Two games, 23 innings so far for the Gwinnett Braves in Durham. Fortunately, last night resulted in a 3-0 win in 11 innings as Joey Terdoslavich doubled home two runs to break a scoreless game. Jose Yepez also added an RBI double for his first hit with the G-Braves. Right-hander Adam Russell bested his old team, the Bulls, with 2.0 scoreless innings and five strikeouts in relief.
Think it’s unprecedented to have two extra-inning games in the opening series? Not with these two. The Braves and Bulls played extra-inning affairs twice in last year’s opening four-game series at Coolray Field, with each team claiming victory once. If history repeats itself, we shouldn’t be in store for extras in either of the next two games.
For more factoids on last night’s win, check out today’s G-Braves Game Notes: 4.7.12 GBraves Game Notes
Right-hander Julio Teheran, easily the most decorated pitcher in the International League this season, begins his second campaign with the G-Braves tonight in a 5:05 PM start at Durham. You can catch the broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN AM 550/102.9 FM, or listen online at WDUN.com.
The G-Braves are back at it tonight for game two of a four-game set at Durham. Right-hander Erik Cordier (5-8, 5.13 ERA in ’11) makes his first start for Gwinnett this season.
Check out tonight’s Game Notes: 4.6.12 GBraves Game Notes
The G-Braves lost their first game of the regular season Thursday night, 4-3, after a hard fought extra-inning affair. The reigning International League South Division Champion Durham Bulls took an early 2-0 lead, but the G-Braves worked their way back into the game late.
The Tampa Bays Rays prized prospect Alex Cobb struck out eight Gwinnett hitters through five innings of work. He allowed one earned run off six hits and left the game in line for the win.
For the G-Braves, Todd Redmond was nearly as sharp, working four innings of two-run (one earned) ball. The G-Braves righty struck out five Bulls through four innings, en route to the no decision.
Gwinnett tied the game in the eighth inning on a one-out double by Stefan Gartrell. Neither team would score again until the 12th inning. Gwinnett plated one in the top half of the frame, but Durham answered back with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning to grab the win, 4-3.
With the loss, the G-Braves move their 2012 record to 0-1, but will be looking for their first victory of the season Friday night when Erik Cordier (0-0, 0.00) takes the mound for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch from Durham, North Carolina.
The G-Braves loss Thursday night was their first-ever defeat on Opening Day since moving to Gwinnett from Richmond, VA in 2009.
If you missed Tony Schiavone and Judd Hickinbotham’s interview with the G-Braves manager Dave Brundage before Thursday’s game, have no fear, we have it here for your listening pleasure. Be sure to stay tuned to the G-Blog all season long for anything concerning the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.
(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)
Well, it’s been quiet around here at The G-Blog, but not without a good reason. Tony Piraro and myself have been tirelessly working to get ready for the 2012 season, getting together the 2012 Gwinnett Braves Media Guide and the first edition of “Tomahawk Talk” that you’ll see at Coolray Field starting on Thursday, April 12. And, of course, there was the planning process for an unprecedented amount of media and fans alike for the first-ever “Atlanta Braves All-Stars vs. Future Stars Game” that occurred last Tuesday.
Now with most of that behind us and the season starting tonight, we’re ready to get back to blogging. We’ll likely have some pictures (and potentially audio) from that aforementioned “Braves All-Stars vs. Future Stars Game” to share with you in the next few days.
Manager Dave Brundage and company get the 144-game season started tonight at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, NC, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Right-hander Todd Redmond gets the Opening Night start. You can check out the broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM.
Tonight’s Game Notes: 4.5.12 GBraves Game Notes