Advance Scout: Gwinnett Braves

Buffalo and Gwinnett will finish their final head-to-head series July 15-18 at Coca-Cola Field. The Bisons and Braves split the first four-game series at Cool Ray Field in late June.

Just in their second year of existence, the Bisons have not won a series against Gwinnett. The two clubs split each four-game set in the G-Braves’ debut season.

Last year, the teams split each four-game set in Buffalo and in Gwinnett. The Braves outscored the Bisons, 40-33, in the eight games during 2009. Buffalo has been outscored 24-17 by Gwinnett following the first set this year.

Tentative pitching match-ups: Buffalo vs Gwinnett:
THR: RHP Ramon Ortiz (0-2, 8.53) vs Todd Redmond (8-8, 4.25)
FRI: LHP Pat Misch (9-3, 3.12) vs LHP Scott Diamond (Triple-A debut)
SAT: LHP Oliver Perez (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Cristhian Martinez (2-1, 4.54)
SUN: RHP Dillon Gee (8-5, 4.77) vs LHP Jose Ortegano (2-6, 6.51)

TRADE WINDS: Heading into the Buffalo series Atlanta made a deal with Toronto that swapped shortstops in a five-player package that sent Yunel Escobar north and Alex Gonzalez to south. Pertaining to the G-Braves/Bisons series, Jo-Jo Reyes, was 1-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 12 games, including 10 starts, for Gwinnett. On June 22 at Gwinnett, the Herd tagged Reyes for 6 runs – including homers from Jorge Paddilla and Valentino Pascucci – over five innings.

TOPS FOR BARBARO: Despite being two for is last 14, G-Braves DH/1B Barbaro Canizares took his batting average as high as .319 – the top mark in the International League last week. Canizares, now sits second in the IL with a .311 average and cemented the Cuban native’s selection to his third consecutive IL All-Star squad. Canizares had multi-hit games in three of the six contests, and reached base in 16 of the past 18 games, including 14 straight(6/24-7/7: 18-for-46 (.383) with 4 2B, 3HR 11RBI, 8BB).

FASHIONABLY LATE: The International League added G-Braves 3B Wes Timmons to the 2010 Triple-A All-Star Game. Timmons makes his second consecutive IL All -Star appearance, joining Gwinnett DH Barbaro Canizares (3 straight IL All-Star nods) and RP Michael Dunn (1st time IL All Star) on the squad.

MAJOR WORK FOR MINOR: New G-Braves starter and 2009 1st round pick Mike Minor had his second shutdown start in as many outings. He has now allowed just 2 R/ER in 12.2 IP while striking out 15. Only former G-Braves Tommy Hanson and Charlie Morton have struck out more in their initial pair of starts (both with 17 K
through 2 starts), although Morton allowed 4 R/ER overall and Hanson went just 10.0 IP total in the pair’s first two starts of 2009.

P.O.W. FOR REDMOND: Gwinnett pitcher Todd Redmond was named the International League’s Pitcher of the Week for the period from June 28-July 4. Redmond is the third G-Brave to receive an IL weekly award in 2010, joining Chris Resop (May 10-16) and Matt Young (June 21-27) — a record in franchise history for one year.
Redmond started two games for Gwinnett last week, going 1-0 in 13.0 IP against Columbus and Durham. He yielded just 7 hits, 1 R/ER and 3 BB while striking out 10 in the two starts.

FUTURES’ FUN: Gwinnett Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor made an appearance in the XM Radio All-Star Futures Game in the top of the 5th inning for the U.S. Futures team. He had a scoreless inning of work and faced the minimum. Minor threw 15 pitches and 11 for strikes.

*Notes compiled from club game notes and official website.

Series I: Review for Buffalo & Gwinnett
6/25/10: GWN 10, BUF 4
READ: G-Braves get split

6/24/10: BUF 5, GWN 4
READ: HR & Acosta preserve win

6/23/10: BUF 6, GWN 3
READ: Bisons bounce Braves

6/22/10: GWN 7, BUF 2
READ: G-Braves get win in opener

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