1st Place G-Braves vs 2nd Place Charlotte Friday
Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease
The Gwinnett Braves looked for a series victory, but settled for a split after falling 14-4 to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the series finale at Coolray Field on Thursday night. Starter Todd Redmond yielded four runs over 7.0 innings and exited in a 4-4 game, but the IronPigs scored 10 runs over the final two innings to win in a rout.
Early in the game, the G-Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to Ernesto Mejia’steam-leading 40th RBI of the season, coming on a first-inning single scoring Felix Pie. Christian Marrero then laced an RBI single into right field scoring Mejia. Marrero finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the losing cause for Gwinnett. Pie doubled twice, finishing 2-for-4 with two runs scored out of the leadoff spot. Wilson also went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and one run scored. Gwinnett tied the game, 4-4 in the seventh inning when Stefan Gartrell registered his second pinch hit of the season with an RBI single scoring Josh Wilson.
Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden
Charlotte Knights (30-25, 2nd IL South) vs Gwinnett (32-22, 1st IL South)
Tyler Pastornicky returns to Gwinnett starting line-up after starring for the G-Braves during the 2011 season. He spent the entire 2012 season with the Atlanta Braves up until this point. The promotion of future phenom Andrelton Simmons forced Pastornicky down to Gwinnett and shifted Greg Paiml to Double-A Mississippi. Pastornicky will now take over as the everyday shortstop for Gwinnett moving forward.
The second place Knights are in two for two games in two days before heading to Charlotte for two more games against the G-Braves from June 3-4. Charlotte is hot as of late, winning seven of their last 10 games. The two teams each have four wins against the other this season with 13 games remaining in 2012.
Friday, June 1 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:
The International League South-leading Gwinnett Braves (32-22) continue their 10-game homestand on Friday with the first of a two-game set against the South Division’s second place team, the Charlotte Knights (29-25). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM at Coolray Field. G-Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens (3-2, 4.85) is set to oppose Charlotte left-hander Charlie Leesman (4-4, 2.39). The game will be broadcast on radio on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.
Friday night’s game is sponsored by 12 Stone and is “80’s Night”. A full 80’s playlist and clips from the best 80’s movies will be featured all night long at Coolray Field. After the game, stick around for Fox 5 Friday Fireworks, presented by WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta.
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 Melinda Pease
Charlotte Knights Batting Order:
1) Greg Golson – 2B
2) Tyler Kuhn – DH
3) Brent Morel – 3B
4) Dan Johnson – 1B
5) Hector Gimenez – C
6) Jordan Danks – CF
7) Jim Gallagher – LF
8) Dre Garcia – 2B
9) Ray Olmedo – SS
G-Braves Batting Order
1) Luis Durango – CF
2) Tyler Pastornicky – SS
3) Stefan Gartrell – LF
4) Ernesto Mejia – DH
5) Joey Terdoslavich – 3B
6) Felix Pie – RF
7) Christian Marrero – 1B
8) Josh Wilson – 2B
9) Jose Yepez – C
By: Tony Piraro