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Rainout forces G-Braves into doubleheader on Monday

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett Braves will have to sweep a doubleheader to complete an unbeaten season series against Toledo.

Sunday’s scheduled game was postponed by rain, forcing two games Monday at Coolray Field beginning at 5:05 p.m.

Eric Junge (3-3, 3.09 ERA) will pitch the opener for the G-Braves against top Detroit prospect Jacob Turner, making his season debut for Toledo.

In the second game, Yohan Flande (1-2, 2.93 ERA) is scheduled to start for Gwinnett against fellow lefty Casey Crosby (3-2, 4.55 ERA).

Sunday’s rainout was the first of the season at Coolray Field. The G-Braves and Mud Hens lost one game of an earlier series in Toledo, forcing Friday’s doubleheader.

The G-Braves swept that doubleheader, winning 3-2 and 5-2, and made it six straight over the Mud Hens with a 3-2 victory on Saturday.

Gwinnett, which has won four straight games, leads the South Division of the International League with a 23-13 record. Toledo is second in the West Division at 20-16.

Ernesto Mejia hit a three-run homer in the first inning Saturday to supply all of the G-Braves’ offense and Julio Teheran worked a season-high seven innings while improving his record to 3-1 and lowering his ERA to 2.48.

The homer was Mejia’s fifth and he leads the team with 24 RBIs.

After Monday’s doubleheader, the G-Braves have an eight-game road trip to western New York. They will play four games in Buffalo and then four in Rochester.

Gwinnett is 14-6 at home this season and 9-7 on the road.