Minor League Report - Tuesday April 11

Bill Shanks reviews Tuesday night in the Braves' farm system.

RICHMOND


The Richmond Braves dug themselves a huge hole as the Durham Bulls jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, but some late inning heriocs from David Kelton capped a great comeback to give the Braves a 7-6 victory.

Anthony Lerew got lit up in the first inning, and then allowed a sixth run in the second inning. But the Braves bounced back with five runs in the third inning, with James Jurries, David Kelton, and Carlos Mendez driving in the runs.

The score stayed 6-5 until the bottom of the ninth. With two on and one out, Kelton singled up the middle to score Michael Ryan and Billy McCarthy to give Richmond the one-run victory.

Eric Schmitt pitched well in relief for Richmond, going four scoreless innings. Franklin Nunez got the win with a scoreless ninth inning of work.

Wes Obermueller will pitch for Richmond Wednesday against former Dodgers' farmhand Edwin Jackson.


MISSISSIPPI


With the game tied at four in the ninth inning, pinch-hitter Mike Rosamond knocked a one-out home run to give the Mississippi Braves a 5-4 win over Mobile on Tuesday night.

Sean White started for the Braves and was perfect through three innings, but then the Bay Bears roughed him up for three runs in the fourth inning. Overall, White allowed four runs on eight hits in four innings, no walks, and five strikeouts.

Mississippi scored two runs in the fourth inning as Yunel Escobar scored on a Dax Norris sacrifice fly and Matt Esquivel tripled in Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Braves added two more in the eighth inning on a fielding error by Drew Macias that scored both Carl Loadenthal and Gregor Blanco.

The Braves got some good relief from Will Startup (two scoreless innings), who was called up earlier Tuesday, and Paul Bush, who got his second win of the season after pitching two scoreless innings.

The Braves and Bay Bears continue their series Wednesday with Ryan Basner going for Mississippi.


MYRTLE BEACH


Winston-Salem roughed up Pelicans' starter Jake Stevens for one run in the first inning and four in the fourth and held on for the 5-1 victory Tuesday night.

Myrtle Beach's only run came on a solo home run by Mike Rozema in the sixth inning. It was the first home run of the season for the Pelicans.

Stevens' ERA is now 12.27 after allowing the five runs in four innings. He walked four and struck out two. Arthur Santos did hold Winston-Salem at bay for three innings, and Dan Smith pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

Jose Ascanio will try to snap Myrtle Beach's three-game losing streak when he pitches against the Warthogs Wednesday at 12:00 pm.


ROME


The Rome Braves just keep rolling along. Tuesday they got more great pitching and beat the Savannah Sand Gnats 5-1 at Grayson Stadium on the Georgia coast.

Tyler Bullock (1-0) started for Rome and allowed one run on two hits in five innings pitched. The former Baylor catcher walked one and struck out five. Jeff Lyman pitched three scoreless innings and allowed only two hits, one walk, and struck out three. Devin Anderson finished out the game with a scoreless ninth inning.

Rome scored two in the first inning on a double by Max Ramirez, and then added three in the eighth on a three-run blast by Kala Ka'aihue.

The Braves are now 5-0 on the season. They'll send Chris Vines to the mound Wednesday to try and keep the streak alive.


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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