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G-Braves' Corcoran named IL Pitcher of the Week

Tim Corcoran delivers a pitch earlier this season. (Photo: Chris Roughgarden/Gwinnett Braves)

Tim Corcoran delivers a pitch earlier this season. (Photo: Chris Roughgarden/Gwinnett Braves)

Gwinnett Braves’ right-hander Tim Corcoran was named the International League’s Pitcher of the Week in a Monday announcement by the league office.

Corcoran, the first G-Braves’ player to win an IL weekly award this season, went 2-0 with a 0.79 ERA (1 ER in 11.1 IP) in two starts during the week.

Corcoran’s first win of the week came in game two of a doubleheader against Louisville on May 20. He limited the Bats to a run on eight hits over 5.1 innings, walked three and struck out a season-high seven. Gwinnett’s 5-2 win in that contest snapped a 10-game home losing streak. The right-hander sealed the award thanks to 6.0 scoreless, four-hit innings in Sunday’s 9-0 win over Toledo.

The 35-year-old Corcoran is 3-3 with a 3.19 ERA (17 ER in 48.0 IP) in nine starts with Gwinnett this season. The 16-year veteran has also pitched in the IL with the Durham Bulls (2004-07) and was briefly a Major Leaguer with the Tampa Bay Rays (2005-07). He is the first G-Braves’ pitcher to win the IL’s Pitcher of the Week award since right-hander Todd Redmond won on May 20, 2012.

The Gwinnett Braves open a four-game road series against the Syracuse Chiefs on Monday night. First pitch from NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse, N.Y., is set for 6:30 p.m. Right-hander Omar Poveda (3-3, 2.52) will start for the G-Braves, while the Chiefs will counter with right-hander Ryan Tatusko (0-1, 2.97).

The next G-Braves’ home game is Tuesday, June 4 against the Rochester Red Wings, first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m.