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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-

 

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.

IL Preview: Pawtucket Red Sox

Like the Boston Red Sox, the Pawtucket Red Sox enjoyed a successful 2013 campaign. However, they fell one series short of becoming International League Champions. Pawtucket won the North Division after posting an 80-63 mark, they also defeated the Rochester Red Wings in a five game series to advance to the Governor’s Cup. But, they eventually ran short as the Durham Bulls clipped them in the IL Championship series.

The Paw Sox were lead in 2013 by IL All-Stars hurlers Rubby De La Rosa and Anthony Carter. Carter finished the season second in the IL in saves, while De La Rosa went 3-3 with a 4.26 ERA.

This season, the Paw Sox will gun for another championship with a star-studded roster, full of top-notch prospects and salty veterans.

Pitching: De La Rosa and Carter will likely spend most of their time at the big league level, but it will open up spots for the three-headed monster of Allen Webster, Matt Barnes and Anthony Ranaudo. Webster comes in with the most experience, having made 21 starts at the Triple-A level. He went 8-4 with a 3.60 ERA. The former Los Angeles Dodgers’ farmhand was a part of the monster trade that saw the Red Sox swap Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto and Josh Beckett to the Dodgers in 2012.

He will be backed in the rotation by two former first rounder’s’ in Barnes and Ranuado. Barnes made one start at the Triple-A level (5IP, 0ER) after a rocky season with Portland of the Eastern League (5-10, 4.33 ERA), but he features a mid-90’s fastball and a devastating changeup. With 275 punch outs in 233 minor league frames, Barnes has huge upside for the Paw Sox.

Ranaudo doesn’t come with the strikeout ratio of Barnes, but the right-hander posted solid marks for Triple-A Pawtucket. In six appearances, he went 3-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 30 IP. Before he joined the Paw Sox roster, he went 8-4 with a 2.95 ERA in 19 starts for Portland. He was rewarded with an Eastern League All-Star team selection and an appearance in the Futures Game, representing Team USA in New York.

Infield: The key to any strong infield is the receiver. The Paw Sox will have top catching prospect Christian Vasquez calling the games behind the dish. The Puerto Rico native, dominated the Eastern League in 2013, batting .289 (99-for-342) with 19 doubles, one triple, five homers and 48 RBI.  Prospects around the game are raving about the 23-year old catcher, calling him a “game-changer.” Although, he posted huge numbers at the plate in 2013, defense is his calling card, routinely recording pop times between 1.7 and 1.8.

He will be joined around the infield by another top-tier prospect in Garin Cecchini. The Lake Charles, LA native is coming off a career year, hitting .296 (71-for-240) with 14 doubles, three triples, two homers and 28 RBIs.  He will command the hot corner, although they may try and move him around with Will Middlebrooks potentially blocking him from getting to the Major Leagues.

Outfield: Jackie Bradley Jr. will likely lead the outfield. The No. 3 prospect in the Boston system according to Baseball America is returning to Pawtucket for the second straight season. Last season, he hit .275 (88-for-320) with 26 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs and 35 RBI. He is knocking on the door, but struggles at the big league level will have him in Pawtucket for the start of the 2014 season. Along with Bradley Jr. will be Bryce Brentz manning one of the corner positions. Brentz will return to Pawtucket for the second straight season after hitting .264 (86-for-326) with 16 doubles, one triples, 17 homers and 56 RBis in 82 games. He enters the season as the No.16 prospect in the Red Sox organization according to Baseball America.

Schedule: The Braves will travel to Pawtucket on May 26 through 29, while the Paw Sox come to Coolray Field on August 11 through 14.

Projected Depth Chart:

Pawtucket

Boston STRONG, G-Braves baseball

Tuesday is “Boston Strong Night” at Coolray Field, as every ticket sold via the online link gwinnettbraves.com/boston using the promo code STRONG, $5 will be donated to OneFundBoston.org, benefitting the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy. Atlanta Falcons and former Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan, former Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison and former Boston Celtics guard Dee Brown will all be guests of the G-Braves as they throw out ceremonial first pitches.

In honor of Boston STRONG night at Coolray Field we will center today’s blog on fun facts about the Boston Braves. The team became known as the Boston Braves in 1912 after going through various names in a five year span. The name would stick until the Braves moved to Milwaukee in 1953.

From Last to First- In 1914, the Braves had one of the most memorable seasons to date. After starting the season 4-18 and entering July 4th with the worst record in the league (26-40), the Braves reeled off 43 wins in 56 tries to finish first in the league. They are the only team to win a pennant after being in last place on the Fourth of July. They won the World Series despite being heavy underdogs against the Philadelphia A’s, sweeping them and being the first team in modern history to sweep a World Series.

Fenway Park- The monumental park has been the Boston Red Sox’s home park since it broke ground in 1912… However, to accommodate for the excess crowds during their historic run in 1914, the Boston Braves used the park to field their last games and the World Series.

The Babe Returns to Boston- After being dealt away by the Boston Red Sox, Babe Ruth was purchased by Emil Fuchs in 1935, becoming player, Assistant Manager and Vice President of the Boston Braves. With his skills diminishing, Ruth wanted a way to transition to a career in baseball once his playing career was over. Fuchs wanted to sell more tickets, so the move was great on paper for both, and Ruth was acquired from the New York Yankees. The move did not pan out, as Ruth retired on June 1–only six days after he hit the last three home runs of his career. It remains one of the most memorable afternoons in baseball history. The Braves finished the season 38-115 in 1935.

Dynamic Duo- Dealing with poor seasons for decades, the Braves were revived in the late 40’s behind the brilliant duo of Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain. In 1948, the hurlers won a combined 39 games and lead the Braves to a World Series appearance. They lost in six games to the Indians.

Milwaukee- The World Series appearance would be the last hurrah in Boston, as their fate change again. Amid four more mediocre seasons, on March 13, 1953, owner Lou Perini, announced he was moving the team to Milwaukee, where the Braves had their top farm club, the Brewers.

Notable Boston Braves
Earl Averill
Dave Bancroft
Dan Brouthers
John Clarkson*
Jimmy Collins
Hugh Duffy*
Johnny Evers
Burleigh Grimes
Billy Hamilton
Billy Herman
Rogers Hornsby
Joe Kelley
King Kelly
Ernie Lombardi
Rabbit Maranville
Rube Marquard
Tommy McCarthy
Bill McKechnie
Joe Medwick
Kid Nichols*
Jim O’Rourke
Charley Radbourn
Babe Ruth
Frank Selee**
Al Simmons
George Sisler
Casey Stengel
Ed Walsh
Lloyd Waner
Paul Waner
Deacon White
Vic Willis**
George Wright
Harry Wright
Cy Young

The G-Braves take the field tonight, as Daniel Rodriguez (1-2, 7.48) will take the ball against Alfredo Aceves (1-0, 0.00) at 6:05 PM. Braves will try and stop their nine game skid.

-JD-

Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (12-19) vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (17-13)

Mon: Omar Poveda (2-1, 1.93) vs. Rubby De La Rosa (0-0, 7.11 ERA)
Tue: Daniel Rodriguez (1-2, 7.48 ERA) vs. Alfredo Aceves (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Wed: Sean Gilmartin (2-1, 2.70 ERA) vs. Allen Webster (1-0, 2.70 ERA)
Thu: Yohan Flande (1-2, 4.97 ERA) vs. Terry Doyle (2-2, 3.03 ERA)

Gwinnett- The G-Braves are currently on an eight-game losing streak. Their slide has dropped them to third in the division and a whopping 8.5 games back in the South standings. After getting back to 12-11, the Braves have been swept by the Indianapolis Indians (21-10) and Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (17-11)in the last week.

Hitting- Joey Terdoslavich continues to hit. The outfielder is ninth in the IL in batting average (.333), T-1st in hits (41), 1st in doubles (13), 1st in extra-base hits (19) and 1st in total bases (71). He has amassed multi-hit games in 12 of his last 20… Jose Constanza has been missing in action. Since extending his hit streak to 11 games on 4/28, the outfielder has not appeared in a contest…

Pitching- Poveda will take the ball in game one. In five starts, the right-hander is 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA. He is 5th in the IL in ERA, 3rd in WHIP (0.80) and 1st in batting average against (.136)… Rodriguez suffered a setback last time out, as he was roughed up for seven runs (6 ER) in 3 IP. Prior to the start, he tossed 14.1 scoreless frames. He gets the nod in Game 2… Gilmartin suffered his first loss of the season last time out, but he carried a no-hitter through the first six innings. He will pitch on Wednesday… Flande will toss the finale. The left-hander has moved from bullpen-to-starter well, posting a 1-2 record with a 4.19 ERA in four starts.

G-Bites- Infielder Tyler Pastornicky is set to return to the G-Braves lineup tonight, as he was optioned by the Braves last night.

Pawtucket

Hitting- The Pawtuket attack is led by Jackie Bradley Jr. After struggling in the MLB, Bradley Jr. has found his stroke in Triple-A. In 11 games, he is hitting .302 (13-for-43) with two doubles and four RBI… Bryce Brentz is the muscle in the middle of the lineup, leading the squad in homers (5) and RBI (20)… Jeremy Hazelbaker also has five dingers this season…

Pitching-De la Rosa takes the ball in the opener, the former LAD farmhand has struggled in 2013. He is 0-0 with a 7.11 ERA. He has limited hitters to a .229 batting average, but has walked eight in 12.2 IP… Seasoned Vet, Aceves gets the ball in Game 2. After being sent down by the big club, Aceves was sharp with Pawtucket, tossing six scoreless in a win last week… Baseball America’s No.4 ranked Boston prospect, Allen Webster will start on Wednesday. He has an impressive strikeout rate, as he has set down 26 hitters in 20 IP… Doyle gets the call on Thursday. The right-hander currently leads the team in innings (32.2), walks (18) and strikeouts (28)…

-JD-

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