IL Pitcher of the Week Redmond, Starting Saturday

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

The first place Gwinnett Braves (28-20) bats exploded Friday for 13 runs on 15 hits. A night prior Gwinnett accumulated eight total hits with Josh Wilson and Luis Durango accounting for six of them. However, on the night John Smoltz was at Coolray Field signing his book Staring and Closing, the hitters not the pitchers emerged. Ernesto Mejia, Stefan Gartrell and Joey Terdoslavich all homered as part of the offensive attack. Jose Constanza recorded three hits and scored three times in the 13-8 victory over Rochester.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Mejia extended his hit-streak to 13 games on Thursday, which is a season-high for any G-Brave hitter. The last Gwinnett Brave to record a hit-streak of similar measures was the 12-game streak by Tyler Pastornicky during his 2011 campaign with the G-Braves.

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 (20-27, 6th IL North) vs Gwinnett (28-20, 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 as both teams have three wins each through six games.

Saturday, May 26 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

The reigning IL Pitcher of the Week Todd Redmond (4-3, 2.63) will oppose Rochester southpaw Luke French (0-1, 5.91) in a game that is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. 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) Rene Rivera, 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) Jose Yepez, C

8) Josh Wilson, 2B

9) Greg Paiml, SS

By: Tony Piraro

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