April 2012

G-Braves Look To Start New Streak Monday

4.16.12 G-Braves Game Notes

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

The first place G-Braves (7-4) couldn’t complete the four-game sweep of second place Durham (6-5) on Sunday afternoon. With the loss to the Bulls, the G-Braves snapped their season-high six-game win streak as well. However, Gwinnett will be looking to start a new streak on Monday against another division foe in the form of the Baltimore Orioles Triple-A affiliate. Last week the G-Braves swept the Tides in Norfolk, including an incredible seven-run ninth inning comeback for the sweep last Wednesday.

Todd Redmond took the tough loss (1-1) Sunday after allowing just two runs (one earned), both coming in the fifth inning. Nevertheless, the G-Braves were able to still win the series against an impressive Bulls team. Last season, Durham won the International League South Division

Starting Line-up: Norfolk (5-6, 3rd) vs Gwinnett (7-4, 1st) – Monday, April 16 @ 7:05 p.m. from Coolray Field

G-Braves Righty Erik Cordier (0-0, 6.75) will be making his third start of the season, as he will oppose Norfolk right-hander Brad Bergesen (0-1, 8.68).

Norfolk Tides Batting Order:

1) Xavier Avery, CF

2) Steve Tolleson, SS

3) Ryan Adams, DH

4) Josh Bell, 3B

5) Jamie Hoffman, LF

6) Joe Mahoney, 1B

7) Jai Miller, RF

8) Chris Robinson, C

9) Matt Antonelli, 2B

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jose Constanza, LF

3) Drew Sutton, 3B

4) Stefan Gartrell, RF

5) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

6) Joey Terdoslavich, DH

7) Josh Wilson, 2B

8) Greg Paiml, SS

9) J.C. Boscan, C

-Tony Piraro

4.15.12 Pre-Game Interview With Manager Dave Brundage

Dave Brundage Pregame Interview for Sunday 04-15-12

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

If you missed the voice of the G-Braves, Tony Schiavone, sitting down with Gwinnett skipper Dave Brundage on Sunday before the Durham game, then click the link above to cacth-up with all things Gwinnett Braves.

-Tony Piraro

G-Braves Look To Keep Momentum Going Saturday

4.14.12 G-Braves Game Notes

(Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess)

Christian Marrero (pictured above) and the G-Braves are seeking their sixth straight win tonight, as they play host to the Durham Bulls. Marrero reached base four times last night and is presently second on the G-Braves in batting average (.360), hits (9), total bases (14), slugging percentage (.560), on-base percentage (.429) and OPS (1.691).

Currently, your G-Braves reside alone in first place of the IL South Division with a 6-3 record this season. The Bulls are right behind Gwinnett with a 5-4 mark, after losing two straight to the G-Braves at Coolray Field.

If you woke up late today, then you missed the American Cancer Society 5K/Family Fun Run that was being hosted here, at Coolray Field. If you missed the early morning festivities, be sure you’re at the park when the gates open at 6:00 p.m. tonight because there is a fleece blanket giveaway upon your entrance.

Gwinnett’s offense is really starting to heat up as of late. After a rousing 7-run comeback win in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game at Norfolk to complete their sweep of the Tides, the G-Braves have begun the season unbeaten (2-0) at home.

Since joining the team on Wednesday, Jose Constanza has been setting the International League on fire. He had the game-tying hit on Wednesday, alongside his three triples in three games thus far. Constanza is leading the team in most offensive categories, including his .455 batting average.

Luis Durango already has six stolen bases this season, as he leads his team with twice as many as the next player. Durango is also leading the team in total bases (16) and hits (13), alongside his stellar defense in centerfield.  

Starting Line-up for Durham (5-4, 2nd) vs Gwinnett (6-3, 1st) on Saturday, April 14 @ 7:05 p.m. from Coolray Field

Southpaw Yohan Flande (0-0, 0.00) will make his second start for the G-Braves this season, as he will oppose the Bulls righty Matt Torra (1-0, 4.76).

Durham Bulls Batting Order:

1) Will Rhymes, 2B

2) Tim Beckham, SS

3) Brandon Guyer, LF

4) Matt Mangini, 1B

5) Leslie Anderson, DH

6) Jeff Salazar, RF

7) Shawn O’Malley, 3B

8) Craig Alberanz, C

9) Kyle Hudson, CF

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jose Constanza, LF

3) Drew Sutton, 2B

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Christian Marrero, DH 

7) Jordan Parraz, RF

8) Josh Wilson, SS

9) Jose Yepez, C

-Tony Piraro

Tony Schiavone’s Pre-Game Interview With Jamie Dismuke

G-Braves Hitting Coach Jaime Dismuke Pre-Game Interview

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

Check out the voice of the Gwinnett Braves Tony Schiavone as he sits down with the G-Braves hitting coach Jaime Dismuke. Currently, the 1st-place G-Braves are tied for the 6th-best batting average in the International League. Regardless, the G-Braves have one of the more powerful offenses in Triple-A baseball. Gwinnett leads the IL in RBI (43), runs scored (44) and triples (4). Dismuke’s crew is also near the top of the league in total bases (105) and hits (72) this season.

-Tony Piraro

First Place G-Braves Seeking Fifth Straight Win

4.13.12 GBraves Game Notes

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

Last night, the Gwinnett Braves opened their 2012 home schedule with a 7-1 win over the Durham Bulls in front of 4,699 fans at Coolray Field. Jose Constanza and J.C. Boscan each drove in two RBI apiece, while right-hander Julio Teheran logged five scoreless, three-hit innings to pick up his first victory as the G-Braves moved to 5-3 on the season.

The reigning IL Pitcher of the Year and 2011 Rookie of the Year, Teheran (1-0) lived up to the billing, working five innings of scoreless baseball. In addition to four strikeouts over five scoreless innings, the right-hander also picked off two base-runners from first. With his first win of the season, Teheran lowered his ERA from 16.20 to 4.05.

Gwinnett scored a run in the bottom of the first and never trailed in the contest. Luis Durango walked to lead-off the bottom half of the first, then advanced to second after stealing his fifth base of the young season. Following a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt by Jose Constanza to advance Durango to third base, Drew Sutton laced a single into right field to give Gwinnett an early 1-0 lead.

The G-Braves took full advantage of another lead-off walk that was issued by Bulls starting pitcher Jhonny Nunez in the fourth inning. After Ernesto Mejia reached base, Gwinnett followed with back-to-back singles by Joey Terdoslavich and Jordan Parraz to load the bases. Following a lineout by Josh Wilson, Boscan ripped a two-run single to give the G-Braves a 3-0 lead. The next batter, Durango, grounded into a fielder’s choice, adding another run to the G-Braves lead, 4-0, as they headed to the fifth inning.

Parraz led off the sixth inning with his second hit of the night, and Wilson followed with a base hit of his own. Following back-to-back strikeouts, Constanza drilled a ball into right-center for his second triple in two games, giving the G-Braves a 6-0 lead.

Starting Line-up for Durham (5-3, T-1st) vs Gwinnett (5-3, T-1st) on April 13 @ 7:05 p.m. from Coolray Field

Right-hander Eric Junge (0-1, 10.80) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves, while the Bulls counter with right-handed ace Chris Archer (1-0, 1.50). Friday the 13th’s game features a special appearance by Veggie Tales and Fox 5 Friday Fireworks following the action. Listen to the game on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Durham Bulls Batting Order:

1) Will Rhymes, 3B

2) Tim Beckham, SS

3) Brandon Guyer, RF

4) Matt Mangini, DH

5) Leslie Anderson, LF

6) Juan Miranda, 1B

7) Jesus Feliciano, CF

8) Nevin Ashley, C

9) Shawn O’Malley, 2B

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

-Tony Piraro

Opening Night, Tommie Aaron Tribute and Starting Line-up’s

4.12.12 GBraves Game Notes

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

What a beautiful day for baseball? The weather may be a little chilly, but the second place G-Braves are sure to keep you warm. Prior to the first pitch of tonight’s game, which is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. local time, be sure to be inside Coolray Field to witness the re-retirement ceremony of Tommie Aaron.

The older brother of Hank Aaron had his No. 23 retired by the Richmond Braves when they were still stationed in Virginia. Tommie is actually the only Triple-A Brave to have his number retired in organizational history. However, once the Braves left Richmond in 2008, Aaron’s No. 23 was no longer honored.

Therefore, tonight from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, the Gwinnett Braves will honor the former legend by re-retiring the No. 23 before the G-Braves play host to the Durham Bulls.

Currently, the G-Braves are coming off a huge win in Norfolk on Wednesday afternoon to complete their sweep of the Orioles Triple-A affiliate. The Tides were actually leading Gwinnett by seven runs heading to the ninth inning when the G-Braves bats exploded. Gwinnett scored seven runs in their last at-bats to tie the game, then added a few more runs in extra innings to grab the victory, 14-12. With the win, the G-Braves move their record to 4-3 on the season, placing them in second place behind Durham.

Home Opener Starting Line-up for Thursday, April 12 from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia

Durham Bulls RHP: Jhonny Nunez (0-0, 2.75) vs G-Braves RHP: Julio Teheran (0-0, 16.20)

Durham Bulls Batting Order:

1. 2B, Will Rhymes

2. SS, Tim Beckham

3. RF, Jeff Salazar

4. 3B, Matt Mangini

5. DH, Leslie Anderson

6. 1B, Juan Miranda

7. CF, Jesus Feliciano

8. C, Nevin Ashley

9. LF, Kyle Hudson

G-Braves Batting Order:

1. CF, Luis Durango

2. LF, Jose Constanza

3. 2B, Drew Sutton

4. DH, Stefan Gartrell

5. 1B, Ernesto Mejia

6. 3B, Joey Terdoslavich

7. RF, Jordan Parraz

8. SS, Josh Wilson

9. C, J.C. Boscan

-Tony Piraro

Brundage Pregame Interview, 4.11

G-Braves’ broadcaster Tony Schiavone caught up with manager Dave Brundage for today’s pregame interview, talking about a two-game winning streak and last night’s 7-1 victory in Norfolk.

In case you missed it, listen in:  Brundage Pregame Interview for Wednesday 04-11-12

-DL

Game Notes for 4.11 at Norfolk

The G-Braves may officially be on a roll after a 7-1 win over the Norfolk Tides last night, their second-straight win.  Joey Terdoslavich (2-run HR), Josh Wilson and Greg Paiml all drove in two runs each, backing another strong effort from right-hander Todd Redmond.  Redmond became the first G-Braves starter to throw a quality start in 2012, yielding only a run on four hits over 6.0 innings while striking out seven.

The win locked up Gwinnett’s first series victory of the year, now they’ll look for their first sweep as they close out the series at Norfolk today.  Right-hander Erik Cordier (0-0, 0.00) will make his second start of the year.  First pitch at Harbor Park is scheduled for 12:15 PM.

Today’s Game Notes:  4.11.12 GBraves Game Notes

You’ll see on the front page of today’s notes that outfielder Jose Constanza, a Triple-A All-Star with the G-Braves last year, is back on the roster.  Constanza was optioned to Gwinnett by the Atlanta Braves yesterday in order to clear space for Chipper Jones.  The active Gwinnett roster is now back to 25 players.

Opening Night at Coolray Field is set for tomorrow at 7:05 PM.  Right-hander Julio Teheran (0-0, 16.20) is set to start against the Durham Bulls.  More information on the opener to come tomorrow.

-DL

4.9.12 Game Notes at Norfolk

The initial road trip of the 2012 season continues for the Gwinnett Braves as they open a three-game series at Norfolk tonight.  The G-Braves dropped three of four in Durham, NC over the weekend and will look to rebound against the Tides, the last-place team from the IL South Division a year ago. 

The G-Braves will be without outfielder Cory Harrilchak, who was reassigned to Double-A Mississippi earlier today.  No counter-move has yet been made to fill his spot.

Left-hander Yohan Flande (0-0, 0.00) is slated to make his first start of 2012 for Gwinnett tonight.  First pitch is at 7:15 PM, you can catch the broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN AM 550/102.9 FM or at WDUN.com.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  4.9.12 GBraves Game Notes

-DL

Game Notes for 4.8.12 at Durham

The G-Braves close out their four-game series at Durham today on Easter Sunday, looking for a series split.  Right-hander Eric Junge (8-9, 5.12 ERA with Triple-A Salt Lake last year) will make his G-Braves debut against the Bulls at 5:05 PM.

Today’s Game Notes:  4.8.12 GBraves Game Notes

-DL

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