G-Braves Winning Baseball at Coolray
The G-Braves won at home, again. The win pushed their record at Coolray Field to 5-0 in 2013. Despite their undefeated mark at home, the Braves check into tonight’s game with a 6-6 mark.
So what has been the difference?
The Braves pitching staff has posted a 2.72 ERA at Coolray. The bullpen has been even sharper, tossing 16 innings, allowing seven runs, five earned and striking out the 22. It has resulted into a 2.03 bullpen ERA.
The trouble, however, has come on the road as the G-Braves have allowed a whopping 49 runs (41 earned) in 58.1 innings. Starters have been tagged for 29 runs in 28.1 innings, while averaging a little over four innings per start.
Last night, starter Daniel Rodriguez did not buck the trend, but he proved effective, tossing 4.2 innings, allowing three runs and striking out six. It was his best appearance of the season, as the Braves won in dramatic fashion in the eleventh. Rodriguez, who witnessed the birth of his first daughter over the weekend, seemed at ease in the start. His only hiccup came in the third, allowing three runs to score in the frame. The southpaw made adjustments throughout the night, utilizing his curveball to put down opposing hitters while attacking the zone with his fastball. He walked a season-high, but only one run proved to be costly as it came around to score on an RBI single by Russ Canzler.
The bullpen went back to its dominant ways, tossing 6.1 innings of one run baseball. Andrew Russell, who dropped two contests on the road, was sharp for the Braves. He pitched two scoreless to pick up the victory. He is another pitcher that has enjoyed the Lawrenceville surroundings, as he is yet to issue a run at Coolray Field. It’s ironic that the well-traveled Aussie has pitched better at home than around the rest of the International League.
The Braves Jekyll-and-Hyde ways will be tested again tonight. Luckily for the Braves, they will be at Coolray Field for the contest tonight.
The G-Braves head into tonight’s game tied for second in the South Division and two games back of the Durham Bulls (8-4). Former G-Brave Jair Jurrjens will match up against the Braves lineup. The former MLB All-Star has been sharp in his first two starts. In 11.1 innings, he is 0-1 with a 1.59 ERA. His command has been spotty, walking six, but he has limited hitters to a .128 batting average.
G-Braves Sean Gilmartin makes his third start of the year. He is going on five days rest, as his scheduled start last night was pushed back to make room for Rodriguez. The lefty will go for his second win of the season. Game time is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.
Starting Lineups are listed below:
Norfolk Tides (6-6)
Gwinnett Braves (6-6)