LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The Gwinnett Braves (35-45) continued their recent strong play behind a solid performance by left-hander Yohan Flande (W, 4-7) on Tuesday night at Coolray Field. The left-hander tossed 6.2 innings of two-run baseball as the G-Braves squeaked by the Buffalo Bisons (39-38), 4-3. Gwinnett has won seven of their last eight games.
After watching their six-game winning streak come to an end with a loss in game two of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, the G-Braves used clutch hits to start a new streak on Tuesday. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Gwinnett scored two runs on four hits to take a 2-0 lead. Phil Gosselin led off with a bunt single and advanced to second on a single by Matt Pagnozzi. With runners on first and second and one out, Sean Kazmar drove in Gosselin with a single to make it 1-0. Jose Constanza extended the lead to 2-0, driving in Pagnozzi with an RBI double.
The Bisons got both runs right back with one swing of the bat in the sixth inning. Jim Negrych drew a four-pitch walk and scored on a two-run homer by Mauro Gomez, knotting the game up at 2-2.
Gwinnett answered in the bottom half of the sixth. Brandon Boggs reached on an error and three-straight hits followed, giving the G-Braves a 3-2 lead. Pagnozzi delivered his third hit of the game to plate Boggs from third, but Gosselin was gunned down at the plate by Bisons’ left fielder Anthony Gose as he tried to score from second base.
Joey Terdoslavich made up for the missed opportunity for insurance in the seventh. He took a 2-0 fastball from right-hander Mickey Storey over the right field fence, extending the lead to 4-2. The blast was his 18th of the season, tying him with teammate Ernesto Mejia for second in the International League in home runs.
Gomez answered, however, cutting the lead to 4-3 as smacked his second homer of the night over the left-field fence. His league-leading 23rd home run came off of right-hander Luis Ayala in the eighth inning.
Despite giving up the run, Ayala (H, 3) was solid, hurling 1.1 innings, scattering two hits and striking out one in relief of Flande. Cory Rasmus (S, 8) allowed a one-out double to Gose in the ninth, but Gose was thrown out at third trying to advance on a ball in the dirt. Rasmus then induced Sean Ochinko into a game-ending fly-out to Constanza in deep left.
Justin Germano (L, 4-7) suffered the loss for Buffalo, giving up three runs, two earned on 10 hits in 6.0 innings.
Pagnozzi paced the offensive attack, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and one RBI. Terdoslavich finished 1-for-4 with the solo home run and one RBI.
Gomez went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI to lead the way for Buffalo. The right-handed hitting first baseman is just one homer shy of his season total from 2012, when he swatted 24 dingers in an IL MVP season for Pawtucket.
The Gwinnett Braves continue their series against the Buffalo Bisons Wednesday night at 6:05 PM. G-Braves right-hander David Hale (2-3, 4.37) will take the ball as he faces Buffalo right-hander Thad Weber (2-1, 2.01). Listen to the game on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Dave Lezotte calling the play-by-play. First pitch is 6:05 PM.
Wednesday night is “Winning Wednesday” at Coolray Field. All fans are invited to participate in Baseball Bingo for a chance to win great prizes. A fully cleared card will get you something extra special from the Gwinnett Braves. Also on Wednesday, if a G-Braves’ player hits a grand slam in the fifth inning, one lucky fan will win $5,000. To purchase tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com.
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.
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.
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Pitching was showcased on Sunday afternoon at Coolray Field as four Gwinnett Braves (34-45) pitchers combined to allow two runs in 14.0 innings. Despite solid pitching performances in both ends of the doubleheader, the G-Braves settled for a split with the Syracuse Chiefs (29-46), taking game one by a 5-1 score and losing game two, 1-0.
In game one, right-hander Cody Martin (W, 2-0) dazzled in his second start for Gwinnett, hurling 7.0 innings, scattering six hits, allowing one run and striking out six to pick up his second victory of the season. His complete-game effort was the first by a G-Braves pitcher this season and the second of his career.
The G-Braves got on the board early, scoring in the top of the first. After three consecutive singles by Todd Cunningham, Alden Carrithers and Joey Terdoslavich, Stefan Gartrell was plunked by a pitch from Syracuse starter Danny Rosenbaum, forcing in a run for a 1-0 lead.
Gwinnett manufactured a run in the bottom of the second. Luis Nunez led off with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Martin and scored two batters later on a groundout by Carrithers, extending the lead to 2-0.
The G-Braves put it away in the bottom of the fifth inning. Terdoslavich smacked a lead-off double and Ernesto Mejia singled, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Gartrell followed with a towering three-run homer to left, his third of the season and franchise-record 48th career homer with Gwinnett. The blast extended the advantage to 5-0.
Five runs would be plenty of support for Martin, who extended his scoreless streak to 13.2 innings to start his Triple-A career. That streak was broken in the top of the seventh inning as Carlos Rivero lifted a sacrifice fly to right scoring Zach Walters. Martin retired Will Rhymes on a game-ending groundout to complete the 5-1 win.
Rosenbaum (L, 5-4) yielded two runs, one earned over 4.0 innings in the game one loss for Syracuse. Right-hander Jeremy Accardo gave up three more runs over the final 2.0 innings.
In the second game, the G-Braves were shut out for the fourth time this season.
In his fourth start of the year, Chiefs’ right-hander Tanner Roark (W, 4-3) was impressive, hurling 5.0 innings of scoreless baseball. He stifled the Gwinnett offense, allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out one.
Syracuse scored the game’s lone run in the top of the first inning. With two outs, Chris Rahl singled, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Jose Yepez. Corey Brown drove in Rahl with an RBI single, giving the Chiefs a 1-0 lead.
Mike Crotta and Erik Davis finished off the shutout, each throwing a scoreless inning in relief of Roark. Davis (S, 8) picked up the save as he worked out of a two-on, one-out jam. With the tying and winning runs aboard, he induced Carrithers into a game-ending double play.
The lack of offense spoiled a great spot start from Kameron Loe (L, 2-2), who scattered three hits and allowed one unearned run over 4.0 innings to take the loss.
Offensively, Terdoslavich and Cunningham each recorded three hits on the afternoon, while Gartrell added a 2-for-2 day with a home run and four RBI.
Rahl went a perfect 3-for-3 in the second game and scored the Chiefs’ lone run in the nightcap.
The Gwinnett Braves have off on Monday and return to play on Tuesday, June 25 with the opener of a four-game series against the Buffalo Bisons. Left-hander Yohan Flande (3-6, 5.79) will start for the G-Braves, while the Bisons counter with right-hander Justin Germano (4-6, 5.92). Listen to the game on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. First pitch is 6:05 PM.
Tuesday night is “Team Tuesday” as all kids (ages 12 and under) wearing their Youth Athletics jerseys will receive a free ticket with purchase of an Adult ticket (limit one ticket per adult). The first 500 fans will receive a poster of G-Braves’ pitcher Cory Rasmus, who will be autographing posters from 5:05 to 5:20 PM. To purchase tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com.
Joey Terdoslavich added to his banner season by going 3-for-4 with two homers and five RBI in last night’s contest. His two-run dinger in the ninth, catapulted the Braves over the Chiefs, 9-8.
However, did you know?
Terdoslavich has amassed 48 home runs in his career, but has only recorded a multi-homer game three times. Last night was the first time he accomplished the feat since April 18, 2011 vs. Salem. In 2011, he had two multi-homer games, as he recorded his first on April 16 at Myrtle Beach.
Inside the Numbers:
The outfielder is enjoying a stellar season, hitting .321 (92-for-287) with 17 homers and 56 RBI. He has posted a slugging percentage of .562, while recording a .938 OPS. However, the switch-hitter has struggled from the right side of the plate, hitting .230 (14-for-61) with one homer and nine RBI. He has preferred the left side, hitting .345 (78-for-226) with 16 homers and 47 RBI.
He will have his hands full against Syracuse left-hander Danny Rosenbaum, as the southpaw is slated to pitch in game one of the doubleheader on Sunday. Rosenbaum is 5-3 with a 3.76 ERA for the Chiefs. He has been their best pitcher, leading the team in ERA (3.76), wins (5) and innings (79)…
He will face the lineup below:
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – After recording a season-high four hits on Friday night, Joey Terdoslavich followed up on Saturday by recording his first two-homer game since April 18, 2011. His walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth sent the Coolray Field crowd of 9,284 home happy as the Gwinnett Braves (33-44) came back for a 9-8 win over the Syracuse Chiefs (28-45). The G-Braves have now won five-straight games.
The G-Braves won despite a shaky performance from starter Omar Poveda. The right-hander allowed a season high five runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings. However, the offense had his back as they pounded out 12 hits and scored nine runs.
Both teams got on the board early, scoring a run in the first. Syracuse used a lead-off double by Will Rhymes, a sacrifice bunt by Danny Espinosa and an RBI groundout by Corey Brown to take a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the first, Gwinnett took advantage of a throwing error by catcher Brian Jeroloman to push across their first run.
The Chiefs didn’t stop there, scoring one run in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead. In the third inning, Tyler Moore walked and scored on an RBI double by Chris Rahl. In the bottom of the fourth, Danny Espinosa smacked a two-run double down the left field line, scoring Jeroloman and Rhymes to make it 4-1. Zach Walters capped the scoring, lacing his 17th homer of the season over the right field fence, extending the lead to 5-1.
Syracuse starter Ryan Tatusko stifled the G-Braves through four innings, as he held the offense to four hits and no earned runs. However, Gwinnett exploded for six runs off of the right-hander in the bottom of the fifth. Poveda led off with a single and Jose Constanza followed with a single, putting runners on first and second with no outs. After a fielder’s choice, Terdoslavich hit his 16th homer of the season over the right field fence. The dinger cut the deficit to 5-4. Back-to-back walks to Ernesto Mejia and Alden Carriters set up a two out RBI opportunity for Jose Yepez. The backstop delivered with a two-run double to left, making it 6-5. Luis Nunez added to lead with an RBI double of his own, extending the lead to 7-5.
In the ninth, Moore walked to lead off and was followed by a Rahl single. After Walters showed bunt on the first pitch, he took the next offering from Cory Rasmus (W, 3-1) over the right field fence, giving the Chiefs an 8-7 lead.
For Rasmus, it was his first blown save in eight chances. However, Chiefs closer Michael Broadway (L, 1-1) didn’t fare any better. He gave up a leadoff single to Todd Cunningham after a nine pitch at bat, which saw Cunningham battle back from a 0-2 count. The key hit would set the stage for Terdoslavich, who drove Broadway’s first offering out to deep right-center.
Terdoslavich finished the night with a team-high three hits and five RBI, while Constanza, Cunningham and Nunez picked up two hits each.
Walters led the Chiefs, going 2-for-5 with two homers and four RBI.
The Gwinnett Braves return to action Sunday afternoon as they host the Syracuse Chiefs for doubleheader starting at 2:05 PM. Braves right-hander Cody Martin (1-0, 0.00) will get the ball in game one, while Kameron Loe (2-1, 4.19) will toe the rubber in game two. Syracuse will throw left-hander Danny Rosenbaum (5-3, 3.76) in game one and right-hander Tanner Roark (3-3, 4.07) in game two. Listen to the games on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. Game one of the doubleheader will also be televised on CSS.
The first 2,000 fans in attendance on Sunday will receive a Fifth Anniversary Logo Drawstring Bag courtesy of Dave & Buster’s. “Family Sunday” also includes Pre-Game Catch in the Outfield prior to game one and the Post-Game Kids Base Run following game two. To purchase tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com.
Last night, Joey Terdoslavich went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI. It was the first time he has amassed four hits this season and the first time completing the feat since 8/25/11 at Myrtle Beach. On the season, Terdoslavich is hitting .314 (89-for-283) with 15 homers and 51 RBI. He has a team-leading .558 slugging percentage and a .907 OPS…
He will lead the Braves as they face Syracuse right-hander Ryan Tatusko on Saturday night. The Chiefs hurler is 1-2 with a 3.08 ERA in 14 games (six starts) this season. Drafted in the 18th round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft out of Indiana State University by Texas, Tatusko began his professional career with the Rangers’ organization. After two short seasons with Texas, he was traded to Washington in exchange for Christian Guzman in 2010. He had a breakout season in 2010, going 12-3 with a 2.63 ERA as he split time between Double-A Frisco (Texas) and Harrisburg (Nationals). Baseball America ranked him the 26th- best prospect in the Nationals organization at the end of the season. However, he has scuffled since then, finding little success at any level.
Entering 2013, he has recorded a minor league record of 36-42 with 3.92 ERA in 184 games (90 starts). He can overpower hitters, striking out 527 batters in 664 innings (7.1 SO/9).
Tatusko features a live fastball, clocked in the mid-90’s, and three other secondary pitches. His curveball is his second best pitch, throwing it ahead and behind the count. He also throws a changeup and slider, but his fastball is his best pitch.
He will face the lineup below:
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – In a season that has seen Joey Terdoslavich do just about everything at the plate, he crossed another feat off his list on Friday night, collecting a season-high four hits to lead the Gwinnett Braves (32-44) to an 8-4 win over the Syracuse Chiefs (28-44). The G-Braves extended their winning streak to four games in front of a Coolray Field crowd of 5,837.
Terdoslavich went a perfect 4-for-4 on the night, scoring three runs and driving in one to back the solid performance by right-hander Joe Bisenius (W, 1-0). Bisenius, signed to a minor league contract by Atlanta out of the independent American Association and assigned to Gwinnett earlier in the day, tossed 5.2 innings with four runs allowed, three earned, on eight hits. The right-hander walked two and struck out six.
The G-Braves took some of the pressure off of Bisenius early, taking advantage of an error to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. After a single by Jose Constanza and fielder’s choice groundout by Todd Cunningham, Terdoslavich singled to right, sending Cunningham to third. Chiefs’ right fielder Chris Rahl misplayed the ball for a fielding error, allowing Cunningham to score.
Gwinnett added another run in the third. Terdoslavich doubled and scored on an error by third baseman Will Rhymes, pushing the lead to 2-0.
The Chiefs came roaring back, scoring a run in the fourth and fifth innings to knot it up. In the fourth, Rahl hit his sixth home run of the season, cutting the lead to 2-1. In the fifth, Brian Jeroloman singled and scored on a double by Corey Brown, making it 2-2.
With the score tied, the G-Braves scored four runs in the bottom half of the fifth off of Syracuse starter Yunesky Maya (L, 2-5). Terdoslavich singled with two outs and came around to score on Ernesto Mejia’s home run to left, his team-leading 18th blast of the season. Gwinnett increased the lead to 6-2 on a two-run single by Matt Pagnozzi.
Syracuse didn’t go away easy, scoring two runs in the top of the sixth. Rahl doubled to start the inning and Zach Walters reached base on error by Constanza, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Carlos Rivero followed with an RBI single and Jeroloman drove in the second run with a sacrifice fly, cutting the lead to 6-4.
However, that would be as close as the Chiefs would get as Gwinnett tacked on two runs late and the bullpen shut it down.
Joe Beimel, Wirfin Obispo and Pat Egan combined to throw 3.1 innings of hitless baseball to secure the victory. Obispo extended his team-beset scoreless streak to 17.1 innings as he tossed two solid frames of relief. Egan closed down a non-save ninth inning, pitching a perfect frame with two strikeouts.
In addition to Terdoslavich’s four-hit night, Alden Carrithers added a 3-for-4 game including a run scored. Seven of the eight Gwinnett position players picked up at least one hit on the night.
Rahl paced the Chiefs, going 3-for-4 with the home run, two runs scored and an RBI.
The Gwinnett Braves take on the Syracuse Chiefs in game two of the four-game series on Saturday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Right-hander Omar Poveda (5-4, 3.08) will start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Ryan Tatusko (1-2, 3.08) makes the start for the Chiefs. Listen to the game on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. The game will also be televised on CSS.
Fri: RHP Joe Bisenius (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Yunesky Maya (2-4, 4.81)
Sat: RHP Omar Poveda (5-4, 3.08) vs. RHP Ryan Tatusko (1-2, 3.08)
Sun: RHP Cody Martin (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Danny Rosenbaum (5-3, 3.76)
Game 2: TBA vs. TBA
The Gwinnett Braves finished their latest road trip by taking three of four against the Buffalo Bisons. Despite winning their last three, the Braves went 3-5 on the trip and dropped to last in the South Division. With 67 games left in the regular season, the Braves trail the front-running Durham Bulls (47-27) by 16.5 games in the South Division and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (39-34) by nine games in the Wild Card standings.
With Tyler Pastornicky on the Atlanta Braves roster, the G-Braves will look to Ernesto Mejia and Joey Terdoslavich to lead the offense…Terdoslavich enters the series, hitting .305 (85-for-279) with 15 homers and 50 RBI. He has been a solid contributor all season, leading the International League in total bases (153) and extra-base hits (37). He is also fourth in homers, third in hits (85) and fifth in RBI (50)…Big Ern has been a run producer all year. In 72 games, he has driven in a league-leading 57, while smacking 17 dingers. He is on pace to surpass his totals from last season, as he hit .296 with 24 homers and 92 RBI.
Poveda suffered his fourth loss of the season his last time out. Despite the loss, he is having a great season. He is 5-4 with a 3.08 ERA in 14 starts for the G-Braves. He leads the team in wins, ERA, innings (90.2), WHIP (1.18) and strikeouts (63)… The Gwinnett Braves rank second in the league in saves, but the position has been fluid all season. Eight different players have recorded a save, while Cory Rasmus leads the team with seven.
G-Bites: The Braves took three of four games against Syracuse at the beginning of the season. The Braves outscored the Chiefs, 24-to-15 during the series. Todd Cunnningham and Paul Janish lead the way with six hits each, while Mejia added two homers and seven RBI…
Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse to rehab is ailing wrist. In eight games with the Chiefs, he is hitting .120 (3-for-25) with one RBI. In the last two seasons with the Nats, he has clubbed a combined 39 homers and drove in 122 runs… While Espinosa works back to MLB form, Zach Walters has found his power stroke. The switch-hitting shortstop has clubbed 16 homers this season, passing his previous career-high of 12. He is scorching hot, in his last 10 games, he is hitting a cool .500 (20-for-40) with five homers and 11 RBI…
The pitching staff has been a constant problem for the Chiefs, as they hold the 3rd-worst ERA in the league. The bullpen has fared well, but inconsistency at the top of the rotation has hurt the last place Chiefs. Game three starter Danny Rosenbaum leads the squad in ERA (3.76), wins (5) and innings (79)… Reliever Eric Davis has seen some time in the majors, but has spent most of his time with the Chiefs. In 23 games, he is 1-3 with a 4.05 ERA and leads the team with seven saves.
Right-hander Cody Martin will make his debut for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves tonight, June 18, against the Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY at 7:05 PM. He will take the roster spot of Tyler Pastornicky, who was recently called up by the Atlanta Braves, replacing the injured Evan Gattis.
Martin was a seventh round draft pick in the 2011 First Year Player Draft out of Gonzaga University. During his four-year career with the Bulldogs, he went 16-13 with 3.76 ERA. He recorded 271 strikeouts in 253.2 collegiate innings. His senior season, he dominated the collegiate circuit, posting a 2-1 record and leading NCAA Division 1 baseball with a 0.86 ERA.
After signing with the Braves, the Dos Palos, CA native was assigned to short season Danville. In eight relief appearances, he tossed nine scoreless frames and recorded three saves. He was moved to Low-A Rome during the middle of July. In 14 games with the R-Braves, he went 1-0 with a 1.48 ERA, while recording six saves. His success in the bullpen and command of four pitches, allowed the organization to try him as a starter in 2012. He responded by going 12-7 with a 2.93 ERA in 107.1 innings for High-A Lynchburg. The 12 victories tied for second amongst Braves’ farmhands, while he recorded 123 punch outs for the HillCats.
Cody, the son of former Atlanta Braves pitcher Chuck Martin (1984-1985), has a four pitch repertoire. He relies heavily on a low-90’s fastball with late run and mid 80’s slider. He also throws a curveball and a changeup, which he uses to keep hitters off balance.
He will have his hands full, facing the No.2 offense in all the International League.
|Mon, June 17: RHP Omar Poveda (5-3, 3.01) vs. RHP Todd Redmond (0-2, 10.24)Tue, June 18: TBA vs. RHP David Bush (7-4, 4.23)Wed, June 19: LHP Yohan Flande (3-6, 5.82) vs. LHP Ricky Romero (0-1, 8.22)
Thu, June 20: RHP David Hale (1-3, 5.28) vs. RHP Justin Germano (4-6, 6.22)
The Gwinnett Braves dropped four straight against Rochester during the weekend, falling to last in the division and now own the worst record in the International League.
Tyler Pastornicky has taken over the team lead in batting average, hitting .314 (72-for-229) on the season. He is tenth in the International League in batting average. In 56 games, he has four homers, 24 RBI and a team-high 35 runs… Ernesto Mejia clubbed his team leading 16th homer on Saturday night. He is second in the league behind Bisons’, and former Gwinnett Braves, Mauro Gomez (18). He is also second in the IL with 54 RBI on the season.
Gwinnett Ace Omar Poveda will take the ball in game one. In his last outing, he tossed six scoreless innings against the Columbus Clippers, picking up his fifth win of the season. He is seventh in the league in ERA (3.01), third in WHIP (1.11) and fifth in batting average (.225)… Reliever Wirfin Obispo has been unhittable in his last 11 outings. In 11 relief appearances, he has tossed 14.0 scoreless frames, the longest scoreless streak posted by G-Braves’ reliever this year (Cory Rasmus had a 10.2 innings pitched streak from 4/12-5/11). On the season, he is 1-2 with a 3.71 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 34 innings pitched.
The Braves are off to a slow start in June, going 4-11 in the first half of the month. The team has done well hitting, as they hold a .277 batting average in the month, but the pitching staff has been rocked. Entering tonight’s contest, the staff has posted a 6.42 ERA…
The Bisons enter the series five games back of the first place Pawtucket Red Sox and two games back of the Wild Card leading Norfolk Tides.
The Bisons have one of the best lineups in the entire league, boasting a combined .275 (612-for-2223) batting average and recording a league-best 76 homers… Jim Negrych leads the squad in hitting with a .344 (73-for-212), while clubbing three homers and driving in 29… Luis Jimenez is right on his tail, batting .341 (75-for-220) with 13 homers and 54 RBI. Former G-Brave, Gomez will be a load in the middle of the lineup, as he leads the league with 18 homers.
Buffalo pitching has been their crutch all season, as they hold the worst ERA in the league. They are the only squad in the league that allows more than five runs a game, 5.04 ERA… Former Toronto Blue Jays Ace Ricky Romero will pitch game three of the series. The left-hander has been off his game since last year, but has major league stuff when he locates around the zone. In his last start, he went a season-high six innings, scattering two hits and not allowing a run at Pawtucket.