Gwinnett Braves (44-59) vs. Durham Bulls (65-38)

Flande(Moore)

Flande(Moore)

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.

-Jd-

Gwinnett Braves (42-57) vs. Indianapolis Indians (61-39)

Wood (Lofton)

Wood (Lofton)

Last night, Alex Wood made his Triple-A debut. His first start for the G-Braves was impressive, hurling five innings, scattering three hits, allowing one run and striking out five. He had control problems, issuing two walks, plunking two batters and tossing three wild pitches, but was able to limit the damage to pick up his first career Triple-A victory.

After an impressive start with the Double-A Mississippi Braves, Wood skipped right over Gwinnett. He made 16 appearances (one start), tossing 22 innings, while allowing six runs on 16 hits for the Atlanta Braves.  He pitched well for the big club, but the Braves want him to get more work as a starter and sent him down to Gwinnett.

Wood took his demotion in stride, winning his first start for the G-Braves and becoming one of six players to make their big league debut before playing in a Triple-A game with Gwinnett.  The other five players include catchers Evan Gattis and Brian McCann, outfielder Jordan Schafer, and pitchers Kenshin Kawakami and Cristhian Martinez. Gattis and McCann both played their first Triple-A games in rehab assignments, while the otehrs made brief stops in Gwinnett before returning to the big leagues.

On the Bump: Speaking of the Major Leagues, Brandon Beachy will make another rehab start for the Gwinnett Braves tonight at 7:05 PM. In his last start, the right-hander went four innings, allowing one run on four hits as he took the loss against the Durham Bulls. In five rehab starts for the G-Braves, Beachy is 0-3 with a 3.79 ERA.

Indians Starter: Stolmy Pimentel will face Beachy. The 6-foot, 3-inch hurler is 2-1 with a 2.77 ERA in six starts for the Indians. He was dominant in his last start, pitching eight innings of scoreless ball. He allowed two hits, while striking out five at Louisville.

Scouting Report: Pimentel features four pitches: four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, 12-6 bender and a changeup. His fastball sits in the low-90’s and has the ability to hit the high-90’s, while his curveball has a high-arc and great bend, sitting in the 70’s. He has not found great success with his changeup, as he continues to work through and learn the pitch, but it can be deceptive at 10-15mph lower than his fastball speed… Beachy also throws four pitches. He throws a low-90’s fastball, curveball, slider and changeup. His slider is his primary out pitch, but works off his fastball as he throws it over 60% of the time.

-Jd-

Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (41-57) vs. Indianapolis Indians (61-38)

Poveda (Moore)

Poveda (Moore)

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…

Indianapolis Indians

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…

Triple-A Homerun Derby

Mejia (Cooper)

Mejia (Cooper)

Ernesto Mejia has been named one of six participants to the 2013 IGT Triple-A All-Star Homerun Derby. The field was announced Tuesday afternoon, which includes Brock Peterson, Johnny Monell, and Matt Davidson of the Pacific Coast League and Chris Colabello, Mauro Gomez of the International League.

Mejia is the second G-Brave to be selected for the Home Run Derby. In 2011, Stefan Gartrell won the derby after hitting 16 dingers in Salt Lake City, UT. He was outclassed by high-schooler, 17-year-old Kayden Porter from nearby Spanish Fork (Utah) High. Using a metal bat, Porter hit 18 homers in three rounds, including five in the final round, to steal the crowd and the post-derby attention from Gartrell.

Both players squared off in the finals, but Gartrell prevailed by clubbing seven homers.

Mejia will have his chance to bring back the crown to Gwinnett on Monday night as the Derby is scheduled to start at 10:00PM EDT. In last night’s contest, in his first game back since tweaking his hamstring, Mejia slugged his team-leading 22nd homer of the year in the eighth inning.

Mejia and the G-Braves will take the field tonight, Wednesday, July 10 at 6:05 PM. Cody Martin (2-1) will take the ball for Gwinnett. Martin dropped his last start, giving up five hits and one run in 5.0 innings. He will look to get back on the win column against the Tides.  In his only career start against the Tides, he went 7.0 innings, scattering three hits and allowing two earned runs.

Brandon Beachy vs. Jair Jurrjens

Beachy (Moore)

Beachy (Moore)

Often times, in a game that involves so much turnover, it’s common to see former teammates square off. On Tuesday night at 6:05 PM at Coolray Field, Atlanta Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy will make his fourth rehab start with the Gwinnett Braves against former Brave and now Norfolk Tides hurler, Jair Jurrjens. This will be the first time that both pitchers will meet in a head-to-head matchup.

In 2011, Jurrjens stared for the Atlanta Braves, posting a 12-3 record with a 1.87 ERA in the first half of the season. He led the league in wins and was second in ERA, as he headed to his first career All-Star game. His fast-paced start was eventually slowed by injuries, finishing the season 1-3 with a 5.88 ERA.

The right-hander ended the season, with a solid 13-6 record with a 2.96 ERA. However, is downward slide gave a pitcher like Beachy an opportunity to take his roster spot. While in 2011, both were rotation mates, it didn’t take long for Beachy to surpass Jurrjens on the Braves depth chart. In the second half of the 2011 campaign, the Kokomo, IN native went 4-2 with a 4.12 ERA, while striking out 91 in 74.1 innings.

Beachy carried over his success to the next season. In 13 games in 2012, he was tied for the Major League lead with a 1.98 ERA and led the Majors with a .171 opponent batting average prior to suffering a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on June 16.

 In light of the injury, Jurrjens had an opportunity to regain his spot in the Atlanta Braves’ rotation, but he went 3-2 with a 5.63 ERA in his seven games after Beachy’s injury. Jurrjens would scuffle through Triple-A Gwinnett and Atlanta the rest of the way, going a combined 7-10 with a 5.74 ERA. At the end of the season, the Braves organization didn’t not pickup Jurrjens’ option and their once promising young star was let go.

While, Beachy is working his way through rehab, Jurrjens is trying to regain the form that earned him an All-Star Game invitation in 2011. In 15 starts with the Norfolk Tides, affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, he is 5-6 with 4.38 ERA. He has made two MLB starts, but was roughed up to the tune of an 0-0 record with a 4.91 ERA.

 -JD-

Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (38-53) vs. Norfolk Tides (48-42)

Bisenius (Karl Moore)

Bisenius (Karl Moore)

Mon, July 8: RHP Joe Bisenius (2-1, 5.87) vs. LHP Jake Pettit (3-1, 2.37)
Tue, July 9: TBA vs. RHP Jair Jurrjens (5-6, 4.38)
Wed, July 10: RHP Cody Martin (2-1, 1.38) vs. TBA
Thu, July 11: RHP Kameron Loe (3-2, 2.97) vs. LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (2-4, 5.14)

The Gwinnett Braves are off to a slow start in their current homestand, dropping three of their first four games. Despite holding the No.1 offense in the International League, the Durham Bulls, to one run during their two-game series, the G-Braves only came away with one victory.

Batters: With Ernesto Mejia sidelined with a sore hamstring, the G-Braves have had to rely on others to take care of the offensive load… However, the Braves have scored five runs in their last five games, while being shut out three times… Luis Nunez has been the best hitter during that span, hitting .267 (4-for-15) with one run… Sean Kazmar and Jose Yepez have driven in two apiece during that span…

Pitchers: After getting routed 13-0 on Wednesday night at Norfolk, the pitching staff has been sharp during their current homestand. They have allowed nine runs, eight earned in 36 innings, while scattering 31 hits… Kameron Loe is the only pitcher to collect a victory during this homestand. On 7/7, he tossed five innings of scoreless ball, scattering three hits and striking out two. His night was washed away, as a 51-minute rain delay impeded his chances from returning to the game… Mark Lamm made his Triple-A debut on Saturday, recording two innings of shutout ball and picking up a hold…

G-Bites: Since being optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday, Cory Gearrin has not appeared in a game.

Norfolk Tides lead the Wild Card race, ahead of the streaking Rochester Red Wings (47-45), by 2.0 games and sit 7.5 games behind the front-running Durham Bulls (56-35) in the South Division.

Batters: Jason Pridie is having a great season, hitting .300 (91-for-303) with 21 doubles, three triples, 11 homers and 43 RBI. He has tormented G-Braves’ pitching, hitting .326 (14-for-43) with four doubles, one triple, one homer and nine RBI…L.J. Hoes has been even better, the fleet-footed outfielder is batting .353 (12-for-34) with one double, one homer and six RBI against Gwinnett in 2013.

Pitchers: Triple-A All Star and former G-Brave, Jairo Asencio is having a fantastic season in 2013. In 33 games, he is 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA, converting 19 of 24 save opportunities. In five games against the G-Braves this season, he is 0-0 with four saves, while striking out six and allowing one run… Game two will feature former G-Brave and Atlanta Braves hurler, Jair Jurrjens. Jurrjens has made a few starts for the Baltimore Orioles, but has spent most of the season with the Tides. In 15 starts, he is 5-6 with a 4.38 ERA.

Off-Shore: The Tides have dominated the G-Braves in 2013, posting an 8-2 record against their South Division foes.

-Jd-

Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (37-52) vs. Durham Bulls (55-34)

Loe (Cooper)

Loe (Cooper)

Sat: RHP Kameron Loe (2-2, 3.49) vs. LHP Mike Montgomery (4-2, 3.60)

Sun: RHP David Hale (3-3, 3.75) vs. RHP Merrill Kelly (2-0, 2.63)

The Gwinnett Braves dropped their third straight game Friday night, falling to Charlotte 2-0. With the loss, they have dropped 15 games under .500 and 18 games back of the first place Durham Bulls.

Batters: With the promotion of Joey Terdoslavich on Thursday afternoon, the G-Braves have struggled scoring runs and picking up hits. In the two game series against Charlotte, Gwinnett scored three runs on ten hits, one extra-base hit and was shutout for the second time in three days… Luis Nunez is swinging the hottest bat for the Braves. With a fourth inning single Friday night, he extended his hitting streak to nine games. Nunez recorded a career high 10-game hitting streak last season with the Chattanooga Lookouts from 5/8 through 5/19. On the season, he is hitting .333 (18-for-54) with two homers and seven RBI.

Pitchers: In need of starting pitching, Kameron Loe went from late inning reliever to one of Gwinnett’s starting five. The right-hander has fared well in his two starts, allowing three runs, one earned on seven hits in 9.0 innings. He will take the ball in the opener, while David Hale will take the mound in the finale. The former Princeton Tiger, has been on a good run of late. In his last four starts, he has tossed 23 innings, allowing three runs, yielding 21 hits, while striking out 17 in route to two wins. Since his ERA reached a season-high 6.12 on 6/10, the righty has almost cut it in half with his last four starts. On 7/1, he went seven shutout innings against Norfolk, collecting his third win of the season.

G-Bites: With a pinch-hit single in the ninth inning against reliever Jonathan Papelbon, Terdoslavich recorded his first MLB hit in a 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies Friday night.

Durham enters the series with the second best record in the International League and 7.5 games lead on the Norfolk Tides in the South Division. The Bulls have been impressive at home with a 32-14 record, but have struggled on the road, posting a 23-20 mark. This will be their first trip to Coolray Field in 2013. They swept a three-game series from Gwinnett at the beginning of the season in Durham.

Batters:  Triple-A All star Vince Belnome leads the Bulls attack. The infielder enters the series, hitting .343 (94-for-274) with 25 doubles, two triples, six homers and 50 RBI. He is second in the IL in batting average, while coming in first in on base percentage (.442)… Leslie Anderson will provide the thump in the middle of the order. The outfielder is hitting .328 (89-for-271) with 20 doubles and a team-leading 11 homers. In the three game set in April, Anderson hit .571 (4-for-7) with two homers and four RBI against the Braves…

Pitchers: When the Tampa Bay Rays made their blockbuster trade in the offseason, lefty Mike Montgomery was lost in the shuffle… The former No.1 prospect in the Kansas City organization at the beginning of the 2012 season, struggled through two Triple-A seasons and was demoted in the middle of the 2012 campaign. The left-hander’s stock was falling fast, but he seems to have found his groove in 2013. In nine games (8 starts), he is 4-2 with a 3.60 ERA. He still has trouble with walks, posting 21 in 50 innings. He will pitch in the opener.

Bull Headed: The Bulls are 43-1 when leading after eight innings . One of the main reasons has been the two headed monster out of the pen. Kirby Yates and Josh Lueke have been nearly unhittable. Yates is 3-1 with a 1.11 ERA and has converted nine of ten save opportunities, while Lueke is 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA and has converted 10 of 11 saves chances.

-Jd-

Cory Gearrin Optioned to Gwinnett

Ayala (Roughgarden)

Ayala (Roughgarden)

The Atlanta Braves have optioned right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin to Triple-A Gwinnett, effective Friday, July 5. Right-hander Luis Ayala will take his place on the 25-man Major League roster as he has completed his rehab stint with Gwinnett. To make room for Gearrin on the G-Braves’ roster, the Braves have announced that left-hander Cole McCurry has been released.

The 27-year old Gearrin had been with the Atlanta Braves the entire season prior to being optioned to Gwinnett on Friday. In 37 appearances with the Braves, the right-hander was 2-1 with a 3.77 ERA (13 ER in 31.0 IP). He recorded his first career Major League save on May 20 vs. Minnesota. Despite strong outings early in the year, Gearrin had appeared in just seven games since the end of May, going 0-0 with a 12.00 ERA (8 ER in 6.0 IP) in that span.

The Chattanooga, TN native will return to Gwinnett for his fourth career stint with the club. From 2010 through 2012, Gearrin was one of the top workhorses out of the G-Braves’ bullpen. He appeared in 126 games, posting a 10-9 record with a 2.63 ERA (54 ER in 185.0 IP) and 13 saves in 16 chances. Gearrin was named to the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game after going 3-1 with a 1.25 ERA and seven saves in 28 games prior to the break. Following the season, he was named Gwinnett’s Pitcher of the Year by the Atlanta Braves.

Gearrin is in his seventh professional season with the Atlanta Braves organization. He was originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft out Mercer University (Macon, GA).

Replacing Gearrin on Atlanta’s 25-man roster will be Ayala, who will return to the Major Leagues for the second time this year. The right-hander had been on the Braves’ disabled list since April 30 with anxiety disorder and had made 11 minor league rehab appearances between Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett. With Gwinnett, he went 0-1 with a 6.48 ERA (6 ER in 8.1 IP) in eight outings. Before being placed on the disabled list, Ayala was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five games with Atlanta.

McCurry went 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA (21 ER in 33.0 IP) and two saves in 20 relief appearances with Gwinnett this season. He also pitched with Double-A Mississippi, going 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA (3 ER in 8.0 IP) in four games, one start.

The Gwinnett Braves return to action on Friday night at 7:05 PM against the Charlotte Knights. Right-hander

Cody Martin (2-0, 1.29) will start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Jason Berken (6-8, 3.95) will counter for the Knights.

Knights Double up G-Braves, 6-3

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The Gwinnett Braves (37-51) took a 2-1 lead into the sixth inning, but a three-run Charlotte frame turned the game around as the Knights (39-49) came back for a 6-3 win on Thursday night at Coolray Field. Gwinnett pitchers allowed eight walks, including four free passes in the sixth inning.

The Gwinnett offense, shut out in a 13-0 loss on Wednesday at Norfolk, was also limited on Thursday night. The G-Braves collected six hits and went just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

The Knights got on the board early, playing a little small ball to manufacture their first run. Jim Gallagher walked to start the third inning and moved to second on a single by Steve Tolleson. Both runners advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Carlos Sanchez. Gallagher scored on a sacrifice fly by Lars Anderson, making it 1-0 Charlotte.

The G-Braves took the lead in the bottom half of the third. Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases with one out for Jose Yepez. The backstop jumped on the first pitch from Charlotte left-hander Charlie Leesman, lacing a single off of the diving second baseman Sanchez to give Gwinnett a 2-1 lead.

As a result of a 61-minute rain delay and high pitch counts, both teams’ starting pitchers exited after just four innings. Right-hander Omar Poveda tossed 4.0 innings, scattering four hits and allowing one run, while Leesman went 4.0 innings with two runs on four hits. 

In the sixth, the Knights took advantage of shaky relief to bat around and score three runs. Charlotte loaded the bases on back-to-back singles by Tyler Greene and Bryan Anderson off of Juan Cedeno, putting runners on first and second with one out. The Knights would tie it up as Cedeno walked the next two batters, allowing a run to cross the plate. Wirfin Obispo replaced Cedeno and didn’t fare any better as he walked the leadoff man, giving the Knights a 3-2 lead. Obispo would allow another run to score on a groundout, but got out of further damage with a strikeout and fly out to end the frame.

The G-Braves inched closer in the bottom of the sixth. Luis Nunez tripled and scored on an RBI groundout by Joe Leonard, cutting the deficit to 4-3.

However, the Knights answered by scoring two more runs in the top of the eighth inning on a two-run single by Andy Wilkins, extending the lead to 6-3. Both runs were earned by left-hander Ryan Buchter.

Jake Petricka (W, 1-0) picked up the victory in his Triple-A debut for Charlotte, firing 2.0 innings of one-run baseball. He allowed one hit and struck out three. Donnie Veal (S, 2) struck out the side in the ninth to pick up the save. 

Cedeno (L, 0-2) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on three hits over 1.0 inning.

Nunez led the G-Braves’ offense, going 3-for-4 with a run scored to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Yepez went 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

Wilkins paced the Charlotte attack, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Gwinnett Braves return to action on Friday night at 7:05 PM against the Charlotte Knights. Right-hander Cody Martin (2-0, 1.29) will start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Jason Berken (6-8, 3.95) will counter for the Knights. The game will be broadcast on radio on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. The game will also be televised on CSS.

Friday night is “Beach Party Night” at Coolray Field, sponsored by 12Stone Church. Wear your favorite beach attire to the ballpark, and watch the Gwinnett Braves as they don Pirate-themed jerseys for the game! All jerseys will be available for bid via auction, with the proceeds benefitting Right to Hike, Inc., a charity for hiking safety. Fans will also have the opportunity to win tickets to the Kenny Chesney No Shoes Nation Tour on Zach Brown’s Southern Ground at the Georgia Dome on Saturday, August 5! Stay after the game for a special screening of “American Made Movie,” a documentary about U.S. manufacturing presented by Life is My Movie Entertainment. For tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com.

-Jd-

Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (37-50) vs. Charlotte Knights (38-49)

Thu: RHP Omar Poveda (5-5, 3.42) vs LHP Charlie Leesman (1-1, 3.55)

Fri: RHP Cody Martin (2-0, 1.29) vs. RHP Jason Berken (6-8, 3.95)

Martin (Moore)

Martin (Moore)

The Gwinnett Braves finished their mini-road trip, dropping three of four to the Norfolk Tides (46-40). With the losses, the Braves have fallen 9.5 back in the Wild Card standings and to fourth place in the South division.

Batters- The recent promotion of Joey Terdoslavich (.318/18 HR/ 58 RBI) leaves a big void in the middle of the lineup. .. Ernesto Mejia will carry the load. The first baseman was recently named to his second consecutive Triple-A All Star game. On the season, he is hitting .249 (73-for-293) with 21 homers and 62 RBI. He leads the squad in both categories, while coming in second in the International League in both home runs and RBI… Brandon Boggs has cooled off of late, but the switch hitter has been solid since joining the G-Braves. In 47 games, he is batting .277 (43-for-155) with five dingers and 17 RBI.

Pitchers- The Braves will throw two of their best this weekend against the Knights. In game one, Omar Poveda will take the ball looking for his team-leading sixth win of the season. The right hander is 5-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 16 starts for the G-Braves… Cody Martin will take the ball in game two for the Braves. Since being called up from Double-A Mississippi three weeks ago, the righty is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA, delivering three quality starts for Gwinnett.

Charlotte Knights

The Knights have rebounded from a poor 7-21 start and are now third in the South Division and only 8.5 games back of the Wild Card leading Tides. However, they have not fared well against the Braves, posting a 2-8 mark against Gwinnett.

Batters- Recently named Triple-A All-Star Josh Phegley leads the Knight attack. The backstop is hitting .316 (73-for-231) with 18 doubles, 15 homers and 41 RBI. He has been just as good against the Braves in 2013, hitting .345 (10-for-29) with two doubles, two homers and three RBI in eight games… Blake Tekotte is swinging a hot bat of late. In his last 10 games, he is batting .389 (14-for-36) with one homer and seven RBI.

Pitchers- Charlie Leesman would have been a late September call up last season, but a knee injury in the IL Playoffs sidelined the southpaw. He missed part of this season, but has been great since returning. In seven starts, he is 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA. He features four quality pitches, relying on his fastball and changeup… Game two starter Jason Berken will try to reverse his luck against the G-Braves. In his lone start against Gwinnett, he was roughed up for six runs on ten hits in 4.1 innings. On the season, he is 6-8 with a 3.95 ERA in 16 starts for the Knights.

-Jd-

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