Minor League Report - Monday April 17

Bill Shanks takes a look back at the night around the Braves' farm system.

RICHMOND


Richmond lost its sixth game in a row as Rochester shutout the Braves 4-0 Monday night.

The Braves had only seven hits as two Red Wings' pitchers combined for the shutout. Wes Timmons and Billy McCarthy were the only two Braves' players to get more than one hit, each picking up two. Richmond has not scored in its last 27 innings, since the team scored five runs in the first inning on Saturday.

Brian O'Connor took the loss for Richmond, allowing all four runs in the fourth inning. The lefty went six innings, allowed five hits, one walk, and three strikeouts. Phil Stockman pitched two scoreless innings in his Triple-A debut. He had just been called up from AA Mississippi earlier in the day.

The Braves will try again to snap the losing streak Tuesday when they play an afternoon game with Rochester. Travis Smith will pitch for the Braves, who are now 3-9 on the season, five games back of Durham in the International League's South Division.


MISSISSIPPI


Mississippi right-hander Sean White continued his early season struggles giving up four runs to West Tennessee as the Diamond Jaxx beat the Braves 6-2 Monday night.

White, who had a terrific spring training in big league camp, now has an ERA of 6.92 after giving up four runs in 4.1 innings. He did not walk a batter but gave up eight hits and struck out four. West Tenn scored one in the second, one in the fourth, and then two in the fifth to knock White out of the game. Bryan Digby would give up two more runs to West Tenn in the eighth inning.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in both of the Braves' runs. The first coming on a ground out in the fourth inning, and then Salty doubled home a run in the eighth. Salty now has his average up to .216 and has six RBI on the season.

The Braves and Diamond Jaxx play a double-header Tuesday at Pringles Park starting at 5:05. Ryan Basner will pitch for the Braves in game one against right-hander Carlos Marmol. No official announcement on who will start game two, but it might be Cuban defector Francisley Bueno, who was called up to Mississippi from Extended Spring Training. Macay McBride is also expected to get two innings of work in one of the games.

Mississippi is now 5-6 on the season, one game back of Montgomery in the Southern League's South Division.


MYRTLE BEACH


The Myrtle Beach Pelicans got their homestand off to a good start with a 3-1 victory over Winston-Salem Monday night at Coastal Federal Field.

The Pelicans were down 1-0 in the sixth when they bounced back for one run to tie the game on a Diory Hernandez ground out that scored Matt Young. Then in the seventh inning Matt Young was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded scoring the go-ahead run. The Pelicans got some insurance when another run scored on a J.C. Holt groundout.

Jose Ascanio started and pitched great for Myrtle Beach, holding the Warthogs to one run on three hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out six. Ralph Roberts then picked up the win, despite allowing one run in the eighth inning. Dan Smith came on in the ninth to get the last out and picked up his first save on the season.

Myrtle Beach is now 5-7 on the season, 3.5 games back of Kinston in the Carolina League's Southern Division. They'll send Matt Harrison (0-1, 4.66) to the mound in game two of the series Tuesday night starting at 7:02.


ROME


Just how good are the Rome Braves? Well, they won their fourth game in a row Monday night in a pitcher's dual to improve to 9-2 on the season.

The game was scoreless until the top of the 13th inning when Rome busted through for three runs. With the bases loaded, Quentin Davis reached base on an error by the second baseman that allowed Brandon Monk and Jordan Schafer to score. Then Eric Campbell singled home Elvis Andrus to give the Braves the commanding 3-0 lead.

But the story was the Braves' pitching. Chris Vines started and went six scoreless innings. Vines allowed six hits but did not walk a batter and had nine strikeouts. Then Moises Hernandez pitched five scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and two walks. Steve Russell came in and was credited with the victory after pitching two scoreless innings.

The 9-2 Braves will go for their fifth in a row Tuesday morning when they play at Kannapolis starting at 11:00 am. Jairo Cuevas will get the start 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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