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Braves Prospects: Owen Murphy has 11 strikeouts for Rome

Atlanta’s minor league clubs got stellar pitching performances from some top players, as well as a very productive offensive performance from one team on Friday.
(9-10) Gwinnett Stripers 1, (9-10) Memphis Redbirds 4

  • Forrest wall, DH: 1-3, R
  • Andrew Velazquez, 2B: 1-3
  • Zach Logue, SP: 4 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Box score

Things were a bit tough for Gwinnett on Friday, as Memphis limited the Stripers to just two goals and one run on the night of the loss.

Zach Logue got the start for Gwinnett and gave up one run in the top of the first inning as the Redbirds jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. Despite their offensive woes, Forrest Wall actually opened the bottom of the first inning with a hit for Gwinnett, but JP Martinez struck out and Wall was thrown out at second to stifle any kind of rally.

On the mound, Logue loaded the bases in the top of the second inning, but was able to get out of the inning unscathed while also pitching another scoreless inning in the third.

In the fourth inning, Logue would allow another run before being relieved at the end of the frame with the Stripers trailing 2–0.

Brian Moran came on in relief of Logue and allowed a run in the top of the fifth and top of the sixth inning as Memphis extended its lead to 4-0 over Gwinnett.

Things remained relatively quiet for the Stripers until the bottom of the seventh inning, when they scored their first run of the game. Wall opened the frame with a walk and later advanced to second base on a passed ball and then third base on a grounder. Alejo Lopez followed that up with a grounder to score Wall to make it 4-1 in Memphis.

Both teams scored one goal the rest of the way as the Stripers lost by the final 4-1.

(4-8) Mississippi Braves, (7-5) Birmingham Barons – POSTPONED

Mother Nature got in the way of playing this one, so off to High-A we go.

(7-5) Rome Emperors 14, (6-7) Asheville Tourists 11

  • Kevin Kilpatrick Jr., CF: 4-6, 3 2B, 4 RBI, R
  • Justin Janas, 1B: 3-5, HR, RBI, 3 R
  • Ambioris Tavarez, SS: 2-6, HR, 3 RBI, R
  • Owen Murphy, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 11 K

Box score

While Owen Murphy dominated for Rome through five innings, the Emperors needed to score in double figures to beat Asheville on Friday night.

Starting on the mound, Murphy pitched a scoreless first before allowing one run in each of the second and third frames.

Meanwhile, despite putting a runner in scoring position in both first two innings, the Emperors shutout the first three frames. However, in the top of the fourth inning, Rome finally broke through and scored four times.

Justin Janas led off with a solo shot over the right field wall to cut the deficit to 2-1. Then, with two outs, Jeremy Celedonio and EJ Exposito both walked before Nick Clarno singled off Celedonio to tie the game. Kevin Kilpatrick Jr. then doubled for both Exposito and Clarno to give Rome a 4-2 lead.

After Murphy pitched a scoreless fourth, Rome appeared to have broken the game open by scoring six runs in the fifth. Ethan Workinger doubled to kick off the inning and Janas was hit by a pitch. Ambioris Tavarez then homered over the center field fence to make it 7-2 for Rome. A pair of follow-up singles by Nick Ward and Celedonio followed, then Clarno walked to load the bases. Kilpatrick Jr. hit another double to right field, scoring Ward and Celedonio to extend the Emperors’ lead to 9-2. Clarno then scored on a wild pitch to make it 10-2.

In the top of the sixth, Rome scored another run, thanks to a Ward RBI single, increasing the lead to 11-2.

Reibyn Corona took over on Murphy’s mound in the bottom of the sixth and pitched a scoreless frame.

In the top of the seventh inning, Kilpatrick Jr. scored. after a wild pitch to make it 12-2. In the bottom of the inning, Corona ran into trouble and allowed three runs as Asheville was able to cut Rome’s lead to 12-5.

The Emperors scored two more runs in the top of the eighth when Exposito doubled before Clark homered over the right-center field fence to make it 14-5.

Things got a little tricky in the bottom of the ninth as with Chad Bryant on the mound, Asheville scored five runs to cut the lead to 14-11 before Jared Johnson closed the door on the victory in Rome.

(6-7) Augusta GreenJackets 3, (11-2) Carolina Mudcats 5

  • Jacob Godman, C: 1-3, 2B, R
  • Luis Sánchez, 3B: 1-4, RBI
  • Robert González, CF: 1-4, 2B, RBI
  • Garrett Baumann, SP: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 K

Box score

Garrett Baumann was phenomenal for Augusta on Friday, throwing six scoreless innings while striking out seven. It still wasn’t enough, however, as a bullpen collapse for the GreenJackets allowed Carolina to pick up a 5-3 win.

Neither team scored in the first two frames, but Augusta finally broke through in the bottom of the third inning. Jacob Godman recorded a one-out double before stealing third ahead of a Pier-Oliver Boucher walk. Luis Sanchez then singled to the third baseman to put Godman up 1-0, Augusta.

Augusta scored another run in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Robert Gonzalez doubled for Kade Kern to extend the lead to 2-0.

Things remained relatively quiet until Drew Compton singled Jace Grady in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it 3-0.

After Baumann’s dominant performance, Mitch Farris came in relief and continued the success with 2.1 scoreless frames.

However, in the top of the ninth inning, with LJ McDonough on the mound for Augusta, Carolina scored five runs and took a 5–3 lead, stunning the GreenJackets in the loss.