The Gwinnett Braves hosted the Syracuse Chiefs for a four-game, weekend series at Coolray Field that included over 9,000 fans taking part in Tripp Halstead Night on Saturday. Gwinnett (34-45) won the first three games before being shut out by Syracuse (29-46) in the series finale in the second game of a Sunday afternoon doubleheader. It was the fourth time the G-Braves have been blanked this season.
Right fielder Joey Terdoslavich led the Gwinnett offense, hitting .714 (10-for-14) with three doubles, two homeruns and six runs batted in while improving his season average to .324 in the weekend set. The Florida native also scored six runs and reached base twice via walk.
Terdoslavich was 10-for-11 in the first three games, but was held hitless in the Gwinnett 1-0 shutout loss in the nightcap of Sunday’s doubleheader. The loss also snapped the six-game win streak Gwinnett had going.
The Triple-A All-Star Game is set for July 17 in Reno, Nevada, and Terdoslavich is on a tear that should earn him a spot in the 26th annual classic.
Terdoslavich has the numbers to warrant his first All-Star selection since 2011 when he was chosen as both a Carolina League Mid and Post-season All-Star. In 77 games the switch-hitting Terdoslavich has 17 homeruns, 56 runs-batted-in, 24 doubles, one triple, and scored 43 runs.
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Cody Martin (2-0, 0.64) had the best effort of the four starters that took the hill in the series for Gwinnett. The right-hander started the third of the four game series and delivered his second High Quality Start in two starts since being promoted from Double-A Mississippi.
The California native earned his first complete game of the season by pitching 7.0 innings of six hit, one run ball, struck out six and walked issued only one free pass. In his two Triple-A starts Martin has a 0.64 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP, and has rung up 13 strikeouts in 14 innings of work while walking two.
With Sean Gilmartin (3-7, 5.83 ERA) set to come off the DL this week a decision will need to be made as to which starting hurler will be headed to Mississippi. Gilmartin, the Braves 2011 first round pick (28th overall) is the more heralded of the two, but Martin has been outstanding in his two starts and has earned a longer look.
When considering Gilmartin’s numbers over his two seasons (20 starts) at the Triple-A level, the question has to be asked-would it benefit the southpaw to spend more time at the Double-A level, if only to regain his confidence, rather than keep him in the Gwinnett rotation?
Gilmartin is 4-9 with a 5.47 ERA in his 20 starts at the Triple-A level. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is only 1.67 (72 SO, 43 BB) in 108.2 innings pitched, he has uncorked four wild pitches and his WHIP (1.59) is substantially higher than the top International League hurlers (1.06 range).
The 23-year old Gilmartin showed potential while with Mississippi, but may have been moved before he was ready. While his Double-A record (5-8, 3.54) was not overly impressive at a glance, his WHIP was more in line with what one would expect from a top pitching prospect (1.14), his SO/BB ratio was twice as good (3.31), and he had half as many wild pitches (2) despite working more innings (119.1).
Martin should get more of a look with Gwinnett based on his first two starts, but whether that means Gilmartin will be sent to Double-A or another roster move will be taken to keep both in the Gwinnett rotation will be decided by the Atlanta brain trust.
Wirfin Obispo earned his fourth Hold for the season by pitching two scoreless innings in Friday’s contest, and has now pitched 17.1 consecutive innings without allowing a run, earned or unearned, over his last 13 appearances.
Recent Roster News:
June 19-RHP Cory Rasmus optioned to Gwinnett by Atlanta. LHP Sean Gilmartin placed on the Gwinnett disabled list retroactive to 6/17 with left shoulder tendonitis.
June 20-RHP Luis Ayala will begin a minor league injury rehab assignment today with Gwinnett.
June 21-SS Paul Janish has been recalled from Gwinnett by Atlanta. INF Luis Nunez has been promoted to Gwinnett from Double-A Mississippi. RHP Joe Bisenius, signed by Atlanta as a free agent out of the independent American Association, has been assigned to Gwinnett.
June 23-INF Phil Gosselin has been promoted to Gwinnett from Double-A Mississippi. RHP Pat Egan has been transferred to Double-A Mississippi from Gwinnett.
The Gwinnett Braves are off Monday before beginning a four-game series with the Buffalo Bisons Tuesday at Coolray Field. First-pitch is set for 6:05 p.m.
The Gwinnett Braves are the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves and play in the South Division of the International League, one of two Triple-A leagues. Coolray Field is home to the G-Braves.
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