June 2012

Gwinnett Looking to Snap 14-Game Losing Skid

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

6.30.12 GBraves Game Notes

For the second night in a row, Gwinnett Braves’ starting pitching gave up nine runs and, as a result, the G-Braves suffered their 14th loss in a row with an 11-4 drubbing at the hands of the Empire State Yankees Friday night at Frontier Field. Gwinnett’s 14th-straight defeat extends the franchise record for most consecutive losses, which was originally set by the 2006 Richmond Braves with their 12-game skid.

This year’s G-Braves have lost 26 of their last 31 games dating back to May 30, including 24 of 29 contests this month. It was the final game of a 0-8 road trip to upstate New York for Gwinnett, moving them to a season-high 10 games in back of Charlotte for first place in the International League South standings.

Some lone bright-spots for the G-Braves this season was Ernesto Mejia and Cory Gearrin both being named to the Triple-A All-Star team for the game on July 10, in Buffalo, New York at 7:05 p.m. ET. Luis Durango currently leads the IL in stolen bases (28) and is one shy of leading all of Triple-A baseball in swipes with 29. Felix Pie is currently on a 12-game hit streak, which is good enough for the second-best mark this season by a G-Braves. Mejia had the longest with a 13-game streak, which was one hit shy of the franchise record 14-game streak by Barbaro Canizares. Also, Jose Constanza currently possesses a seven-game hit streak for Gwinnett since rejoining the team from Atlanta.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Saturday, June 30 G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (37-46) return home Saturday night in game one of a four-game series against the Charlotte Knights. The G-Braves will have right-hander Eric Junge (1-3, 4.24) on the mound against the Knights right-hander Charlie Shirek (7-4, 3.71) in a 7:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch at Coolray Field. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550 in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play by play.

Charlotte Knights (47-36, 1st IL South) vs Gwinnett (37-46, 4th IL South) 

The homestand begins with “Braves All-Star Weekend” presented by Springer Mountain Farms, featuring appearances by former Braves Dave Justice and Javy Lopez on Saturday alongside Dale Murphy and Ryan Klesko on Sunday, July 1. Join us Saturday night for Braves All-Star Weekend, with former Braves Dave Justice and Javy Lopez at the ballpark for a meet-and-greet, plus a 90-minute autograph session after the start of the game. Limit 1 item per person, first come first serve basis. Also, the first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a pennant flag courtesy of Springer Mountain Farms.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Charlotte Knights Batting Order:

1) Tyler Kuhn, LF

2) Drew Garcia, 2B

3) Dan Johnson, 1B

4) Conor Jackson, RF

5) Dallas McPherson, 3B

6) Hector Gimenez, DH

7) Josh Phegley, C

8) Ozzie Martinez, SS

9) Justin Greene, CF

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, DH

5) Stefan Gartrell, LF

6) Christian Marrero, 1B

7) Ruben Gotay, 3B

8) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

9) J.C. Boscan, C

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

G-Braves’ Seven-Game Homestand Begins Tonight

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The Gwinnett Braves return home to Coolray Field for seven games in a nine-day stretch that will begin on Saturday, June 30 and conclude on Sunday, July 8. The G-Braves will host the International League South Division leading Charlotte Knights (June 30-July 3) for four games and another IL South foe, theDurham Bulls (July 6-8) for three games. The finale of the series on Sunday, July 8, originally scheduled for 5:05 PM, is now a 2:05 PM start.

After nearly two months of dominance, the G-Braves are currently fourth in the IL South Division after losing 12 straight games and 24 of their last 29 contests. However, two of the bright spots of the season were honored as Triple-A All-Star selections on Wednesday, June 27. Pitcher Cory Gearrin and first baseman Ernesto Mejia will both represent Gwinnett and the IL in the 25th Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 11 in Buffalo, NY. Gearrin, selected to the game by the IL office, has seven saves in eight chances alongside a perfect 3-0 record and masterful 1.31 ERA. Mejia, selected in part by online fan vote, is fifth in the IL in batting average at .305. He also ranks among the league’s best in RBIs (4th, 52), home runs (7th, 15) and slugging percentage (7th, .540) as well as several other categories.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The G-Braves are presently wrapping up an eight-game road trip (0-4 at Syracuse, 0-2 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre). Gwinnett will have four games to begin the homestand against Charlotte, then will head to Fort Mill, SC for a quick two-game set against the Knights. Afterward, the G-Braves will return home for the three-game series against Durham.

The homestand begins with “Braves All-Star Weekend” presented by Springer Mountain Farms, featuring appearances by former Braves Dave JusticeJavy LopezDale Murphy and Ryan Klesko on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. A special fireworks spectacular sponsored by WAGA Fox 5 highlights the Friday, July 6 game, and the Chopper Baseball Giveaway happens on Saturday, July 7.

Here’s a look at the rest of the homestand:

Saturday, June 30
Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
Presenting Sponsor: Springer Mountain Farms
National Anthem performed by: Lauren Mask
Features:

  • Braves All-Star Weekend, Sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms – Former Braves Dave Justice and Javy Lopez will be at the park to meet and greet, including a 90-minute autograph session after the start of the game. Limit 1 per person, first come first serve basis.
  • Pennant Flag Giveaway – The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a free pennant flag, courtesy of Springer Mountain Farms.

Sunday, July 1
Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 5:05 PM
Presenting Sponsors: Springer Mountain Farms and Univision
National Anthem performed by: Cannon Church
Features:

  • Braves All-Star Weekend, Sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms – Former Braves Dale Murphy and Ryan Klesko will be at the park to meet and greet, including a 90-minute autograph session after the start of the game. Limit 1 per person, first come first serve basis.
  • Pennant Flag Giveaway – The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a free pennant flag, courtesy of Springer Mountain Farms.
  • Salute to the Arts – The G-Braves will be recognizing organizations that support art programs and art education.
  • Family Sunday – Bring your ball and glove for a pre-game catch in the outfield! All kids 12 and under will get to run the bases following the game as well.

Monday, July 2
Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
National Anthem performed by: Brianna Evans
Features:

  • Kids Eat Free Monday – All kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, a bag of chips and a small soda.

Tuesday, July 3
Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
National Anthem performed by: Abbey Kochman
Features:

  • 2 for 1 Tuesday – Save up to 50% off tickets by visiting GwinnettBraves.com/Tuesday. Print your coupon from home and present it at the Box Office to redeem!

Friday, July 6
Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
Presenting Sponsor: 12Stone
National Anthem and God Bless America performed by: Timothy Miller
Features:

  • Fox 5 Friday Fireworks – Stick around after the game for our Independence Day show following the game! It will be the biggest and longest firework spectacular of the year!
  • Red, White and Blue Thundersticks Giveaway – Celebrate Fourth of July with the G-Braves as every fan in the stands will receive free thundersticks.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Saturday, July 7
Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
Presenting Sponsor: Tyson® Any’Tizers® Snacks
National Anthem performed by: Rex Norton
Features:

  • Chopper Baseball Giveaway – The first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a free Chopper baseball

Sunday, July 8
Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 2:05 PM
Presenting Sponsor: Univision
National Anthem performed by: Georgia 811
Features:

  • Touch-a-Truck – Enjoy the opportunity to see your favorite machinery and vehicles up close! Stop by to check out the dump trucks, fire engines, police cars, and more!
  • Public Safety Night – The G-Braves will be recognizing local law enforcement, firefighters, and EMT’s before the game.
  • Youth Athletics – The G-Braves will be recognizing organizations that promote youth athletics and activities.
  • Family Sunday – Bring your ball and glove for a pre-game catch in the outfield! All kids 12 and under will get to run the bases following the game as well.

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

Dave Justice, Javy Lopez at Coolray Field Tonight

Atlanta Braves alumni Dale MurphyDavid JusticeRyan Klesko and Javy Lopez will take part in “All-Star Weekend” at Coolray Field on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1, sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms. The former Braves greats will be on hand to sign autographs and meet with fans as part of the Gwinnett Braves’ weekend series with Charlotte.

Justice and Lopez, both members of Atlanta’s 1995 World Series championship squad, will be present tonight. Justice will meet with fans holding Home Plate Club tickets from 6:00 to 6:30 PM, and both he and Lopez will throw out ceremonial first pitches prior to the 7:05 PM game. Justice and Lopez will then sign autographs on the Coolray Field main concourse from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

Klesko, also of the ’95 team, and Murphy, the 1982 and 1983 National League MVP while with the Braves, will appear on Sunday, July 1. Murphy will take part in a special “meet and greet” session with fans holding Home Plate Club tickets from 4:00 to 4:30 PM. He and Klesko will each throw out ceremonial first pitches prior to the 5:05 PM game, then will sign autographs on the Coolray Field main concourse from 5:00 to 6:30 PM.

Autographs with all four players will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, limit one (1) item per person.

“All-Star Weekend” also includes a Gwinnett Braves pennant giveaway, sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms. The first 1,000 fans on both days will receive the pennant. Tickets for both June 30 and July 1, as well as the rest of the 2012 regular season, are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

About Springer Mountain Farms: Springer Mountain Farms, headquartered in Baldwin, GA, is a family owned business that has been raising chickens for over 40 years; built on strong family values and kindred relationships within the farming community, Springer Mountain Farms became the first company in America to be certified by the American Humane Association for their humane growing practices as well as to raise poultry on a pesticide free vegetable diet. Visit their website at http://www.springermountainfarms.com for more information.

By: Tony Piraro

2012 Pacific Coast League All-Star Roster Announced

The 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game is set to take place on Wednesday, July 11 in Buffalo, New York at the home of the Bisons. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET and the game will be televised live on the MLB Network. The International League All-Star’s will play host to the Pacific Coast League All-Star’s in the 25th annual exhibition game. The winner of the game will earn home field adavnatge for the Triple-A National Championship Game on September 18 in Durham, N.C.  The IL released their roster on Wednesday, so here is the PCL’s All-Star roster which was released Thursday.

Here is your 2012 PCL All-Star roster:

Manager

Marty Brown, Las Vegas

Reno (4)

Jonathan Albaladejo, RHP

Jake Elmore, IF

Ryan Wheeler, IF

Adam Eaton, OF

Las Vegas (2)

Chad Beck, RHP

Adeiny Hechavarria, IF

Memphis (1)

Barret Browning, LHP

Albuquerque (4)

John Ely, RHP

Josh Wall, RHP

Tim Federowicz, C

Luis Cruz, IF

Sacramento (1)

Graham Godfrey, RHP

Fresno (2)

Eric Hacker, RHP

Heath Hembree, RHP

Nashville (1)

Jim Henderson, RHP

Omaha (3)

Tommy Hottovy, LHP

Clint Robinson, IF

Wil Myers, OF

Oklahoma City (3)

Landon Powell, C

Mike Hessman, IF

Jimmy Paredes, IF

Tacoma (2)

Guillermo Quiroz, C

Luis Jimenez, IF

Iowa (1)

Josh Vitters, IF

Colorado Springs (1)

Andrew Brown, OF

Round Rock (1)

Joey Butler, OF

Salt Lake (1)

Kole Calhoun, OF

Tuscon (1)

Daniel Robertson, OF

The Home Run Derby participants will be announced in the coming days, so look out for that soon. The G-Braves very own Stefan Gartrell won the 2011 All-Star Home Run Derby in Salt Lake City, Utah.

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Looking to Avoid History Thursday Night

6.28.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Gwinnett Braves were in first place on June 5 as they hosted the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the third game of a four-game series. The night before, the G-Braves lost, 3-2, to then International League second-place team, Charlotte. However, in an instance the Gwinnett first place run was over as they began a losing streak of 24 of their last 29 contests. Presently, the G-Braves are in last place in the IL South and on a 12-game losing skid which is tied for the most consecutive losses in Gwinnett franchise history.

Thursday night the G-Braves will be looking to avoid history as they seek their first win in nearly two weeks. If Gwinnett loses Thursday to the Empire State Yankees, they will register the most consecutive losses in franchise history, with 13 straight defeats. For a team that had the best record in the IL (17-7) after the first month of the season, this is incomprehensible. There is too much talent on this current Gwinnett Braves roster for the losses to be coming so frequently.

Nevertheless, just as fast as a team loses ground on their opponents due to a losing streak is just as fast as a team can get hot and win 10-straight games. Maybe my positivity comes from me working for a team in 2010 that won a professional baseball-best 20 straight games, coming two games shy of the Oakland A’s 22-game mark that was highlighted in the movie, Money Ball.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The G-Braves just need some luck to go their way. Teams put themselves in good situations by playing fundamental baseball without creating mental errors. Mistakes are a part of the game, but it is how a team makes those mistakes that separates them from the competition. Great teams force average teams to play poorly by being fundamentally and mechanically sound.

The Atlanta Braves pride themselves on building from the ground up as any great organization should. They believe in prospects and teaching those prospects the proper fundamentals of the game so they are best prepared to play at the Major League level. Every player throughout the orgnization understands his role. Therefore, it is only a matter of time before things turn around for the better with the G-Braves. The wealth of pitching and offensive talent this team possesses is unquestioned.

Gwinnett has to get some confidence by winning some games, and that starts first with winning one game. They aren’t going to make up 7.0 games of ground in the IL South standings overnight, but with patience and consistency comes success. This team, this organization, these players are too good to be playing so poorly.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Gwinnett Braves (37-44) oppose the Empire State Yankees (43-37) in game three of the four-game series Thursday night in Rochester. The G-Braves will have right-hander Julio Teheran (5-4, 3.50) on the mound against the Yankees right-hander John Maine (1-2, 12.00) in a 7:00 p.m. scheduled first pitch at Frontier Field.

Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550 in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play by play. 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

Originally posted on M-Braves Clubhouse Report:

The Mississippi Braves announced today that Joey Terdoslavich has been re-assigned to double-A from triple-A Gwinnett.  Coming into 2012, Terdoslavich was expected to be the long-term answer at third base once Chipper Jones retired.  As far as the Atlanta Braves are concerned, that’s still the plan, but there’s been a bump in the road for the young corner infielder out of Long Beach State.

Terdoslavich was named the 2011 Braves’ minor league player of the year after hitting .286 with 20 home runs and a ridiculous 52 doubles, breaking the long-standing Carolina League record for doubles in a season.  This year he came in rated as the #11 prospect in the organization according to Baseball America, and with his extraordinary 2011 campaign, the Braves decided to accelerate his growth and give him the biggest test of his career, assigning him to triple-A out of Spring Training, skipping over double-A entirely…

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2012 International League All-Star Roster Announced

The 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game is set to take place on Wednesday, July 11 in Buffalo, New York at the home of the Bisons. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET and the game will be televised live on the MLB Network. The International League All-Star’s will play host to the Pacific Coast League All-Star’s in the 25th annual exhibition game. The winner of the game will earn home field adavnatge for the Triple-A National Championship Game on September 18 in Durham, N.C.  The PCL will release their All-Star roster later in the week.

For now, here is your 2012 IL All-Star roster:

Manager

Ryne Sandberg, Lehigh Valley

Gwinnett Braves (2)

Ernesto Mejia, 1B

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

Cory Gearrin, RHP 

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Charlotte Knights (IL-leading 4)

Charlie Leesman, LHP

Greg Golson, OF

Dan Johnson, 1B

Josh Phegley, C

Norfolk Tides (2)

Jason Berken, RHP

Miguel Socolovich, RHP

Durham Bulls (1)

Dane De La Rosa, RHP

Pawtucket (IL-leading 4)

Justin Germano, RHP

Ryan Lavarnway, C

Pedro Ciriaco, IF

Mauro Gomez, 1B

Buffalo (3)

Fernando Cabrera, RHP

Matt Harvey, RHP

Valentino Pascucci, OF

Scranton/WB (1)

Juan Cedeno, LHP

Lehigh Valley (2)

Tyler Cloyd, RHP

Kevin Frandsen, IF

Syracuse (2)

Zach Duke, LHP

Corey Brown, OF

Indianapolis (3)

Rudy Owens, LHP

Starling Marte, OF

Jordy Mercer, IF

Louisville (1)

Dioner Navarro, C

Columbus (3)

Russ Canzler, OF

Matt LaPorta, OF

Cord Phelps, IF

Toledo (1)

Chris Bootcheck, RHP

Rochester (1)

Pedro Florimon, IF

The Pacific Coast League All-Star’s will be named later in the week. Once they are revealed, I will publish them for you to see. The Home Run Derby participants will also be announced in the coming days. The G-Braves very own Stefan Gartrell won the 2011 All-Star Home Run Derby in Salt Lake City, Utah.

By: Tony Piraro

Ernesto Mejia, Cory Gearrin Named 2012 All-Star’s

The wait is nearly over for the 25th annual Triple-A All-Star Game, as the International League and Pacific Coast League have both selected their rosters for the game on Wednesday, July 11 in Buffalo, New York. The winner of the game will earn home field adavnatge for the Triple-A National Championship Game between the IL and PCL on September 18 in Durham, N.C.

Representing the International League and the Gwinnett Braves will be first baseman Ermesto Mejia and closer Cory Gearrin. Both players have been the unquestioned leaders of their respective offense and pitching staff this year .

This season, Mejia leads the G-Braves in most offensive categories including being in line for Gwinnett’s Triple Crown winner as the slugger leads the team in batting average (.311), home runs (15) and RBI (52). Alongside his stellar defense this season, making just two errors, Mejia also leads the G-Braves in runs scored (40), hits (87), doubles (20), total bases (154), on-base percentage (.369), slugging percentage (.550) and OPS (.919). Mejia recorded the longest hit-streak of the season at 13 games in the first half, and it was the second longest hit-streak in Gwinnett franchise history behind Barbaro Canizares 14-game streak.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Gearrin leads the pitching staff in most significant categories as well, including his impressive 1.34 ERA and seven saves in nine chances this season. The right-hander also boasts a spectacular 45 strikeouts to just 12 walks in 40.0 innings of work. Gearrin has a near flawless 0.89 WHIP alongside a perfect 3-0 record for the season, as he embraces his first all-star appearance in Triple-A baseball.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

A handful of G-Braves are well-deserving of an all-star nod, however there is not enough room for everyone. Here is the list of some players on the International League team to make the 2012 All-Star team:

Greg Golson, Josh Phegley, Charles Leesman and Dan Johnson from the IL South leading Charlotte Knights.  Jason Berken from the Norfolk Tides and Dane De La Rosa from the Durham Bulls of the IL South.

The Pacific Coast League All-Stars will be released Thursday. Stay tuned to The G-Blog….

By: Tony Piraro

Video: Call Me…Tyler Pastornicky’s Walk-up Music

The first day Tyler Pastornicky arrived at Coolray Field, he made one simple request: His walk-up song had to be, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen which was inspired by the Harvard baseball team (video above), as their viral video was motivation enough for Pastornicky to make the change.

The original official video…

The Harvard baseball team performed an epic video lisping that has since gone viral across the internet, including many imitators across YouTube and other social media sites.

Pastornicky has been on a tear since joining the Gwinnett Braves. The silky, smooth shortstop is batting .255 with 26 hits, 11 doubles, 12 RBI, 37 total bases, three stolen bases and a .636 slugging percentage in just 102 at-bats. Who knows? Maybe it was “Call Me Maybe” inspiring him in his first at-bats from Coolray Field in 2012.

In fact, Pastornicky recorded the most hits in one day by any G-Brave hitter this season (4) amidst a doubleheader when he was still walking up to “Call Me Maybe.” Maybe…the song was more powerful than he imagined.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Pastornicky has since changed his walk-up song, but not because he was doing poorly with it, or at-all ashamed of his comical genius. So many baseball players are so concerned with image and what makes them marketable now-a-days. Nevertheless, it’s nice to see a player like Pastornicky who can laugh at himself and just enjoy making people laugh.

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Look to Stop Losing Skid at 10 Straight

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Gwinnett Braves have gone from first place to last place in the International League South Division in a matter of days. For the first 55 days of the season, the G-Braves were in first place and at times had the best record in the league. On June 26, those same G-Braves are now tied for last place with the Durham Bulls with 37 wins and 42 losses.

Gwinnett is not only currently on a 10-game losing skid, but the G-Braves have dropped 22 of their last 27 contests. They are 1-9 in their last 10 games and the last time they won a game was three series’ ago against the Columbus Clippers. Gwinnett was then swept by Indianapolis at Coolray Field, then they were swept by Syracuse in New York and now the G-Braves make their way to the Empire State with a four-game series set against the Yankees affiliate.

Tuesday will begin the final four games of Gwinnett’s current eight-game road trip. After the conclusion of the last game on Friday, the G-Braves will head back to Georgia for some much-needed home cooking. Gwinnett will host seven of their next nine games at home, with a break in the middle for a home-and-home series with the first place Charlotte Knights of the IL South.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

The Gwinnett Braves (37-42) move to Rochester, New York tonight for a four-game series against the Empire State Yankees. The G-Braves will have right-hander Todd Redmond (6-3, 3.40) on the mound, as he opposes the Yankees right-hander D.J. Mitchell (5-4, 5.74). The first game of the series is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. first pitch at Frontier Field on Tuesday evening. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550 in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play by play.

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

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