G-Braves Fighting to Get Back to Winning Ways

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The Gwinnett Braves began their nine-game homestand in eight days on Thursday night with a loss to Columbus. The G-Braves ended up losing the series to Columbus 3-2 and fell to Indianapolis 5-4 on Monday night from Coolray Field, bring their record to 2-4 on the current homestand, following a 3-7 mark on their previous 10-game road trip.

6.19.12 G-Braves Game Notes

Monday the G-Braves welcomed the International League West leading Indianapolis Indians to Lawrenceville for four games. The Pittsburgh Pirates Triple-A affiliate is currently in first place in the IL West with an impressive 41-29 record. They lead the next closest team in the division, Columbus, by a staggering 8.5 games which is easily the biggest first place lead in the league.

Ernesto Mejia jacked his 13th home run of the season, alongside his team-leading 49th RBI of the season in Gwinnett’s defeat Monday. Mejia finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, a home run, two RBI and six total bases. Jose Lugo made the spot-start for the depleted pitching staff of Gwinnett and was solid for 6.1 innings of work amidst a 116-pitch effort, his season-high. The G-Braves kept it close and had an opportunity at the end of the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the tying run on second base and the winning run on first. However, an incredible defensive play by Navarrro at second base prevented Jose Constanza’s would-be RBI single that would of tied the game, 5-5.

Currently, Josh Wilson is batting a team-high .417 in his last 10 games with 10 hits in 24 at-bats, alongside five runs scored, three RBI and one home run. Luis Durango is hitting at a .368 clip in his last 10 games, alongside a team-leading 14 hits, seven runs scored, four RBI and a host of stolen bases for the IL leader. Tyler Pastornicky is on fire in his last 40 at-bats, batting .325 with 13 hits, three runs scored and a team-high eight RBI.  

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The Indianapolis Indians are stacked with former Major League pitching talent such as; Rick VandenHurk, JoJo Reyes, Daniel Cabrera, Daniel McCutchen and Jeff Karstens just to name a few. Indianapolis will be one of the G-Braves toughest tests so far this season at home.

Tuesday, June 19 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

The second place Gwinnett Braves continue the homestand with a four-game series against the IL West leading Indianapolis Indians on Tuesday night at Coolray Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM with G-Braves TBA (0-0, 0.00) set to make the spot-start against Indianapolis southpaw Jeff Lockey (5-3, 3.27). The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. The game will also air on CSS.

Indianapolis Indians (41-29, 1st IL West) vs Gwinnett (37-35, 2nd IL South) 

Tuesday night is another “2-for-1 Tuesday” at Coolray Field. Visit gwinnettbraves.com to print your coupon. Some seating level restrictions apply (limit six tickets per group). 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

Indianapolis Indians Batting Order:

1) Chase d’Arnaud, SS

2) Gorkys Hernandez, LF

3) Starling Marte, CF

4) Jeff Clement, 1B

5) Yamaico Navarro, 2B

6) Jeff Larish, RF

7) Eric Fryer, C

8) Brian Friday, 3B

9) Jeff Locke, P

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

3) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

4) Stefan Gartrell, LF

5) Felix Pie, RF

6) Josh Wilson, 2B

7) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) TBA, P

By: Tony Piraro

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