LAWRENCEVILLE — Juan Jaime struggled mightily in his last two appearances before the AAA All-Star Game, giving up four runs each time in back-to-back poor outings at Norfolk.
The Gwinnett Braves’ closer, though, was back on track in the International League’s 7-3 victory over the Pacific Coast League at Durham on Wednesday night.
Jaime pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out two and having just four of his 14 pitches called balls.
That was more like the pitcher who was perfect in his first 14 save opportunities with the G-Braves while earning his first two promotions to the major leagues.
The 26-year-old from the Dominican Republic allowed a run over four innings during four appearances with Atlanta and struck out seven.
Jaime, who had his career derailed for a while by Tommy John elbow surgery, had 46 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings with Gwinnett before the All-Star break. He also had 27 walks, though, and his ERA jumped to 3.98 with the two bad outings in Norfolk.
The right-hander is one of the hardest throwers in the International League, regularly topping 97 mph on the Coolray Field speed gun.
Gosselin keeps hitting
Phil Gosselin, the G-Braves’ other representative in the AAA All-Star Game, had a single in his first at-bat against the Pacific Coast League and scored one of the International League’s two first-inning runs during the 7-3 victory.
Gosselin played the entire game at third base and finished 1-for-4 with a strikeout. The International League has won all except one of the games against the Pacific Coast League since the G-Braves’ first season in 2009.
The former University of Virginia standout came into the All-Star Game as the International League’s Hitter of the Week.
Gosselin was 18-for-26 with six doubles, two triples, one homer and six RBIs over the seven-game stretch, lifting his overall average to .345 — third in the International League.
Gosselin, who has played three infield spots as well as left field, leads the International League in hits, doubles and total bases.
Jose Peraza, who didn’t turn 20 until after the start of the season, is the Atlanta prospect G-Braves fans would most like to see before the end of the year.
The second baseman from Venezuela batted .347 in his first 87 games this season with Class A Advanced Lynchburg and then Class AA Mississippi, stealing 44 bases. He had 64 steals last year for Class A Rome, where he played shortstop.
Peraza started for the World in the All-Star Futures Game in Minnesota, going 1-for-2 in the 3-2 loss. G-Braves manager Brian Snitker was a coach for the winning United States team.