Minor League Report - Wednesday May 3

Mississippi's bullpen failed Wednesday in a loss to Montgomery. The Braves Show's Bill Shanks has more in a recap of Wednesday's minor league action.


Richmond enjoyed a day off on Wednesday before starting a four-game series in Toledy Thursday. The 10-17 Braves will send Travis Smith to the mound in the series opener.


Mississippi's bullpen allowed three runs in the eighth inning and the winning run in the ninth as Montgomery beat the Braves 6-5 to enter into a tie for first place with the Jacksonville Suns in the Southern League's South Division.

The Braves had a 5-2 lead going to the bottom of the eighth inning, but with one out Will Startup walked Francisco Leandro. Then Aneudi Cuevas doubles to put two runners in scoring position. Manager Jeff Blauser made a pitching change, bringing in Manny Acosta to relief Startup. Acosta then walked Jeremy Owens, struck out Elliott Johnson for the second out, but Matthew Maniscalco tripled clearing the bases and tying the game at five. Two of those three runs were charged to Startup, his first two earned runs allowed this season.

Then in the ninth inning, Paul Bush was in for the Braves. He walked Leandro, and then Cuevas doubled knocking home the winning run for the Biscuits.

Offensively for the Braves, Matt Esquivel was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a RBI. Ray Serrano had a two-run double in the fifth inning for his first two RBI of the season.

Braves' starter Sean White pitched well, allowing only two runs on eight hits in six innings.

Thursday Mississippi will send lefty Chris Waters (2-0) to the mound against Biscuits lefty Jim Magrane (3-2). The Braves are now 10-16 on the season.


Matt Young singled home Greg Creek in the top of the tenth inning to give the Myrtle Beach Pelicans a 9-8 victory over Salem Thursday night.

The game was a see-saw affair from the first inning on as the Avalanche scored two runs in the first inning off Pelicans' starter Jose Ascanio. Myrtle Beach bounced back with two of their own in the top of the second when Onil Joseph doubled home Mike Rozema and Steve Doetsch.

Salem scored three in the third, but the Pelicans scored four of their own in the fourth inning. Young and Brandon Jones drove in two each with base hits, and Myrtle Beach led 6-5.

But Ascanio allowed two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to give Salem back the lead 7-6. The Pelicans tied the game in the sixth when Young reached on a force out, scoring Joseph. Then Van Pope doubled in Carl Loadenthal to give the Pelicans the lead until the ninth, when Salem tied the score at eight on a sacrifice fly by Wallace Torbert.

But in the tenth, Greg Creek led off the inning with a double. He was moved over to third by Onil Joseph, and then Young's base hit to left scored Creek for the go-ahead run.

Ascanio allowed seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits in five innings. Kelvin Villa continued his fine work with three scoreless innings. Michael Nix blew the save opportunity in the ninth, but he was given the victory with a scoreless tenth inning.

The Pelicans continue their series in Salem Thursday with Matt Harrison (3-1, 2.12) on the mound. Myrtle Beach is now 16-11 on the season.


The Rome Braves are on a roll again. They beat Asheville 6-3 Wednesday night for their third victory in a row, improving their baseball-best record to 20-5 on the season.

Once again another solid pitching performance from young Jeff Lyman, who pitched six innings and allowed only two runs on six hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out six. Lyman got his first win of the season and lowered his ERA to 3.32. Steve Russell continued his good work, picking up his first save of the season giving up only one run in three innings.

Rome scored two in the second inning, with the first run coming on a sac fly by Jamie Romak. Then Derrick Arnold singled home Kala Ka'aihue to make it 2-0.

The Braves added four runs in the fourth inning to gain a commanding 6-0 lead. Included in the big inning were RBI singles by Ovandy Suero, Quentin Davis, and Elvis Andrus.

The series with Asheville continues Thursday night with Chris Vines on the mound 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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