Homestand No. 5 Highlights from Coolray Field

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The Gwinnett Braves return home to Coolray Field for an eight-day, nine-game homestand that will begin on Thursday, June 14 and conclude on Thursday, June 21. The G-Braves will host the Columbus Clippers (June 14-17) for five games and the International League West leading Indianapolis Indians (June 18-21) for four games.

After leading the IL South for most of the first two months of the season, the G-Braves currently reside in second place in the division, trailing first place Charlotte by 2.5 games. Gwinnett began the month of June at 2-8 as part of their recent downward trend, but received catcher J.C. Boscan and outfielder Jose Constanza back from Atlanta on Sunday and followed with an 11-8 victory at Pawtucket on Monday night. In more transactions, Anthony Varvaro was promoted to the Atlanta Braves, meanwhile Cory Gearrin returns to Gwinnett and will reassume closer duties upon arrival.

Gwinnett wrapped up a 10-game road trip that took them to Charlotte for two games (1-1), Lehigh Valley for four (0-4) and Pawtucket for four more (2-2). The G-Brvaes concluded their road trip 3-7, by far their worst mark on a trip this season.

Left-handers Jose Lugo and Yohan Flande each posted wins on the trip, while right-hander Julio Teheran, prior to a one-game Major League call-up, threw his first career complete game in a win at Charlotte on June 3. Teheran, Atlanta’s top prospect and the defending IL Most Valuable Pitcher, allowed a run on seven hits over his career-high nine frames to lead the G-Braves to a 5-1 win. The team went on to lose the next five games before recovering with a 5-4 win on June 9 at Pawtucket.

The upcoming homestand, Gwinnett’s longest of June, includes a “Dudes vs. Foods”eating contest on June 14, WAGA Fox 5 Friday Fireworks on June 15, a Rally Towel giveaway on June 16 and plenty more.

The Chipper Jones Father’s Day Package remains on sale at the Coolray Field Box Office. For just $150, the package includes four Infield Box tickets for Saturday, June 17 at Coolray Field (Father’s Day) and six additional Infield Box Anytime Tickets for the remainder of the 2012 season. It also includes one Upper Box ticket for Chipper Jones’s final game at Turner Field, September 30 vs. the New York Mets. An option to add up to three additional Upper Box tickets at a discounted rate is an added bonus. To purchase, call (678) 277-0340.

The G-Braves (35-31) enjoyed a day of rest Wednesday before beginning a nine-game homestand in eight days with Columbus (30-35) to kick it off on Thursday. Gwinnett right-hander Jair Jurrjens (3-3, 5.26) will oppose the Clippers right-hander Corey Kluber (4-6, 4.14) in the first game of the series, first pitch scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Coolray Field. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550 in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Join us for our second annual eating contest for Dudes vs. Foods Night on Thursday. Only the bravest fans will dare to tackle the Super Knucksie! Participants will be chosen at the game. Thursday is also “$3 Thursday” so start the weekend right with $3 food and drink specials all game long presented by Dave FM. New for 2012, all general admission berm seating is also $3 on Thursdays!

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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