Minor League Report - Friday April 15

BravesCenter's Bill Shanks takes a look back at the action from Friday night around the Braves' farm system.

RICHMOND


Richmond dropped its third game in a row Friday afternoon with a 10-4 loss to the Rochester Red Wings.

The Braves jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Billy McCarthy (3) and David Kelton (6).

But the Red Wings would explode for three in the second and one run in both the third and fifth innings off Richmond starter Damian Moss, who dropped to 1-1 on the season with the loss. Moss allowed five runs (four earned) on ten hits, one walk, and three strikeouts.

Andres Torres led the 16-hit attack for Rochester as he went 3-for-5 with a triple, double, and two runs batted in. Every Red Wing in the starting lineup had at least one hit.

Richmond reliever Eric Schmitt allowed four runs on five hits in the sixth inning, while Chad Paronto came in for the seventh and eighth innings and had two scoreless frames.

The Braves (3-6) and Red Wings play game two of the series Saturday afternoon at 1:35. Lefty Brian O'Connor will go for the Braves against right-hander J.D. Durbin.


MISSISSIPPI


With the game tied at two in the bottom of the fifth inning, Mississippi catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia knocked his second home run of the season off former Brave farmhand Kenny "Bubba" Nelson, and the Braves hung on for the 6-2 victory Friday night at Trustmark Park.

Braves' starter Chris Waters started and did well through four innings. He allowed a solo home run to Brett Bonvechio with two outs in the first inning and then set down the next eleven batters. But Waters ran out of gas with one out in the fifth inning when he walked three batters in a row. Will Startup came into the game and the BayBears would score the tying run on a force out, but the lefty reliever then struck out the final batter to kill the rally.

Saltalamacchia would then tie the game with a blast down to right field. Salty singled in another run in the seventh inning to give the Braves some insurance. He was 3-for-4 on the night to improve his average to .179.

The Braves added another run in the sixth when Nelson threw a wild pitch with Yunel Escobar on third. Then Escobar drove in the final run of the night with a single to make it 6-2.

Startup picked up the win for the Braves. The former Georgia Bulldog has pitched well in his first three games of the season: (2 games with Mississippi, 1 with Myrtle Beach) 2-0, 0.00, 5 hits allowed in 6.2 innings pitched, no runs, 2 walks, and 10 strikeouts.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Braves, who are now 4-5 on the season. Mississippi closes out its ten game homestand Saturday night at 8:05 pm ET. Daniel Curtis will get the start for the Braves against Mobile's Bobby Basham.


MYRTLE BEACH


After losing five straight, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans not only needed to win, they needed a good win. They got that Friday night defeating the Potomac Nationals 3-2 in ten innings at Coastal Federal Field.

With the game tied at two in the extra frame, the Pelicans loaded the bases for first baseman Scott Schade. He lined a hit up the middle scoring Van Pope to give the Pelicans their first win in their last six games.,br>
Myrtle Beach got a great pitching performance from right-hander Luis Atilano, who had been lit up in his debut last Sunday. The former first round pick allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits in seven innings. Atilano walked one and struck out three.

Potomac would strike for two runs in the seventh inning to take a one run lead, but the Pelicans would tie the game in the eighth on a solo home run by catcher Clint Sammons, his first of the season.

Dan Smith got the win with two scoreless innings in relief. Smith walked one and struck out four. Wes Letson also added a scoreless inning for the Pelicans, who are now 3-6 on the season.

Game two of the weekend series will be Saturday night at 7:02. Right-hander Charlie Morton makes his first start of the season for Myrtle Beach against Nationals' lefty Clint Everts, one of Washington's top prospects.


ROME


In what started off as a solid pitcher's dual between Rome's Jo Jo Reyes and Savannah's David Trahan, the Braves scored two runs in the eighth inning for a 4-3 victory over the Sand Gnats Friday night at Grayson Stadium.

With two outs in the eighth, Rome first baseman Kala Ka'aihue was hit by a pitch, and then second baseman Brandon Monk hit his first home run of the season to give Rome the one-run lead.

Reyes held Savannah scoreless for the first three innings before allowing a solo home run to John Howell in the fourth inning and a solo shot from Francisco Guzman to lead off the fifth. Reyes would go five complete and allow three runs on four hits, three walks, and four strikeouts.

Steve Russell came on to get his second victory of the season after pitching four scoreless innings. Russell, who has missed most of the last two years after having Tommy John surgery, is off to a great start. He's got an ERA of 1.29 and has allowed only one run on two hits in seven relief innings of work, with one walk and eight strikeouts.

Elvis Andrus had another big night for Rome, despite not getting a hit and snapping a five-game hitting streak. He walked twice and stole three bases (now with five on the year), including a steal in the first inning that had Trahan make a throwing error allowing Andrus to score.

Rome is now 6-2 on the season. They head north Saturday for the first of a four-game set in Kannapolis. Beau Jones will make his second start of the season for the Braves.


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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