Despite losing most of its opening day starting rotation, the Gwinnett Braves are in first place in the International League's South Division with a 73-54 record. They have a three game lead on Durham.
Gwinnett right-hander Todd Redmond is now 5-0 since July 1st with a 2.52 ERA in nine games (seven starts). He's allowed 43 hits in 50 innings, with 22 walks, and 32 strikeouts. This is an improvement over what Redmond did in May and June, when he posted a combined ERA of 5.38 in 12 games. On the season, Redmond is now 9-6 with a 4.02 ERA, 141 hits allowed in 134.1 innings, 43 walks, and 100 strikeouts.
Craig Kimbrel was promoted to Double-A Mississippi right at the end of July, and so far he's been perfect. Kimbrel has an ERA of 0.00 in his first 8 games in the Southern League. He's allowed 2 hits in 8.1 innings, with 2 saves, 6 walks, and 13 strikeouts. Overall on the season, between Rome, Myrtle Beach, and Mississippi, Kimbrel has an ERA of 2.96 in 43 games, with 17 saves, 29 hits allowed in 54.2 innings, 40 walks, and 96 strikeouts. Expect Kimbrel to be invited to big league camp next spring, and there's a good chance we could see him in Atlanta next season.
The other reliever doing great work this season in the Braves' system is Cory Gearrin, another sidearmer. Gearrin started the season in Myrtle Beach and allowed only one run on 12 games. Then he was sent to Double-A Mississippi where he posted a 3.18 ERA in 18 games. The Braves then sent Gearrin back to Myrtle Beach, and he's been outstanding in 11 games. Gearrin has allowed only one run 11.1 innings in his second stint with the Pelicans, with no walks, and 10 strikeouts, and 7 saves. Overall this season, Gearrin has an ERA of 1.88 in 41 games, with 35 hits allowed in 48 innings, nine walks, and 43 strikeouts.
The Danville pitching staff has been outstanding this season. It leads the Appy League in wins (40), innings pitched (507.2), ERA (3.05), WHIP (1.19), saves (23), and is second in strikeouts (484).
Matt Crim had another outstanding game Friday night to win his tenth game of the season. Crim pitched six shutout innings against Greeneville and allowed only three hits, walked one, and struck out four. He now is 10-0 with a 2.61 ERA, 62 hits in 62 innings pitched, only eight walks, and 45 strikeouts. Crim leads the Appalachian League in wins (10), is 5th in ERA (2.61), and 9th in WHIP (1.13). Crim is the first Appy League pitcher to win 10 games since 1997. If he gets one more win, it will be the first time since 1976 an Appy League pitcher wins 11 games.
Caleb Brewer pitched six shutout innings on Wednesday for his third win of the season. Brewer allowed only 2 hits, did not issue a walk, and struck out 11. Brewer is now 3-2 on the season with a 2.31 ERA in 10 games (8 starts). He's allowed only 16 hits in 39 innings, with 10 earned runs, 26 walks, and 57 strikeouts. He's second in the GCL with 57 strikeouts.
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