Braves Vs. Red Sox, Spring Training: Craig Kimbrel, Arodys Vizcaino Slated To Throw In Fort Myers

The Braves and Red Sox square off at 1:05 in Fort Myers. Tim Hudson will get his first two innings of spring today.

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Braves Vs. Red Sox, Minor League Report: Arodys Vizcaino And Cristhian Martinez Impress In Their Outings

The Braves received some good performances from the minor leaguers today, including a top 10 pitching prospect.

Arodys Vizcaino pitched two scoreless innings on the back end of the 6-1 win over the Red Sox. He got Ryan Lavarnway and Juan Carlos Linares on a flyout and groundout to start the eighth. His one out hit allowed came with two outs when Jose Iglesias hit a soft grounder to second that he beat out. That was followed by a flyout to end the inning.

Vizcaino received a groundout by Drew Sutton for the first out in the ninth, which was followed by a flyout and groundout to end the game. He was hitting mid-to-upper 90s with the fastball, showing good command, and mixed in a few breaking pitches. He seemed to impress everyone who saw him.

That was preceded by a little bit of a shaky inning by Anthony Varvaro, who gave up a single and two walks before getting out of a two-out, bases loaded jam. He was able to pitch around an error by inducing a double play, but Varvaro showed a little shakiness with the control, which he is bound to do at times.

Cristhian Martinez pitched two scoreless innings, including a perfect fifth. He gave up a single to David Ortiz and a walk to J.D. Drew in the sixth, but he got out of it with a groundout by Jed Lowrie. He faced the top and middle of the Boston order and looked good. He continues to impress.

Brandon Hicks replaced Alex Gonzalez and played third in the later innings, committing an error in the process. He made things worse with an infield popout. Not the best day.

Matt Young replaced Jordan Schafer after Schafer left from rolling his ankle. Young grounded into a weird double play in the seventh but singled off Tommy Hottovy in the ninth.

Jose Constanza walked in the seventh to bring home a run, earning himself a RBI. He grounded into a fielder's choice in the ninth.

If it is possible, Vizcaino opened even more eyes with his hard fastball in two solid innings. Martinez also did well in facing the regular top and middle of the Red Sox lineup over two innings. It's encouraging to see him facing such a strong lineup and coming out fine.


Braves Vs. Red Sox Final Score: Arodys Vizcaino Impresses With Two Solid Innings In Braves Win, 6-1

The Braves received homers from Alex Gonzalez and Shawn Bowman in route to a 6-1 win over the Red Sox.

The Braves battered the Red Sox with singles, with nine of their 11 hits coming in that form. The only Brave with more than one hit was Ed Lucas, who picked up three singles and a walk. Gonzalez and Bowman had a RBI each on solo home runs, while Brent Clevlen and Jose Constanza recorded one RBI each.

Jordan Schafer went 1-3 with a single off Kyle Weiland. He also threw out Carl Crawford trying to stretch from first to third. Freddie Freeman singled once in three trips, coming off Alex Wilson.

Just as a note: Gonzalez's homer came off John Lackey. The rest of the Braves runs were against reserves. Bowman's homer was against Clevelan Santeliz.

Tim Hudson was a little shaky to begin the first, allowing a single to Jacoby Ellsbury and a walk to Dustin Pedroia. After Crawford hit into a fielder's choice to make it first and third with one out, David Ortiz singled Ellsbury home. The second out came on Schafer's throw that gunned down Crawford, and the third out came on a strikeout of J.D. Drew.

The second inning was much smoother, as he got three straight groundouts from Jed Lowrie, Jason Varitek and Lars Anderson. So Hudson shook off the first-inning rust and allowed one run on two hits with one walk and one strikeout in two innings.

Scott Proctor allowed a leadoff walk to begin the third, but he did well to get three straight outs from the top of the Boston order. That included an infield popout by Ellsbury and strikeout by Pedroia. Not bad from Proctor in his second outing.

Craig Kimbrel was pretty similar, allowing a leadoff single to Ortiz before getting three straight outs in the fourth. Another good bounce-back outing. Cristhian Martinez picked up a quick, perfect inning in the fifth, but he hit a little trouble in the sixth, giving up a single to Ortiz and walk to Drew with two outs before getting out of it. Martinez has looked pretty good so far.

Anthony Varvaro ran into trouble in the seventh due to his big weakness: control. The first batter of the inning reached on an error by Brandon Hicks, but Varvaro got Anderson to hit into a double play. That was followed by a single, walk and walk before getting a flyout with the bases loaded to end the threat. Varvaro will have these innings from time to time.

Arodys Vizcaino stole the show in the final two innings, hitting upper 90s on the radar gun and getting through his outing quickly. He gave up a soft infield single to Jose Iglesias with two outs in the eighth, but otherwise he was perfect. A great first showing for Vizcaino.

Nobody gained or lost ground today offensively. The first name that comes to mind on the mound is Vizcaino, who impressed everyone with his hard fastball and good command. He certainly lived up to the billing in his first outing.

Varvaro finally showed his weakness with his two walks, which I'm sure the Braves were waiting to see. He did do well to get out of the bases loaded situation, though.

From the AJC: Jason Heyward left after two at bats due to a sore groin, leading to a day off tomorrow as a precaution. He says he's fine. Heyward is forever having these issues, so we may as well get used to it.

Jordan Schafer rolled his ankle while cutting at first base, forcing him to leave the game. He says he's fine and won't miss any time.

From the AJC: Randall Delgado is scheduled to throw Thursday and Julio Teheran could throw Friday. Teheran had back spasms a couple days ago but is said to be fine now.


Braves Vs. Red Sox, Spring Training: Craig Kimbrel, Arodys Vizcaino Slated To Throw In Fort Myers

The Atlanta Braves (2-1) head to Fort Myers to face the Boston Red Sox (2-1) today at 1:05. As usual, the game is found on Atlanta-area radio and streaming audio for subscribers.

Braves Lineup:

1. Martin Prado, LF

2. Jordan Schafer, CF

3. Jason Heyward, RF

4. Dan Uggla, 2B

5. Eric Hinske, DH

6. Alex Gonzalez, SS

7. Freddie Freeman, 1B

8. David Ross, C

9. Ed Lucas, 3B

Tim Hudson, SP

Pitching Lineup:

Hudson, Craig Kimbrel, Scott Proctor, Cristhian Martinez, Anthony Varvaro, Arodys Vizcaino.

Don't be alarmed by the lack of a Chipper Jones in the lineup. He is taking today off, returning to DH Thursday and eyeing a start at third base Friday, according to Carroll Rogers.

The only things really worth keeping an eye on from the positional starters are the usuals: Prado's defense in left and Schafer's bat. If it means anything at all, which it probably doesn't, I'm at least glad to see Heyward ahead of Uggla in the order.

There are a few reasons to watch the pitching today. Hudson, of course, is getting his first innings of spring. Kimbrel is looking to rebound from a rough first outing in which he had very shaky control and gave up a couple hits. Proctor is looking to rebound from allowing the game-winning three-run home run to Russ Adams a few days ago, and any time he takes the mound it's worth watching as he is slated to be the last reliever in the pen.

But right behind Proctor is Martinez, who is considered one of Proctor's main competitors for that spot. Varvaro is getting a lot of action early, but I'm not sure if that means he's getting long looks or he will be gone soon. And last but certainly not least is Vizcaino, listed as my No. 6 prospect in the Braves system. He is getting his first taste of spring camp and is certainly the one to focus on today.

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