Minor League Report - Thursday May 4

The Braves Show's Bill Shanks recaps Thursday's action around the Braves' farm system.

RICHMOND


Toledo right-hander Zach Miner, a former top Braves' prospect, beat his former teammates Thursday night as the Mud Hens beat Richmond 7-4.

Minor allowed three runs on eight hits in seven innings, with no walks, and three strikeouts. The right-hander moves to 4-0 on the season and his ERA goes to 1.85.

Richmond third baseman Wes Timmons had a big night with the bat for the Braves, going 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs batted in. Wes now has a .320 batting average. Shortstop Tony Pena, Jr. had a 3-for-4 game with two runs scored. His average is up to .308.

Travis Smith started for the Braves and allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings. Reliever Scott Mullen got roughed up for four runs in 1.2 innings of work. He took the loss and is now 1-2.

The Braves are now 10-18 on the season. They play game two against Toledo Friday night.


MISSISSIPPI


Montgomery scored three in the sixth and single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to beat the Mississippi Braves 7-4 at Riverwalk Stadium.

The Braves got on the scoreboard first in the third inning when Martin Prado singled home Luis Hernandez. Then Ryan Christianson gave the Biscuit's the lead with a two-run home run off Braves' starter Chris Waters in the fourth inning. The Braves then tied it in the sixth on a RBI single by Josh Burrus. Jarrod Saltalamacchia would then give Mississippi the lead singling home Prado.

But in the sixth inning Chairon Isenia led off the inning with a solo home run to tie the game. Waters then walked Michael Coleman, and after a strikeout was relieved by Glenn Tucker. The sidearm promptly gave up a two-run home run to Christianson to give the Biscuits the lead for good.

Waters allowed four runs on six hits in 5.1 innings, along with two walks and seven strikeouts. He took the loss, his first of the season. Tucker allowed two runs in 1.2 innings, while Bryan Digby gave up one more run in the eighth.

Mississippi is now 10-17 on the season. Game four of the five-game set in Montgomery will be Friday night at 8:05.


MYRTLE BEACH


Salem scored two runs in the seventh inning and hung on to beat Myrtle Beach 3-1 Thursday night.

With the game tied at one, the Avalanche took the lead on a two-run home run by Drew Sutton off Myrtle Beach starter Matt Harrison, who took the loss (3-2) despite giving up three runs on eight hits in eight innings. Harrison did now walk a batter. His ERA remains a very good 2.39.

The Pelicans scored first in the fifth on a Carl Loadenthal single that scored Greg Creek. Brandon Jones got his average up to .300 with a 2-for-4 game including two doubles.

Myrtle Beach is now 16-12 on the season after losing three of four in the series at Salem. The Pelicans move on to start a series in Lynchburg Friday night with Luis Atilano scheduled to start.


ROME


With the game tied at four in the seventh inning, Asheville scored an unearned run off Braves' reliever Adam Stanley and beat Rome for only the sixth time this season. Final score was 5-4.

The Tourists had runners at first and third with two outs when Max Ramirez was charged with a passed ball allowing Dexter Fowler to score. Rome had a chance in the eighth inning, but was unable to score.

Rome was trailing 4-2 in the sixth inning when Eric Campbell hit a two-run home run to tie the game. It was Campbell's fourth home run of the season. Jamie Romak, who was sent to Extended Spring Training after the game, and Jordan Schafer had the other two RBIs for Rome.

Braves' starter Chris Vines allowed four runs in five innings. He had three walks and five strikeouts.

The series finale with Asheville will be Friday at State Mutual Stadium starting at 7:00. The 20-6 Rome Braves will send Jairo Cuevas to the mound. Nelson Payano, activated after the game Thursday, could also see some action.


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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