Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (41-57) vs. Indianapolis Indians (61-38)
THU: LHP Alex Wood (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Andy Oliver (5-2, 3.29)
FRI: RHP Brandon Beachy (0-3, 3.79) vs.RHP Stolmy Pimentel (2-1, 2.77)
SAT: RHP David Hale (3-5, 3.28) vs. RHP Brandon Cumpton (4-5, 3.53)
SUN: RHP Omar Poveda (5-5, 3.32) vs. TBA
The Gwinnett Braves return to action tonight at 6:05 PM at Coolray Field as they host the Indianapolis Indians, Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Braves roll into the contest, losers of their last three games, while Indianapolis has lost two in a row.
Batters: Ernesto Mejia leads the Gwinnett offense. The slugger is coming off his second consecutive Triple-A All Star appearance. In 89 games, the right-handed hitter is batting .245 (78-for-319) with 24 homers and 66 RBI. He has already tied his homerun total from 2012 and is two shy of 50 for his G-Braves career… Stefan Gartrell will add a little bit more thunder to the middle of the order. The outfielder is hitting .289 (33-for-114) with six homers and 20 RBI since rejoining the G-Braves. He has been on a tear of late, hitting .467 (7-for-15) with two homers and three RBI in his last five games…
Pitchers: Alex Wood will make his Triple-A debut with the Gwinnett Braves in game one of the series. He appeared in 16 games (one start) for the Atlanta Braves, tossing 22 innings and posting a 0-2 record with a 2.22 ERA. He skipped over Gwinnett after dominating Double-A Mississippi. In 10 starts, he posted a 4-2 record with a 1.26 ERA. He was the second round (85th overall) in the 2012 First Year Player Draft by the Braves… Omar Poveda is the only G-Brave starter to have faced the Indians this season. In seven innings of work, the right-hander allowed two runs on three hits, while striking out five….
G-Bites: The Braves were swept by the Indianapolis Indians at the beginning of the season on the road. The Braves hit a pedestrian .182 (22-for-121) and scored seven runs in the four game series, while the Indians scored 21 runs against the Braves staff…
Batters: Former No. 4 overall draft pick, Tony Sanchez leads the Indians attack. In 70 games, the backstop is hitting .282 (68-for-241) with nine homers and 40 RBI. He hit a three-run homer in the International League All-Star game… Andrew Lambo will add a complementary middle of the order hitter. The outfielder is hitting .280 (35-for-125) with nine homers and 27 RBI since being called up from Double-A Altoona.
Pitchers: All-Star Kris Johnson has been the Indians’ best arm. The left-hander is 8-4 with a 2.66 ERA in 20 games (15 starts) for Indianapolis. He pitched one inning against the G-Braves this season, punching out two and facing the minimum… Game one starter, Andy Oliver dominated the G-Braves in Indianapolis, hurling six innings of one run ball to collect the victory. He allowed four hits, walked two and struck out seven… Fellow All-Star Vic Black will be tough to hit in the late innings. The Indianapolis closer is 15-for-17 in save opportunities, striking 48 hitters in 34.0 innings…