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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 Report 3.12.15

A pair of potential 2015 Gwinnett Braves were the only Atlanta players to cross home plate Thursday, as the New York Yankees nipped the Braves 3-2 in Tampa, Fla.

Catcher Braeden Schlehuber pinch ran for catcher Christian Bethancourt in the fifth inning after Bethancourt drilled a one-out double to right field. Center fielder and possible G-Brave Todd Cunningham followed two batters later with a single to right to drive in Schlehuber and tie the game 1-1. Schlehuber grounded out to shortstop in his only at-bat, and Cunningham went 1-for-3, overall.

Infielder Pedro Ciriaco, a potential G-Brave who spent time Thursday at second base and shortstop, then led off the sixth with a base hit and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Alberto Callaspo. Ciriaco finished the game 1-for-3.

Other possible G-Braves players’ stats from Thursday vs. the Yankees:

Joey Terdoslavich (RF-1B), 1-for-3, K.

Cedric Hunter (LF), 0-for-1.

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

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

Two potential Gwinnett pitchers also each threw a scoreless inning of relief. Right-hander Michael Kohn worked around one hit and a hit-by-pitch in the fifth. Fellow righty Sugar Ray Marimon allowed a two-out double in the eighth but also struck out the side.

Atlanta will play a couple of split-squad contests Friday. A portion of the team will play a home game against the Detroit Tigers at 1:05 p.m. at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The rest of the squad will travel to face the New York Mets at 1:10 p.m. in Port St. Lucie.

-JM

Spring Training Report 3.11.15

Potential members of the 2015 Gwinnett Braves supplied four of six hits Wednesday for the Atlanta Braves, which fell to the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Joey Terdoslavich took over at first base for Freddie Freeman in the seventh inning and provided the Braves’ first run of the game the following inning with a one-out single to drive in center fielder Eric Young, Jr. Terdoslavich grounded out in his only other at-bat in the ninth inning to end the game.

Other possible G-Braves position players’ stats from Wednesday vs. St. Louis:

Jace Peterson (SS), 1-for-3, K.

Jesus Flores (C), 2-for-2.

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

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

Braeden Schlehuber (C), 0-for-2.

Mycal Jones (RF), 0-for-1.

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

On the mound, the Braves primarily used pitchers who project to start the regular season in the Major Leagues or at lower Minor League levels.

Possible future Gwinnett players accounted for four outs. Right-hander Aaron Kurcz replaced left-handed starter Alex Wood with two outs in the third and struck out the only batter he faced. Lefty Donnie Veal pitched the eighth and gave up a run on a hit and a walk.

The Braves will play their first night game of the Grapefruit League schedule at 7:05 p.m. Thursday when they travel to face the New York Yankees in Tampa, Fla.

-JM

Spring Training Report 3.10.15

First baseman Freddie Freeman’s three-run, third-inning blast provided all of the Atlanta Braves’ offense Tuesday, and a pair of possible Gwinnett Braves relievers sealed a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Right-hander Jose Veras worked around two hits to post a scoreless eighth inning and earn a hold. Fellow righty Arodys Vizcaino then notched his first save of the spring with a perfect ninth inning. Left-handed pitcher Eric Stults, a candidate for the Braves’ No. 5 starter spot, pitched three innings of relief with one run allowed on four hits with a walk and a strikeout, which also earned him a hold.

Potential G-Braves’ position player stats from Tuesday:

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

Eury Perez (RF), 1-for-2, BB.

Pedro Ciriaco (SS), 1-for-3, K.

Joey Terdoslavich (LF-1B), 0-for-3, K.

Catcher Jose Yepez and second baseman Jace Peterson entered the game as defensive replacements in the eighth inning and did not receive an at-bat.

The Braves will remain at Champion Stadium to play the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday with a pair of lefties set to oppose one another in their second starts of Spring Training. Alex Wood is scheduled to start for the Braves opposite Marco Gonzales of the Cardinals.

-JM

Spring Training Report 3.9.15

A handful of pitchers that could see time with the Gwinnett Braves this season combined Monday to limit the Washington Nationals to a single tally in a 2-1 victory for the Atlanta Braves in Viera, Fla.

Starters competing for the final rotation spot, left-hander Wandy Rodriguez and righty Chien-Ming Wang, each threw three shutout innings, allowing two hits each. Rodriguez (1-0) struck out two batters and earned the victory, while Wang picked up his first hold of the spring after he walked two and struck out one.

Other potential G-Braves pitchers’ stats from Monday:

RHP Michael Kohn (H, 1) 1.0 IP, K.

RHP Jake Brigham (S, 1), 1.0 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 2 K.

Potential G-Braves position players’ stats from Monday:

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

Jose Peraza (2B), 0-for-4.

John Buck (DH), 0-for-4, 3 K.

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

Infielder Sean Kazmar entered the game as a defensive replacement at third base, and outfielder Cedric Hunter entered in left field in the ninth inning. Neither player received an at-bat.

Before the game, the Braves optioned left-handed pitcher Ian Thomas and infielder Elmer Reyes to Gwinnett. They also re-assigned right-handed pitcher Matt Capps, infielder Johan Camargo, and catchers Yenier Bello and Tanner Murphy to Minor League camp. That leaves 60 active players in the Braves’ Major League camp.

The Braves will host the New York Mets for a game at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Right-hander and Opening Day starter Julio Teheran will start on the mound for the Braves. The Mets will send righty Bartolo Colon to the mound.

-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

Spring Training Report 3.5.15

The Atlanta Braves tallied their first Grapefruit League victory of the exhibition season Thursday as they topped the Detroit Tigers 6-4 in Lakeland, Fla.  Several players who could help make up the roster for the 2015 Gwinnett Braves made large contributions.

Infielder Phil Gosselin got the Braves on the scoreboard in the fifth inning with a two-out single up the middle to score 2014 G-Braves teammate Joey Terdoslavich along with John Buck, which put Atlanta ahead 2-1.  Gosselin finished 1-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout while spending time defensively at second base and third base.

Terdoslavich also scored in the sixth on a double by Buck, while potential 2015 G-Braves outfielder Eury Perez walked and stole home as part of a double steal in the ninth to give the Braves their final run of the game.  Terdoslavich, who played left field and first base, was 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.  Perez spent the entire game in center field but did not reach base in any of his other four at-bats.

Potential G-Braves position players:

Pedro Ciriaco, 2B-3B, 0-for-2, K.

Todd Cunningham, RF, 1-for-2, K.

Jesus Flores, C, 0-for-1, K.

Elmer Reyes, 0-for-3, K.

Jose Peraza, pinch ran for Terdoslavich in the ninth.

The Braves also sent six pitchers to the mound, with right-handed starter Julio Teheran the only member of the group guaranteed a spot on Atlanta’s Opening Day roster.

Potential G-Braves pitchers (by order of appearance):

LHP Eric Stults, 2.0 IP, 2 H.

RHP Brandon Cunniff, 1.0 IP, BB, K.

LHP Ian Thomas (H, 1), 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, K.

RHP Jason Hursh (BS, 1; W, 1-0), 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, K.

RHP Sugar Ray Marimon (SV, 1), 1.0 IP, K.

The Braves will return to their home Spring Training complex to face the National League East rival Washington Nationals at 1:05 p.m. Friday at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

-JM

G-Braves Hot Stove: Almonte, Wang and Veal

Chien-Ming Wang went 13-8 with a 4.12 ERA in 28 Triple-A starts in 2014.  (Credit Tommy Viola / Charlotte Knights)

Chien-Ming Wang went 13-8 with a 4.12 ERA in 28 Triple-A starts in 2014. (Photo by: Tommy Viola / Charlotte Knights)

Following a historic front office revamp in October, the Atlanta Braves are preparing for their most important Hot Stove season in recent franchise history.  Here at the G-Blog, we’ll periodically take a look at some of the players that President of Baseball Operations John Hart and the new regime are bringing in, specifically those that will have an impact on the 2015 roster here in Gwinnett.

Yesterday marked Atlanta’s first foray into Major/Minor League free agency this offseason, as the club announced the signing of outfielder Zoilo Almonte to a one-year Major League deal and pitchers Chien-Ming Wang and Donnie Veal to Minor League deals.  While these acquisitions aren’t the most notable the Braves will make this winter, they are proof that Hart and company are committed to building a deeper organization through the addition of established veterans.

Anyone who follows the Gwinnett Braves or the Triple-A International League closely will be familiar with all three players.  Almonte, Wang and Veal all spent significant time in the IL last season, and each played against the G-Braves on more than one occasion.

Almonte, on Atlanta’s 40-man roster, will contend for a spot on the 25-man Major League roster this Spring.  He’s the youngest of the three acquisitions at age 25, and he’s logged brief stints with the New York Yankees in each of the past two seasons. Almonte has never quite settled in at the plate in the big leagues, batting .211 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in 47 career games, but he’s done plenty at the Triple-A level to make him an intriguing prospect.  In 105 games with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders last year, he batted .261 with 18 doubles, 18 home runs and 69 RBIs.  His banner performance of 2014 occurred against Gwinnett at Coolray Field from July 23-24, a game that took two days to complete due to rain.  Almonte went 4-for-6 with three homers and seven RBIs in a 12-4 rout of the G-Braves, launching solo and three-run shots off Kanekoa Texeira and adding another three-run clout off Carlos Fisher.

Almonte is reportedly out of options and would have to clear waivers should the Braves ever want to send him to Gwinnett, so it’s unlikely that he’ll bring his homer show back to Coolray Field in 2015.  That’s not to say his addition won’t have an effect on the G-Braves’ roster.  IL veterans Todd Cunningham and Joey Terdoslavich, also competitors for the Atlanta bench, are now more likely to return to Gwinnett for their third and fourth seasons, respectively.  Cunningham (.287, 8 HR, 58 RBI, 19 SB) and Terdoslavich (.256, 15 HR, 61 RBI) both had productive Triple-A seasons a year ago.

In contrast to Almonte, Wang appears to be specifically signed to help the Gwinnett roster.  The Taiwanese right-hander posted back-to-back 19-win seasons with the New York Yankees in 2006 and 2007, but suffered a career-altering foot injury in 2008 and has since seen his profile transition to Triple-A workhorse.  Since the start of 2011, the 34-year-old has made twice as many starts in the International League (50) as he has in the Major Leagues (22).  Last year, Wang made an IL-best 28 starts with two organizations, going 13-8 with a 4.12 ERA with the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) and the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox).  He struck out just 73 batters over 172.2 innings, but kept the ball on the ground with a 1.78 groundout/flyout ratio and only six homers allowed.

Much like Almonte, Wang had success facing the G-Braves last year.  He went 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA in two starts while with Louisville, then finished 3-0 with a 3.54 ERA in three starts with Charlotte.  He worked at least 6.0 innings in four of his five meetings with Gwinnett, including 7.1 scoreless, nine-hit frames in a win with the Bats on June 14.

If he joins Gwinnett, Wang would be the elder statesman of a starting rotation that could include returnees Cody Martin (7-8, 3.52) and Aaron Northcraft (7-10, 4.70) and Double-A standouts Jason Hursh (11-7, 3.58) and Williams Perez (7-6, 2.91).  Another season of 170-plus innings from Wang would also help keep the bullpen fresh in 2015.

Speaking of the Gwinnett bullpen, that’s where you might find the left-handed Veal come April.  Veal, a second-round pick by the Chicago Cubs back in 2005, has had a taste of the Majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago White Sox.  In 100 total games from 2009 through 2014, he went 3-3 with a 4.87 ERA and one save.  His best year was 2011, when he went 0-0 with a 1.38 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 24 relief outings with the White Sox.  Far more of his time has been spent at the Triple-A level, where he logged 25 games with the Indianapolis Indians from 2009-2011 and 89 games with the Charlotte Knights from 2012-2014.

After going 2-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 17 relief outings for Charlotte in 2013, Veal took a step back in 2014, going 4-5 with a 5.94 ERA in 37 appearances.  Against Gwinnett, he went 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA in three meetings.  Though his recent numbers don’t impress, the 30-year-old southpaw will get a look in Major League camp this Spring.  Should he fail to make the Atlanta roster, he’ll be an asset for a Gwinnett bullpen in flux.  Of last year’s G-Braves relief staff, right-hander Pedro Beato and left-handers Ryan Buchter and Atahualpa Severino are all Minor League free agents.  That trio combined to make 131 appearances for the club last season.

Yesterday’s moves don’t represent a “big splash” at the Major League level, but they are the Atlanta Braves’ first steps toward building better organizational depth — and a better Triple-A club — in 2015.

-DL

Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (15-14) vs. Buffalo Bisons (17-10)

Pitching Probables

Mon: TBA vs. TBA

Tue: TBA vs. Liam Hendriks (4-0, 1.26)

Wed: Cody Martin (2-2, 3.64) vs. LHP Sean Nolin (2-0, 1.55)

Tommy La Stella (KarlLMoore)

Tommy La Stella (KarlLMoore)

Thu: LHP Daniel Rodriguez (3-3, 2.73) vs. LHP Ricky Romero (0-0, 4.86)

The Gwinnett Braves and the Buffalo Bisons open up a four-game set on Monday night. Gwinnett enters the game only four games back of the front-running Durham Bulls in the South Division standings despite losing four straight games. While, the Buffalo Bisons are leading the North Division and are currently on a six-game winning streak.

Pitching: Gwinnett will have their hands full, as they will face No.1 staff in the International League. Entering today, Buffalo leads the league with a 2.91 ERA. They have logged 244.0 innings, striking out 228 and walking 102. Hendriks, who is second in the league in wins and third in ERA, will take the ball in game two. The former Minnesota Twins’ farmhand has been dominant since moving to the rotation. In four turns, he is 3-0 with 1.46 ERA, striking out 23 batters in 24.1 innings.

Nolin, the game three starter, has been just as impressive. The southpaw is 2-0 with a 1.55 ERA in five turns this year. Last season, in 21 starts across three levels, he combined to go 9-5 with a 3.54 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 111.2 innings.

On the other side, Gwinnett enters the contest ranked 11th in ERA. They are the only team in the IL with an ERA over 4.00 and a winning mark.

Martin and Rodriguez have been solid for the G-Braves. Both lost in their last turn of the rotation, but have .500 records and sub-4.00 ERAs.

Despite owning a 3-3 record, Rodriguez has been special all season. The southpaw leads the team in wins, innings (33.0), ERA and is second in strikeouts (31).

Offense: The G-Braves are starting to miss Ernesto Mejia more and more. In the last eight games, the G-Braves have homered once and scored 36 runs, while dropping five of eight.

Joey Terdoslavich has been red hot in the absence of Mejia. He currently has a 14-game hitting streak and leads the team with a .333 (36-for-108) batting average. He has eight doubles, two homer and 10 RBIs on the season.

Despite snapping his 21-game on base streak on Saturday night, Tommy La Stella continues to rake. The lefty is batting .313 (31-for-99) with two doubles and 15 RBIs. He leads the team in RBI and is third in hits.

Buffalo will counter with the IL Batter of the Week, Kevin Pillar. Last week, he led the IL with a .444 batting average, 12 hits and nine RBI, leading Buffalo to a perfect 6-0 record. In 26 games, he is batting .275 (30-for-109) with nine doubles, two triples and 15 RBIs.

In addition to Pillar, the G-Braves will have to deal with Dan Johnson. The former IL MVP, is batting .309 (29-for-94) with a team-leading five homers and 20 RBIs. He has more homers than the whole team combined as he enters play on Monday.

Bison Tracks: Last season, the G-Braves took five of eight from the Bisons, but split the series at Coolray Field.

Quote of the Day: “Every dream you ever have can’t be reached without action.”

-JD-

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (11-14) at Gwinnett Braves (15-10)

Martin (Taylor Botta)

Martin (Taylor Botta)

Probables Pitchers

Thu: Zach Stewart (1-1, 4.98) vs. Sean O’Sullivan (0-2, 3.97)

Fri: Cody Martin (2-1, 2.66) vs. Jonathan Pettibone (1-0, 4.09)

Sat: LHP Daniel Rodriguez (3-2, 2.67) vs. David Buchanan (3-0, 3.45)

Sun: Mitch Atkins (1-3, 5.01) vs. LHP Greg Smith (2-0, 1.82)

The Gwinnett Braves return home after a solid 4-4 road trip, while the Lehigh Valley IronPigs begin their eight-game swing with a four-game set at Coolray Field. Gwinnett enters the game with a one game lead in the Wild Card lead and two games behind the Durham Bulls in the South division. Lehigh Valley is tied for fifth in the North division and is four games behind the front-running Pawtucket Red Sox.

Pitching: Lehigh Valley comes into the contest with a team ERA of 3.80 through 25 games. The duo of Buchanan and Smith has led the IronPigs rotation. Buchanan leads the league with six starts and his tied for second in wins. He has fanned 19 batters in 28.2 innings. He will get the ball in game three.

Smith has been even better. The southpaw is a perfect 2-0 with a 1.82 ERA. He has recorded three quality starts in four attempts. On April 17, he tossed a complete game shutout against the Syracuse Chiefs. He is one three pitchers in the IL to toss a complete game shutout. He has 18 punch outs in 24.2 innings.

Gwinnett will counter with Stewart, Martin, Rodriguez and Atkins.

Martin has been sensational in his last three starts. The righty has gone 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA over his last three. On April 26, he fanned a season-high ten batters at Toledo. In 23.2 innings, he has recorded 33 punch outs. He will get the ball in game two.

Rodriguez will pitch game three. Through five starts, Rodriguez has recorded three wins, tying his mark from 2013. He has been solid, striking out 28 batters in 27.0 innings. He is coming off of his strongest outing of the season on April 27, as he tossed 7.0 scoreless innings at Toledo.

Batting: The Braves have had to live life without Ernesto Mejia since being released on Saturday to pursue other opportunities. In his absence, Joey Terdoslavich has carried the load. The switch-hitting outfielder has been on a tear of late, recording a hit in his last ten games. On Monday morning, the IL named him the Batter of the Week after posting a .500 average with one homer and three RBIs from 4/21-4/27. On the season, he is batting .330 (30-for-91) with two homers and 10 RBIs.

Tommy La Stella continues to impress in his first season of Triple-A ball. The infielder is hitting .310 (27-for-87) with two doubles and 15 RBIs. He leads the team in RBIs. In 99 plate appearances, the lefty has fanned six times.

Lehigh Valley is off to a slow start at the plate, posting a team batting average of .235 through 25 games. Highly-touted prospect Maikel Franco is having a nightmarish start to the season. The third baseman is hitting .172 (15-for-87) with one homer and seven RBIs. The No.1 prospect in the Phillies organization according to Baseball America has fanned 18 times and has committed two errors on the field.

Bacon Bites: Former G-Braves manager Dave Brundage returns to Coolray Field for the second time in his career as an opposing manager. Last season he took three of four from Gwinnett.

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