April 2012

G-Braves Notes for 4.30.12 at Toledo

It’s hard to believe the first month of the 2012 season is already ending tonight.  No matter what happens on April’s final night, the month is already a fantastic success for the Gwinnett Braves.  With yesterday’s 2-1 win in 10 innings, the G-Braves captured their 17th victory in 24 games and maintained a 4.0-game lead on Charlotte for first in the IL South.

The big story coming in, the first start for right-hander Jair Jurrjens since being optioned to Triple-A, turned out to be a big story after the game as well.  J.J. gave the G-Braves 7.0 innings of one-run baseball, allowing just four singles and three walks while striking out four.  He wasn’t overpowering, but he was efficient, needing 93 pitches (54 strikes) to get through a fairly potent Toledo offense.

After Jurrjens’ exit, the G-Pen was just about unhittable again.  Left-hander Dusty Hughes lowered his ERA to a microscopic 0.71 with a scoreless eighth, and right-hander Jaye Chapman had another impressive outing with 2.0 scoreless innings to secure his first win of the season.  As has been the case more than once this month, the Gwinnett offense was minimal but opportunistic as Greg Paiml led off the 10th with a double, took third on a bunt by Luis Durango and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jose Constanza.

Tonight, the G-Braves look to end April with  their third series sweep in the finale of the series at Toledo.  Right-hander Julio Teheran (2-1, 3.78) is 8-1 in 14 career Triple-A road starts, but struggled in his first venture away from Coolray Field this season (April 7 at Durham, 1.2 IP, 3 ER).  Hopefully he’ll look better than last time out, when he gave up four runs on seven hits (including a pair of HR) over 4.1 innings in a loss to Charlotte on April 25.  On a more positive note, Teheran dominated Toledo in his one start against them last year, throwing 8.0-innings of scoreless, three-hit baseball in a 2-0 win on June 9, 2011.

More about J.J., Teheran and the rest of the G-Braves in tonight’s Game Notes:  4.30.12 GBraves Game Notes

First pitch at Fifth Third Field is scheduled for 6:30 PM tonight, catch the broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 55o AM / 102.9 FM and WDUN.com.

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G-Braves Game Notes for 4.29.12 at Toledo

It’s another busy Sunday for the G-Braves today as they continue a four-game set at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH.  Gwinnett captured its third-straight win last night with an 8-3 decision over the Mud Hens, getting some serious production out of the middle of the order.  Ernesto Mejia and Joey Terdoslavich each went 2-for-4 with home runs and two RBI (both hitting their third blasts of the year), while Stefan Gartrell notched a two-run double to give the G-Braves a permanent lead in the fifth inning.   Right-hander Todd Redmond (W, 2-2) turned in his second quality start, limiting the ‘Hens to three runs over 6.0 innings while striking out seven.  As usual, the G-Pen was air-tight as right-handers Erik Cordier and Jason Rice combined on 3.0 scoreless, one-hit innings.

Dave Brundage’s IL South-leading crew will try to capture the series with Toledo today with right-hander Jair Jurrjens set to make his first start since being optioned to Triple-A.   Jurrjens is 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA (10 ER in 19.0 IP) in four career Triple-A starts, all coming on previous MLB Rehab assignments with the G-Braves.  Ironically, he’ll face the Triple-A affiliate of the organization that signed him in 2003 today, the Detroit-affiliated Mud Hens.  Jurrjens skipped over Toledo on his way to the big-leagues in 2007 and has never faced the Tigers nor one of their minor league affiliates since arriving in Atlanta.  Needless to say, it’s an interesting match-up for JJ’s first start.

Speaking of MLB Rehab assignments, right-hander Tim Hudson’s is now officially done.  He’s been activated from the Atlanta DL and starts for the Braves today against Pittsburgh.  That means a chain of roster moves affecting your Gwinnett Braves.  Right-hander Cory Gearrin has been optioned back to Gwinnett, where he’s 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two saves in seven outings this year…he did not pitch for Atlanta after being recalled on April 24.  To make room for Gearrin, left-hander Ben Swaggerty (0-0, 4.32 in six games) has been transferred to Rookie-A Danville.

With all of these moves, it’s been a busy Sunday morning  for Media/PR managers also.

Today’s Game Notes:  4.29.12 GBraves Game Notes

While you’re watching Huddy go back to work today, don’t forget to tune in to JJ’s first bounce-back start at 2:00 PM on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM.  Tony Schiavone has the call from Toledo.  You can also get the broadcast online at WDUN.com.

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G-Braves Game Notes for 4.28.12 at Toledo

The Gwinnett Braves started off the eight-game trip with a 3-2 win over the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field last night.  Left-hander Yohan Flande finally proved human as he allowed two runs in the fifth inning to snap his 19.2-inning scoreless streak, but a 3-for-4, two-RBI performance from Jose Constanza led the G-Braves to the win anyways.  Constanza’s RBI single in the seventh scored Greg Paiml for the winning tally.  Right-hander Adam Russell (W, 3-0) minimized the damage for Flande in the fifth and earned the win as a result, while right-hander Anthony Varvaro (H, 2) and left-hander Dusty Hughes (S, 3) combined on 3.0 scoreless innings.

With pitching continuing to be the main story of the G-Braves, we’ll get a look at right-hander Todd Redmond tonight in game two of the series.  Redmond has lost each of his last two outings but hasn’t had a lot of offensive support to work with.  He’s 10th amongst all International league pitchers with a 2.61 ERA and ranks third in strikeouts with 27.  The ‘Hens are countering with left-hander Shawn Teufel (1-0, 3.18) today and pushing back lefty Andy Oliver to tomorrow.

Much more worth reading in tonight’s Game Notes:  4.28.12 GBraves Game Notes

Note that tonight’s game is a 6:00 PM start time, so tune in a little earlier to WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM to catch the action with Tony Schiavone.  As always, you can listen online as well at WDUN.com.

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G-Braves Game Notes for 4.27.12

After taking two of three on a brief three-game homestand against Charlotte, the Gwinnett Braves are back on the road for a two-city, eight-game road trip.  First up, it’s a meeting with the IL West Division-leading Toledo Mud Hens (14-6) at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH.  The G-Braves come in with an IL South-best 14-7 record, so the four-game series sets up to be a battle of two of the International League’s best clubs.

Left-hander Yohan Flande takes the baseball for game one tonight, looking to extend upon his 15.2-inning scoreless streak.  Each of Flande’s three starts for the G-Braves have resulted in shutout victories, but this time around he’ll be facing a potent Toledo offense that leads the league in runs scored (120) while ranking ranks second in both batting average (.281) and home runs (26).

Jordan Parraz (.457 over his last 10 games) and the G-Braves will hope to feast offensively against Mud Hens’ lefty Ramon Garcia tonight.  Garcia was shelled for eight runs, six earned, over 4.0 innings in a loss to Columbus his last time out.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM, tune in to the radio broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM and online as well at WDUN.com.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  4.27.12 GBraves Game Notes

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G-Braves Seeking Series Win Against Charlotte

(Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts)

The Gwinnett Braves were routed by the Charlotte Knights on Wednesday night, as the Chicago White Sox affiliate pounded out 17 hits en route to the 8-2 victory. This season, Charlotte has taken three out of the five games the two teams have played against one another. With a victory Thursday night by Gwinnett however, they would tie the season series, 3-3, thus far.

Julio Teheran endured his worst performance of the year, working just four and one-third innings for the loss. The righty allowed four runs off seven hits and struck out a season-low one batter as he moves his record to 2-1 following Wednesday’s loss.

Ernesto Mejia (pictured above) has a 16-game on-base streak going for him. The big first baseman has reached base in every game he’s played this season and will be looking to extend his streak to 17 consecutive on Thursday. Josh Wilson, who moved up to the No. 7 slot in the batting order for Thursday, has five hits in his last two games as the shortstop continues to find his rhythm.

Currently, the G-Braves possess one of the best records in the International League with 13 wins and seven losses. The only team’s with better records are the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate, Pawtucket Red Sox who are 15-6 and the Toledo Mudhens (Gwinnett’s next opponent) who are 14-6 on the season as they represent the Detroit Tigers.

Gwinnett still leads the IL South Division, but the margin has slimmed after the Knights have taken three of five games from the G-Braves in the last week. Gwinnett now leads Charlotte by just two games in the standings and an 8-game road trip looms on the Gwinnett horizon following Thursday’s game. Norfolk and Durham have a combined 27 total losses between them already and are no closer than five and a half games out of first place in the IL South Division. The Durham Bulls actually won the division last season, but reside in last place early on this year with their league-leading 15 losses.

Starters: Charlotte Knights (11-9, 2nd) vs Gwinnett (13-7, 1st) Thursday, April 26 @ 7:05 p.m. @ Coolray Field

Righty Eric Junge (2-1, 4.50) will be seeking his third win this year as he will oppose Charlotte southpaw Eric Stults (1-0, 1.13). Be sure to catch to the voice of the G-Braves Tony Schiavone as he broadcasts the game live on 550 AM, WDUN.com or 102.9 FM. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Charlotte Knights Batting Order:

1) Greg Golson, RF

2) Jim Gallagher, LF

3) Conor Jackson, 3B

4) Dan Johnson, DH

5) Hector Gimenez, 1B

6) Josh Phegley, C

7) Jordan Danks, CF

8) Ray Olmedo, SS

9) Jose Castro, 2B

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Drew Sutton, 2B

3) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

4) Stefan Gartrell, LF

5) Joey Terdoslavich, DH

6) Jordan Parraz, RF

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Greg Paiml, 2B

By: Tony Piraro

Mr. Belding Appearance at Coolray Field Thursday

Dennis Haskins, also known as the principal we all love, will be making an appearance at Coolray Field on Thursday night when the Gwinnett Braves host the Charlotte Knights in their series finale. The former “Saved By The Bell” principal will be signing autographs, taking pictures with fans, walking around the concourse, throwing out the first pitch of the game, joining the voice of the G-Braves Tony Schiavone for an inning on the radio and singing the 7th inning stretch.

Be sure to visit the park for “$3 Thursday” where special deals are going on throughout Coolray Field for just $3, including berm seats for just $3 each. It will be an especially entertaining night on Thursday, as the G-Braves and Charlotte Knights conclude their rubber match before both teams exit Georgia.

You can meet the most popular principal of all-time, eat and drink at an extremely affordable price and enjoy your first place G-Braves in action…One way or another, Thursday night will have something for every fan in attendance. The gates are set to open at 6:00 p.m. and first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Pitchers Ready To Shoulder The Load

(Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts)

The Gwinnett Braves (13-7) currently reside in first place of the International League South Division. A huge part of their early success thus far in 2012 can be attributed to their top-notch pitching staff. Presently, the G-Braves have the No. 1 overall pitching in the International League.

Gwinnett possess the top team ERA (2.56), shutouts (5), innings pitched (186.0), least total runs allowed (66) and least earned runs allowed (53) in the 14-team league. The G-Braves are also ranked third in the IL in wins (13), second in least losses (7), fifth in saves (6), fourth in least hits allowed (160), second in least home runs allowed (7) and third in strikeouts (171).

Marty Reed’s staff as a whole has been exceptional this season, but more importantly, they have been consistent. Every arm from top to bottom has made giant contributions to the G-Braves’ success. Already, one player has already been called up to the big club and he is in the form of Cory Gearrin. The righty reliever worked as a set-up man and part-time closer for Gwinnett, where he allowed no runs in 12.1 innings of work and recorded two saves.

Yohan Flande leads the pitchers with a 0.00 ERA through three starts, totaling 15.2 innings. The lefty has been dominant this season, as well as, being a pleasant surprise to the rotation. Flande has allowed just five hits total this season and struck out 16 batters, while walking seven.

Obviously, the reigning IL Pitcher of the Year and IL Rookie of the Year, Julio Teheran has been his usual self for the most part. Barring one start where he was on extended rest due to the Tim Hudson rehab appearances, Teheran has been solid. The ace of the staff is 2-1 with a 3.78 ERA and has struck out 13 batters through 16.1 innings of work. Teheran is rated the No. 1 pitching prospect in baseball according to numerous sources including Baseball America and MLB.com.

The veteran of the staff, Todd Redmond has been consistently good as always. He is 1-2 on the year with a 2.61 ERA but has been dealing with a lot of tough luck. For instance, in his last start at Coolray Field, the righty allowed just one earned run and still took the loss. Currently, Redmond is second in the IL in strikeouts (27) with just 20.2 innings under his belt and he has only walked six batters this season. When his luck starts to turns for the better, watch out.

The bullpen consists of six remarkable Gwinnett pitchers who have an ERA below 3.00 in 2012. Anthony Varvaro has yet to allow a run in his short time with the club, after coming off a Major League rehab assignment. Dusty Hughes has an incredible 0.87 ERA through 10 innings of work, alongside a 1.05 WHIP. The southpaw is also tied with Gearrin for the team-lead in saves with two.  Jaye Chapman has a miniscule ERA at 1.74 so far, including a 0.87 WHIP and 11 strikeouts to just three walks through 10.1 innings pitched. Veteran of the bullpen Buddy Carlyle has been dominant so far in Triple-A. The righty owns a 1.80 ERA and has struck out 12 batters in 15.0 innings thus far. Right-hander Jason Rice possesses a 2.25 ERA this season through eight innings on the mound for the G-Braves. The former White Sox, Padre and Tampa Bay Ray Adam Russell has transitioned beautifully to the Gwinnett bullpen. The 6-foot, 8-inch righty is currently registering a 2.89 ERA, alongside a save and 11 strikeouts through nine and one-third innings of work.

The scary part is that this G-Braves team is leading the league in pitching and in first place before the bats have yet to awaken. Once the team is running on all cylinders, this G-Brave team is going to be more fun to watch than they already are. One fact remains unquestionable, the Atlanta Braves have a stockpile of hard throwers who are ready to get big league hitters out on a consistent basis whenever their time may arise.

By: Tony Piraro

Julio Teheran Trying to Stay Undefeated Wednesday Night

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

The Gwinnett Braves are breathing a major sigh of relief after Tuesday night’s win over second place Charlotte. Tim Hudson (2-0) made the start for the G-Braves and was very solid. The righty allowed just one earned run off six hits, while he struck out four and walked just two hitters en route to his second win with Gwinnett. The G-Braves bullpen allowed three runs in the ninth inning and loaded the bases before lefty Dusty Hughes could get out of the jam, as the G-Braves slipped past the Knights, 5-4.

Currently, the Gwinnett Braves possess the second best record in the International League with 13 wins and just six losses. The only team with a better record are the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate, Pawtucket Red Sox who are 15-5 on the season. The G-Braves lead the IL South Division by three games over their current opponent, the Charlotte Knights. Norfolk and Durham both have six wins each, with Durham already registering 14 losses in 2012 after winning the IL South last year.

The G-Braves have two more games at Coolray Field on their current three-game home stand before heading onto the road for eight games. So far this season, Gwinnett is 8-1 at home and is really capitalizing off their top-ranked pitching staff in the International League. The G-Braves pitching will carry this team, but the offense is what will separate them from the rest of the pack.

Starting Line-up: Charlotte Knights (10-9, 2nd) vs Gwinnett (13-6, 1st) – Wednesday, April 25 @ 7:05 p.m. @ Coolray Field

Righty Julio Teheran (2-0, 2.19) will be looking for a repeat performance of his masterful, five-inning plus win against the Norfolk Tides a week ago. The No. 1 prospect in the Braves system will be matching up against the Knights right-hander Terry Doyle (0-1, 4.96) from Lawrenceville, Georgia. Be sure to catch to the voice of the G-Braves Tony Schiavone as he broadcasts the game live on 550 AM, WDUN.com or 102.9 FM.

Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Charlotte Knights Batting Order:

1) Tyler Kuhn, 2B

2) Jim Gallagher, LF

3) Conor Jackson, 3B

4) Dan Johnson, DH

5) Hector Gimenez, 1B

6) Josh Phegley, C

7) Jordan Danks, CF

8) Greg Golson, RF

9) Ray Olmedo, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jose Constanza, LF

3) Drew Sutton, 2B

4) Stefan Gartrell, DH

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Christian Marrero, 1B

7) Jordan Parraz, RF

8) Josh Wilson, SS

9) J.C. Boscan, C

By: Tony Piraro

Cory Gearrin Called Up To Atlanta, Jair Jurrjens Sent Down To Gwinnett

(Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess)

Many people assumed that Cory Gearrin would eventually get the call to the big leagues and the Atlanta Braves. However, nobody assumed it would be for the demotion of Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A Gwinnett. Needless to say, this was the Atlanta Braves most recent transaction.

This season, Cory Gearrin has made huge strides in his development toward becoming a Major League pitcher. Currently, the right-hander is 1-0 and possesses a 0.00 ERA in 12.1 innings of work in Triple-A. Gearrin has recorded two saves and struck out 15 hitters, while walking just two this season. He has been used predominantly in the closer or set-up role for the G-Braves. More than likely, he will be used for middle relief for Atlanta until his role becomes more apparent.

Jair Jurrjens (0-2) on the other hand has not had as much success as Gearrin early-on this season. The righty presently owns a 9.37 ERA, alongside allowing 30 hits through 16.1 innings pitched this year. Jurrjens has allowed 17 earned runs and five home runs, while he has struck out eight batters and walked 10 so far.

Cory Gearrin was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round of the 2007 MLB Draft. He has worked himself up through the levels of the Braves organization, as he started in Danville with the Rookie-Braves in 2007. He then split time between Rome and Myrtle Beach in 2008 before spending most of the 2009 season with Double-A Mississippi. The right-handed reliever spent a majority of the past two years with the Gwinnett Braves in Triple-A.

Last season, Gearrin was called up to Atlanta where he appeared in 18 games for the Braves. In 18.1 innings of relief, the righty allowed 16 earned runs off 17 hits. He did strikeout an impressive 25 hitters, while walking 12 in his short-stay with the big club. This trip, the Braves No. 12 ranked RHP prospect is prepared to stick around. However, it is Gearrin’s job to adjust on the fly. He will be prepared to do whatever the Braves ask of him.

By: Tony Piraro

Tim Hudson Making Second Start for G-Braves Tuesday

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

The Gwinnett Braves are coming off a disappointing three-game road trip, losing two of three games to the Charlotte Knights. The Chicago White Sox affiliate is currently two games behind the G-Braves for first place in the International League South Division.

In fact, the Knights are now at Coolray Field for three more games with Gwinnett, as the G-Braves have payback on the mind. Tuesday night, Atlanta Braves ace Tim Hudson (1-0, 0.00) will be making his second start for the G-Braves as he inches closer to the big leagues.

Infielder Drew Sutton is currently on an 11-game hit streak entering play Tuesday night for the G-Braves. The switch-hitter is batting .258 this season with seven RBI and two stolen bases. He also added a game-winning hit to his resume, against Norfolk last week in extra innings from Coolray Field.

Starting Line-up: Charlotte Knights (10-8, 2nd) vs Gwinnett (12-6, 1st) – Tuesday, April 24 @ 7:05 p.m. @ Coolray Field

Righty Tim Hudson will be looking for a repeat performance of his masterful, five-inning win against the Norfolk Tides a week ago. Huddy will be matching up against the Knights southpaw Charlie Leesman (1-1, 5.02) from Lawrenceville, Georgia. Be sure to catch to the voice of the G-Braves Tony Schiavone as he broadcasts the game live on 550 AM, WDUN.com or 102.9 FM.

Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Charlotte Knights Batting Order:

1) Tyler Kuhn, 2B

2) Jim Gallagher, LF

3) Conor Jackson, 3B

4) Dan Johnson, DH

5) Hector Gimenez, 1B

6) Josh Phegley, C

7) Jordan Danks, CF

8) Greg Golson, RF

9) Ozzie Martinez, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jose Constanza, LF

3) Drew Sutton, 2B

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, RF

6) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

7) Jordan Parraz, DH

8) Josh Wilson, SS

9) J.C. Boscan, C

By: Tony Piraro

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