G-Braves Game Notes for 5.15.12 at Buffalo

The 11-game, 10-day marathon homestand is over, and your IL South-leading Gwinnett Braves take to the road for an eight-game trip through Buffalo and Rochester.  They begin things tonight at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY as they take on Wally Backman’s Bisons’ squad.  The two teams met up at Coolray Field recently, with Buffalo taking three of four.  Only a Stefan Gartrell walk-off home run on Thursday afternoon could salvage the series for the G-Braves.

If you like great pitching (and who doesn’t), you’ll get a good dose of it as these two teams meet up again.  Right-hander Todd Redmond, fresh off his career high-tying 10-strikeout performance against the same Bisons lineup his last time out, takes the baseball for the G-Braves tonight.  “Red” yielded just a run on six hits over 6.2 innings in his 116-pitch effort on May 10, this time he’ll be looking to pick up the win.  Meanwhile, Buffalo counters with right-hander Jeremy Hefner, owner of the International League’s second-best ERA of 1.77.  Hefner’s 3-1 with a modest 23 strikeouts in 40.2 innings, but worked a season-high 7.2 innings with two runs on four hits in a no-decision when he last met with the Gwinnett lineup on May 10.  One of those two runs came home on a Christian Marrero solo blast.

We won’t get to see the Julio Teheran vs. Matt Harvey mega-prospect match-up that we just missed out on in the last series, but both pitchers will throw in the four-game set.  Teheran is slated for a game three start on Thursday, while Harvey will go up against right-hander Eric Junge on Friday.  Right-hander Jair Jurrjens, 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA over his first three starts with Gwinnett, will start on Wednesday night.  Plenty of great pitching to keep an eye out for.

Durango’s nine-game hitting streak has led directly to an increase in stolen bases. The speedster swiped nine bags on the recently-completed 11-game homestand. (Melinda Pease / Gwinnett Braves)

As far as the Gwinnett lineup is concerned, we’ve seen hot stretches from Drew Sutton, Jordan Parraz, Jose Constanza and Gartrell since the start of the season.  The latest entrant is Luis Durango, who after a combined 3-for-6 effort in the doubleheader, is riding a nine-game hitting streak.  Durango is hitting .419 (13-for-31) with two doubles, seven runs scored and five RBI on the streak.  The increase in his time on base has led directly to more steals, as he swiped nine bags in 10 games on the homestand.  Durango leads all IL players with 20 steals in 24 attempts this year.

More on Redmond, Durango and the rest of the G-Braves in tonight’s Game Notes:  5.15.12 GBraves Game Notes

Game one gets going at 7:05 PM tonight, listen to the broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM and WDUN.com.

-DL

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