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Phillies Vs. Braves, Minor League Report: Arodys Vizcaino Overcomes Early Trouble For Solid Season Debut

The last of the top pitching prospects in the Braves system made his season debut for A+ Lynchburg on Saturday night, and he followed the pattern of the previous pitchers with a solid performance.

AAA: Durham 2, Gwinnett 1

The Braves were shut down offensively again, managing just one run. Jordan Schafer was the lone bright spot on offense with a single and two walks, scoring the lone run. Willie Cabrera drove him in on a double. Ed Lucas is now 0-9 while Diory Hernandez is 1-12.

Todd Redmond allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings, walking two and striking out two. One of the runs was a leadoff homer in the first inning by Desmond Jennings, who went 2-3. Redmond gave up two doubles but pitched well, inducing 10 groundouts in the game.

Cory Gearrin pitched two scoreless innings in relief, and Juan Abreu added a scoreless inning.

AA: Mississippi 6, Jackson 5

Catcher Ryan Query made the most of his AA debut, going 2-2 with a homer and RBI. Gerardo Rodriguez added a home run, and several other Braves added a RBI, including Tyler Pastornicky and Cory Harrilchak; the latter picked up two singles.

Paul Clemens gave up four runs on four hits in five innings, walking two and striking out seven. Two of his four hits allowed were for extra bases, including a two-run home run by Georgia-product Rich Poythress. Clemens had the strikeout stuff going, however.

Michael Broadway allowed a run in two innings, but he struck out three. Jaye Chapman struck out two in two scoreless innings.

A+ Lynchburg 6, Potomac 5

Arodys Vizcaino impressed in his season debut, allowing two runs on three hits in five innings, walking one and striking out six. He induced five groundouts to three flyouts.

Vizcaino ran into trouble to begin the game, allowing both runs in the first inning on two singles and a double. But he settled in and retired nine in a row at one point. Following a fourth-inning walk, he set down the rest of the batters he faced through five innings.

Vizcaino likely won't remain in Lynchburg long, especially if he continues the high strikeout rate. Look for him to continue to record big strikeout totals in A+.

David Hale struggled in relief, allowing three runs on four hits in 2.1 innings. All three runs came on a home run by Steven Souza.

Phil Gosselin drove in three runs on a double, his only hit. Robert Hefflinger and Joe Leonard each had two singles.

A: Hagerstown 3, Rome 2

Keenan Wiley recorded a RBI triple for Rome, and Christian Bethancourt added a RBI. Edward Salcedo added a single and walk.

Steve Kent allowed two runs on three hits in four innings, walking two and striking out three. Chasen Shreve allowed a run on two hits in three innings, but he struck out five. Tyler Stovall gave up three hits in two scoreless innings.

Matt Lipka was apparently taken out of the game for something not injury related. Considering I don't know what caused it and I'm not about to guess, I'll leave it at that and continue to look for the answer.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.