Gwinnett Braves (44-59) vs. Durham Bulls (65-38)
The Gwinnett Braves dropped their second straight game on Monday night, falling to the Durham Bulls 7-0. Bulls’ hurler J.D. Martin dominated the G-Braves attack, tossing 8.0 innings, scattering four hits, allowing zero walks, striking out six and picking up his 12 victory of the season.
Tonight, the Braves will matchup against right-hander Jake Odorizzi (7-3, 3.49) in game two of their four game home-road series. In his only start against the G-Braves this season, he tossed 6.2 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out eight.
Odorizzi is ranked by Baseball America as the No.5 prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He has made four starts at the Major League level, posting a 0-0 record with 6.00 ERA. In 18 innings for the Rays, he has given up 12 runs on 22 hits in 18.0 innings. He has struck out 14 in his appearances.
Scouting Report: Odorizzi features four pitches: fastball, slider, curveball and changeup. His fastball sits in the low 90’s range and can get up to the mid-90’s. He has command of both sides of the plate and throws his off speed pitches to keep hitters honest. His secondary pitches all have potential, but they are not dominating. He tends to hang his curveball and slider.
G-Braves starter: Yohan Flande will make a spot start for the G-Braves. The left-hander is 4-6 with a 5.29 ERA in 23 appearances (13 starts) for the G-Braves. His last start came at the Double-A level, as he went 4.2 innings, allowing six runs, five earned on nine hits. He suffered the loss in his first Double-A appearance since 2010.
Missing: Outfielder Todd Cunningham missed his fifth straight game, nursing a hip flexor strain. There is no timetable on his return, but he is working diligently to get back on the field.