Homestand Highlights, Upcoming G-Braves Schedule

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

The Gwinnett Braves opened their season at Coolray Field with flying colors. The G-Braves were able to withstand pre-game ceremonies, Japanese debuts, Major League rehab assignments and of couse, rain and weather delays. Nevertheless, Gwinnett was able to capitalize off their home field advantage in the first eight home games of the 2012 regular season, going 7-1 at Coolray Field. Gwinnett is also tied with LeHigh Valley (PHI) for an International League-best 11 wins. Most importantly however, the G-Braves are atop the IL South Division, resting comfotably in first place as they commute to Charlotte this weekend. Continue to follow us at the G-Blog all season long for anything Braves…

Home Opener: Thursday, April 12 vs Durham Bulls, 1-0 @ Coolray Field

G-Braves Stampede Bulls 7-1 in Home Opener (click on link to read recap from game)

Julio Teheran won his first game of the season as the G-Braves finally defeated Durham after losing three of their first four games of the season in North Carolina a week earlier. Tommie Aaron’s No. 23 was re-retired on the right field wall at Coolray Field prior to the game.

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

Home Game No. 2: Friday, April 13 vs Durham Bulls, 2-0 @ Coolray Field

 
Yohan Flande was nearly untouchable for Gwinnett, working five scoreless frames for his first win of the season. Joey Terdoslavich blasted off for his first home run of the season at Coolray Field as the G-Braves won their sixth consecutive game.
 
 
(Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess) 
 
Home Game No. 3: Saturday, April 14 vs Durham Bulls, 3-0 @ Coolray Field
 

Six-Run Third Propels G-Braves Past Durham, 12-7 

The G-Braves and Bulls combined to collect 22 hits and 19 total runs in the slugfest. Regardless, the G-Braves came out on top as Christian Marrero led the way with a 3-for-4 night alongside his three RBI. Eric Junge scooped up his first victory of the 2012 regular season as well.

(Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden)

Home Game No. 4: Sunday, April 15 vs Durham Bulls, 3-1 @ Coolray Field

Durham Snaps G-Braves’ Win-Streak at Six 

The G-Braves six-game win streak was snapped by the Durham Bulls on Sunday. This was the only game of the homestand that Gwinnett ended up losing and that could have been prevented as well. Most of the damage was done in the fifth inning when unearned runs were scored off Todd Redmond, who took his first loss of the season.

(Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess)

Home Game No. 5: Monday, April 16 vs Norfolk Tides, 4-1 @ Coolray Field

Late-Inning Heroics Squeak G-Braves Past Tides

The first game of the Norfolk series was the best game of the G-Braves eight-game homestand. It was a struggle for either team in this game to score a run. However, the Tides pushed a run across in the top of the 12th inning with thoughts of stealing the first game of the four-game series. The G-Braves were quick to respond in their half of the 12th as J.C. Boscan drove home the tying run and Drew Sutton drove in the winning run as Gwinnett remained undefeated against Norfolk in 2012.

(Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden)

Home Game No. 6: Tuesday, April 17 vs Norfolk Tides, 5-1 @ Coolray Field

Teheran, G-Braves Roll Tides, 6-0

Julio Teheran was more impressive in his second start at home as he secured his second straight win of the season with five and two-third scoreless innings of work, as the G-Braves shutout Norfolk. Jose Yepez was the offense as he drove home three runs with his base-clearing double.

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

Home Game No. 7: Wednesday, April 18 vs Norfolk Tides, 6-1 @ Coolray Field

Hudson Victorious as G-Braves Breeze by Norfolk

The Tim Hudson Major League rehab assignment went swimmingly, however it didn’t start out that way. The Atlanta ace loaded the bases in the first inning before an out was recorded. However, he got out of that jam and went on to retire the next 13 straight batters. Hudson worked five innings for the win and allowed one run, but it was unearned. Ernesto Mejia devastated the Tides with a three-run double in the G-Braves half of the first inning.

(Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess)

Home Game No. 8: Thursday, April 19 vs Norfolk Tides, 7-1 @ Coolray Field

Parraz, Mejia Power G-Braves to Sweep of Norfolk

Amidst the U.S. professional debut of Japanese star Tsuyoshi Wada for the Norfolk Tides, the G-Braves opened the floodgates against the southpaw and his critics. Gwinnett’s offense exploded for six runs off the lefty before he exited the game in line for his first professional loss in America. Ernesto Mejia once again was the offensive story with a double, two-run homer and three RBI as the G-Braves swept Norfolk and remained unbeaten against the Tides (7-0) in 2012.

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

International League South Division Standings as of 4.20.12

1. (11-4) Gwinnett Braves, — Games Back

2. (8-7) Charlotte Knights, 3.0 Games Back

3. (6-9) Durham Bulls, 5.0 Games Back

4. (5-10) Norfolk Tides, 6.0 Games Back

Upcoming G-Braves Schedule

April 20-22: @Charlotte, 3 games with the IL South Division Knights

April 23: Off Day

April 24-26: Coolray Field, 3 games with the IL South Division Charlotte Knights

April 27-30: @Toledo, 4 games with the IL West Division Mudhens

-Tony Piraro

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