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Spring Training Report 3.24.15

Possible Gwinnett Braves right-handed starter, and Atlanta Braves starting rotation candidate, Mike Foltynewicz took the mound Tuesday for the Braves against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Foltynewicz recorded four of his first six outs via strikeout, but the Phillies also tagged him for three runs on four hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings. Atlanta rallied to tie the game at three in the seventh inning but ultimately fell 5-3 at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Foltynewicz had been scheduled to start Monday against the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Fla., but the Braves pushed him back a day because of the possibility of rain. He is 0-2 with a 7.06 ERA (6 ER in 7.2 IP) and is tied for second on the club with 10 strikeouts in four Spring Training starts.

Other possible G-Braves pitchers’ stats from Tuesday vs. Philadelphia:

LHP Manny Banuelos, 3.0 IP, 4 H, BB, 2 K.

RHP Arodys Vizcaino (L, 0-2), 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, K.

RHP Cody Martin, 1.0 IP, K.

Infielder Pedro Ciriaco continued his torrid pace offensively with singles in both of his at-bats against the Phillies while playing third base. He scored on a seventh-inning home run by shortstop Andrelton Simmons and stole his first base of Spring Training when he swiped second in the eighth. Ciriaco is 6-for-10 in his last four games, and his 13 hits, overall, are tied for the team lead.

Other potential G-Braves position players stats from Tuesday against the Phillies:

Kelly Johnson (1B), 1-for-2, R.

John Buck (C), 0-for-2.

Todd Cunningham (RF), 0-for-1, K.

Eury Perez (pinch hit), 0-for-1, K.

Wednesday will be the Braves' final off day of Spring Training. The Gwinnett Braves will open their season on at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, April 9. (Photo by Chris Roughgarden)

Wednesday will be the Braves’ final off day of Spring Training. The Gwinnett Braves will open their season on at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, April 9. (Photo by Chris Roughgarden)

The Braves have their final off day of Spring Training on Wednesday. They will resume play with a contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:05 p.m. Thursday in Bradenton, Fla.

-JM

Spring Training Report 3.19.15

Left-handed starter Manny Banuelos and right-hander Cody Martin, a pair who could pitch for the Gwinnett Braves in 2015, combined Thursday to hold the Miami Marlins to one run through five innings.

The strong performances from the two candidates for spots on the Atlanta Braves’ pitching staff allowed the club to build a lead and beat Miami 6-3 at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Banuelos gave up one run on three hits with no walks and a strikeout in two innings. Martin (W, 1-0) came in relief and pitched three scoreless innings with three hits allowed and a walk to go with one strikeout.

Other possible G-Braves pitchers’ stats Thursday vs. Miami:

LHP Donnie Veal (H, 1), 1.0 IP.

RHP Aaron Kurcz (H, 1), 1.0 IP, H, BB, K.

RHP John Cornely (S, 1), 1.0 IP.

The Braves also had 14 different position players receive at least one at-bat. First baseman Joey Terdoslavich, who won the 2014 G-Braves’ “Fan Favorite Player” award, drove in the final run of the game with a double to right-center field in the eighth.

He finished 1-for-2 with a strikeout after replacing first baseman Freddie Freeman in the sixth inning. Terdoslavich ranks second on the team with five doubles and is tied for third with six runs batted in.

Joey Terdoslavich led the 2014 G-Braves with 15 home runs and 61 RBI. (Photo by Chris Roughgarden)

Joey Terdoslavich led the 2014 G-Braves with 15 home runs and 61 RBI. (Photo by Chris Roughgarden)

Other potential G-Braves position players’ stats from Thursday against the Marlins:

Phil Gosselin (SS-3B), 1-for-4, R, K.

Jace Peterson (2B), 1-for-1, R, fielding error in the ninth inning.

Pedro Ciriaco (SS), 0-for-2, K.

Braeden Schlehuber (C), 0-for-1, K.

Todd Cunningham (LF), 0-for-0, HBP.

The Braves and Marlins will face each other again at 7:05 p.m. Friday, but this time the game will be at the Marlins’ home Spring Training complex in Jupiter, Fla.

-JM

Spring Training Report 3.16.15

Possible 2015 Gwinnett Braves catcher John Buck and outfielder Eury Perez provided all of the offense Monday for the Atlanta Braves in a game against the Houston Astros that ended in a 2-2 tie in Kissimmee, Fla. The two teams also played to a 2-2 tie March 8 in Kissimmee.

Buck, a non-roster invitee the Braves (4-9-2) signed to a minor league contract in the offseason, smashed his first home run of Spring Training to lead off the inning and cut Houston’s lead to 2-1.

Perez followed with a double to right field, and the center fielder scored the tying run later in the inning on a single by first baseman Freddie Freeman. Perez also led off the fifth with a double, although he was thrown out trying to steal third base, and started the seventh with a walk. Buck finished the game 1-for-3 with a strikeout.

Other potential G-Braves position players’ stats from Monday:

Jace Peterson (2B), 0-for-4, 2 K.

Kelly Johnson (3B), 0-for-1, BB.

Phil Gosselin (SS), 0-for-1.

Joey Terdoslavich (1B), 0-for-1.

Jesus Flores (C), 0-for-1.

Left fielder Todd Cunningham and second baseman Pedro Ciriaco both entered the game as defensive replacements in the seventh inning but did not receive an at-bat.

A parade of five potential G-Braves relievers pitched the final five innings without giving up a run. Each threw exactly one frame, and four of the five did not allow more than one batter to reach base.

RHP Jose Veras, 1.0 IP, BB, WP.

LHP Donnie Veal, 1.0 IP, BB, K.

RHP Michael Kohn, 1.0 IP, H, BB, K.

RHP Arodys Vizcaino, 1.0 IP, H, K.

RHP Aaron Kurcz, 1.0 IP, H, K.

At the midway point of the Braves’ Grapefruit League schedule, Ciriaco, Peterson and Terdoslavich are tied with Freeman for the team lead in hits with eight. Peterson’s .421 batting average (8-for-19) is also the second-highest on the team among players with a minimum of 10 at-bats, behind only catcher A.J. Pierzynski’s .467 mark (7-for-15).

On the pitching side, right-handers Cody Martin and Sugar Ray Marimon are the only Braves’ hurlers with at least four innings pitched who have yet to allow a run. Fellow righties Kohn (3.1 IP) and Brandon Cunniff (3.0 IP) are also pitchers who could be slated to spend time in Gwinnett and have not given up a run.

The Braves will play their second straight away game when they face the Boston Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday in Fort Myers, Fla.

-JM

Spring Training Report 3.13.15

The Atlanta Braves started two pitchers Friday who are in contention for a spot in the starting rotation but could also be key members of the Gwinnett Braves’ rotation. Neither made it through their respective first innings, however, as Atlanta dropped a pair of split-squad games to the Detroit Tigers and New York Mets.

Right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (L, 0-1) gave up five runs, although four were unearned, on three hits and two walks with one strikeout in 2/3 of an inning of a 12-2 loss to the Tigers at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Left-hander Manny Banuelos (L, 0-2) also allowed five runs (all earned) on three hits and two walks with a strikeout and two wild pitches against the Mets in Port St. Lucie. The Braves ultimately fell to New York 13-2.

One bright spot on the mound was the performance of right-handed starter Cody Martin, who won the 2014 G-Braves’ Most Outstanding Pitcher Award in 2014. Martin held Detroit scoreless through three innings of relief with one hit and one walk allowed, a hit batsman and three strikeouts.

Other possible G-Braves pitchers’ stats vs. Detroit:

RHP Todd Coffey, 0.1 IP, H, BB.

RHP Jose Veras, 1.0 IP, ER, 2 H, BB, HBP, WP.

RHP Aaron Kurcz, 1.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, K.

Potential Gwinnett pitchers’ lines against New York:

RHP Carlos Fisher, 1.1 IP, 4 ER, 3 H, BB, K.

RHP Williams Perez, 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K.

RHP Juan Jaime, 0.1 IP, ER, H, 4 BB, WP.

RHP Arodys Vizcaino, 1.1 IP, ER, H, BB, 3 K.

RHP Brandon Cunniff, 1.0 IP, K.

RHP Jake Brigham, 0.2 IP.

Offensively, potential G-Braves players scored three of the Braves’ four runs Friday combined between the two games. First baseman Joey Terdoslavich and catcher Braeden Schlehuber both entered the game against Detroit as pinch runners and came around to score. Designated hitter Matt Kennelly singled and scored Atlanta’s first run in the fifth inning vs. the Mets as part of his 1-for-3 day.

Potential G-Braves position players’ stats Friday vs. the Tigers:

Terdoslavich (1B), 0-for-1, R.

Schlehuber (C), 0-for-1, R.

Cedric Hunter (RF-CF), 1-for-3, RBI.

Pedro Ciriaco (SS), 0-for-3.

Mycal Jones (DH, pinch hit), 0-for-1, K.

Corban Joseph (3B), 0-for-1.

Barrett Kleinknecht (1B), 0-for-1.

Possible G-Braves position players’ stats Friday vs. the Mets:

Phil Gosselin (SS), 2-for-3, RBI, K.

Jace Peterson (2B), 1-for-3, K.

Todd Cunningham (RF), 0-for-3, K.

John Buck (C), 1-for-2, BB, K.

Eury Perez (LF), 1-for-3.

Jose Peraza (2B), 1-for-2.

Joe Benson (RF), 1-for-1.

Seth Loman (1B), 0-for-1.

Jose Yepez (DH, pinch hit), 0-for-1.

The Braves will remain at Champion Stadium for the weekend. They are scheduled to face the Houston Astros at 6:05 p.m. Saturday and the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. Sunday.

-JM

Spring Training Weekend Wrap-up 3.7-8.15

The Atlanta Braves finished a weekend that included three games in two days with a unique outcome, even for Spring Training.

Nine Braves pitchers combined to no-hit the Houston Astros through 10 innings Sunday in Kissimmee, Fla., including three hurlers who could find themselves on the Gwinnett Braves’ roster in 2015. Houston still pushed across two runs in the seventh when right-hander Mauricio Cabrera walked two and hit a batter to begin the inning before consecutive groundouts gave the Astros a 2-1 lead.

A pair of potential G-Braves tied the game at 2-2 in the eighth. Outfielder Joey Terdoslavich led off the inning with a double and scored three batters later on a sacrifice fly by outfielder Todd Cunningham. The game ended after 10 innings with the scored tied at two.

Potential G-Braves pitchers’ Sunday stats:

RHP Cody Martin, 2.0 IP, 2 BB, 3 K.

RHP Brandon Cunniff (H, 1), 1.0 IP.

LHP Ian Thomas (H, 2), 1.0 IP, 3 BB, K.

Potential G-Braves position players’ Sunday stats:

Terdoslavich (1B), 1-for-2, 2B, R.

Cunningham (RF), 0-for-3, RBI.

Jace Peterson (SS), 2-for-4, R.

Phil Gosselin (2B), 0-for-4.

Cedric Hunter (LF), 0-for-3, BB.

Pedro Ciriaco (3B), 0-for-4, 2 K.

Eury Perez (CF), 2-for-3.

Jose Peraza (2B), 0-for-1.

Yenier Bello (DH, pinch hit), 0-for-0, BB.

Braeden Schlehuber (C), 0-for-0, BB.

The Braves lost a pair of split-squad games Saturday. The New York Mets defeated Atlanta 3-1 in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and the Detroit Tigers topped the Braves 12-6 at Atlanta’s Spring Training home, Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Despite the losses, the Braves got their first look at right-handed pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, who they acquired during the offseason in a trade with the Astros that sent Evan Gattis to Houston.

Foltynewicz gave up a leadoff double to Wilmer Flores in the second followed by a run-scoring single by Michael Conforto that put New York ahead 1-0. Otherwise, Foltynewicz gave up two other hits and walked two with one strikeout in 1 2/3 innings.

Other potential G-Braves pitchers vs. New York:

RHP Aaron Kurcz, 0.1 IP, K.

LHP Manny Banuelos (L, 0-1), 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (ER).

RHP Jose Veras, 1.0 IP, 2 BB, K.

RHP Matt Capps, 1.0 IP, 2 H.

RHP Sugar Ray Marimon, 2.0 IP, H, BB, K.

Possible G-Braves position players vs. New York:

Peraza (SS-2B), 0-for-4, 2 K.

Sean Kazmar (3B), 1-for-1.

Matt Kennelly (C), 0-for-1.

Perez (LF), 1-for-3, R.

Jesus Flores (DH, pinch hit), 0-for-1.

Six players who could suit up for Gwinnett started in the field against Detroit, and potential G-Braves accounted for eight of the team’s nine hits.

Peterson (2B), 0-for-3, BB, 2 K.

Gosselin (3B), 0-for-2, BB.

Terdoslavich (1B), 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 R, K.

Mycal Jones (LF), 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI.

Cunningham (CF), 2-for-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB.

Hunter (RF), 0-for-3, BB.

John Buck (C), 1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI, BB.

Ciriaco (3B), 1-for-2, R.

Schlehuber (C), 0-for-1.

Corban Joseph (DH), 0-for-2, R, K.

Potential G-Braves pitchers vs. Detroit:

RHP Williams Perez, 1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, K.

LHP Donnie Veal, 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, K.

RHP Todd Coffey, 1.0 IP, H, 2 K.

The Braves will travel to Viera, Fla., for a 1:05 p.m. game Monday against the Washington Nationals. Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez will start for Atlanta against fellow lefty Gio Gonzalez of the Nationals.

-JM

Three former G-Braves receive Spring Training non-roster invitations

Cody Martin is an Atlanta Braves' non-roster invitee for the second consecutive season. (Photo by Karl Moore)

Cody Martin is an Atlanta Braves’ non-roster invitee for the second consecutive season. (Photo by Karl Moore)

Right-handed pitcher Cody Martin will have a chance to take his 2014 Gwinnett Braves Most Outstanding Pitcher honors with him to to the Major League side of Spring Training camp when he arrives at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., later this month.

Martin and former G-Braves catchers Jose Yepez and Matt Kennelly are three of 24 players to receive non-roster invitations to Spring Training, the Atlanta Braves announced Tuesday.

Martin, 25, tied fellow right-hander Gus Schlosser for the most wins on the Gwinnett staff with seven, and he led the team with a 3.52 ERA, 26 starts, 13 quality starts, 156.0 innings pitched and 142 strikeouts. He also finished third in the International League in strikeouts, fourth in innings pitched, tied for fourth in starts, fifth among starters with an 8.12 strikeouts-per-9-innings ratio and sixth in ERA.

His premier performance as a G-Brave came on June 25 when he held the Toledo Mud Hens to one run on three hits with two strikeouts in a 7.0-inning, complete-game 7-1 victory at Coolray Field. He is 10-12 with a 3.51 ERA in 40 career appearances, including 37 starts, with Gwinnett, and this will be his second consecutive year as a non-roster invitee for spring training.

Yepez, 33, is the longest-tenured former G-Brave of the group, as he spent the entire past three seasons with Gwinnett. He compiled a .241 batting average with 27 doubles, three home runs and 62 RBIs through 163 games. He threw out 30.8 percent of attempted basestealers in 14 games a year ago, as he battled injuries that sent him to the disabled list three times.

Kennelly, a 26-year-old from Western Australia, spent the 2014 season at Double-A Mississippi after re-signing with the Braves in the previous offseason. Kennelly began the 2013 season with the G-Braves, going 5-for-12 (.417) with a double, a home run and four RBIs in five games before the Braves released him in May. He spent the rest of the year in the Cincinnati Reds’ organization.

Yepez and Kennelly were also non-roster invitees in 2014, as were fellow 2015 invitees Jason Hursh, a right-handed pitcher who was the Braves’ first-round selection (31st overall) in the 2013 June draft and played for Mississippi last year, and catcher Braeden Schlehuber, who also spent the season with the M-Braves.

Atlanta invited nine pitchers overall, including right-handers Michael Kohn, Sugar Ray Marimon and Chien-Ming Wang, as well as lefties Brady Feigl, Wandy Rodriguez, Eric Stults and Donnie Veal.

Those pitchers are accompanied by eight catchers, including Yenier Bello, John Buck, Jesus Flores, Tanner Murphy and Chris O’Dowd.

The Braves also invited infielders Johan Camargo, Daniel Castro, Pedro Ciriaco, Kelly Johnson and Rio Ruiz, as well as outfielders Cedric Hunter and Mallex Smith.

Braves camp opens Feb. 20 when pitchers and catchers report. Full-squad workouts begin Feb. 26, and the team opens its Grapefruit League schedule with a game at 1:05 p.m. March 4 against the New York Mets at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista.

JM

Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (54-67) vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (68-54)

Pitching Probables

Mon: Zach Stewart (5-3, 4.42) vs. LHP Chris Hernandez (4-7, 4.15)

Tue: Cody Martin (6-7, 3.84) vs. Steven Wright (5-2, 2.70)

Wed: Aaron Northcraft (0-6, 6.33) vs. Anthony Ranaudo (13-4, 2.58)

Thu: Kanekoa Texeira (3-3, 4.59) vs. Matt Barnes (5-8, 4.36)

The Gwinnett Braves and the Pawtucket Red Sox meet for the final time in the 2014 season starting on Monday, August 11 at 6:35 PM at Coolray Field. The two squads split the series in Rhode Island during the month of May. Since then, the teams are going in opposite directions as the G-Braves have fallen to last place in the South division, while the Red Sox are closing in a playoff berth for the second straight season.

Joe Leonard (Photo Credit: KarlLMoore)

Joe Leonard (Photo Credit: KarlLMoore)

Pitching: Gwinnett will go with four right-handers for their series against the Red Sox.

Stewart is the only one with experience against the Red Sox this season. On May 29, he tossed 7.1 innings, scattering six hits, allowing three runs with three strikeouts to pick up his third win of the season. Since, Stewart has spent some time on the DL and worked out of the bullpen in his last four appearances. He will make his first start since June 3.

Pawtucket, featuring the second-best staff in the International League with a 3.50 ERA, will look to tame the fourth best offense in the league.

Hurlers Steven Wright and Anthony Ranaudo will look to continue their dominance of IL opponents. Ranaudo has a league-best 13 wins, while his 2.58 ERA ranks third in the league. On May 26, he tossed 6.2 scoreless innings against the G-Braves to collect his fifth win of the season. Ranaudo made his MLB debut on August 1 against the New York Yankees.

Wright joined Pawtucket halfway through the season. In 12 starts for the Red sox, he is 5-2 with a 2.70 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 72.2 innings. He second on the team in ERA, fourth in starts and tied for third in wins. After posting a 4-1 record with a 2.04 ERA in eight starts prior to the All-Star break, Wright has gone 1-1 with a 4.18 ERA in four starts since the mid-summer classic.

Batting: Gwinnett enters the series 13th in homers (70) and 11th in runs scored (497), but fourth in batting average (.268). The Braves have struggled with runners on base, leaving a total of 878 runners behind.

Joe Leonard is on fire. He has hit in six straight games and is batting .526 (10-for-19) with two doubles, one homer and six RBIs during the month of August. The infielder clubbed his first career Triple on August 6 at Charlotte. It was his first homer in over 208 games.

Joining Leonard with a hot bat has been Ozzie Martinez. The middle infielder is hitting .429 (9-for-21) with one double and three RBI in six game during the month of August.

Pawtucket’s offense will be led by Mookie Betts. In 38 games with the Paw Sox, he is batting .325 (50-for-154) with eight doubles, two triples, five homers and 27 RBI. He has nine stolen bases in 13 attempts.

G-Bites: Chasen Shreve has been a great addition to the Gwinnett bullpen. Since being optioned to Gwinnett, the lefty is 0-0 with two saves in four appearances with the G-Braves. He has allowed three hits and has six strikeouts in 4.0 innings.

“Good things come to those who believe, better things come to those who are patient, and the best things come to those who dont give up.”

-JD-

 

Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (48-61) at Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (53-56)

Probables

Tues: Kanekoa Texeira (1-3, 6.00) vs. LHP Nik Turley (1-2, 6.23)

Wed: Gus Schlosser (6-5, 3.58) vs. LHP Matt Tracy (1-3, 3.76)

Thu: LHP Daniel Rodriguez (6-11, 4.67) vs. Bruce Billings (4-5, 4.94)

Cody Martin

Cody Martin

Fri: Cody Martin (6-6, 3.45) vs. Bryan Mitchell (2-1, 2.70)

Gwinnett and SWB meet up for the second time in the last five days. In their latest matchup, the RailRiders swept a four game series from the G-Braves at Coolray Field. The G-Braves enter play with the worst record in the IL and are 10.5 games behind the Durham Bulls in the IL South, while the RailRiders are in fifth in the IL North and are 9.0 games behind the Syracuse Chiefs.

Pitching: The matchup feature boasts the No. 9 and No. 10 ranked pitching staffs in the IL. Gwinnett enters at No. 9 with a combined 4.22 ERA, while SWB ranks tenth with a 4.34 ERA.

Rodriguez has been on fire of late for the G-Braves. In his last two starts, he is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER in 12.0 IP). Rodriguez has not allowed a run in over 12.0 innings.

Schlosser has been solid as well. In five appearances (three starts) during the month of July, the righty is 1-1 with a 2.03 ERA. He hasn’t allowed a run since July 13, spanning over 10.2 innings. He did not face the RailRiders last time around, as he was recalled by the Atlanta Braves.

SWB will counter with two lefties and two righties. Turley struggled against the G-Braves, while Tracy missed them at Coolray Field.

However, Billings and Mitchell were lights out for the RailRiders. Billings went 7.0 innings, scattering six hits and allowing one run in the no decision.

Mitchell was better, going 5.0 scoreless innings to record his first win of the season. The Reidsville, NC native was even sharper in his last start against the Pawtucket Red Sox on July 27, tossing 7.0 innings of scoreless baseball with a season-high six strikeouts. Mitchell hasn’t allowed a run since July 17.

Batting: Gwinnett lost their most consistent hitter on Saturday night as Phil Gosselin was recalled by the Atlanta Braves. The Braves will rely Todd Cunningham and Jose Constanza to lead the offense. Cunningham enters play with a .277 (99-for-357) batting average with 19 doubles, two triples, five homers and 44 RBI. He leads the squad in hits, doubles, triples, RBI and is four in homers and third in runs scored (41).

Constanza has missed parts of the season, but still leads the team in hitting with a .288 (93-for-323) batting average. He has 21 stolen bases and 27 RBI from the leadoff spot.

SWB is led by Jose Pirela since Zoilo Almonte has been called up by the New York Yankees. The slick-fielding infielder is batting .310 (126-for-407) with 15 doubles, five triples, eight homers and 42 RBI. He was selected to the IL All-Star game.

In the four game series against the G-Braves last week, the RailRiders outhit the home squad 44-to-28 and outscored the G-Braves 24-to-6.

G-Bites: Atlanta Braves’ right-hander Shea Simmons was placed on the DL on Tuesday afternoon. Right-hander Juan Jaime will take his place on the activate Atlanta roster.

-Jd-

 

 

Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (37-39) vs. Toledo Mud Hens (37-41)

Pitching Probables

Tue: Aaron Northcraft (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Duane Below (6-1, 3.94)

Wed: Cody Martin (4-6, 3.17) vs. LHP Kyle Lobstein (4-7, 3.62)

Thu: LHP Daniel Rodriguez (4-8, 4.55) vs. Drew VarHagen (3-7, 4.07)

Fri: Yunesky Maya (3-1, 2.39) vs. LHP Robbie Ray (4-3, 3.08)

The Gwinnett Braves and the Toledo Mud Hens open a four game series on Tuesday, June 24 at 6:35 PM at Coolray Field. Both teams enter the series playing right at .500 baseball. Gwinnett is 4-6 in their last ten games, while Toledo is 5-5.

Pitching: Toledo will run three lefties against the Braves this week. Duane Below has the best record, winning a team-high six games and sporting a 3.94 ERA in 14 starts. He is on a three game winning streak, tossing three straight quality starts from June 8 through June 19. In the month of June, he is 3-0 with a 4.21 ERA.

Below has more wins, but Ray is the most promising lefty of the three. Ray was traded along with Steven Lombardozzi and Ian Krol for Doug Fister in the offseason. The lefty has enjoyed his time in the Detroit system, as he was called up on May 6 and made four appearances for the Tigers. He went 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA. With the Mud Hens, Ray is 4-3 with a 3.08 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 52.2 innings. Prior to the start of the season, Ray was ranked the 5th-best prospect in the Washington Nationals organization. He will take the ball in the finale.

The Braves will counter with three right-handers and one southpaw. Aaron Northcraft will make his Triple-A debut on Tuesday night. The right-hander went 7-3 with a 2.88 ERA (21 ER in 65.2 IP) over 13 appearances, 12 starts for the M-Braves. In five starts during the month of May, he went 4-1 with 1.98 ERA (6 ER in 27.1 IP). His success in the first half of the season earned him a Southern League All-Star Game roster spot.

While, Northcraft makes his debut on Tuesday, Maya will hope to continue his recent success on Friday night. Maya has turned six straight quality starts. In the month of June, he is 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA in five starts.

Batting: The G-Braves offense has sputtered during the month of June, batting a combined .254 with 64 runs scored in 22 games. The power has also been in short supply, clubbing seven total homers during the month. Ernesto Mejia, who left the team in early May, still leads the team with eight homers on the season.

With most of the position players around the diamond struggling, the catchers have held it together for the Braves. Christian Bethancourt enters playing batting .314 (22-for-70) with three doubles, one homer and seven RBIs for the Braves, while Steve Lerud is hitting .450 (9-for-20) with two doubles and one triple.

Toledo will counter with Ezequiel Carrera. The outfielder is hitting .305 (73-for-239) with 10 doubles, three triples, three home runs and 25 RBIs. He leads team in hitting, while his 32 stolen bases lead the IL.

 

Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (35-37) vs. Louisville Bats (38-36)

Pitching Probables

Fri: Cody Martin (4-6, 3.42) vs. Brett Marshall (0-2, 16.20)

Sat: LHP Daniel Rodriguez (4-8, 4.83) vs. Chien Ming Wang (7-5, 3.57)

Christian Bethancourt (Chris Roughgarden)

Christian Bethancourt (Chris Roughgarden)

Sun: Gus Schlosser (3-3, 4.84) vs. LHP David Holmberg (0-4, 7.39)

Mon: Yunesky Maya (3-1, 2.22) vs. Josh Smith (8-1, 3.83)

Gwinnett and Louisville start a four-game series on Friday, June 20 at 7:05 PM at Coolray Field. This will be their second meeting of the season, as the Bats took three of four from the G-Braves last week. Both squads are going in opposite directions, as the G-Braves are 3-7 in their last ten, while the Bats are 7-3 in their last ten games. Louisville is two games up on Gwinnett in the Wild Card standings.

Pitching: Louisville enters the series with the worst ERA in the IL, sporting a 4.85 ERA in 74 contests. However, they have some reliable arms that they will turn to in the series. Chien Ming Wang will take the ball in game two of the series. The former New York Yankee hurler is having a great season with the Bats. He is second on the team in wins, starts and ERA, while leading the squad in innings pitched with 88.1. In his last start against the Gwinnett Braves on June 14, the right-hander tossed 7.1 scoreless en route to his seventh win of the season.

He wasn’t alone in twirling a gem against the G-Braves, as Josh Smith went 7.0 innings of two-run baseball to beat the Braves on June 12. Smith enters the series with the team lead in wins and strikeouts (69). He will pitch the finale.

The G-Braves will try to battle the starting rotation in hopes to avoid Jumbo Diaz in the backend of the bullpen. Standing 6-foot, 4-inches tall and weighing 315 pounds, the right-hander is a big load, but is also the most dependable arm in the pen. In 44 games with the Bats in 2013, he went 3-4 with a 1.66 ERA and 13 of 14 in save chances. He has continued his dominance in 2014, going 2-2 with 18 saves in 30 games.

Gwinnett will counter with Martin, Rodriguez, Schlosser and Maya. Maya has been the G-Braves best hurler this season. On June 17, Maya pitched 6.2 scoreless and allowing five hits to extend his active scoreless streak to 15.1 innings dating back to June 7.  He walked two and struck out five in his win over Indianapolis. The right-hander leads the team in ERA and is third in wins.

Batting: Christian Bethancourt and Ozzie Martinez have been the G-Braves most productive hitters in the last ten games. Bethancourt is batting .379 (11-for-29) with one homer and four RBIs in his last seven games, while Martinez is batting .394 (13-for-33) with four runs scored and three RBIs in his last ten games.

While the Braves have scuffled offensively in the last ten games, the Bats offense is taking off. In their last ten games, the Bats have scored 49 runs and hit .297 as a team.

Ruben Gotay and Tucker Barnhart have paced the attack. Gotay is hitting .324 (12-for-37) with one homer and three RBIs over his last ten games, while Barnhart is batting .435 (10-for-23) with two RBIs in his last seven games. Barnhart is 8-for-11 in his last three games.

G-Bites: In the last two days, the Atlanta Braves have recalled Juan Jaime and Ryan Buchter, while the G-Braves added James Hoyt from Mississippi. Hoyt, 27, went 2-2 with a 1.21 ERA (4 ER in 29.2 IP) and six saves in 27 relief appearances for the Mississippi Braves this season. As of his promotion, he led the team in saves, appearances and ERA. Hoyt was signed by the Atlanta Braves organization on November 15, 2012 after spending part of two seasons with three different independent league teams. The Boise, ID native spent his college career at Centenary College (LA).

Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.” – Bob Feller

-JD-

 

 

 

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