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The 2015 World Series begins tonight at Kauffmann Stadium in Kansas City, and three former G-Braves are among the 50 players active for the best-of-seven series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals. Mets’ outfielder Kelly Johnson and left-handed pitcher Sean Gilmartin are both Gwinnett alums, as is Royals’ right-handed pitcher Kris Medlen.
Before they take the field for pregame introductions tonight, here’s a quick look at all three players and how they spent their time in Gwinnett.
With the G-Braves: The well-traveled Johnson has spent two stints on the Triple-A Gwinnett roster in his career, both injury rehab assignments for the Atlanta Braves. While recovering from right wrist tendinitis in 2009, he batted .308 with three home runs and 16 RBIs in 13 games with the G-Braves. He returned to the Gwinnett roster briefly in 2015, batting .143 in two games while on Atlanta’s 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.
Joining the Mets: Johnson played for the Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles over the first nine years of his career before Atlanta brought him back as a free agent in 2015. He experienced a career resurgence this year, batting .275 with nine homers and 34 RBIs in 62 games with the Braves. That showing made him a valuable trade piece, and the Braves sent Johnson and third baseman Juan Uribe to the Mets in exchange for minor league pitchers John Gant and Rob Whalen on July 24. Johnson played 49 games for the Mets to close out the regular season, batting .250 with five homers and 13 RBIs.
2015 Postseason So Far: He has been summoned off the New York bench for pinch-hit at-bats six times and is 1-for-6 in those opportunities. His lone hit came in Game 5 of the NLDS at Los Angeles, a 3-2 Mets’ victory. Johnson will likely remain a late-inning option for the Mets in the World Series.
With the G-Braves: Atlanta’s first round pick in the 2011 June draft out of Florida State University, Gilmartin ascended to Gwinnett for his Triple-A debut just over a year later. He went 1-2 with a 4.78 ERA in seven starts in 2012, including 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA and three quality starts in his first three outings. He returned to the G-Braves in 2013 and was the club’s Opening Day starter, but went just 3-8 with a 5.74 ERA in 17 starts during an injury-plagued campaign. Gilmartin opened the year 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA over his first five starts before left shoulder tendinitis took its toll.
Joining the Mets: The Braves parted ways with Gilmartin on December 18, 2013, trading him to the Minnesota Twins in a one-for-one swap for catcher/first baseman Ryan Doumit. Gilmartin went a solid 9-7 with a 3.71 ERA in 26 starts combined between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester in the Twins’ system in 2014, but was left unprotected for the 2014 Rule 5 Draft and was selected by the Mets. He made his Major League debut with New York this season, going 3-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 50 games, including one start.
2015 Postseason So Far: Of the 11 pitchers on the Mets’ World Series roster, Gilmartin is the only one who has yet to pitch in this year’s playoffs. He’ll look to make his first career postseason appearance on the largest stage, the World Series. The next time he pitches will be his first outing since October 1, when he made his first career Major League start in a loss at Philadelphia (5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER).
With the G-Braves: Before leading the Atlanta Braves to victories in a Major League record 23 consecutive starts from May 29, 2010 through September 30, 2012, and before nearly seeing his career derailed by two “Tommy John” surgeries, Medlen was an original G-Brave. He went 5-0 with a 1.19 ERA in eight games (six starts) for the inaugural 2009 squad, including a win on April 9, 2009 at Charlotte that made him the first winning pitcher in Gwinnett history. He returned to the G-Braves in 2012 to stretch out as a starter and went 0-2 with a 4.73 ERA in three starts before rejoining Atlanta. Medlen followed that Triple-A stint with a historic run, going 9-0 with a 0.97 ERA over his final 12 starts to send the Braves to the first-ever National League Wild Card Game.
Joining the Royals: Medlen went 15-12 with a 3.11 ERA in 32 games (31 starts) for Atlanta in 2013, but missed all of 2014 due to his second career “Tommy John” surgery. He was granted free agency by the Braves on December 2, 2014 and signed with Kansas City just over two weeks later on December 18. Rehab stints with Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha preceded his improbable return to the Majors on July 20, 2015. Medlen went on to author one of the feel-good stories of the year, going 6-2 with a 4.01 ERA in 15 games (eight starts) for the Royals.
2015 Postseason So Far: Medlen has pitched once in relief, eating innings in an 11-8 loss at Toronto in Game 3 of the ALCS. He worked 5.0 innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out six. Kansas City manager Ned Yost has already tabbed Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto, Yordano Ventura and Chris Young as starters for World Series Games 1-4, meaning Medlen will most likely stay a long-relief option.
Catch Game 1 of the 2015 World Series tonight at 8:00 PM ET on Fox, or follow the action online at MLB.com.
THU: RHP Brandon Beachy (0-0, 3.00) vs. LHP Andrew Albers (4-2, 3.06)
FRI: LHP Sean Gilmartin (3-6, 5.40) vs. LHP Pedro Hernandez (1-1, 3.71)
SAT: RHP David Hale (1-3, 6.12) vs. RHP Kyle Gibson (6-5, 3.16)
SUN: RHP Omar Poveda (5-3, 3.01) vs. RHP Cole De Vries (1-2, 10.48)
Gwinnett Braves finished an eight-game homestand 3-5, dropping three of four to Rochester before splitting with Columbus. They are currently in third place in the South Division, trailing Durham by 13.5 games.
Joe Leonard has been one of the G-Braves hottest hitters, collecting a hit in 16 of his last 17 games. During that span, he has raised his batting average from .187 to .245, while matching his career-high of three hits on three different occasions. On the season, he is hitting .245 (46-for-188) with 12 doubles, three triples and 13 RBI… Tyler Pastornicky had his season-high 11-game hitting streak snapped on 6/9, but has connected in 13 of his last 14 games, recording eight multi-hit games during that span. In 52 games with the G-Braves, he is batting .316 (67-for-212) with three homers and 22 RBI.
Atlanta Braves starter Brandon Beachy will make his potential final rehab start in the opener of the series. In his last start, he went five innings, allowing one run and striking out eight, but tossed 94 pitches. He was scheduled to throw six innings, but exceeded his pitch limit, forcing him to exit early… Gilmartin will be back on the bump in game two after giving up a career-high 10 runs, nine earned on nine hits in 3.2 innings in his last outing…
Rochester Red Wings-
Rochester took three of four from the Braves, outscoring the Braves 19-5 in their three wins, while being outscored 11-3 in their lone loss… Rochester is fifth in the North Division and eight games behind the front-running Pawtucket Red Sox.
Chris Colabello will anchor the lineup. In 52 games, he is hitting .362 (72-for-199) with 12 homers and 43 RBI. He did not fare so well against the Braves at Coolray field, going 2-for-10 with one double, one RBI and four strikeouts… Jeff Clement will be happy to see the G-Braves staff, as he went 5-for-11 with two homers and four RBI in the first series. On the season, the first baseman is hitting .204 (43-for-211), but is second on the squad in homers (9)…
Andrew Albers will get the ball in the opener. In his last start, he hurled a complete-game shutout against the Braves. He scattered six hits and struck out seven. For Albers, former reliever, it was his first complete game… The No.5 rated prospect in the Minnesota organization will get the ball in game three. Gibson went six innings, allowing two runs in his lone start against Gwinnett this season. The right-hander leads the squad with two complete game shutouts.
With over 60 games played in the 2013 season, the Rochester Red Wings pitching staff has thrown five complete game shutouts. They are the only team in the International League that has a pitcher with a complete game shutout… Gibson leads the team with two, while Albers, Vance Worley and P.J. Walters have one a piece.
It’s every amateur player’s dream to hear your name called on draft day. Tonight at 7: 05 ET, young baseball players from all over the country will have a new uniform to sport, as they will selected by a major league baseball team in the 2013 First Year Player Amateur Draft.
As we wait in anticipation of the MLB First Year Player Draft, we will take a look at all the Gwinnett Braves that have been drafted in the past.
First off, the Braves roster has seen 17 players called on draft day; six of those players were originally drafted by the Braves. Sean Gilmartin out of Florida State University was the highest draft choice, selected in the first round (28th overall) of the 2011 draft, while, Cory Rasmus was picked in the supplemental first round (38th overall) out of Columbus, GA in 2006. Right-Hander David Hale was a third round pick in 2009 out of Princeton University.
With the bevy of talent in the rotation, the G-Braves benefited offensively from the 2010 draft. Todd Cunningham (2nd round) out Jacksonville State University, Joe Leonard (3rd round )out of Pittsburgh University and Joey Terdoslavich (6th round) out of Long Beach State University were all a part of the 2010 class.
The rest of the non-international players were drafted by other clubs. The highest pick of the 11 remaining players was outfielder Brandon Boggs, selected in the fourth round of the 2004 draft out of Georgia Tech by the Texas Rangers. The 2004 class produced infielders Sean Kazmar (5th round by the San Diego Padres out of College of Southern Nevada) and Paul Janish (5th round by the Cincinnati Reds out of Rice University) as well.
The following two seasons would have produced two players apiece. However, in 2005, Cole McCurry was selected in the 31st round out Surry Community College (NC) by the Atlanta Braves, but elected not to sign. The other southpaw picked in 2005 was Ryan Buchter, 33rd round by the Washington Nationals out of Highland Regional Park H.S. (NJ).
In 2006, outfielder Stefan Gartrell went in the 31st round out University of San Francisco to the Chicago White Sox, while Pat Egan went in the 36th round to the Baltimore Orioles out of Quinnipiac College.
In 2008, Tyler Pastornicky heard his name called, as the Toronto Blue Jays picked him in the fifth round out of The Pendleton School (FL). Alden Carrithers was also selected in that draft, going in the 15th round to the Detroit Tigers out of UCLA.
The rest of the G-Braves did not have a partner in their draft class, as Joe Beimel (18th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Duquesne University), Matt Pagnozzi (8th round by the St. Louis Cardinals out of Central Arizona College) and McCurry (43rd round by the Baltimore Orioles out of Tennessee Wesleyan College) all came out solo.
G-Braves take on Rochester tonight, Thursday, June 6 at 6:05 PM.
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – After dropping their tenth straight home game with an 8-5 loss in game one of the doubleheader, the Gwinnett Braves (17-29) took care of business in the nightcap, winning for the first time at home since April 22 with a 5-2 victory over the Louisville Bats (22-23) on Monday night.
The Bats came out swinging in the first game, scoring eight runs on 11 hits off of G-Braves’ pitching. Starter Sean Gilmartin (L, 2-3) yielded seven earned runs on nine hits over 4.0 innings, losing for the third straight start.
Louisville got to Gilmartin quickly, scoring twice in the first inning. Neftali Soto did the damage with a two-run homer, his fourth of the season.
However, the G-Braves answered in the bottom half of the frame, scoring three runs on three hits against Bats starter Pedro Villarreal. It was the first time the Gwinnett offense scored three runs in the first inning since April 16. In the frame, Joey Terdoslavich doubled and scored on an RBI single by Ernesto Mejia, cutting the deficit to 2-1. Brandon Boggs gave the G-Braves the lead with a two-run homer to right-center field, his second with Gwinnett and fourth of the season.
Following the outburst by the G-Braves, the Bats took over. Louisville scored in each of the first five innings, taking an 8-3 lead into the bottom of the fifth. Henry Rodriguez ended Gilmartin’s rough evening as he crushed a two-run homer in the fourth inning.
Gwinnett tacked on runs in the fifth and seventh innings, cutting the deficit to 8-5. It would not be enough, however, as reliever Curtis Partch (W, 1-1) tossed 2.2 innings with one run allowed to secure the victory. Villarreal was effective over 4.1 innings as he allowed four runs, but he did not make it through the fifth to qualify for the win.
In the nightcap, the G-Braves got behind early as Billy Hamilton reached on an infield single, moved to third on a base hit by Neftali Soto and scored as Soto was caught in a rundown, making it 1-0 Bats.
The G-Braves went to work in the bottom of the second, scoring two runs thanks to the wildness of Bats starter Daniel Corcino (L, 2-7). After recording the first two outs of the frame, Corcino hit Jose Yepez with a pitch and gave up back-to-back singles to Sean Kazmar and Tim Corcoran, loading the bases. With the bases jammed, Jose Constanza and Todd Cunningham drew consecutive RBI walks, making it 2-1 Gwinnett.
In the third, Terdoslavich smacked his eighth homer of the season, extending the lead to 3-1. The offense added two more runs in the fifth, both scoring on a double by Kazmar to push the lead to 5-1.
It would be more than enough for Corcoran (W, 2-3), who started and tossed 5.1 innings of one-run baseball. The right-hander scattered eight hits and struck out a season-high seven batters for his first win since April 7. Kameron Loe (S, 1) preserved the victory, allowing one run on two hits over 1.2 innings.
Terdoslavich went a combined 3-for-7 in the doubleheader including two doubles, a home run and two RBI. Constanza added two hits total, going 1-for-3 in both games to extend his International League-leading hitting streak to 17 games.
Hamilton paced the Bats, going 4-for-7 on the night with three runs and an RBI. Soto added four hits and three RBI for Louisville.
The Gwinnett Braves wrap up the four-game series against the Louisville Bats on Tuesday at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 6:05 PM. Right-hander Omar Poveda (3-2, 2.35) will start for the G-Braves, while the Bats will counter with right-hander Chad Reineke (3-3, 4.10).
Last week in his rehab stint with the Gwinnett Braves, I sat down with Brian McCann to talk about his progress, what’s it like playing in his hometown and his feelings about returning to the Major Leagues.
JD- What’s it Like Playing in Gwinnett?
“It’s amazing. I went to High School at Duluth and I saw some familiar faces in the stands that I went to high school with. This is where I grew up and I’m excited to be here.”
Jd- Do you see people that you haven’t seen since high school up in the stands during games?
“That’s the beauty of being able to play in Atlanta. I’ve been very lucky. I grew up in Gwinnett County and to go and play for the Atlanta Braves, I get to have friends and family come to a game almost every night.”
JD- How are you feeling right now, physically?
“I feel great. Coming back from shoulder surgery I couldn’t be in a better spot right now. So I’m excited to join the big league team again and start playing.”
Jd- Describe the Rehab process?
“It’s the first surgery I ever had, so it took patience and a lot of hard work. I did both of those and the work has paid off. I feel extremely good.”
Jd- Have you had to time to sit down, and think maybe you were pushing this? Or rushing your return to the diamond?
“Not at all, I wasn’t going to come back unless I felt like I can help the team win and be myself out there. I’m throwing the ball great and just as good as before the surgery. This is the best I felt in a long time.”
Jd- Last season you played through the injury, Any regrets?
“No, the position the team was in didn’t allow me to. We had a chance to win a World Series and I wanted to be a part of that. If we didn’t have a chance to make the playoffs I would have definitely had the surgery earlier, but where we were at in the standings and how good our team was, I just wanted to be a part of that. “
Jd- Did you know of the severity of your injury prior to?
“I knew I was probably going to need to get surgery. It was a just a matter of of the significance of the injury and it turned out to be a pretty decent size tear.”
JD- What will it be like when you join your team?
“I won’t know until I get there (about first game). I know I’m excited to get back and playing with my teammates. I haven’t thought about what kind of emotions I will have when I step back onto the field. But, like I said I’m really excited to get back with the team.”
The G-Braves are on ten game losing streak, tonight they hope to snap it as they send Sean Gilmartin (2-1, 2.70 ERA) to the bump against Terry Doyle of the Pawtucket Red Sox. Game time is 6:05 PM at Coolray Field.
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.
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)…
The Gwinnett Braves returned to Coolray Field, but couldn’t get back on track, dropping their fifth straight game.
The Braves outhit the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 7-to-5, but could not come up with the timely hits, going 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position. Brian McCann, in his first rehab start with the Gwinnett Braves, punched the only run in with an RBI single in the eighth inning. After a two-out double by Todd Cunningham, McCann delivered with his first hit of the night.
In six rehab games, through Single-A Rome and Triple-A Gwinnett, he is hitting .333 with three homers and eight RBI. The six-time All-Star is not worried about his hitting, but looking to regain full strength in surgically repaired shoulder.
“The last thing I’m worried about is my hitting,” said McCann to Barrett Sallee in his post-game interview for MLB.com. “I feel great swinging the bat. I’m ready to go.”
His bat is not the only thing MLB ready, as he called a great game for the first six innings of the night. Entering the seventh inning, starter Sean Gilmartin was tossing a no-hitter. However, the left-hander surrendered a leadoff single to Melky Mesa and everything went south from there. He would be tagged for three runs in 6.2 innings of ball, suffering the loss.
Joey Terdoslavich had another big night, going 3-for4 and raising his average to the .333 mark. He leads the team in hitting, hits (37), doubles (13) and total bases (64).
The Braves will turn the page from last night’s loss, sending Yohan Flande (1-1, 4.43 ERA) to the mound tonight. The southpaw has been solid as a starter, posting a 1-1 record with a 3.14 ERA in 2013. He will face Graham Stoneburner (1-1, 3.00 ERA). The right-hander is 14th round draft pick out of Clemson University. He features a fastball, change up and a slider. In 2011, Baseball America ranked him the No. 17 prospect in the Yankees organization.
Tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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.
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)…
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…
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…
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…
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.
The Gwinnett Braves (8-9) took to the road and get back on track, winning two straight over the Charlotte Knights. The G-Braves are back in town today, facing the Knights in a home-road split series, before they hit the road for eight straight games.
Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is still with the G-Braves rehabbing from an oblique injury. Last night, the left-handed hitting Freeman went 5-for-5 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI in their 6-0 victory over the Knights. He will play first and hit third today, as he hopes to join the Braves roster tomorrow.
However, for today, he will be in the lineup and ready to go for the G-Braves, as they try and make it three straight victories. The Braves enter tonight’s contest in third place in the South Division and one game back of second-place Norfolk.
Sean Gilmartin (1-0) will take the ball for the G-Braves. So far, so good for Gilmartin, as he possesses a 1-0 mark with a 1.69 ERA. In his last start, he went seven Innings, allowing one unearned run and struck out won. He did not factor in the decision, as the bullpen blew a two-run lead in the ninth. This will be his second start against the Knights, as he pitched the opener on 4/5. He went five innings, allowing one run on six hits, while striking out four.
Gilmartin looks for his second Triple-A win and second straight quality start of the season.
The Knights enter the contest seven games back of Durham and on a four game losing streak. The team has struggled both offensively and on the mound. The hitters are 10th in the league in batting with a .238 batting average and are third to last in homers (9). On the mound, the Knights possess the third highest ERA in the league at 4.99.
Andre Rienzo (1-1) makes his fourth start of the season. He is 1-1 with a 7.16 ERA. In his lone start against the G-Braves, he went five innings, allowing four runs. He was credited with the loss.
The matchup is set and the lineups are below.
Gwinnett Constanza 7
The G-Braves won at home, again. The win pushed their record at Coolray Field to 5-0 in 2013. Despite their undefeated mark at home, the Braves check into tonight’s game with a 6-6 mark.
So what has been the difference?
The Braves pitching staff has posted a 2.72 ERA at Coolray. The bullpen has been even sharper, tossing 16 innings, allowing seven runs, five earned and striking out the 22. It has resulted into a 2.03 bullpen ERA.
The trouble, however, has come on the road as the G-Braves have allowed a whopping 49 runs (41 earned) in 58.1 innings. Starters have been tagged for 29 runs in 28.1 innings, while averaging a little over four innings per start.
Last night, starter Daniel Rodriguez did not buck the trend, but he proved effective, tossing 4.2 innings, allowing three runs and striking out six. It was his best appearance of the season, as the Braves won in dramatic fashion in the eleventh. Rodriguez, who witnessed the birth of his first daughter over the weekend, seemed at ease in the start. His only hiccup came in the third, allowing three runs to score in the frame. The southpaw made adjustments throughout the night, utilizing his curveball to put down opposing hitters while attacking the zone with his fastball. He walked a season-high, but only one run proved to be costly as it came around to score on an RBI single by Russ Canzler.
The bullpen went back to its dominant ways, tossing 6.1 innings of one run baseball. Andrew Russell, who dropped two contests on the road, was sharp for the Braves. He pitched two scoreless to pick up the victory. He is another pitcher that has enjoyed the Lawrenceville surroundings, as he is yet to issue a run at Coolray Field. It’s ironic that the well-traveled Aussie has pitched better at home than around the rest of the International League.
The Braves Jekyll-and-Hyde ways will be tested again tonight. Luckily for the Braves, they will be at Coolray Field for the contest tonight.
The G-Braves head into tonight’s game tied for second in the South Division and two games back of the Durham Bulls (8-4). Former G-Brave Jair Jurrjens will match up against the Braves lineup. The former MLB All-Star has been sharp in his first two starts. In 11.1 innings, he is 0-1 with a 1.59 ERA. His command has been spotty, walking six, but he has limited hitters to a .128 batting average.
G-Braves Sean Gilmartin makes his third start of the year. He is going on five days rest, as his scheduled start last night was pushed back to make room for Rodriguez. The lefty will go for his second win of the season. Game time is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.
Starting Lineups are listed below:
Norfolk Tides (6-6)
Gwinnett Braves (6-6)