The Braves will play another double-header with the Buffalo Bisons Sunday. The first game will start at 2:00 pm. These extra games are makeup games from when the Braves and Bisons were snowed out during the first week of the season.
Lefty Jo Jo Reyes has been promoted to Triple-A Richmond to start for the Braves in game one. With Buddy Carlyle up to start for Atlanta again, Richmond needs another starter. Reyes was 7-1 for Mississippi with a 3.80 ERA. He had allowed 56 hits in 66.1 innings, with 28 earned runs, 34 walks, and 61 strikeouts.
Reyes has pitched very well in his last two starts, improving some control trouble he had earlier in the season. Reyes pitched six scoreless innings in his last start back on Tuesday night. He allowed four runs in his last two starts with only three walks and 15 strikeouts in 12 innings of work. Reyes had walked 12 batters in his previous two games, so it was a good sign that he improved his control.
Right-hander Jeff Harris (2-4, 6.02) will start for the Bisons against Reyes in game one. The Braves will bring right-hander Jeff Bennett (0-1, 2.73) out of the bullpen to start game two. Lefty Eric Dubose will start for Buffalo.
The Braves swept two games from the Bisons on Saturday. They are now 35-24 on the season and five games up on the Durham Bulls in the International League's South Division.
The Mississippi Braves play game four of a five-game set in Birmingham this afternoon starting at 2:00 pm ET. With Reyes now in Richmond, the Braves have promoted right-hander Moises Hernandez to pitch in Double-A this afternoon.
Hernandez was having a great year in Myrtle Beach. He was 9-2 in 12 starts with an ERA of 3.09. Hernandez will face right-hander Jack Egbert (5-4, 3.05).
Mississippi is 40-23 on the season and still in first place, five games up on the Jacksonville Suns in the Southern League's South Division.
Myrtle Beach originally had Hernandez scheduled to start the Sunday game in Kinston, but now Carlos Sencion will be brought out of the bullpen to get the start.
Sencion has pitched just one game in relief for the Pelicans since being promoted from Rome. Overall this year in 15 games Sencion is 2-1 with a 3.54 ERA, 31 hits allowed in 40.2 innings, 16 earned runs, 18 walks, and 52 strikeouts.
The Pelicans have lost two in a row and are 27-34 on the season, 12 games back of Kinston in the Carolina League's Southern Division.
The Braves go for a four-game sweep over Greenville this afternoon at State Mutual Stadium. Tim Gustafson (2-4, 4.48) is on the mound for the Braves, who are 24-38 with the three-game winning streak. They are 5-3 so far in the month of June.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. He can be heard on 680 the Fan in Atlanta and 105.5 the Fan in Macon. Email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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