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Wed: Gus Schlosser (3-2, 4.66) vs. LHP David Holmberg (0-4, 10.50)
Thu: Yunesky Maya (2-1, 2.79) vs. Josh Smith (6-1, 3.77)
Fri: LHP Alex Wood (0-0, 0.00) vs. Jair Jurrjens (1-1, 4.91)
Sat: Cody Martin (4-5, 3.58) vs. Chien-Ming Wang (6-5, 3.89)
The Gwinnett Braves will hit the road and beginning an eight-game road trip with a four-game set against the Louisville Bats at Louisville Slugger Stadium. Gwinnett is coming off a 3-5 homestand, while Louisville returns home after a 4-4 road trip. Louisville enters the series two games behind Gwinnett in the wild card standings.
Pitching: Alex Wood will make his season debut with Gwinnett on Friday night. The left-hander went 5-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 18 games, seven starts with Atlanta this season. The Braves’ second round pick in 2012 out of the University of Georgia, Wood is 8-9 with a 3.26 ERA over 49 career Major League games with Atlanta, including 18 starts.
Wood will be thrown in the middle of three right-handers Schlosser, Maya and Martin. Martin was dominant in his last start, going 6.2 innings in the win over the Rochester Red Wings on Monday night. The Dos Palos, CA native struck out five and allowed one earned run in the contest, snapping his three game losing streak.
The G-Braves will go up against the worst pitching staff in the IL, as the Bats enter the series dead last in the IL in ERA (4.91). Louisville has allowed 355 runs (14th in the IL) and has walked 255 batters (13th).
Josh Smith has been there best pitcher all season. The right-hander is 6-1 with a 3.77 ERA in 71.2 innings. He started the season 6-0, but has struggled in the month of June. In two games during the month, he is 0-0 with a 7.27 ERA in 8.2 innings. He would look to return to his April form (4-0, 2.45 ERA) on Thursday night.
Former G-Braves’ hurler Jair Jurrjens will take the ball on Friday night. In his final season with the G-Braves, Jurrjens went 4-6 with a 4.98 ERA in 14 starts for Gwinnett. He struck out 39 batters in 72.1 innings. He will be making his third start of the season on Friday.
Batting: The G-Braves are lead by Christian Bethancourt. The right-handed hitter is batting .262 (48-for-183) with 11 doubles, one triple, two homers and 28 RBIs in 50 games with the G-Braves. In ten games during the month of June, he is hitting .353 (12-for-34) with three doubles and five RBIs. He leads the G-Braves in hitting, hits (12) and doubles during the month. After going 0-for-1 on June 1 at Rochester, Bethancourt has rattled off a nine-game hitting streak from June 2 through June 10.
The model of consistency for the Gwinnett Braves in 2014 has been Phil Gosselin. The infielder has batted .326 (75-for-230) with 16 doubles, three triples, one homer and 16 RBIs. He leads the team in hitting, doubles and triples.
Louisville will rely on Ruben Gotay on offense. In 61 games with the Bats, he is hitting .267 (64-for-240) with 13 doubles, one triple and 42 RBIs.
In addition to Gotay, Neftali Soto will look to provide another quality bat for the Bats. With injuries at the big league level Soto began the season with Cincinnati Reds. However, after a slow start he was optioned to Louisville on May 24. Since joining the Bats’, he is batting .322 (19-for-59) with one homer and five RBIs.
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The G-Braves couldn’t follow up Julio Teheran’s Sunday evening gem last night as they fell 3-2 to Charlotte and settled for a split of the two-game series. The Knights scored all three of their runs off starter Eric Junge in the fifth inning, sending the veteran right-hander to his team-leading fifth loss despite his team-best seventh quality start. The Gwinnett offense continues to struggle as the club was shut out over the first eight innings, seven pitched by Charlotte starter Charlie Shirek. A two-run single by red-hot Christian Marrero cut the deficit to one, but Knights’ closer Brian Bruney struck out former Knight Stefan Gartrell to strand the tying run.
The road trip rolls on for Dave Brundage’s crew as they begin a four-game series at Lehigh Valley. The two clubs recently split a four-game series at Coolray Field, with the G-Braves taking the first two games (including the 9-8 comeback thriller on Memorial Day) and the IronPigs recovering to win the last two. It’s right-hander Todd Redmond on the mound for Gwinnett tonight, looking to keep up his impressive numbers. “Red” enters the game 5-3 with the league’s sixth-best ERA of 2.76. He yielded four runs over 7.0 innings in his last start, also against Lehigh Valley, a game that resulted in a no-decision and an eventual 14-4 loss. Left-hander Tom Cochran (2-1, 4.70) throws for the ‘Pigs tonight. First pitch is at 7:05 PM.
In roster-related news, we wish third baseman Joey Terdoslavich well as he looks to right his season in Double-A Mississippi. Joey T was sent to the M-Braves today after struggling at the plate (.180 average) and on defense (IL high 22 errors). There’s no doubt the defending Atlanta Braves Minor League Player of the Year has tremendous talent, but the jump from Advanced-A to Triple-A can be a big one for anyone. It may not be this year, but I’m certain we’ll see Terdoslavich come through Gwinnett again.
Replacing Joey on the roster is a familiar name, infielder Ruben Gotay. Gotay was acquired from Toronto for cash considerations today, and the Braves assigned him directly to Gwinnett. Gotay hit .253 with three homers and 25 RBIs in 72 games with the G-Braves last year. He had been hitting .346 with 14 RBIs in 22 games with Triple-A Las Vegas prior to the trade.
More on Junge, Marrero, Redmond, Gotay and others in tonight’s G-Braves Game Notes: 6.5.12 GBraves Game Notes