Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (47-63) vs. Charlotte Knights (50-60)

Mejia (Moore)

Mejia (Moore)

Wed: RHP Cody Martin (2-2, 3.26) vs. TBA

Thu: RHP David Hale (5-5, 2.86) vs. RHP Zach Stewart (5-11, 4.78)

Fri: RHP Omar Poveda (5-6, 3.36) vs. LHP Charlie Leesman (2-1, 3.70)

The Gwinnett Braves and Charlotte Knights split a four game series at Knights Stadium this past weekend. The Braves took game one and the finale, while Charlotte took the two middle contests.

Batters: Injuries at the Major League level have hurt the G-Braves, as their Opening Day outfield is in Atlanta… Tyler Pastornicky is leading the way. In the last ten G-Braves games, the right-handed hitting infielder is batting .318 (7-for-22) with five runs scored and two RBI. Since returning to Gwinnett, he has hit safely in five of seven games. In 12 games against the Knights, Pastornicky is hitting .341 (15-for-44) with four doubles, one homer and five RBI… Stefan Gartrell has posted nice numbers against his former club. In five games, he is batting .316 (6-for-19) with one double and two RBI. On the season, he is hitting .273 (42-for-152) with six doubles and six homers. He is second on the team in homers behind Ernesto Mejia (27)…

Pitchers: The pitching staff has also had some movement, as Alex Wood and Brandon Beachy have moved up, while Cory Rasmus was traded to the Los Angeles Anaheim Angels on Monday afternoon. Cody Martin, David Hale and Omar Poveda will have to anchor the staff with the departures of those three. Hale has been the best of the three lately, picking up wins in his last two starts. The right-hander went seven innings, scattering six hits and allowing one run at Charlotte on Friday night.

G-Bites: B.J. Upton is scheduled to begin his rehab with the Gwinnett Braves on Wednesday night. He will leadoff and play center field.

Charlotte Knights

Batters: Charlotte has had a rough time against the G-Braves, posting a .250 (133-for-531) batting average, while striking out 138 times… Steve Tolleson leads the team in hitting, batting .295 (86-for-292) with 21 doubles, six homers and 44 RBI. However, the infielder has struggled against the G-Braves, posting a .260 (13-for-50) batting average… Mike McDade has fared well against the Braves. In five games, he is 6-for-20 with two walks. On the season, he is hitting .256 (85-for-332) with eight homers and 43 RBI.

Pitchers: Charlie Leesman suffered a huge setback last season, tearing his ACL in an International League playoff game; however, he has come back strong in 2013. In 11 starts for the Knights, he is 2-1 with 3.70 ERA. He has struck out 58 in 65.2 innings, while walking 29 batters. Last season he was 12-10 with a 2.45 ERA… Jake Petricka has been nails out the pen. In seven appearances, the right-hander is 2-0 with 1.46 ERA. He converted his lone save opportunity on 7/20, hurling 1.2 innings of relief against Norfolk.

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