G-Braves' end homestand wet

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

LAWRENCEVILLE — About an hour before the scheduled first pitch, the tarp blanketed Coolray Field.

It never came off.

On and off rain and the incoming large rainstorm coming across Mississippi and Alabama led team officials to cancel a game for the first time in 2011 after a rain delay of one hour and nine minutes.

It’s just the second postponed game since the opening of Coolray Field. The first postponed game was June 15 last season against Durham. In the first season, the team didn’t miss any start.

A make-up date was not announced Friday. Charlotte comes to Gwinnett nine more times this season.

With the rain out, the G-Braves end their season-opening homestand 5-3 and hit the road for a nine-game trip through Durham, Norfolk and Charlotte — the same three teams Gwinnett played in the first eight games.

The G-Braves begin a three-game series today at Durham and will push Friday’s starter RHP Todd Redmond to tonight’s 5:05 p.m. start. Redmond will face lefty Alex Torres, who threw five shutout innings in his first game at Charlotte. He only allowed two hits and struck out nine.

Gwinnett returns home April 26 for an eight-game homestand against Columbus and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.