Minor League Report - Wednesday April 12

Bill Shanks looks back at how the Braves' farm teams fared on Wednesday night.

RICHMOND


Edwin Jackson outpitched Wes Obermueller in a pretty good pitcher's duel to give the Durham Bulls a 3-1 victory over the Richmond Braves Wednesday night.

Jackson allowed only four hits, two walks, and struck out four over six shutout innings, while Obermueller allowed only two runs (one earned) on six hits in six innings.

The Bulls broke the scoreless tie in the fifth inning when John Raburn singled home Kevin Cash. Durham added another run on a groundout by Darnell McDonald. Then in the seventh the Bulls added one more run on a RBI single by B.J. Upton.

Richmond's only run came in the seventh on a RBI double by Carlos Mendez scoring Brayan Pena.

The Braves (3-4) and Bulls (6-1) finish the series Thursday afternoon at 2:00 pm. Travis Smith pitches for Richmond against Tim Corcoran.


MISSISSIPPI


Mobile finally broke through on spot starter Ryan Basner for three runs in the fifth inning to beat the Mississippi Braves 3-1 Wednesday night at Trustmark Park.

Basner joined the Mississippi rotation after Brady Endl went on the disabled list with a sore left collarbone. He allowed only one base runner in the first four innings, but Mobile got a two-run single in the fifth from Fernando Valenzuela, Jr. and a sacrifice fly by Juan Ciriaco.

The Braves (3-4) got their only run when Yunel Escobar hit into a double-play, allowing Gregor Blanco to score. Blanco and Martin Prado each had two hits on the night, the only hits for the Braves on the night.

Game three of the series will be Thursday night as Mississippi right-hander Dave Coggin faces Jose Oyervidez in Pearl.


MYRTLE BEACH


Winston-Salem scored two in the fourth and two in the fifth to hand the Myrtle Beach Pelicans their fourth straight loss Wednesday night by the score of 4-0.

Jose Ascanio and Kelvin Villa, piggybacking in the Pelicans' rotation, had almost identical lines on the night. Ascanio allowed two runs on four hits in four innings, with two walks and four strikeouts, while Villa allowed two runs on three hits in four innings, with two walks and four strikeouts.

Myrtle Beach pounded out nine hits on the night, with J.C. Holt collecting three and Van Pope and Greg Creek each getting two. The Pelicans have really been struggling for offense. They have scored only four runs and had 37 hits in their last five games (1-4).

The Pelicans and Warthogs close out the series Thursday night as lefty Matt Harrison goes for Myrtle Beach against fellow lefty Wes Whisler.


ROME


The Savannah Sand Gnats jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 7-3 win to give the Rome Braves their first loss of the 2006 season.

Savannah scored two in the first, one in the third, and two more in the fourth inning off Rome starter Chris Vines, who was charged with four earned runs in his four innings of work. The Sand Gnats then added two runs off reliever Moises Hernandez in the seventh inning.

Elvis Andrus had another big game for Rome, going 2-for-4 with a two-out, two-run single in the fifth inning. Andrus is now hitting .280 with eight RBI in his first six games.

The Braves are now 5-1 on the season and will send Jairo Cuevas and Nelson Payano to the hill Thursday night in game three of the four game series at Grayson Stadium.


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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