June 2012

Mejia Leading the Way for Struggling Gwinnett

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Ernesto Mejia is leading the way for the Gwinnett Braves this season, even as his team is entrapped currently in a 10-game losing skid, including dropping 22 of their last 27 contests. The first baseman has not let his team’s peeks and valley’s dictate the success of his season. For the 2012 season, Mejia would qualify for the Triple Crown of the G-Braves as he leads his team in the three major offensive categories; batting average (.312), home runs (15), RBI (53).

Last season while playing for the Double-A Mississippi Braves of the Southern League, Mejia burst onto the professional baseball landscape with an impressive .297 batting average, alongside 37 doubles, 26 home runs and 99 RBI. At 26 years old, the Venezuelan first baseman is just beginning to scratch the surface amidst his first season of Triple-A baseball.

Currently, Mejia is ranked fifth for first baseman in the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game voting. The game, which Mejia would like to attend, will be broadcast live on the MLB Network between the International League and Pacific Coast League on Tuesday, July 10 in Buffalo, New York.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

When asked if he should represent his team at the 2012 All-Star Game in Buffalo, the humble G-Brave superstar raved about his teammates, who he believes are just as deserving of a nod.

“Julio Teheran is doing well, very well just like last year. He has more experience this year and I think he should be one of those all-stars,” said Mejia. “Jordan Parraz was having a good year, but he is hurt right now, so he may have to wait a little more. Gartrell has a lot of RBI and home runs and has been helping the team a lot. Durango has a lot of stolen bases, he is leading the league (in stolen bases) so he deserves it too. We have a lot of good players.”

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Indeed a majority of Mejia’s teammates are worthy of all-star consideration, but nobody moreso than the man himself.

“We’re having a great season this year as a team. I’m doing good right now too and I’m working hard. It’s every players dream to go to the all-star game and I hope I can make it. I would go of course,” Mejia said. “I’m excited because it’s my first year in Triple-A. It would be awesome. This year I feel like I have more experience. Last year in Double-A I had a good season and winter ball, too.”

A great deal of Mejia’s success this season is attributed to the Braves and gettting in better shape, not only during the off-season, but more importantly during the season. Mejia has worked tirelessly to make sure his body will not wear down as the season moves along. Therefore, the manchild is working and preparing for the first time in his career, during the season.

“Last year, I didn’t workout a lot during the season because it made me tired. But this year, I’m working with Matt (Parvis) in the gym and I think that is what’s keeping me healthy and stronger,” said Mejia.

Even Mejia’s teammate and close personal friend Christian Marrero couldn’t help but speak highly of the man.

“Since the beginning of the year to now, he looks a lot better hitting wise. He’s making adjustments and helping the team out a lot. He’s having great at-bats and almost every at-bat is unbelievable,” said Marrero. “He gets the job done. Mejia and Gartrell have put the team on their backs.”

Photo corurtesy of Leslie Watts

No matter what the question may be to the success of Ernesto Mejia, the answer is that the man is a dedicated hardworker. His effort is measured through his consistent play on the field and the admiration of his teammates off the field, making him different from other stars of the game. Mejia gets it and it’s only a matter of time before Atlanta gets him in a big league uniform.

By: Tony Piraro

The John Smoltz Interview (Part 2)

Major League legend John Smoltz stopped by Coolray Field on Friday, May 25 to sign his book Starting and Closing, then threw out the first pitch of the game between the Gwinnett Braves and Rochester Red Wings.

All in all, it was a wonderful experience for all those involved as over 7,000 thrilled fans crossed through the gates in Lawrenceville. I was able to sit down and chat with Smoltz once all the commotion settled down and his book signing concluded. Here is what he had to say in part 2 of our 3-part interview…

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

The main focus of his book, Starting and Closing:

“A competitive balance is what we all strive for, but more importantly I played with and seen so many great athletes literally have exactly what I’m talking about in the book. The fear of failure and the not ability to get out of their comfort zone. They have been given a measure of talent and yet the fear of failing has caused them to not be as good as they can be,” said Smoltz. “I also wanted to talk to the business world, teachers, you name it, whatever field…to dare to be great to get outside your comfort zone you have to experience some tension and that tension is going to cause you to either walk away from what you’re doing or move forward towards it (your goals). I’m trying to get people to understand how they can move toward it.”

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

The place where his competitive balance derived from: 

“I don’t care what it is, I don’t care what arm angle. I was willing to use something immediately and failure could happen and that wasn’t going to stop me from going right out and becoming better,” said Smoltz. “My dad was very competitive. I always believe you should be your best no matter what the issue’s are. I didn’t care if it was a pick-up game. I didn’t care if I was by myself throwing a baseball against a wall, I was always putting myself in a position to be successful.”

On Coolray Field:

“I wish this place (Coolray Field) was here when I was rehabbing. Golly, would that have saved a lot of heartache,” said Smoltz. “I feel in a small way, Elvis has come back. Wherever you go, you have that many people fired up to get a book signed. Their moment of waiting an hour to get a book signed is unreal.”

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

On the Atlanta Braves of the 1990’s & their 1995 World Series team: 

“My generation of people that grew up watching us, that are having kids now, need to explain to them what we did,” said Smoltz. “It’s unique to see that. It’s either the older people that loved, lived, died and breathed baseball or it’s the newer generation that’s having kids explaining, ‘that guy was pretty good…Maddux and Glavine.’ So it’s good. It’s neat.”

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

The Atlanta Braves right-hander was one of the greatest pitchers in his era amidst the 20th and 21st century. Smoltz is the only player in Major League history to record a 50-save and 20-win season respectively. The living legend won 24 games in 1996 as a starting pitcher and saved 55 games as a closer in 2002.

John Smoltz defies the word retirement, as he remains possibly busier after baseball than during. The Atlanta legend stopped by Coolray Field on Friday, May 25 to sign his book Starting and Closing, amidst his nationwide book signing tour. Then, the Atlanta Braves honored him by retiring his No. 29 at Turner Field on Friday, June 8 before the Braves opposed the Toronto Blue Jays in front of a packed house. Not to mention, Smoltz also squeezes in a broadcast for TBS every Sunday. He obviously didn’t get the memo on the meaning of retirement.

By: Tony Piraro

Rain Momentarily Delays Jurrjens’ Return to Braves

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

The wait is finally over for Jair Jurrjens and company, as the right-hander will rejoin the Atlanta Braves rotation on Friday night for a match-up in Boston against the Red Sox….However, you may have to wait an extra hour or so, as the game has already been delayed due to rain in the Boston area. Experts are saying the game should begin around 8:00 p.m. ET. Stay tuned.

The Atlanta right-hander Jurrjens (0-2, 9.37) will oppose Boston southpaw Jon Lester (4-4, 4.53) for a TBA first pitch from Fenway Park. It will be Jurrjens first appearance in a Major League game since April 23, when he started against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In that game, Jurrjens took the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits in just 3.0 innings of work, while he struck out nobody and walked one.

Gwinnett has been rotating players through Atlanta’s doors quite often in the last few days in an effort to keep every pitcher fresh. Anthony Varvaro was promoted in favor of G-Brave closer Cory Gearrin, meanwhile Todd Redmond just received his first career Major League call-up on Sunday as Julio Teheran was reassigned back to Gwinnett. Most of these moves are in conjunction with the Braves pitching injuries this season, including their most recent DL-bound pitcher, former Gwinnett standout Brandon Beachy.

This season, in nine starts with Gwinnett, Jurrjens is 3-4 with a 5.27 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, alongside 28 strikeouts and 12 walks in 56.1 innings of work. Jurrjens has surrendered a total of 39 runs (33 earned) on 68 hits in his limited time at Triple-A Gwinnett. The right-hander did go the distance once on the season for the G-Braves on May 11, against Toledo. Jurrjens went 7.0 innings for the complete game victory in the first game of a doubleheader, as he allowed just two runs on eight hits for the game.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

In his last three big league starts, Jurrjens is 0-1 with a 10.50 ERA amidst 12.0 innings pitched. The righty has struck out five and walked seven in that timespan. For his Major League career, Jair Jurrjens possesses a 50-35 record alongside a solid 3.58 ERA. He has a 488 career strikeouts and 252 walks in 718.2 total innings amassed over six Major League seasons.

The Atlanta right-hander led Major League baseball in wins (12) during the first half of the 2011 Major League Baseball regular season.  Unfortunately, Jurrjens finished last season with just 13 victories, winning one game after the All-Star break.

Jurrjens has come a long way since he was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2003 MLB Amatuer Draft. Either way, it has been a long road for Jurrjens thus far, and it will get a bit longer as he travels to Boston for a meeting with one of the American League’s best teams on Friday night. Stay tuned to The G-Blog in the coming days for updates, breaking news and more.

By: Tony Piraro

Triple-A All-Star Voting Ends Tonight

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Today is your last chance to vote for your favorite International League and Pacific Coast League 2012 All-Star candidates.

Click this link to vote now for 2012 Triple-A All-Stars. Simply click on the Gwinnett Braves logo and all of the G-Braves on the ballot will be highlighted for you. Or you can simply go to: http://www.milb.com/milb/events/asg/y2012/ballot/ to vote today.

There is a maximum of 25 votes per person, per day. Plenty of opportunity to get your favorite players in the 2012 ASG.

The 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 at the home of the Bisons’ in Buffalo, New York. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET between the IL All-Stars and the PCL All-Stars. The game will be televised live on the MLB Network.

Currently, two of your G-Braves are in contention for an All-Star bid. Ernesto Mejia is 5th among Triple-A first basemen, as the G-Brave slugger is leading Gwinnett in most offensive categories, including a team-high .317 batting average. Julio Teheran is 9th among starting pitchers and is back in Gwinnett after making a spot-start for the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Rest assured, Teheran is primed to make his second straight Triple-A all-star game.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Other G-Braves that should be considered for an All-Star bid are outfielders Jose Constanza, Luis Durango and Stefan Gartrell and utility man Christian MarreroMeanwhile, the pitchers that deserve consideration are starters Todd Redmond and Yohan Flande, relievers Cory GearrinJaye Chapman, Buddy Carlyle, Jose Lugo, Adam Russell and Dusty Hughes.  

No matter who your favorite team or player is, the time to show your support is now. Your last chance to vote is today…Click here to Vote

By: Tony Piraro

Gartrell Named May Topps IL Player of the Month

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Gwinnett Braves outfielder Stefan Gartrell was named the May Topps Player of the Month for the International League in an announcement released by Minor League Baseball on Thursday, June 21.

The 28 year-old hit .333 (35-for-105) with six doubles, a league-high 10 home runs and 23 RBIs in 30 games in May for the G-Braves. He ranked second in the circuit in slugging percentage (.676), OPS (1.102), extra-base hits (16), runs (23) and RBIs (23). The San Francisco, CA native was named the IL’s Batter of the Week for the week ending May 6 after hitting .400 (8-for-20) with three home runs and eight RBIs in five games.

“The funniest part is that I was probably the worst hitter in the league the first month (laughing). Then the first week of the second month, they’re like, ‘you’re the best player for the first week of May.’ Really? It took me a whole month? But that is baseball,” said Gartrell. “I just needed April to be over with. I would like to think I was just in a slump, but then things clicked. I started shortening up my swing. I guess it took me until May to figure that out.”

Acquired by the Atlanta Braves from the Chicago White Sox on April 16, 2011, Gartrell has played each of the last two seasons in Gwinnett. Last year, he hit .260 with a team-high 25 home runs and 91 RBIs, earning both mid-season and post-season International League All-Star awards. His 94 total RBIs between Charlotte and Gwinnett were the most in the IL, while his 26 total home runs ranked second in the league. In 69 games with the G-Braves this season, Gartrell is hitting .242 (59-for-244) with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

“The reason I am here is because I have always been a very aggressive hitter, to a point to where it’s overaggressive. If I become passive, or take too many pitches then there goes my aggressive swing which goes into my power. I just have to go back to my roots. Shorten up, make good contact and see what happens,” Gartrell said.

Stefan Gartrell and the rest of the Gwinnett Braves begin an eight-game road trip on Friday night as they open a four-game series at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, NY. First pitch against the Syracuse Chiefs is scheduled for 7:00 PM. The G-Braves are expected to start left-hander Yohan Flande (3-5, 3.95), while the Chiefs will counter with right-hander Tanner Roark (3-9, 5.74). The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA 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 

G-Braves Swept by Indianapolis, 4-2

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. – A two-out, two-run double by Indianapolis right fielder Brandon Boggs led the Indians to a 4-2 win and a series sweep over the Gwinnett Braves on Thursday afternoon at Coolray Field. Todd Redmond made the start for Gwinnett after being optioned to the club from Atlanta earlier in the day and suffered the loss with four earned runs over 6.0 innings.

Ruben Gotay led the G-Braves with a 2-for-4 effort including a game-tying two-run home run, his first of the season, in the fourth inning. However, Boggs snapped the 2-2 tie two innings later, lofting a double just inside the right-field line to plate Starling Marte and Jeff Larish for the game-winning runs.

The G-Braves (37-38), losers of 18 of their last 23 games, drop under the .500 mark for the first time since the club was 2-3 on April 9. Gwinnett falls to a season-worst 5.5 games behind Charlotte for first place in the International League South Division. The Knights (42-32) play Columbus at 7:15 PM Thursday night.

Brian Friday started the offense for Indianapolis, leading off the third inning with a double. After he was advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt by his pitcher Rudy Owens, Friday was then driven home on a Gorkys Hernandez groundout to give the Indians an early 1-0 lead. That lead grew to 2-0 an inning later as Marte and Larish laced back-to-back doubles to produce a run.

Ernesto Mejia doubled to lead off the fourth inning for Gwinnett, his second of two hits on the day. Following a Stefan Gartrell strikeout, Gotay followed with a two-run shot down the left field line that just made it over the fence in fair territory. The game-tying blast was Gotay’s first home run since August 7, 2011 with Gwinnett against Charlotte.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

Redmond (L, 6-5) couldn’t keep the game tied, however. The right-hander allowed four runs on six hits, walked two and struck out nine in his first outing since a four-day stint with the Atlanta Braves. He threw 104 pitches, 66 for strikes over 6.0 innings. RelieversCory Gearrin and Dusty Hughes worked the rest of the game for Gwinnett, combining to allow a hit while striking out four over 3.0 scoreless innings.

Owens (W, 6-2) was very efficient for the Indians, using just 89 pitches to get through 6.0 innings of two-run baseball. The left-hander allowed those two runs on six hits and struck out four, while walking just one hitter en route to the victory. Evan Meek and Bryan Morris each worked scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth innings. Closer Tim Wood (S, 8) shut the door in the ninth inning for the Indians as he struck out one and yielded one hit in his scoreless inning.

Gotay (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs) and Mejia (2-for-5, double, run) had the only multi-hit games for the G-Braves. Boggs finished 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for the Indians.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

The Gwinnett Braves get back on the road for an eight-game road trip that will begin on Friday night at Syracuse, first pitch against the Chiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium scheduled for 7:00 PM. The G-Braves are expected to start left-hander Yohan Flande (3-5, 3.95), while the Chiefs will counter with right-hander Tanner Roark (3-9, 5.74). The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA 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

Redmond Returns to Gwinnett, Set for Start Today

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Todd Redmond was reassigned back to Triple-A Gwinnett by the Atlanta Braves following their win in New York against the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon. The right-hander is having an outstanding season for the G-Braves, and widely considered his most consistent season in the minor leagues. Unfortunately, Redmond did not make an appearance for Atlanta after he was promoted to the big leagues for the first time in his professional career. Thursday, the righty will be seeking his team-leading seventh win and an all-star appearance amidst his final statement making opportunity before 2012 All-Star voting concludes on Friday.

Jose Morales went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and both Anderson Hernandez and Yamaico Navarro drove in two RBIs as the Indianapolis Indians routed the Gwinnett Braves, 10-2, on Wednesday night at Coolray Field. G-Braves’ starter Eric Junge suffered the loss with five runs, four earned over 4.0 innings.

Tyler Pastornicky (2-for-5, RBI), Lance Zawadzki (2-for-4, RBI) and Jose Constanza (2-for-5) all finished with multi-hit games for the G-Braves.

The G-Braves (37-37), losers of 17 of their last 22 games, drop to the .500 mark for the first time since the club was 3-3 on April 10. Gwinnett remains 5.0 games behind Charlotte for first place in the International League South Division. The Knights (42-32) lost their second straight game to Columbus, 5-3, on Wednesday night in 10 innings.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Thursday, June 21 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

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.

Indianapolis Indians (43-29, 1st IL West) vs Gwinnett (37-37, 2nd IL South) 

Thursday 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. 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 Karl Moore

Indianapolis Indians Batting Order:

1) Gorkys Hernandez, LF

2) Chase d’Arnaud, 2B

3) Starling Marte, CF

4) Jeff Larish, 1B

5) Yamaico Navarro, SS

6) Brandon Boggs, RF

7) Tony Sanchez, C

8) Brian Friday, 3B

9) Rudy Owens, P

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jose Constanza, LF

3) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, RF

6) Ruben Gotay, 3B

7) Josh Wilson, 2B

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Eric Junge, P

By: Tony Piraro

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

Triple-A All-Star Voting Ends Friday

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Make sure you vote early and often for your favorite Gwinnett Braves, alongside the rest of the International League and Pacific Coast League 2012 All-Star candidates.

Click this link to vote now for 2012 Triple-A All-Stars. Simply click on the Gwinnett Braves logo and all of the G-Braves on the ballot will be highlighted for you. Or you can simply go to: http://www.milb.com/milb/events/asg/y2012/ballot/ to vote today.

Voting concludes Friday, June 22. There is a maximum of 25 votes per person, per day. Plenty of opportunity to get your favorite players in the 2012 ASG.

The 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 at the home of the Bisons’ in Buffalo, New York. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET between the IL All-Stars and the PCL All-Stars. The game will be televised live on the MLB Network.

Currently, two of your G-Braves are in contention for an All-Star bid. Ernesto Mejia is 5th among Triple-A first basemen, as the G-Brave slugger is leading Gwinnett in most offensive categories, including a team-high .317 batting average. Julio Teheran is 9th among starting pitchers and is back in Gwinnett after making a spot-start for the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Rest assured, Teheran is primed to make his second straight Triple-A all-star game.

Other G-Braves that should be considered for an All-Star bid are outfielders Jose Constanza, Luis Durango and Stefan Gartrell, utility man Christian Marrero and catcher Jose Yepez. Meanwhile, the pitchers that deserve consideration are starters Todd Redmond and Yohan Flande, relievers Cory GearrinJaye Chapman, Buddy Carlyle, Jose Lugo, Adam Russell and Dusty Hughes.  

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

No matter who your favorite team or player is, the time to show your support is now. Your last chance to vote is tomorrow: Friday, June 22…Click here to Vote

By: Tony Piraro

Reliever D.J. Carrasco Added to Gwinnett Bullpen

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore 

The Gwinnett Braves, in conjunction with the Atlanta Braves, have announced the signing of free agent right-hander D.J. Carrasco. The Braves then assigned the long reliever and former Major Leaguer to Gwinnett. No counter move was necessary as the roster was previously at 24 players for the G-Braves.

Carrasco, 35, pitched in four games for the New York Mets this season before being released. He went 0-0 with a 7.36 ERA (3 ER in 3.2 IP), walked none and struck out three. Carrasco also made two appearances out of the bullpen for Triple-A Buffalo of the International League, going 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA (1 ER in 3.0 IP).

A veteran of eight Major League seasons, Carrasco has previously pitched for the Kansas City Royals (2003-2005), Chicago White Sox (2008-2009), Pittsburgh Pirates (2010), Arizona Diamondbacks (2010) and Mets (2011-2012). He’s 24-21 with a 4.50 ERA (247 ER in 493.2 IP) and two saves in 290 career appearances, including 24 career starts.

Carrasco will wear No. 40 and is available for tonight’s game against Indianapolis.

The Gwinnett Braves (37-36) continue their nine-game homestand with the third game of the four-game series against the Indianapolis Indians (42-29) on Wednesday night at Coolray Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM. The G-Braves will start Eric Junge (4-6, 4.48) against right-hander Daniel Cabrera (2-3, 4.81) of the Indians. 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 television broadcast will air on CSS.

Attend the game on “Winning Wednesday” for a chance to win big, courtesy of the Georgia Lottery. If the G-Braves are victorious, everyone in attendance will receive a special discount offer on future game tickets. 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 & Dave Lezotte

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