Braves’ Beachy sharp in 2nd rehab outing

Tony Firriolo/MLB photos via Getty Images Atlanta Braves right-hander Brandon Beach

Tony Firriolo

ROME, GA. — Atlanta Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy threw five shutout innings in his second rehab start as the Rome Braves blanked the Charleston RiverDogs, 3-0, in South Atlantic League baseball Wednesday afternoon.

Beachy (1-0) allowed three hits — all singles — while striking out three and walking one in his return from Tommy John surgery.

Beachy allowed two runs over four innings in his first rehab outing with the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves last week, and hopes to return to the majors in the middle of next month.

Frank LaFreniere shut out the RiverDogs (30-20) with four hitless innings to earn his first save.

All three runs for the Braves (27-23) came in the third inning. Ronald Luna doubled and scored on an RBI double by Josh Elander to open the scoring. After Casey Kalenkosky was hit by a pitch, Carlos Franco singled in Elander to make it 2-0. An RBI single by Felix Marte capped the game’s scoring.

RiverDogs starter Luis Niebla (2-1) went five innings and allowed three runs on nine hits while striking out five and hitting one batter to take the loss. Niebla was replaced to start the sixth by Daniel Camarena, who tossed three shutout innings in relief.

Charleston managed just five baserunners for the game and went down 1-2-3 over the final six innings.

The RiverDogs continue their road trip with a four-game series against the Augusta GreenJackets.

The opener is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. today at Lake Olmstead Stadium, with Charleston starting right-hander Cesar Vargas (2-2, 3.32 ERA) against left-hander Matthew Lujan (0-0, 7.04).