G-Braves Trying To Get Back On Track Friday
Photo courtesy of Karl Moore
The first place Gwinnett Braves (27-20) are coming off a 3-5 record on their latest road trip and began their 10-game homestand with a loss to Rochester on Thursday night. The Red Wings now lead the season series 3-2. However, first place is the most important aspect of the equation and the G-Braves have a two and a half game lead over the Charlotte Knights.
The G-Brvaes are in a stretch of nine games in their next nine days from Coolray Field. With 98 games left in the regular season, Gwinnett is indeed approaching the “dog days of summer” in good position.
Yohan Flande pitched brilliantly on Thursday night, working seven innings of one-run ball en route to the no decision. However, the southpaw has unfortunately not won a ballgame since April 14, as he has been stuck on one win since.
Ernesto Mejia extended his hit-streak to 12 games on Thursday, which is a season-high for any G-Brave hitter. The last Gwinnett Brave to record a hit-streak of 12 games was Tyler Pastornicky during his 2011 campaign with the G-Braves.
Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess
The G-Braves offense has been struggling most of this season, but they are showing signs of getting out of the slump recently. The signs however, have been showcased inconsistently which touches a trend around baseball….pitchers are dominating. The bats have yet to wake up across professional baseball, so it may take Gwinnett a bit longer to find their rhythm. Thursday night the G-Braves collected eight hits in total, but Josh Wilson and Luis Durango accounted for six of the eight hits.
Gwinnett is boasting both International League Players of the Week for the past week. Pitcher Todd Redmond received the IL Pitcher of the Week award, while Ernesto Mejia walked away with the IL Batter of the Week. Both join teammate Stefan Gartrell as this years G-Braves recipients of the award this season. All three will be looking to shoulder the load as Gwinnett looks to start another impressive streak at home from Coolray Field.
Rochester Red Wings (20-26, 6th IL North) vs Gwinnett (27-20, 1st IL South)
The Red Wings are in town for a four-game set as they continue their stretch of eight straight games against one another. The two teams split their four-game set in Rochester just days ago, before Rochester upended Gwinnett 3-1 on Thursday.
Friday, May 25 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:
G-Braves right-hander Eric Junge (3-4, 3.64) will oppose Rochester southpaw Matt Maloney (0-0, 0.00) in a game that is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. John Smoltz is in the house Friday as he will be signing his book Starting and Closing. The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.
Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts
Rochester Red Wings Batting Order:
1) Tsuyoshi Nishioka, DH
2) Pedro Florimon, SS
3) Wilkin Ramirez, LF
4) Danny Valencia, 3B
5) Sean Burroughs, 1B
6) Matt Carson, RF
7) Clete Thomas, CF
8) Michael Hollimon, 2B
9) J.R. Towles, C
G-Braves Batting Order
1) Luis Durango, CF
2) Jose Constanza, LF
3) Stefan Gartrell, DH
4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B
5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B
6) Felix Pie, RF
7) Josh Wilson, SS
8) J.C. Boscan, C
9) Lance Zawadski, 2B
By: Tony Piraro