Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (34-45) vs. Buffalo Bisons (39-37)

Wirfin Obispo (Roughgarden)

Wirfin Obispo (Roughgarden)

Tue: LHP Yohan Flande (3-6, 5.79) vs. RHP Justin Germano (4-6, 5.92)

Wed: RHP David Hale (2-3, 4.37) vs. RHP Thad Weber (2-1, 2.01)

Thu: RHP Joe Bisenius (1-0, 4.76) vs. RHP Chad Jenkins (0-3, 7.78)

Fri: RHP Omar Poveda (5-4, 3.39) vs. RHP Todd Redmond (2-1, 5.40)

The Gwinnett Braves won six games in a row before dropping the finale to the Syracuse Chiefs on Sunday afternoon. In the last ten games, the Braves have made a significant move in the Wild Card standings. With 65 games left, the Braves are eight games back of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and 6.5 games back of the second place Bisons.

Hitting: Joey Terdoslavich has been red hot, hitting .556 (10-for-18) with two homers and six RBI in his last five games. He leads the league in hits (95), doubles (24), extra-base hits (42), total bases (172) and is fourth in batting average (.324) and homers (17)… Todd Cunningham has hit safely in 15 of his last 18 games, recording 12 multi-hit games during that span. On the season, he is hitting .294 (77-for-262) with 12 doubles, three triples, two homers and 27 RBI…

Pitching: David Hale won his last time out, tossing six scoreless innings against the Bisons. It was his first win since opening weekend, April 6th, when he tossed five innings of two-run ball vs. Charlotte. In his last two starts, the right-hander has not allowed a run, while yielding 10 hits and striking out seven in a 10.0 inning span… In his last 13 outings, Wirfin Obispo has not allowed a run (17.1 IP / 0 Runs), the longest scoreless streak posted by a G-Braves pitcher this season. During the streak, he has allowed four hits while striking out 18 hitters. On the season, he is 1-2 with 3.38 ERA. He has two saves in four chances and has struck out 45 batters in 37.1 innings.

Cunningham (Roughgarden)

Cunningham (Roughgarden)

G-Bites: Phil Gosselin was added to the roster after Game one of the doubleheader on Sunday. He went 1-for-3 in his Triple-A debut. The former Virginia Cavalier has been with the Braves organization for four years. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 First Year Player Draft.

The Bisons started the season on top of the North Division, winning 13 of their first 17 games. However, they are 26-33 since 4/23 and have dropped to third place in the North Division. They are eight games back of the front-running Pawtucket Red Sox (47-29), but are only 1.5 games back of the Wild Card lead.

Hitting: The Bisons have the 2nd-best offense in the International League, batting .269 (667-for-2481) with 367 runs scored and have belted a league-leading 80 homers… Mauro Gomez leads the IL with 21 homers… However, Jim Negrych and Luis Jimenez have paced the offense. Negrych is hitting .335 (77-for-230) with three homers and 31 RBI at the top of the lineup, while Jimenez is hitting .316 (79-for-250) with 13 homers and 55 RBI in the middle of the order.

Pitching: The staff has been pedestrian this season, holding the second highest ERA (4.74) in the league… Weber has been solid since moving to the rotation, winning his last two starts. In the last two outings, he has tossed 13 innings, scattering seven hits and allowing two runs, one earned. On 6/15 at Pawtucket, he hurled 7.0 innings of hitless baseball, while striking out eight . He will pitch game two of the series as he matches up against the Braves’ Hale.


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