May 2012

G-Braves Looking To Extend Win-Streak Monday

5.14.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

What a way to end a homestand than with a doubleheader the night before the team leaves for an eight-game road trip? It is the final day of this enormous 11-game homestand from Coolray Field and your first place Gwinnett Braves (23-13) couldn’t be feeling much better about themselves these days.

Currently, the G-Braves are 5-4 on the homestand after splitting a two-game set with the Charlotte Knights, losing three of four to Buffalo and winning all three against Toledo so far. In 2012, the G-Braves are a perfect 6-0 against the Toledo Mud Hens as they get set to do battle in a Monday double-dip. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. and the second game will begin approximately 30 minutes after the first game has concluded.

The newest G-Brave Felix Pie will be making his Braves debut Monday night as he is slotted in the No. 5 spot in the batting order and set to start in right field. Pie was a former top prospect for the Chicago Cubs from 2003-2007, before jumping ship to the Baltimore Orioles organization. There, he played three seasons at the Major League level with the AL East Orioles. He batted a career-high .274 in 2010, his second season with the ballclub.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The first place IL South G-Braves stole the first game of a twinbill, 3-2, from the first place IL West Mud Hens on Friday night. Luis Durango cracked the game-winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning as both teams were stuck in a tie. With the RBI, the speedster has four in his last three games and is also leading the International League in stolen bases with 18 in 20 attempts. Jair Jurrjens (2-0) went the distance for the complete game win, while allowing just two runs.

In Game 2 Friday night, Gwinnett took advantage of Toledo pitching mistakes from the outset and never looked back. After scoring a few runs in the first inning, a bases loaded walk to Christian Marrero in the fourth inning opened up the floodgates. Anthony Varvaro made the spot-start and Erik Cordier grabbed the win as the G-Braves pitching was stellar for both games of the doubleheader. Joey Terdoslavich and Marrero each had multiple-RBI games in the second contest as they led the Gwinnett offensive charge.

Stefan Gartrell was named the International League Batter of the Week on Monday and he continued his torrid pace over the last three games. The slugger has five home runs in his last nine games, including 12 hits, six runs scored, 12 RBI, an .850 slugging percentage and a walk-off home run to beat Buffalo on Thursday afternoon. Gartrell rose his batting average from .165 to .216 in a matter of days and is only looking to keep climbing from there.

Toledo Mudhens (20-16, 2nd IL West) vs Gwinnett (23-13, 1st IL South) 

The No. 2 hitter in Toledo’s line-up for Monday’s game and the leadoff man for the three previous games, Justin Henry, has been on fire lately for the Mud Hens. The third baseman has reached base nine times in three games and will be looking to do more damage in two more games from Coolray tonight.

It will be interesting to see what the Toledo Mud Hens have in store for the G-Braves on Monday. The No. 1 overall prospect in the Detroit Tigers system, Jacob Turner, will be taking the mound against the G-Braves in his Triple-A debut at Coolray Field. Turner was just promoted from Single-A Lakeland as he completely skipped Double-A. In all liklihood this will be a spot-start for the righty and will be demoted to Double-A following the game. However, with a dominant performance he could prove his organization right and stick around for awhile. Either way, it should be exciting to witness Monday night.

Monday, May 14:  Game 1 – First Pitch 5:05 p.m. @ Coolray Field

Game 2 – First pitch approximately 30 minutes after the first game has ended 

Both games are scheduled to last seven innings. The International League South Division-leading G-Braves (23-13) will likely start right-hander Eric Junge (3-3, 3.09) in game one and left-hander Yohan Flande (1-2, 2.93) in game two. Toledo is slated to start the Detroit Tigers No. 1 prospect in the form of right-hander Jacob Turner (0-0, 0.00) alongside left-hander Casey Crosby (3-2, 4.55). Both games will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Sunday’s Mother’s Day Diamond Dig has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 27, following Gwinnett’s 2:05 PM game against Rochester.

Monday is another Kids Eat Free night at Coolray Field, where all kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, a bag of chips and a small soda.

Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Toledo Mudhens Batting Order:

1) Quintin Berry, CF

2) Justin Henry, 3B

3) Ryan Strieby, DH

4) Brad Eldred, 1B

5) Eric Patterson, LF

6) Andy Ciriaco, SS

7) Matt Young, RF

8) Omir Santos, C

9) Brent Dlugach, 2B

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Drew Sutton, 2B

4) Ernesto Mejia, DH

5) Felix Pie, RF

6) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

7) Christian Marrero, 1B

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Greg Paiml, SS

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Game Postponed Until Monday

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

You would expect it to be a beautiful, sunny afternoon for a Mother’s Day game between your first place Gwinnett Braves and the Toledo Mud Hens. However, mother nature had other intentions, as the fourth game of the five-game series has been postponed until Monday. The G-Braves will be seeking their fifth straight victory when they next take the field. Gwinnett will also be looking to stay unbeaten against Toledo, as they are 6-0 versus the Mud Hens in 2012 heading into Monday’s twinbill.

Now, the G-Braves will end their current 11-game homestand with a doubleheader on the final day of it. First pitch for the first of two games is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. on Monday from Coolray Field. The second game of the double-dip will begin approximately 30 minutes after the first game ends.

Photo courtesy of Dave Lezotte

Both games are scheduled to last seven innings. The International League South Division-leading G-Braves (23-13) will likely start right-hander Eric Junge (3-3, 3.09) in game one and left-hander Yohan Flande (1-2, 2.93) in game two. Toledo is slated to start the Detroit Tigers No. 1 prospect in the form of right-hander Jacob Turner (0-0, 0.00) alongside left-hander Casey Crosby (3-2, 4.55). Both games will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Sunday’s Mother’s Day Diamond Dig has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 27, following Gwinnett’s 2:05 PM game against Rochester.

Monday is another Kids Eat Free night at Coolray Field, where all kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, a bag of chips and a small soda.

Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

By: Tony Piraro

Atlanta Braves Purchase Contract of Felix Pie, Assign to Triple-A Gwinnett

 

The Atlanta Braves have purchased the contract of former top prospect Felix Pie from the Atlantic League Camden Riversharks of the Independent League. The speedy outfielder was signed originally by the Chicago Cubs in 2001 as an amateur free agent. He spent seven years in the Chicago Cubs organization with a little time at the Major League level as well. However, he never caught on for very long in Chicago and moved over to Baltimore in 2009.

In his second season with the Orioles in 2010, the lefty batted .274 with five home runs, 31 RBI, 39 runs scored and 79 total hits including 25 extra-base hits. Pie played three seasons in total with Baltimore before exiting Major League baseball for Independent ball.

This season while playing 13 games for Camden of the Atlantic League, Pie batted .360 including 12 runs scored, 18 hits, three home runs and 12 RBI in 50 at-bats.

Pie was once a top prospect in all of baseball while a part of the Chicago Cubs organization. In 2003, he was rated the No. 72 overall prospect in baseball according to Baseball America. He resided in the Top 100 prospects in baseball for five straight years (’03-’07) with the highest ranking he registered at the No. 27 spot in 2006 before fading off the list for good following his 2007 campaign. Felix Pie is currently 27 years old with plenty of room to grow in the system.

By: Tony Piraro 

G-Braves Hitters Becoming Offensive

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Gwinnett Braves pitching has unquestionably carried the team for the most part of this season. However, as we sit here on May 12 and look at the first place G-Braves surrounding peripherals, you can clearly see the offense is beginning to not only pick up the slack, but they are starting to win games by themselves.

In the last three games over the past two days, Gwinnett has won two of the three contests with walk-off hits in their final at-bats of the game. Stefan Gartrell blasted a walk-off homer in the 12th inning versus Buffalo on Thursday. Luis Durango followed Gartrell’s heroics with a walk-off game-winning single the very next game against Toledo in the first game of a doubleheader.

Currently the G-Braves offense has five hitters batting over .300 in their last 10 games, and Ernesto Mejia is just under that trend with a .281 batting average over his last 32 at-bats. The Gwinnett first baseman has registered nine hits, four runs scored, a home run and six RBI in just over a weeks worth of work.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

Christian Marrero will shoulder a bulk of the load after the injury to Jordan Parraz and has filled in admirably as of late. The lefty first baseman/outfielder is batting .400 in his last 10 games which includes six hits in 15 at-bats alongside three runs scored, one long-ball and four RBI.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The part-time leadoff man/second hitter Jose Constanza has been on fire all year since his demotion from the Atlanta Braves. For the 2012 season, Constanza is leading the team in batting average (.340), runs scored (18), triples (3), on-base percentage (.420), slugging percentage (.437) and OPS (.857). In his last 10 games, the left fielder is tearing the cover off the ball at a .382 clip including 13 hits and nine runs scored.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The reigning IL Batter of the Week Stefan Gartrell has been on a tear of late, batting .353 in his last 10 games. The G-Braves slugger has recorded six runs scored, 12 hits, four home runs and 10 RBI as he headlines the latest offensive surge.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Luis Durango has been excelling from the top-spot in the G-Braves starting line-up. For the season, the speedster is leading the IL in stolen bases with 18 in 20 attempts. He is leading Gwinnett in at-bats (131) and hits (36) alongside batting .303 in his last 10 games. Durango has 10 hits, six RBI and four runs scored in his previous 33 at-bats including a .412 batting average over his last five games. Durango and Constanza are truly the catalysts of the G-Brave offensive attack in 2012.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Last but certainly not least is second baseman Drew Sutton who is hitting .300 over his last 30 at-bats. The switch hitter has collected nine hits and three runs scored over that span alongside some sparkling defense.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

The G-Braves possess the second best record in the IL (22-13) this season and look to build upon their glistening mark over the next few months. With both the offense and defense running on all cylinders, this certainly is a team to be reckon with all season. Right now, the Pawtucket Red Sox (23-13) own the best record in the league by one game over Gwinnett. The G-Braves will meet up with the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate for the first time this season from June 9 through June 12 at Pawtucket.

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Seeking Fourth Straight Win

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

It is day No. 8 of this 11-game homestand in 10 days and we are all still standing, especially your first place Gwinnett Braves (22-13). Even with the untimely losing skid that lasted into the Buffalo series, the G-Braves have seemingly righted the ship. After losing their sixth game in seven contests in Game 3 of the Buffalo series, something started to click and the G-Braves have won three straight games and are looking reinvigorated at the plate.

Friday the Gwinnett Braves begin their five-game series with the Toledo Mudhens (20-15) from Coolray Field. It was originally scheduled to be a four-game set, but a rain postponed game in Ohio last week caused the International League to create a doubleheader this week from Coolray Field since the two teams will not see each other the rest of this season…barring a playoff match-up.

The first place IL South G-Braves stole the first game of a twinbill, 3-2, from the first place IL West Mud Hens on Friday night. Luis Durango cracked the game-winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning as both teams were stuck in a tie. With the RBI, the speedster has four in his last three games and is also leading the International League in stolen bases with 18 in 20 attempts. Jair Jurrjens (2-0) went the distance for the complete game win, while allowing just two runs.

In Game 2 Friday night, Gwinnett took advantage of Toledo pitching mistakes from the outset and never looked back. After scoring a few runs in the first inning, a bases loaded walk to Christian Marrero in the fourth inning opened up the floodgates. Anthony Varvaro made the spot-start and Erik Cordier grabbed the win as the G-Braves pitching was stellar for both games of the doubleheader. Joey Terdoslavich and Marrero each had multiple-RBI games in the second contest as they led the Gwinnett offensive charge.

Stefan Gartrell was named the International League Batter of the Week on Monday and he continued his torrid pace over the last three games. The slugger has five home runs in his last nine games, including 12 hits, six runs scored, 12 RBI, an .850 slugging percentage and a walk-off home run to beat Buffalo on Thursday afternoon. Gartrell rose his batting average from .165 to .216 in a matter of days and is only looking to keep climbing from there.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Toledo Mudhens (20-15, 2nd IL West) vs Gwinnett (22-13, 1st IL South) 

The No. 3 prospect in minor league baseball according to Baseball America Julio Teheran (2-1, 2.81) will be opposing Toledo southpaw Fu-Te Ni (2-0, 1.23) in what should be a phenomenal match-up. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Saturday night from Coolray Field. It’s Brian McCann Bobblehead Giveaway with the first 2,000 fans in attendance receiving a free bobblehead.

Friday, May 11:  First Pitch 7:05 a.m. @ Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA

Be sure to catch to the voice of the G-Braves Tony Schiavone as he broadcasts the game live on 550 AM, WDUN.com or 102.9 FM if you can’t make it out to the ballpark. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

Toledo Mudhens Batting Order:

1) Justin Henry, CF

2) Matt Young, RF

3) Ryan Strieby, 1B

4) Brad Eldred, DH

5) Eric Patterson, LF

6) Andy Ciriaco, 3B

7) Brent Dlugach, 2B

8) Bryan Holaday, C

9) Argenis Diaz, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Drew Sutton, 2B

3) Stefan Gartrell, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Christian Marrero, LF

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) Jose Yepez, DH

9) J.C. Boscan, C

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Steal Game 1 on Luis Durango Walk-off Single

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The Gwinnett Braves centerfielder Luis Durango is absolutely on fire right now. The speedster is not only leading the International League in stolen bases with 18 in 20 attempts, but he is starting to come around at the plate as well. Durango would of been the hero of  Thursday’s game if it wasn’t for a blown save in the ninth by the G-Braves. Durango’s two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the G-Braves a 3-1 lead over Buffalo yesterday, but it would be for not as the G-Braves won in extra innings.

Nevertheless, the speedy centerfielder made up for it in a large way in Friday’s first game of a doubleheader. Knotted up in a tie game, 2-2, with two outs in the final frame (seventh inning) of Game 1, Durango laced an RBI single into right field for the Gwinnett 3-2 victory. With the run-scoring hit, he now has four RBI in his last two games including two would-be game-winning hits.

Not to mention the man is playing exceptional defense in centerfield, especially on Friday night when he made not one, but two extraordinary grabs. The leadoff hitter for the G-Braves is starting to find his groove at the plate alongside his battery mates of Jose Constanza and Stefan Gartrell, which is only bad news for the rest of the IL. If Durango can continue his recent success, look out for the G-Braves offensive attack in the coming months.

By: Tony Piraro

Anthony Varvaro Takes Hill for Game 2 of Doubleheader

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Luis Durango is also on a tear of his own this season, after driving in four runs in his last two games including a walk-off winner in Game 1 of the G-Braves doubleheader. The speedster stole three bases in Wednesday’s game pushing his season total to 18 stolen bases in 20 attempts for the IL lead.

Toledo Mudhens (20-14, 1st IL West) vs Gwinnett (21-13, 1st IL South) 

Anthony Varvaro (0-0, 4.00) will be opposing Toledo right-hander Brooks Brown (1-0, 6.16) in the second game of a double-dip that will see the Toledo as the home team.

Friday, May 11:

Game 1 – First Pitch 5:05 a.m. @ Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA

Game 2 – Approximately 30 minutes after first game concludes @ Coolray Field

Be sure to catch to the voice of the G-Braves Tony Schiavone as he broadcasts the game live on 550 AM, WDUN.com or 102.9 FM if you can’t make it out to the ballpark. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Toledo Mudhens Batting Order:

1) Justin Henry, CF

2) Matt Young, RF

3) Ryan Strieby, 1B

4) Brad Eldred, DH

5) Eric Patterson, 2B

6) Jeff Frazier, LF

7) Audy Ciriaco, 3B

8) Bryan Holaday, C

9) Argenis Diaz, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Stefan Gartrell, DH

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Christian Marrero, RF

7) Josh Wilson, 2B

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Greg Paiml, SS

By: Tony Piraro

Jair Jurrjens Set To Start Game 1 of Doubleheader

5.11.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Friday the Gwinnett Braves begin their five-game series with the Toledo Mudhens from Coolray Field. It was originally scheduled to be a four-game set, but a rain postponed game in Ohio last week caused the International League to create a doubleheader this week from Coolray Field since the two teams will not see each other the rest of this season…barring a playoff match-up.

The first place IL South G-Braves will host the first place IL West Mudhens in the first game of a double-dip on Friday for a 5:00 p.m. first pitch. Then, Toledo will actually become the home team for the second game on Friday night, which will begin approximately 30 minutes after the first game has concluded.

Thursday the G-Braves were on the verge of being swept by the Buffalo Bisons (20-14) before some major heroics by Stefan Gartrell and company. Gwinnett was on the verge of taking the ballgame, 3-1, in the ninth inning following a would-be game-winning two-out, two-run double by Luis Durango in the bottom of the eighth inning. However, Thursday’s closer Cory Gearrin could not stave off Buffalo as they scored twice to knot the game up once again and force extra innings. However, the G-Braves wouldn’t extend the game for long as Gartrell blasted them to victory in the 10th with a walk-off shot.

The G-Braves have now won two of their last six games, but are still resting comfortably in first place of the International League South Division at 20-13. Gwinnett does not own the best record in the league anymore after their latest skid, however they are just two games behind the IL-leading Pawtucket Red Sox (22-13).

Toledo comes into town winners of six of their last 10 games including an identical first place record as Gwinnett at 20-13. The last time these two teams met in Toledo last week, the G-Braves won all three games while the fourth was obviously postponed until tonight.

Stefan Gartrell was named the International League Batter of the Week as he continues his torrid pace. The slugger is batting over .400 in his last seven games, including five home runs, 12 RBI and an .850 slugging percentage. Gartrell rose his batting average from .165 to .216 in a matter of days.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Currently Jose Constanza is on an 11-game hit streak that he will be looking to extend in both games on Friday night. Luis Durango is also on a tear of his own this season. The speedster stole three bases in Wednesday’s game pushing his season total to 18 stolen bases in 20 attempts for the IL lead.

Toledo Mudhens (20-13, 1st IL West) vs Gwinnett (20-13, 1st IL South) 

Jair Jurrjens (1-0, 1.80) will be facing the organization that originally drafted him in the form of the Detroit Tigers. The righty will be opposing Toledo southpaw Adam Wilk (2-1, 1.06) in what should be a phenomenal match-up in the first of two games from Coolray Field on Friday night.

Friday, May 11:

Game 1 – First Pitch 5:05 a.m. @ Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA

Game 2 – Approximately 30 minutes after first game concludes @ Coolray Field

Be sure to catch to the voice of the G-Braves Tony Schiavone as he broadcasts the game live on 550 AM, WDUN.com or 102.9 FM if you can’t make it out to the ballpark. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Toledo Mudhens Batting Order:

1) Justin Henry, CF

2) Matt Young, RF

3) Ryan Strieby, DH

4) Brad Eldred, 1B

5) Eric Patterson, LF

6) Omir Santos, C

7) Audy Ciriaco, 3B

8) Brent Dlugach, 2B

9) Argenis Diaz, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jose Constanza, LF

3) Stefan Gartrell, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Drew Sutton, 2B

6) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Shawn McGill, DH

By: Tony Piraro

Audio: Stefan Gartrell’s Walk-off Home Run

Click here for Judd Hickinbotham’s Stefan Gartrell Walk-off Home Run vs Toledo

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

Good Morning from Coolray Field

5.10.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Thursday is “Education Day” with a 10:35 a.m. start time from Coolray Field, so be at the ballpark early for some coffee, donuts and morning baseball. Saturday night began an 11-game homestand in 10 days for the Gwinnett Braves. Game No. 6 from Coolray Field is set for Thursday morning and it should be a good one between Gwinnett and Buffalo.

Wednesday the G-Braves fell to Buffalo yet again, 4-1, after fighting through a tie ballgame for most of the evening. The Bisons won their third straight against Gwinnett after scoring three runs and breaking the 1-1 tie in the seventh inning. Jeurys Familia was outstanding for the New York Mets affiliate, as he moved his record to 3-1 on the season. Yohan Flande was handed his second loss of the season for Gwinnett.

The G-Braves have now lost six of their last seven games, but are still resting comfortably in first place of the International League South Division at 19-13. Gwinnett does not own the best record in the league anymore after their latest skid, however they are just two games behind the IL-leading Pawtucket Red Sox (21-13).

Buffalo (20-13) is surging after going 7-3 in their last 10 games and staring up in the standings at the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate, trailing by just a single game. The Bisons possess the second best record in the IL and are loaded with pitching talent in 2012. The G-Braves have already faced the Mets No. 2 and No. 4 stud pitching prospects in their system in the current series and wound up losing to both of them.

Stefan Gartrell was named the International League Batter of the Week as he continues his torrid pace. The slugger is batting over .400 in his last seven games, including four home runs, 10 RBI and an .850 slugging percentage. Gartrell rose his batting average from .165 to .216 in a matter of days.

Currently Jose Constanza is on a 10-game hit streak that he will be looking to extend on Thursday against Jeremy Hefner. On the season, the G-Braves left fielder is hitting a team-high .348 with 13 RBI and five stolen bases. Luis Durango is also on a tear of his own this season. The speedster stole three bases in Wednesday’s game pushing his season total to 18 stolen bases in 19 attempts for the lead in the IL.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Buffalo Bisons (20-13, 2nd IL North) vs Gwinnett (19-13, 1st IL South) 

Todd Redmond (2-3, 3.69) is on the mound for the G-Braves Thursday morning from Coolray Field, as he will be trying to avoid the sweep for Gwinnett. Redmond will be opposing Buffalo right-hander Jeremy Hefner (3-1, 1.64) on getaway day. It will be a special 10:35 a.m. first pitch from Lawrenceville as we celebrate Education Day for all school children.

Thursday, May 9 – First Pitch 10:35 a.m. @ Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA

The host of the 2012 IL All-Star Game, Buffalo Bisons, are in town for their first match-up with the G-Braves this season. The two teams will battle in their first of two four-game series’ this season, with the initial meeting in Georgia. The two teams will play one another in another four-game set, the next time from Buffalo following the G-Braves current 11-game homestand. The season-series finale is set to take place from Tuesday May 15 through Friday May 18 in New York.

Thursday is “Education Day” but be sure to catch to the voice of the G-Braves Tony Schiavone as he broadcasts the game live on 550 AM, WDUN.com or 102.9 FM if you can’t make it out to the ballpark. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Buffalo Bisons Batting Order:

1) Fred Lewis, LF

2) Brad Emaus, 2B

3) Josh Satin, 1B

4) Valentino Pascucci, RF

5) Zach Lutz, 3B

6) Dustin Martin, CF

7) Lucas May, C

8) Omar Quintanilla, SS

9) Jeremy Hefner, P

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Stefan Gartrell, RF

4) Drew Sutton, 2B

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Christian Marrero, 1B

7) Greg Paiml, SS

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Todd Redmond, P

By: Tony Piraro

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