Minor League Report - Friday April 21

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

RICHMOND


Buffalo jumped on Richmond starter Anthony Lerew early and held on for the 7-0 victory to give the Braves their third straight loss.

Lerew allowed seven runs (six earned) on six hits in four innings pitched as the Bisons scored three in the second, three in the third, and one run in the fourth inning. The Braves' top right-handed pitching prospect has struggled all season, and his ERA is now 11.74.

Richmond managed only six hits on the night, with Scott Thorman and Carlos Duran each getting two apiece.

The Braes are now 4-12 on the season. They'll open up a series with Norfolk Saturday night with Brian O'Connor on the mound.


MISSISSIPPI


Mississippi's game with Montgomery was suspended Friday night when the rains fell to halt the action with the Biscuits leading 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The game will resume Saturday night at 8:05 pm ET at Trustmark Park.


MYRTLE BEACH


Another top outing for left-hander Jake Stevens Friday night as the Kinston Indians beat Myrtle Beach 8-2.

Stevens allowed two in the first, one in the third, and two more runs in the fourth inning. He gave up eight hits, walked four, and struck out five. Stevens' ERA is now 11.02.

The Pelicans were unable to dig out of the early hole created by Kinston's lead. They scored one in the fourth inning when Matt Young scored on a Brandon Jones groundout. Then Jones had a sac fly in the sixth inning for Myrtle Beach's second run.

The Indians and Pelicans wrap up the three-game series Saturday night. Jose Ascanio will go for Myrtle Beach.


ROME


Rome second baseman Brandon Monk singled hom Eric Campbell to give the Braves a 5-4 win over Augusta in ten innings Friday night.

The Braves had tied the game in the sixth inning on a two-run single by Jordan Schafer. The game remain tied until the tenth. Earlier, Rome got two runs in the fourth inning on a RBI double by Kala Ka'aihue and a single by Monk that scored run number two.

Once again, solid pitching from the Rome bullpen. Devin Anderson gave up only one hit and no runs in 4.1 innings of work, while Michael Nix came into the game in the tenth inning and struck out the side. Nix was credited with the win, his first of the season.

Jo Jo Reyes had his first shaky start of the season, allowing four runs in 4.2 innings. He did strike out five.

Game two of the series against Augusta will be Saturday at 7:05. Beau Jones will pitch 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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