Good Afternoon From Coolray Field

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Today is Fun in the Sun Day Game with a special noon first pitch. Local day cares are welcome to join the Gwinnett Braves in all the fun and festivities. The Gwinnett Braves conclude their nine-game homestand with the series finale against the Indianapolis Indians (43-29) on Thursday afternoon at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 12:05 PM.

The G-Braves are expected to start right-hander Todd Redmond (6-4, 3.20), while the Indians counter with left-hander Rudy Owens (5-2, 2.34). The game will be broadcast on 1240 ESPN Radio in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. The television broadcast will air on CSS.

Gwinnett has lost 16 of their last 21 contests and now is looking at a .500 record (37-37) for the first time this season. After being a season-high 12 games over the .500 mark through the month of May, the G-Braves reign has come to an end. Gwinnett was in first place of the International League South Division for 55 days before the Charlotte Knights overtook them two weeks ago. The Chicago White Sox Triple-A affiliate has been on a tear as of late, boosting their lead to 5.0 games ahead of Gwinnett. The G-Braves are also trailing the Lehigh Valley IronPigs by 5.5 games for the lone wild card spot in the IL.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

No matter what the case may be for the G-Braves recent struggles, it’s still June. The season has just reached the halfway point and now it’s all down hill for the G-Braves and the International League. With 68 games remaining in the regular season, there is still plenty of time for Gwinnett to catch up to the frontrunner.

Currently the G-Braves are on a five-game losing streak that includes three straight losses to the IL West leading Indianapolis Indians (42-29). The Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate is clearly the most entertaining and fundamentally sound ball club to enter Coolray Field this season. I have not been impressed by a team, more than the Indians this season. However, Wally Backman’s bunch from Buffalo was a close second for how well-coached the Bisons are in 2012.

Regardless, the G-Braves still have 10 games remaining with the first place Charlotte Knights this season, so panic is nowhere near setting in. Today the G-Braves host the Indians in the final game of Gwinnett’s nine-game homestand, then its onto the road once again for an eight-game road trip against Scranton (New York Yankees) and Syracuse (Washington) before heading back to Coolray Field for six consecutive games against the IL South leading Knights. The G-Braves destiny is definitely in their own hands this campaign, only they can determine how far this team will go. Stay tuned to The G-Blog.

By: Tony Piraro

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