G-Braves Notes for 6.4.12 at Charlotte

Teheran’s previous career high for innings pitched was eight, something he had accomplished six times. With his first career CG last night, it’s now nine. (Leslie Watts/Gwinnett Braves)

The G-Blog went on hiatus yesterday as Tony and myself both took the day off to recover from a 10-game homestand.  We return today to have some fantastic news to report, in case you haven’t already heard (which you probably have).

After 84 career outings, 81 career starts without going the distance, 21-year-old right-hander Julio Teheran finally pitched his first complete game last night in a 5-1 win at Charlotte.  Yes, hard to imagine that the two-time Atlanta Braves top prospect, 2011 International League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Pitcher had exactly zero outings in which he went the distance prior to yesterday.  No rain-shortened complete games, no doubleheader CG’s, nothing.  But that changed last night as he allowed only a run (on a Jordan Danks solo homer) on seven hits over 9.0 frames.  He walked none and fanned six, throwing a season-high 109 pitches, 77 for strikes.

G-Braves’ pitching coach Marty Reed provided some great quotes in the MiLB.com story on Teheran’s outing last night

What’s next for Teheran?  How about a vote from you for the Triple-A All-Star Game?  While you’re at it, vote for all the rest of the G-Braves, especially Ernesto Mejia, Todd Redmond and Luis Durango.  Mejia drove in his team-leading 41st RBI last night and is hitting .314, good for third-best in the IL.  Redmond, who starts tomorrow at Lehigh Valley, carries the league’s sixth-best ERA of 2.76.  Durango, though his numbers have slowed down, still leads the circuit with 23 stolen bases in 29 attempts.  They’re all deserving of your vote, which is going on now at MiLB.com.

The G-Braves are off the four-game slide with last night’s win and look to extend upon their 1.5-game lead for first in the IL South as they close the series with second-place Charlotte tonight.  Right-hander Eric Junge (3-4, 4.20) has gone at least 6.0 innings in seven of his 10 starts for Gwinnett this season, there’s no reason to think that Junge won’t have his club in the game again tonight.  Charlotte counters with right-hander Charlie Shirek (5-3, 4.23), who has posted numbers similar to Junge in his 11 games, 10 starts.  First pitch at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, SC is scheduled for 7:15 PM, catch all the action with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM and WDUN.com.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  6.4.12 GBraves Game Notes

-DL

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