Rain washes out G-Braves' opening night

Thursday's heavy rains have forced the postponement of the Gwinnett Braves' season opener.

The Atlanta Braves' Class AAA baseball affiliate will begin the season instead at 7:05 p.m. Friday, when it hosts the Charlotte Knights. The event will feature a T-shirt giveaway and fireworks. Top prospect Sean Gilmartin is the G-Braves' starting pitcher for the opener.

To make up for the lost game Thursday, there will be a doubleheader with Charlotte on Saturday beginning at 5:05 p.m. — both are seven-inning games. Gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday for the Brandon Beachy Bobblehead Giveaway Night.