Tuesday's minor league report

It was a rough night on the farm for the Braves. Here's more!

Gwinnett returned home Tuesday night with a 7-2 win over Norfolk. It was the G-Braves second win in a row and they've now won four of their last six games. Catcher J.C. Boscan got the big hit for Gwinnett with a bloop single to center field that scored two runs. Boscan was 2-3 on the night. Tim Gustafson got the start for Gwinnett and allowed only two runs on four hits in five innings. Jeff Lyman, Vladimir Nunez, and Cory Gearrin were all effective in relief for the Braves. Gearrin doesn't get the publicity of phenom Craig Kimbrel, but he's got a 2.61 ERA in eight games, with 14 strikeouts in 10.1 innings pitched. The Braves (9-11) are in second place in the International League's South Division. Game two of the series with Norfolk is Wednesday night at Coolray Field. James Parr (1-1, 3.48) goes for the Braves against Chris Tillman (1-3, 6.11), one of the top prospects for the Orioles.

Montgomery blanked the Mississippi Braves 4-0 Tuesday night. It was a rough night for Braves' starter Scott Diamond, who walked five batters and gave up nine hits in 4.1 innings. Diamond only gave up two runs, but his pitch count was high and the Braves had to turn to the bullpen. Mississippi's offense could do nothing with Biscuits pitcher David Newmann, who pitched 7.2 shut out innings, walked only one, and struck out seven. The Braves (10-9) finish the series with Montgomery Thursday before taking off for Jacksonville. Richard Sullivan is scheduled to pitch for the Braves.

The big league club has lost seven in a row, and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are battling a losing streak of their own. They lost their third in a row Tuesday night and their sixth straight setback on their home field as Potomac won 7-6. Myrtle Beach has now gone 1-11 in its last 12 games. Closer Benny Pruneda had a rough night as he allowed four runs in the eighth inning, and then an additional run in the ninth inning. The Pelicans mounted a late comeback, but they could muster only two runs in the final frame to come up a run short. J.J. Hoover bounced back from a rough start last Thursday with a quality start. Hoover allowed only two runs in six innings, with one walk, and five strikeouts. The Pelicans (5-13) play game two of the series with the Nationals Wednesday night. Jose Ortegano (0-2, 10.57) is scheduled to pitch for Myrtle Beach.

Rome starter David Hale struggled once again, and three RiverDogs' pitchers silenced the Braves' bats as Charleston won 5-1 Tuesday night. Hale allowed two runs on five hits in four innings, but walked five, and struck out three. His ERA for the season is at 8.62. Charleston starter Kelvin Perez pitched six scoreless innings, and then two relievers completed the shutout. The young Braves have now lost six in a row. Chris Masters (0-1, 1.00) is scheduled to pitch for Rome Wednesday when they open up a four-game series in Greensboro. The Braves are now 7-13 on the season, five games back of first place in the Sally League's Southern Division.

The four Atlanta farm teams are a combined 31-46 so far this season.



Bill Shanks hosts The Bill Shanks Show on WFSM Fox Sports 1670 in Macon, Georgia and The Atlanta Baseball Show. Shanks writes a weekly column for The Macon Telegraph. Email Bill at thebravesshow@email.com and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/billshanks.


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