Minor League Report - Saturday April 22

Bill Shanks takes a look back at Saturday's action around the Braves' farm system.


Richmond and Norfolk were rained out on Saturday. The two teams will play a double-header Sunday at 2:00 pm at the Diamond.

Lefty Brian O'Connor (0-1, 4.85) will pitch for Richmond in game one against veteran major leaguer Jose Lima (1-2, 8.40). Right-hander Travis Smith (0-0, 1.80) pitches in game two for the Braves against another former major leaguer, Jeremi Gonzalez (1-1, 3.50).


Mississippi lost two games Saturday night to first place Montgomery, 5-4 in ten innings in a suspended game completed from Friday night and then 6-4 in the regularly scheduled contest.

The first game had been stopped in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night with the Biscuits leading 4-2. When the game resumed Saturday night, the Braves bounced back for two runs in the ninth inning with the help of three errors by Montgomery.

Biscuits outfielder Jason Pridie then broke the tie in the tenth inning with a double off Braves' reliever Bryan Digby, who fell to 1-1 on the season with the loss. Daniel Curtis had started the game Friday for the Braves and pitched into the eighth inning. Curtis allowed four runs (two earned) on three hits in 7.1 innings of work.

In the regularly scheduled game, Montgomery plated four runs in the third inning to grab a 6-1 lead on the Braves. The Biscuits were helped by two errors in the inning, one by Yunel Escobar and one by Josh Arteaga. Mississippi tried to bounce back with single runs in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings, but fell two runs short. Eddie Perez accounted for the Braves' run in the eighth inning with his first home run of the season.

Sean White took the loss for the Braves. He allowed six runs (three earned) on nine hits in six innings to fall to 0-2 on the season. Paul Bush had another good outing (two scoreless innings, three strikeouts), as did Manny Acosta (scoreless ninth inning).

Mississippi and Montgomery continue the five game series Sunday afternoon at 2:05 pm ET. Cuban lefty Francisley Bueno will pitch for the Braves against Biscuits' right-hander Jim Magrane.


With the game tied at four in the top of the tenth inning, Myrtle Beach outfielder Brandon Jones walked with the bases loaded to give the Pelicans the lead. Dan Smith held onto the game to give Myrtle Beach a 5-4 win in ten innings.

Most of the scoring happened early. The Pelicans jumped out to a 2-0 lead after a half inning as Jones got his first RBI of the night tripling home J.C. Holt. Then Jones scored on a ground out by Van Pope.

Kinston would score three in the bottom of the first off Myrtle Beach starter Jose Ascanio. Trevor Crowe doubled home two runs, and then would score on a single by Brian Barton.

The Pelicans would bounce back for two in the top of the second on a two-run home run by Scott Schade, his first of the season. Then Kinston would add a solo run in the bottom of the eighth to tie the score at four.

Ascanio allowed three runs on six hits in six innings. Kelvin Villa blew the save in the eighth inning, but the run scored in the tenth was his run to give him his first win of the season. Villa allowed one run on four hits in three innings. Smith recorded his third save in the last six games with a scoreless tenth inning.

The Pelicans are off Sunday. They start a seven-game homestand Monday when Salem comes to Coastal Federal Field. Matt Harrison will pitch for Myrtle Beach against the Avalanche tomorrow night.


Rome lost its first home game of the season Saturday night as Augusta scored four runs in the final three innings off the Braves' bullpen to win 7-3.

Braves' starter Beau Jones got hit around a bit early, allowing nine hits and three runs (one earned) in four innings. David Watkins came on in relief and did well in his first two innings, but then the Green Jackets scored one in the seventh, two in the eighth, and another run in the ninth off the Rome right-hander to get control of the game.

Quentin Davis continued his hot start to the season by going 2-for-4, along with two stolen bases. Brandon Monk and Max Ramirez got the two RBIs for Rome.

The Braves will try to get back on the winning track Sunday at 2:00 as Tyler Bullock (2-0, 0.96) goes for Rome.

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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