Tuesday's minor league report
ORTEGANO WINS HIS TRIPLE-A DEBUT
Left-hander Jose Ortegano won his Gwinnett debut with six strong innings as the Braves beat Columbus 5-4 at Coolray Field.
Ortegano allowed two runs on five hits, with two walks and one strikeout.
The Braves placed Ortegano in Myrtle Beach to start the season, but they had planned all along to move him up to a higher level. With the Pelicans, Ortegano made seven starts and had a 5.14 ERA. He finished last season with Mississippi.
Jo Jo Reyes relieved Ortegano and gave up two runs in 2.2 innings. Stephen Marek got his first Triple-A save getting the final out with a strikeout.
Clint Sammons had a two-run home run for the Braves, his second of the season.
DIAMOND WITH HIS SECOND STRAIGHT STRONG START
Players who are in the minor leagues have to make adjustments to get better and develop their game, and looking at the numbers it's easy to see Mississippi left-hander Scott Diamond has made some adjustments in his last three games.
Diamond allowed only one run on five hits in eight innings Tuesday night against West Tennessee to pick up his second win of the season. He allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out 10.
In Diamond's last three starts, he's allowed four earned runs in 22 innings (1.64 ERA), with two walks and 30 strikeouts. In his first five starts, Diamond allowed 18 earned runs on 36 hits in 23.1 innings (6.95), with 18 walks and 21 strikeouts.
Mississippi beat West Tennessee 2-1. Brett Butts pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his second save of the season. Butts now has an ERA of 0.46.
HOOVER PITCHES WELL, BUT PELICANS LOSE 2-0
Right-hander J.J. Hoover had one of his best starts of the season, but he was out pitched by Winston-Salem's Charles Leeesman and Myrtle Beach lost 2-0.
Hoover allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings, with one walk and six strikeouts. Hoover has given up five earned runs in his last three starts in 17.2 innings (2.56 ERA).
Myrtle Beach will have a day-night doubleheader with Winston-Salem Wednesday at BB&T Ballpark. Randall Delgado (1-3, 2.98) goes for the Pelicans in the day game, while Julio Teheran makes his Myrtle Beach debut in the nightcap.
VIZCAINO SHINES AS ROME BEATS CHARLESTON
Rome starting pitcher Arodys Vizcaino had his best start of the season Tuesday afternoon. The right-hander improved to 5-3 with eight scoreless innings, giving up only three hits, with no walks and five strikeouts against Charleston.
Vizcaino, acquired from the Yankees in the Javier Vazquez deal last December, lowered his ERA to 3.71 on the season. He's allowed 45 hits in 43.2 innings, with only nine walks and 40 strikeouts.
With Teheran now in Myrtle Beach, you wonder now if Vizcaino will take over as the ace of the Rome rotation.
Rome won the game 9-2. It was the Braves third win in a row and they are now 15-23 on the 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 email@example.com and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/billshanks.
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