Heavy rain resulted in the postponement of Friday’s series finale between the Gwinnett Braves and Charlotte Knights at BB&T Ballpark in North Carolina. Gwinnett won the first two games of the series and have strung together four W’s in a row. The teams will move to Coolray Field for a weekend series that begins on Saturday night t 7:05 p.m.
Two of the last three Gwinnett (8-6) wins have been shutouts, including Thursday’s 1-0 victory over Charlotte (6-9) that saw five G-Braves pitchers combine to hold the Knights to five hits. The Gwinnett pen was outstanding in 8.0 innings pitched, earning two HOLDS, a SAVE and the Win.
Yunesky Maya was the Gwinnett starter, but a leg injury forced him to leave with one out in the bottom of the second. He finished the game with 1.0 inning pitched and two hits allowed. The pen had a solid night, picking up the W and two HOLDS. Mitch Atkins (W, 1-2) came on for Maya and earned the win by working 4.2 innings of two hit ball that included three strikeouts. Atahualpa Severino (H, 2) worked 1.1 scoreless innings with one hit and two strikeouts. Wirfin Obispo (H, 3) pitched a scoreless eighth and Juan Jamie (S, 3) struck out two in a scoreless ninth. Jaime is now 3-for-3 in save opportunities with Gwinnett.
The Gwinnett offense continues to be paced by Ernesto Mejia and Philip Gosselin. The pair has combined for half of the team’s home runs and almost two-thirds of the runs driven in after the first two weeks of the season.
First baseman Mejia is hitting .358 with six round-trippers, 15 RBI, two doubles, 39 total bases, and has scored nine runs while second baseman Gosselin is hitting .425 (second in the International League) with four RBI, four doubles and has also scored nine runs.