Results tagged ‘ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders ’

Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (19-25) vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (18-27)

Pitching probables

Mon: RHP Matt Wisler (2-3, 4.40 ERA) vs. LHP Anthony Vasquez (1-0, 1.69 ERA), 6:35 p.m.

Tues: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (1-4, 4.70 ERA) vs. LHP Joely Rodriguez (2-3, 5.18 ERA), 6:35 p.m.

Wed: RHP Sugar Ray Marimon (2-2, 4.05 ERA) vs. RHP Jason Berken (3-2, 4.29 ERA), 6:35 p.m.

Thurs: LHP Manny Banuelos (3-0, 2.64 ERA) vs. RHP Phillippe Aumont (2-1, 1.64 ERA), 6:35 p.m.

Matt Wisler (Karl Moore)

Matt Wisler (Karl Moore)

The Gwinnett Braves return to Coolray Field for a seven-game homestand that begins with four games against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Gwinnett went 3-4 on its most recent road trip that included series against the Toledo Mud Hens and Columbus Clippers. The Mud Hens took two of three games for the G-Braves, while Gwinnett and Columbus split their four-game series.

Lehigh Valley enters the series vs. Gwinnett on its best roll of the season. A 7-5 home loss Sunday to the Charlotte Knights ended a season-high, six-game winning streak that lifted the IronPigs out of the basement in the International League North Division. They now sit fifth in the six-team division ahead of the Syracuse Chiefs (17-26). The G-Braves remain in the cellar of the IL South, 5.5 games behind division leading Charlotte (24-19).

Pitching: G-Braves’ pitchers have combined for the sixth-lowest ERA on the season with a 3.22 mark and has held opponents to two runs or fewer in each of the team’s last 12 wins. However, the G-Braves have also lost their last 14 games when they give up more than two runs. The club’s eight saves are tied for the second-fewest in the league with Syracuse and one ahead of Toledo, while its 19 home runs allowed are tied for the fourth-fewest. Gwinnett pitchers have walked the third-most batters of any IL team with 159, but their 10 combined wild pitches are the fewest in the league. The G-Braves are also one of six teams with at least 330 strikeouts (331) and sit six strikeouts behind the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, which hold the lead in that department. Individually, Banuelos has risen to ninth among qualified pitchers with a 2.64 ERA (14 ER in 47.2 IP), and he is one of three qualifying pitchers who has yet to suffer a defeat.

The IronPigs’ staff held opponents to one run in four games during the recent winning streak to lower the team ERA to 3.90, which ranks 10th in the 14-team league. Lehigh Valley had limited its opponents to one run twice before that stretch and is the only team in the league yet to record a shutout victory, and it has issued the most walks with 192 (4.26 per game), 32 more than second-place Toledo in that category. The IronPigs’ 286 strikeouts are the second-fewest in the league, five more than Syracuse. Aumont’s 1.64 ERA (8 ER in 44.0 IP) through 10 outings (six starts) is the second-lowest in the league among qualified pitchers, although his 24 walks are tied for the second-most in the league.

Hitting: The G-Braves and IronPigs have identical .259 team batting averages, and they are the two most power deprived squads in the league. Gwinnett’s 13 long balls for the season are one fewer than the 14 homers Lehigh Valley has launched. The G-Braves have scored nine more runs (178) than the IronPigs and stolen 21 more bases (Gwinnett has a league-leading 53). The G-Braves’ 231 strikeouts are the fewest in the league, while Lehigh Valley’s 296 are the fifth fewest.

Gwinnett outfielder Eury Perez continues to lead the league in stolen bases with 22, while second baseman Jose Peraza remains with 14 (tied for fourth). Peraza has yet to steal a base since his return to the lineup Thursday after missing a week, although he did hit his first two home runs of the season at Columbus. Perez also leads the league with 27 runs scored, while infielder Adonis Garcia is fourth in batting average at .338 and outfielder Cedric Hunter is tied for second in doubles with 13.

G-Bites: The G-Braves received a new pitcher in their starting rotation during the road trip. Right-hander Cody Martin (0-1, 2.08 ERA), who won the team’s Most Outstanding Pitcher award after going 7-8 with a 3.52 ERA in 2014, joined the club May 19 from the Atlanta Braves. He went 2-2 with a 4.12 ERA (9 ER in 19.2 IP) in 17 relief appearances to begin the year with Atlanta…The Braves traded right-handed reliever John Cornely (2-2, 4.42 ERA, 1 save, 12 appearances) to the Boston Red Sox on May 20, and he was assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket…Garcia returned to the G-Braves on May 22 after a four-day stay with Atlanta in his first Major League experience (0-1, 1 BB, 2 games), while left-handed reliever Ian Thomas got called up to Atlanta for the second time this season…The G-Braves will close their homestand with three games Friday through Sunday vs. Columbus, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.

-JM

Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (6-11) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (9-9)

Pitching probables

Mon: LHP Manny Banuelos (0-1, 3.77 ERA) vs. RHP Jaron Long (0-1, 6.75 ERA)

Tues: RHP Williams Perez (1-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. RHP Chase Whitley (2-0, 2.12 ERA)

Wed: RHP Matt Wisler (0-2, 4.60 ERA) vs. RHP Kyle Davies (1-1, 6.75 ERA)

Williams Perez (Karl Moore)

Williams Perez (Karl Moore)

The Gwinnett Braves open a seven-game homestand with three 6:35 p.m. contests against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. The Railriders have finished fifth in the six-team International League North Division in each of the past two seasons, but they have had Gwinnett’s number. The G-Braves are 4-12 against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre since 2012 and have not won any of the eight games between the two clubs at Coolray Field. This will be the G-Braves’ first foray outside of the IL South Division this season. They were 32-46 against non-divisional opponents in 2014.

Pitching: Gwinnett and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre are evenly matched statistically in the pitching department. The G-Braves’ staff enters the series with the league’s sixth-lowest earned-run average at 3.31 (55 ER in 149.1 IP), while the RailRiders sit in seventh with a 3.35 ERA (61 ER in 164.0 IP). The teams are also extremely similar in terms of their pitching staffs’ control. The G-Braves have a 2.39 strikeouts-to-walks ratio (146/61). The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre staff’s rate is 2.55 (153/60).

However, the G-Braves hold the advantage in individual stats. Tuesday’s starter, Perez, boasts the seventh-lowest ERA in the league at 1.69. In the bullpen, left-hander Donnie Veal enters the series tied for the league lead in holds (four) and appearances (nine). Righty Aaron Kurcz is tied for fourth in saves with four.

Batting: The larger differences between the two teams in this series show up in their offensive approaches. The G-Braves use a speed-based game to score runs. The RailRiders’ lineup, meanwhile, produces more power and hardly ever attempts to steal bases.

Gwinnett has a league-low three home runs through 17 games, but it leads the league with 21 stolen bases. Ten of those swipes have come from outfielder Eury Perez, who has been caught twice and was 27-for-31 in steal attempts in 2014 while playing in the Washington Nationals’ and New York Yankees’ organizations. Outfielder Todd Cunningham hit a team-best .429 (12-for-28) with two doubles and a triple during the nine-game road trip and returns to Coolray Field on a seven-game hitting streak.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has eight home runs, which is tied for the seventh-most in the league, but has stolen four bases in eight attempts. RailRiders outfielder Ben Gamel leads the league with a .404 batting average (19-for-47), ranks second with a .472 on-base percentage and sits behind teammate Ramon Flores (.611) for fourth in slugging percentage with a .596 mark. Flores is also tied for second in the league with four home runs.

G-Bites: Gwinnett returns home with a new-look bullpen compared to when it left town April 16. RHP Kanekoa Texeira went on the disabled list along with infielder Sean Kazmar on April 17. That opened a spot for RHP Mitchell Boggs, who the Atlanta Braves signed to a minor-league contract April 20. The Braves also re-signed LHP Greg Smith the next day to join the G-Braves’ corps of relievers. The G-Braves activated catcher Jose Yepez off of the disabled list to fill Kazmar’s roster spot.

RHPs John Cornely and Michael Kohn got the call to Atlanta on Friday, April 24, while RHPs Sugar Ray Marimon and Juan Jaime returned to Gwinnett. Marimon made one appearance for the G-Braves before Atlanta called him up on April 13. Jaime saved 18 games for Gwinnett in 2014 and began the 2015 season with the Braves.

The G-Braves will finish their homestand with a four-game series Thursday-Sunday against the Toledo Mud Hens at Coolray Field.

-JM

Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (12-15) vs. Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (13-11)

Thu: Sean Gilmartin (2-0, 2.40 ERA) vs. Brett Marshall (0-2, 7.36 ERA)

Fri: Yohan Flande (1-1, 4.43 ERA) vs. Graham Stoneburner (1-1, 3.00 ERA)

Sat: Tim Corcoran (1-2, 3.12 ERA) vs Dellin Betances (1-2, 7.58 ERA)

Sun: Omar Poveda (2-1, 1.93 ERA) vs. Chien-Ming Wang (2-1, 0.95 ERA) or Chris Bootcheck (3-0, 0.38 ERA)

The Gwinnett Braves have lost their last four games, as they were swept by the Indianapolis Indians (20-7). The Braves ran into a buzz saw, losing to the hottest team in the International League. The Indians are currently on a six-game winning streak and own the best record in the league.

The Braves are glad to be home after an eight-game road trip. Welcoming them back to Coolray Field will be catcher Brian McCann, as he will continue his rehab with the Gwinnett Braves this weekend. The six-time MLB All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger Award winner has been licking his chops to get back to Atlanta, working hard to get through his rehab assignment. In four games with the Single-A Rome Braves, he is hitting .357 (5-for-14) with three homers and 7 RBI.

Hitting-

The offensive attack is led by Ernesto Mejia. His eight home runs lead the league, while he is second RBI (23) and total bases (53). Last season, he hit .258 (8-for-31) with eight runs, one homer and five RBI against Scranton… Joey Terdoslavich has been no slouch, hitting .318 (34-for-107) with four home runs and 16 RBI.  He leads the league in doubles (13), extra-base hits (18) and total bases (61)…

Pitching-

Sean Gilmartin will take the ball in the opener. He is 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA in five starts. Among starters, he is second on the squad in innings (30) and ERA. He will make his first career start against the RailRiders… Yohan Flande will make his fourth start (7th appearance) of the season Friday. He is 1-1 with a 4.43 ERA. In his career he has faced Scranton/ WB four times, posting a 0-0 record with a 3.54 ERA (20.1 IP/ 8 ER) and 15 strikeouts… Tim Corcoran pitches Saturday. In five starts, he is 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA. Dating back to 2005, Corcoran has tossed 1.2 innings against the RailRiders, giving up zero runs and striking out two… Poveda will toss in the finale. The right-hander is seventh in the league in ERA (1.93). He is 2-1 on the season and has tossed 32.2 innings in five starts. He will make his first start against Scranton…

G-Bites-

Braves concluded the month of April with a 12-15 record. They are currently 6.5 games back of the South Division front-runner Durham Bulls and 5.5 games behind of the wildcard leading Norfolk Tides. The G-Braves are 4-6 in their last 10 games and 6-4 at home…

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Hitting-

Thomas Neal leads the RailRiders charge, hitting .339 (21-for062) with six doubles and 14 RBI. He is eighth in the league in hitting… He is tied for eighth place with teammate David Adams. He is hitting .339 (20-for 59) with two homers and six RBI… Melky Mesa leads the squad in homers with three, but is second the IL in strikeouts with 35…

Pitching-

Baseball America’s No. 6 ranked Yankees prospect Marshall will get the ball in Game 1. The right-hander has struggled in 2013, posting a 0-2 record with a 7.36 ERA… Saturday’s hurler, Stoneburner has been solid despite logging in 12.0 innings in three starts. He is 1-1 with 3.00 ERA. This will be his first start against the G-Braves… Another Yankee farmhand that has struggled is Game 3 starter, Dellin Betances. The righty is 1-2 with a 7.58 ERA. Even though he has made 25 starts in his career for Scranton, this will be his first against Gwinnett. Sunday starter has not been decided, but both Wang and Bootcheck will prove to be tough. Each pitcher is sporting a sub 1.00 ERA. In 43 combined innings, the right-handers have allowed three earned runs in 2013.

The Low Down

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took seven of eight games against the Braves in 2012. In 2013, the RailRiders are in third place in the East Division. They are currently three games back of the Wild Card race and Division lead. They are currently on a four-game winning streak.

 

-JD-

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