth inning when Diory Hernandez scored on a ground out by Mike Rozema.

The Pelicans head out for the road to start a four-game series with Winston-Salem Monday night. James Parr will make his first start of the season. Game time is 7:00 pm.


The Rome Braves swept out the defending Sally League Champions Sunday with an 8-2 victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators.

Beau Jones (2 runs, 1 earned run on 3 hits, 3 walks, five strikeouts in 4.2 innings) and Asher Demme (3.1 scoreless innings, 3 hits, 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts) piggybacked for a solid pitching performance. Steve Russell came in for a scoreless ninth inning to close it out.

With the game tied at two in the bottom of the fourth inning, Rome busted out for six runs. Jamie Romak got things started with a two-run home run. Rome then loaded the bases, only to have Kannapolis walk in two straight runs. Finally, Eric Campbell singled in two runs to give the Braves an 8-2 lead that they would hold onto for the rest of the game.

The Braves now take their perfect 4-0 record on the road to Grayson Stadium to play the Savannah Sand Gnats for a four-game series starting Monday night.

Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. Email Bill at thebravesshow@email.com.

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