The Gwinnett Braves will begin their quest for the International League championship on Wednesday, fresh off winning the South Division.
The Braves beat Charlotte 6-2 on Monday to clinch their first division title since moving to Gwinnett in 2009. The Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A team made it to the Governors’ Cup playoff that year as a wild card.
Highly rated Braves prospect Tyrell Jenkins threw 7 2/3 innings for the win. Blake Lalli drove in four runs for the G-Braves against the host Knights.
Gwinnett opens the best-of-five first-round playoff series at West Division champion Columbus at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday. After Game 2 on Thursday, the series returns to Lawrenceville for a 7:05 p.m. game Friday.
Games 4 and 5, if necessary, would be Saturday and Sunday at the Braves’ Coolray Field.
The Governors’ Cup playoff also features another local tie, with 22-year-old Loganville High School graduate Clint Frazier playing left field for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Frazier is a top prospect in the Yankees organization. His RailRiders won the IL North with a league-best 91-52 record. They travel to take on division foe Lehigh Valley, which won the wild card berth, for a best-of-five series starting Wednesday.