The Gwinnett Braves lost the final game of their season opening road trip on Thursday against the Norfolk Tides at Harbor Park by a 7-4 count, but Gwinnett took the series two games to one after the opening game was postponed due to rain on Monday. Gwinnett plays their home opener on Friday night when International League South rival Durham visits Coolray Field.
Gwinnett (4-3) and Durham (5-3) opened the season at Bulls Athletic Park and split the four-game set. The Bulls are the defending division champions and lead the Braves by a half-game after the opening week of the 2014 season.
Week in Review
At The Plate
Ernesto Mejia powered the Gwinnett offensive attack by hitting .269 with five home runs, 10 RBI and 23 total bases in the seven-game road trip. For the second time in his career, the veteran first baseman was selected as the IL Batter of the Week. Mark Hamilton is the only other Gwinnett hitter with a round-tripper and he has driven in six runs. Philip Gosselin tallied 10 hits in 20 at bats (.500) and was one of four G-Braves that swiped a base in the opening week. Jose Constanza (3-for-3), Todd Cunningham (2-for-4), and Edward Salcedo (1-for-1) all made successful attempts. Joey Terdoslavich (0-1) was caught stealing in his lone try.
On The Hill
Gwinnett used six different starters in the seven games. Hector Daniel Rodriguez (1-0) was the most effective, working 5.0 innings against Durham. The left-hander allowed two hits and a run (earned) on his way to the W. Rodriguez struck out nine of the 15 outs he recorded while issuing just one free pass.
Of the nine different hurlers Gwinnett called from the pen, Juan Jaime (2 SV) and Wirfin Obispo (2 H) stood out. Jaime, in his first season with Gwinnett, worked 3.0 scoreless innings while surrendering just one hit. The 26-year old struck out six and walked three while earning two saves. Obispo (2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 SO) did his job as the setup man and recorded two Holds.