Vizcaino Dominates And Lynchburg's Offense Explodes To Highlight Friday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action

Lynchburg's Arodys Vizcaino had his best start of the season, shutting out his old team, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, over 7 innings.

Arodys Vizcaino tossed 7 shutout innings, and Lynchburg's offense exploded as they were the only Atlanta affiliate able to pull off a win tonight.

Gwinnett Braves 1, Toledo Mud Hens 2

Toledo pitchers Duane Below and Lester Oliveros combined to one-hit the Braves, their only blemish being Brandon HIcks' solo homer in the 2nd inning off Below. Todd Redmond pitched well in a losing effort, walking none and striking out 5 while giving up 2 runs over 6 innings. Jose Lugo tossed 2 scoreless innings in relief, though he did walk as many as he struck out, something that has plagued him this year. In 13.2 innings he's given up 13 walks while striking out 14, so while his 0.66 ERA is impressive, his 1.76 WHIP shows he's been very lucky so far.

Jacob Thompson will look to get his season back on track Saturday night.

Mississippi Braves 6, Jackson Generals 8

Every Mississippi batter had at least 1 hit tonight, but the offense couldn't overcome Tim Gustafson's poor start. Gustafson couldn't make it out of the 5th inning, allowing 10 baserunners and 5 earned runs on the night. Tyler Pastornicky had a pair of singles, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. In that span he's hit .386 with a 1.105 OPS. Donell Linares had a nice return from the DL, collecting 2 hits and driving in a run. Ernesto Mejia has been productive with the bat, hitting .305 with a .874 OPS, but he's already picked up 5 errors in 33 games at first base. For the Generals, former UGA pitcher Josh Fields allowed 2 runs while pitching the 7 inning. Fields was a second round selection by the Braves in 2007, but didn't sign with the team, returning to UGA for his senior season. He was drafted in the first round by the Mariners in 2008, and didn't even sign with them untli just before Spring Training in 2009. He's currently in his third season with the Mariners' AA team, while the Braves 4 round pick that season, reliever Cory Gearrin, is in the Majors with Atlanta. Time will tell, but Fields seems to have made the wrong decision.

Randall Delgado will face the Jacksonville Suns tomorrow.

Lynchburg Hillcats 8, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 1

  • Todd Cunningham CF 2-3, RBI, .302 AVG
  • Andrelton Simmons SS 2-5, 2 2B, RBI, .336 AVG
  • Phil Gosselin 2B 2-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, E (9), .218 AVG
  • Joe Terdoslavich 1B 2-4, BB, .250 AVG
  • Joe Leonard 3B 2-5, 2B, 4 RBI, .243 AVG
  • Arodys Vizcaino 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 6 K, W (2), 3.18 ERA

After injuries limited him to just 3 innings since his April 25th start, Arodys Vizcaino came back with a vengence tonight, putting up his best start of the season, shutting out the Pelicans over 7 innings, allowing just 2 walks and striking out 6. Joe Leonard drove in 3 runs on a 3rd inning double, and another on a 5th inning single. Andrelton Simmons only had 5 extra base hits in 105 at bats before tonight's game, but he rapped out 2 doubles in 5 at bats tonight. Phil Gosselin hit 2 doubles and drove in 2 runs, but he also commited his 9th error of the season.

The series against the Pelicans continues Saturday, with Dimasther Delgado getting the start.

Rome Braves 1, Savannah Sand Gnats 5

  • Matt Lipka 2B 2-4, .239 AVG
  • Evan Gattis C 1-4, HR (1), RBI, E (2), .300 AVG
  • Ronan Pacheco 5 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 5 BB, 4 K, 3.96 ERA

The only run the R-Braves could push across in this one was catcher Evan Gattis' 4th inning solo homer. After getting 3 singles yesterday, Matt Lipka hit 2 more today. In his last 3 games, he's gone 6-15. Edward Salcedo's 9 game hitting streak and 26 game on base streak came to an end, as he took an 0-4 for tonigh, striking out once. Ronan Pacheco struggled, allowing a season high 5 walks while giving up 5 earned runs over 5 innings. The 22 year old lefty hasn't been able to stay consistent this year, alternating between a pair of good starts and a pair of poor starts.

Carlos Perez will pitch Saturday against the Sand Gnats.

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