Minor League Report - Saturday April 15

Another solid test for Atlanta reliever Macay McBride as he continued his rehab assignment in Mississippi Saturday. BravesCenter's Bill Shanks has that and the other news from the farm system in this report.

RICHMOND


After jumping out to a 5-0 advantage with five runs in the first, the Richmond bullpen was unable to hold the lead as Rochester scored four runs, including the winning run in the tenth inning on a hit by former Brave Jason Tyner to give the Red Wings the 6-5 victory in extra innings.

The Braves had a fantastic first inning, with a little help from the Red Wings' battery. Scott Thorman got his first RBI of the season doubling home Cesar Crespo. Then Billy McCarthy singled home James Jurries. Thorman then scored on a passed ball. Carlos Mendez doubled home McCarthy, and David Kelton scored on a wild pitch.

Kevin Barry, making his first start of the year for Richmond, went five strong innings and allowed only two runs on four hits. Barry walked one and struck out one. Brad Baker blew the save by allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits in an inning and a third. Then Scott Mullen pitched well until the tenth inning. He allowed that final run in his 3.1 innings of work.

Richmond has now lost four games in a row to fall to 3-7 on the season. Game three of the series will be Sunday at 1:35 in Rochester. Brian O'Connor is scheduled to go for Richmond against right-hander Boof Bonser.


MISSISSIPPI


A lot of positives to take away from Mississippi's 8-1 victory over Mobile on Saturday night, but none more than another solid outing for Atlanta reliever Macay McBride.

The lefty had his third rehab performance and went a perfect inning in the seventh. He struck out the first two batters he faced and then gave up a ground ball out to Yunel Escobar. McBride has now had three scoreless one-inning performances, allowing two hits, no walks, and four strikeouts. McBride will now pitch two innings on Tuesday before the Braves determine when and how he'll be added to the Atlanta roster.

McBride's perfect inning complimented the fine start by right-hander Daniel Curtis, who allowed only one run on five hits in six innings. Curtis (1-1) did not walk a batter and struck out four. Paul Bush pitched two scoreless innings to finish the game, and he struck out four.

The Braves offense was spread out through the game, with two runs scoring in the first inning on an error by Mobile and a sac fly. Then Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who had doubled to lead off the inning, scored in the fourth on a ground out by Carl Loadenthal.

Mississippi then plated three in the fourth on a three-run blast by Matt Esquivel, his first home run of the season. Esquivel also had a RBI single in the sixth inning. Dax Norris finished the scoring for the Braves with a RBI single in the seventh inning.

The Braves finish out their season-opening ten game homestand with a 5-5 record. They are off Sunday before opening up a five-game series at West Tennessee on Monday. Sean White will pitch in the series opener for Mississippi.


MYRTLE BEACH


Great pitching and great hitting was the key combination Saturday night as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans beat Potomac 7-1 at Coastal Federal Field.

Charlie Morton had a fantastic start, allowing only one run on four hits in five innings, with two walks and three strikeouts. Then righty James Parr came in and kept the Nationals in check, pitching four scoreless innings, allowing five hits, no walks, and five strikeouts. Parr has yet to allow an earned run this season in nine innings of work.

And the offense was paced by two big home runs. Barbaro Canizares, the Cuban defector signed by the Braves a few months ago, hit a home run in the second inning in his first at bat as a Braves' farmhand. Then in the third inning, shortstop Diory Hernandez knocked a three-run bomb giving the Pelicans a comfortable early lead.

J.C. Holt and Van Pope added RBI hits for Myrtle Beach, who improved to 4-6 with the victory. These two teams finish out their weekend series Sunday night at 5:02. Myrtle Beach will send lefty Jake Stevens to the mound against Potomac lefty Mike Hinckley.


ROME


The Rome Braves continued their mastery of the Kannapolis Intimidators Saturday night with a 10-6 victory to improve their record to 7-2 on the season.

Rome bounced out to an 8-1 lead through the first six and a half innings, only to see Kannapolis mount a late rally scoring five runs in the seventh. Braves' closer Michael Nix put out the fire with a scoreless 1.2 innings of work to pick up his second save of the season.

The Braves were led by Kala Ka'aihue, who was 4-for-5 with two doubles and his sixth RBI of the season. Elvis Andrus was 2-for-5 with a double, triple, two RBI, and three runs scored. Jordan Schafer picked up his first RBIs of the season as he knocked in two.

Beau Jones started for Rome and allowed one unearned run through four innings. Jones walked two and struck out six. David Watkins (1-0) got the win in his first performance of the season, despite allowing three runs in two innings. Devin Anderson struggled, giving up two runs in 1.1 innnings.

Rome and Kannapolis continue the four-game series Sunday afternoon at 5:05. Tyler Bullock (1-0, 1.80) and Jeff Lyman (0-0, 0.00) will piggyback 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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