Macon Braves at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox)
WHERE: Lake Olmstead Stadium
THE SERIES: Four games - Today through Friday, 7:15 p.m.
RECORDS (Overall/second half): Braves (49-46/12-16), Jackets (55-45/13-17)
Today/LHP Ben Kozlowski (9-4, 2.36)/RHP Rene Miniel (6-3, 3.94)
Wednesday/RHP Adam Wainwright (7-9, 4.02)/LHP Mauricio Lara (2-4, 2.67)
Thursday/RHP Roman Colon (4-5, 3.66)/RHP Mat Thompson (8-7, 2.76)
Friday/LHP Chris Waters (5-5, 3.49)/LHP Luis Perez (7-6, 3.80)
SCOUTING THE GREENJACKETS
The Jackets dropped first three games of four-game series on the road against Columbus, which concluded Monday. ... 1B Dustin Brisson has 11 hits in past 27 at-bats, raising average to .315, good for third in the SAL. ... 3B John Hattig, who joined the club July 5 from short-season Class A Lowell, is 7-for-21 in his past six games, and is batting .310 in 13 games with the Jackets through Sunday. ... 3B Tony Blanco is 13-for-39 (.333) with two home runs and 11 RBI in his past 10 games. ... LHP Rich Rundles allowed just two earned runs in his past two starts (13 innings) with 14 strikeouts. ... SS Kenny Perez is batting .357 (10-for-28) in eight games vs. Macon this season. ... After leading the SAL in pitching most of the season, the Jackets have dropped to third in staff ERA (2.93).
SCOUTING THE BRAVES
Macon took a four-game winning streak into the final game of a four-game series at Savannah on Monday. ... Braves are 5-3 against the Jackets this season. ... SS Kelly Johnson, a first-round pick by the Braves in 2000, is second in the SAL with a .319 average and tied for fourth with 18 home runs. He also leads the league with a .418 on-base percentage and is second with a .570 slugging percentage. ... LHP Ben Kozlowski, a 12th-round pick in 1999, is eighth in the SAL with a 2.36 ERA and fourth in the league with 121 strikeouts. ... RHP Adam Wainwright, the 29th overall pick in the 2000 draft out of St. Simons Island, Ga., leads the league with 136 strikeouts. Wainwright was rated by Baseball America as Atlanta's seventh-best prospect. ... OF Alph Coleman is batting .394 (13-for-33) in eight games vs. Augusta.
NEWS AND NOTES
The GreenJackets received some much-needed help at second base Monday when the Red Sox assigned them 19-year-old middle infielder Manny Dorta.
Both the club's second basemen, Raul Nieves and Jon Anderson, went down with injuries during the eight-game road trip.
Nieves will miss the next seven to 10 days with a hand injury, while Anderson has been out with a strained back.
Manager Mike Boulanger was forced to start third baseman/first baseman John Hattig at second base in Sunday's 5-3 loss at Columbus - Hattig had made just one previous start at second in 135 minor-league games.
Dorta, a native of Venezuela, was batting .408 with two home runs and eight RBI in 76 at-bats in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. He was signed by Boston as a 16-year-old in 1998.
Jacket to be named later?
On Saturday, the Boston Red Sox traded Triple-A utility infielder Nate Tebbs to the Braves for a player-to-be-named later, and the Jackets might end up with a pitcher when the deal is completed.
In an pre-game interview during the Jackets' radio broadcast Sunday, Boulanger said there is a chance that the Red Sox will receive a Class A pitcher from Atlanta and, in turn, assign him to Augusta.
Atlanta has three Class A affiliates - short-season A Danville (Va.), Macon and high-A Myrtle Beach (S.C.).
After carrying 12 pitchers all season, the Jackets are down to 11 since the promotion of Tony Fontana to high Class A Sarasota (Fla.) on July 13.
JACKETS ON DECK
July 28-31/vs. Columbus; Aug. 2-5 at Macon; Aug. 6-8 vs. Savannah; Aug. 9-12 vs. Capital City
Tuesday - Team Trivia and Two for Tuesday (two beers for price of one); Thirsty Thursday (16 ounce beers for $1).
$8 box; $7 reserved; $6 general admission; $5 senior citizens/active military with I.D./children 4-12; $3 children 3-and-under.
NOTE: Statistics do not include Monday's games.
- Compiled by Rob Mueller