Audio: Stefan Gartrell’s Walk-off Home Run
Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess
The reigning IL Batter of the Week Stefan Gartrell had an interesting week. Not only was he the first Gwinnett Brave to win a weekly IL award this season, but he also just blasted the G-Braves to victory on Thursday afternoon amidst “Education Day” at Coolray Field. Over 5,000 screaming students from schools all over the community came to the ballpark for a special 10:35 a.m. first pitch Thursday morning.
What could make a child happier than a field trip away from school? Exactly. A Stefan Gartrell game-winning home run that nearly reached “Dan Uggla” territory over the Gwinnett bullpen in left field is a close second.
Gartrell is batting over .400 in his last seven games, alongside RBI in 10 of his last 11 games including five home runs and an .850 slugging percentage. The slugger has registered seven runs scored, 14 hits, five bombs and 12 RBI in his last 10 games including his walk-off heroics against Buffalo.
The pitching may have been carrying this team early in the season, but rest assuredly that this offense is resting securely on the back of Gartrell currently. However, he is capable of the heavy lifting.
By: Tony Piraro