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Mixed bag for G-Braves off day

For the ailing G-Braves, the extra day off couldn't have come at a better time. For the streaking G-Braves, the day could probably have waited.

Before the season began, the Gwinnett Braves scheduled a Sunday doubleheader finale to a home series against the Syracuse Chief, giving the Class AAA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves an extra day off not afforded every team in the International League. Team's typically get one day off a month. The G-Braves were last off on June 12.

It's a banged up bunch. Pitcher Sean Gilmartin and Daniel Rodriguez are both on the disabled list and third baseman Joe Leonard just got back into action as a pinch-hitter on Saturday. Manager Randy Ready, playing without the designated hitter spot against the Washington Nationals affiliate over the weekend, allowed his pitchers to bat in two games rather than use one of his few bats off the bench and once used Yohan Flande as a pinch runner instead of a speedy position player.

“We are a bit thin,” he said after Saturday's game.

Thin or not, Gwinnett's been winning. A team well below .500 on the season, the G-Braves are winners of six of their last seven and came within one game of matching a season high seven straight wins. They ripped of those wins at the end of May. Outfielder Todd Cunningham is hitting .421 in his last 10 games and slugger Joey Terdoslavich just hit two home runs in a game for the first time since April 2011 on Saturday. Brandon Boggs, a former Georgia Tech player, is hitting .310 since joining the team last month and Ernesto Mejia hit home runs in consecutive games during the winning streak to put him one ahead of Terdoslavich for the team lead with 18.

Gwinnett returns to action Tuesday, beginning a four-game series with Toronto affiliate Buffalo. Their pitching rotation is not official, but Gilmartin, a former No. 1 pick and the opening day starter, is eligible to come off the disabled list. In the series finale they are scheduled to face longtime Gwinnett pitcher Todd Redmond, who appeared in two games earlier this season with the Blue Jays.