G-Braves Looking to Avoid History Thursday Night

6.28.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Gwinnett Braves were in first place on June 5 as they hosted the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the third game of a four-game series. The night before, the G-Braves lost, 3-2, to then International League second-place team, Charlotte. However, in an instance the Gwinnett first place run was over as they began a losing streak of 24 of their last 29 contests. Presently, the G-Braves are in last place in the IL South and on a 12-game losing skid which is tied for the most consecutive losses in Gwinnett franchise history.

Thursday night the G-Braves will be looking to avoid history as they seek their first win in nearly two weeks. If Gwinnett loses Thursday to the Empire State Yankees, they will register the most consecutive losses in franchise history, with 13 straight defeats. For a team that had the best record in the IL (17-7) after the first month of the season, this is incomprehensible. There is too much talent on this current Gwinnett Braves roster for the losses to be coming so frequently.

Nevertheless, just as fast as a team loses ground on their opponents due to a losing streak is just as fast as a team can get hot and win 10-straight games. Maybe my positivity comes from me working for a team in 2010 that won a professional baseball-best 20 straight games, coming two games shy of the Oakland A’s 22-game mark that was highlighted in the movie, Money Ball.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The G-Braves just need some luck to go their way. Teams put themselves in good situations by playing fundamental baseball without creating mental errors. Mistakes are a part of the game, but it is how a team makes those mistakes that separates them from the competition. Great teams force average teams to play poorly by being fundamentally and mechanically sound.

The Atlanta Braves pride themselves on building from the ground up as any great organization should. They believe in prospects and teaching those prospects the proper fundamentals of the game so they are best prepared to play at the Major League level. Every player throughout the orgnization understands his role. Therefore, it is only a matter of time before things turn around for the better with the G-Braves. The wealth of pitching and offensive talent this team possesses is unquestioned.

Gwinnett has to get some confidence by winning some games, and that starts first with winning one game. They aren’t going to make up 7.0 games of ground in the IL South standings overnight, but with patience and consistency comes success. This team, this organization, these players are too good to be playing so poorly.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Gwinnett Braves (37-44) oppose the Empire State Yankees (43-37) in game three of the four-game series Thursday night in Rochester. The G-Braves will have right-hander Julio Teheran (5-4, 3.50) on the mound against the Yankees right-hander John Maine (1-2, 12.00) in a 7:00 p.m. scheduled first pitch at Frontier Field.

Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550 in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play by play. 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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