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Gwinnett Braves with best record in International League

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Aaron Blair (pictured) is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA for Gwinnett after the first two weeks of the 2016 season. Image courtesy Brian Kirk.

The Gwinnett Braves (10-5) sit atop the International League South Division after the first two weeks of the 2016 season. At 10-5, not only does Gwinnett lead the Durham Bulls (9-6) by a game in the division, they also have the best mark in the league. The G-Braves are 5-2 at Coolray Field, 5-3 on the road after 15 games.

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Blair has struck out 22 batters in 19.0 innings pitched. Image courtesy Brian Kirk.

Starting pitching has been a big part of the Gwinnett start this year. Aaron Blair (3-0, 1.42 ERA), Mike Foltynewicz (1-1, 3.00 ERA), and Tyrell Jenkins (1-1, 2.40 ERA) have delivered strong performances in their three starts while Casey Kelly (1-0, 3.00 ERA) has looked good in both of his starts. Blair has struck out 22 batters in 19.0 innings of work and has a 0.79 WHIP, both best on the team while Foltynewicz (13 Ks, 1.20 WHIP), Jenkins (13 Ks, 1.60 WHIP), and Kelly (9 Ks, 1.00 WHIP) are not far behind.

David Peterson (2 saves, 3.18 ERA) and Danny Burawa (1 save, 1.29 ERA) have been the best out of the bullpen.

Overall, Gwinnett has the second best team ERA (2.54) as well as being one of three teams in the IL with three shutouts in the early going. The middle relievers have racked up nine holds, best in the league, in the 10 wins.

Rio Ruiz (3B) has led the offensive attack, hitting .377 (1 HR, 8 RBI) in 14 games with 29 total bases. Emilio Bonifacio (.325, 0 HR, 5 RBI) leads the team with seven of the 16 bases the G-Braves have swiped this season.

Another key part of the Gwinnett start has been improved defensive play. The G-Braves have committed just five errors in 15 games and no player has more than one. That works out to one error every three games compared to last season when Gwinnett made 98 errors.

Gwinnett lost the first game of their current eight game road trip on Thursday when the Charlotte Knights (6-8) won in extra-innings, 2-1. The G-Braves return to Coolray Field on Friday, April 30 against the Columbus Clippers (6-7).

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Mike Delrio

After six seasons covering pro sports as a credentialed writer/photogrpaher in the Atlanta area, Mike began covering Gwinnett County High School sports in 2013 which led to the launch of Gwinnettsportsreport.com. GSR is a site that highlights prep and youth sports in Gwinnett County. While baseball. basketball, and football receive the majority of the attention, GSR will include updates and news on a variety of sports across the county.

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