July 2012

Trade Deadline Passes, Delgado Dominant in Win

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

FORT MILL, SC. – After two starts at Gwinnett since being optioned from Atlanta on July 15, there was still reason to be concerned about young Randall Delgado. Those fears were put to rest Tuesday afternoon at Knights Stadium, as the right-hander dominantly pitched the G-Braves to a 7-2 win over the Charlotte Knights in the four-game series finale.

Delgado (W, 2-1) worked six strong innings for his second straight win, as he scattered five hits while giving up one earned run and one walk. Delgado also struck out 10 batters, including seven of the last 11 men he faced on Tuesday. The 10 strikeouts were two behind his career-high of 12 while with Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League of May, 2009.

The Knights jumped on Delgado early as Drew Garcia poked a one-out infield single in the bottom of the first, moved to second on a single to right by Brent Morel and scored on a single by Dan Johnson. The Knights were up 1-0 after one inning, but that would be the only run Delgado would surrender in the game.

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The G-Braves took the lead in the top of the third off former Parkview High School star Anthony Carter. With one out, Brian Friday singled to left and moved to second on a groundout by J.C. Boscan. With two outs, Felix Pie singled to center scoring Friday from second to tie the game, 1-1. Pie then scored from first on a double to left by Josh Wilsonfor a 2-1 G-Braves lead.

Gwinnett padded the lead in the top of the fifth off reliever Brandon Kloess, when Boscan drew a two out walk, stole second base and scored on a single to center by Wilson, giving the G-Braves a 3-1 advantage.

Andy Russell relieved Delgado in the bottom of the seventh and allowed the Knights only other run. Former No. 1 pick of the Chicago White Sox, Jared Mitchell greeted Russell with a single to left, and then took third when Russell’s pick-off attempt shot past Gwinnett first baseman Terry Tiffee. Tyler Saladino plated Mitchell from third with a groundout to first, cutting the Gwinnett lead, 3-2.

In the top of the ninth however, the G-Braves put the game away. Reliever Donnie Veal walked Josh Kroeger and Ruben Gotay with one out, as he gave way to Daniel Moskos from the bullpen. Moskos walked Friday to load the bases, then allowed Kroeger to score from third on a wild pitch, amping the lead to 4-2. Pie then drove in both Gotay and Friday with a single to center, boosting the lead to 6-2. A wild pitch moved Pie to third and an infield single by Wilson plated him with the seventh and final run of the game.

Carter (L, 2-5) worked two innings of relief for the loss giving up four hits and two earned runs. He stuck out one. Brian Bruney, pitching on a rehab assignment from the White Sox started the game and worked the first inning only with one hit and one strikeout. Kloess pitched 1.2 innings with two hits, one earned run, two walks and one strikeout. Former Gwinnett pitcher Deunte Heath worked 2.0 scoreless innings with one walk and three strikeouts. Veal was credited with 1.2 innings pitched, one hit, two earned runs, two walks and one strikeout. Moskos gave up two hits and one earned run and one walk and had one strikeout in 0.2 innings pitched.

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The G-Braves (51-61) and Knights (63-49) finish their 22-game schedule against one another with a season split, 11 wins each.

Russell worked the seventh with one hit and one earned run and Dusty Hughes worked a scoreless eighth with one strikeout. Anthony Varvaro closed the game out with a scoreless ninth, allowing one walk, alongside three strikeouts.

Pie and Wilson paced Gwinnett with three hits and three RBIs each and Stefan Gartrellwent 1-for-4 to increase his hitting streak to 11 games.

After an off day on Wednesday, the G-Braves open a four-game series in Durham, North Carolina against the Bulls. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Thursday night, asYohan Flande (5-7, 4.17) will start for Gwinnett against the Bulls TBA (0-0, 0.00). Listen to the broadcast on AM 550/FM 102.9 WDUN 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 Sciavone & Tony Piraro

Trade: Braves Deal Chapman, Vizcaino to Cubs

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The Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs have announced that the two clubs have completed a four-player trade, as of Monday, July 30. The Braves acquire left-handed pitcher Paul Maholm, outfielder Reed Johnson and cash considerationsfrom the Cubs in exchange for right-handed pitchers Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman.

Vizcaino, 21, appeared in 17 career Major League games, and in 2011 went 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA. He has the No. 1 arm in the organization and was ranked the Braves No. 2 overall prospect after successful Tommy John surgery this season, according to Baseball America.  The right-hander possesses a 19-15 record alongside a 2.91 ERA over four minor league seasons with Atlanta. Over his career, Vizcaino has struck out an impressive 279 hitters in 268.2 innings of work. He was acquired by the Braves originally, alongside Melky Cabrera through a trade with the New York Yankees that involved Javier Vazquez in December of 2009.

Given Vizcaino’s track record, he is going to be a special player. However, the loss of Chapman creates a void within the organization as Chappy was not only a unique talent, but a special person more importantly. The right-handed reliever was one of the nicest and classiest people you will come across in this game. The Alabama alum would do anything for anyone, and that included any player appearances or opportunities to give back to the fans, community or kids.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

Chapman was not only a solid piece to the G-Braves bullpen, alongside one of the best change-up’s in the organization, but he is a great person that will be dearly missed. Players with Chapman’s talent come around here and again, but a player with his attitude doesn’t exist in today’s game. The righty owns a career record of 17-22 with a 3.95 ERA, as he was signed by Atlanta after the Braves originally drafted him in the 16th round of the 2006 MLB Draft.

The 30-year old Maholm is 9-6 this season with a 3.74 ERA in 120.1 innings of work for Chicago. He has made 21 appearances this year, 20 for starts. He is currently 5-0 with a 1.00 ERA over his last seven starts with the Cubs, retaining a 7-0 record in those games. The southpaw owns a career Major League record of 62-79 with a 4.30 ERA in just over eight professional seasons. Maholm was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first round of the 2003 MLB Draft out of Mississippi State University.  He is signed through the 2012 season with a club option for 2013.

By: Tony Piraro

Gilmartin Quality in Debut, Grabs Tough Loss

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

FORT MILL, SC. – The Charlotte Knights squeezed past the Gwinnett Braves for the second straight game at Knights’ Stadium with a 4-3 win in game three of the four-game series. It was also the Triple-A debut of Braves left-hander Sean Gilmartin, and the Atlanta Braves No. 1 pick in the 2011 MLB Draft did not disappoint despite being tagged with the loss.

The Knights struck for two runs in the bottom of the first off Gilmartin, as Drew Garcia worked a one-out walk and moved to second on an infield single by Brent Morel. Garcia moved to third and then the red-hot hitting Connor Jackson followed with a double down the third base line scoring both Garcia and Johnson.

The Knight maintained the 2-0 lead until the bottom of the fifth. Tyler Saladino, playing in his first Triple-A game, led off the inning with an infield single and moved to second on a bunt single by Tyler Kuhn. On the play, Saladino broke for third, but the G-Braves first baseman Ernesto Mejia threw the ball away, enabling Saladino to score making it 3-0 and moving Kuhn to third. Kuhn then scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Garcia for a 4-0 Charlotte lead.

The top draft choice walked the next batter, Morel, but that would be the last baserunner he would allow, as he retired the last eight batters he faced. Gilmartin (L, 0-1) was credited with a quality start in his first G-Braves appearance. He worked 7.0 innings, with five hits, three earned runs, three walks and four strikeouts.

In the top of the eighth, against reliever Jhan Carlos Marinez, Josh Wilson led off with a single, then with two outs Stefan Gartrell (17) crushed a two-run homer to deep left cutting the Knights lead to 4-2.

Newly acquired infielder Brian Friday (1) hit his first carrer home run with Gwinnett, a solo shot, cutting the lead to 4-3 in the ninth. However, that would be the lone run the G-Braves would score against Charlotte reliever Brian Omogrosso. Omogrosso (S, 4) worked the ninth with one hit, one earned run and one strikeout, earning his fourth save of the season.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Buddy Carlyle pitched a scoreless eighth inning with two hits, one walk and two strikeouts.

Charlie Shirek (W, 10-4) continued his dominance of the G-Braves. He worked 6.0 scoreless innings with six hits, one walk and four strikeouts. This season against Gwinnett, Shirek is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.38 in three starts and one relief appearance. Marinez went 2.0 innings with three hits and two earned runs, as he walked one and struck out two.

Gartrell, Mejia and Wilson were each 2-for-4 for the G-Braves, as Gartrell extended his hit-streak to 10 games, his longest of the year. It was also the third straight game in which Gartrell has homered and his sixth home run in the month of July.

Jackson and Kuhn were each 2-for-4 for Charlotte and Jackson has a 14-game hitting streak for the Knights, a career best.

The G-Braves (50-61) and Knights (63-48) conclude the four game and season series Tuesday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 12:05 p.m. at Knights’ Stadium. Right-hander Randall Delgado (1-1, 5.91) will start for Gwinnett against the Knights TBA (0-0, 0.00). Listen to the broadcast on 1240 ESPN Radio 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 Schiavone & Tony Piraro

Video: Former G-Braves Flourishing in Atlanta

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Craig Kimbrel

The best closer in baseball title belongs to the former Gwinnett Braves farmhand Craig Kimbrel. This season with the Braves, the right-hander has recorded 30 saves (2nd in MLB) alongside an insane 1.35 ERA and 0.65 WHIP. He has struck out an impressive 67 batters in just 40.0 innings of work, while we has walked just 10 hitters all season.

The days of playing at Coolray Field on a regular basis are long gone for Kimbrel. The right-hander consistently registers between 97-99 mph on the radar gun, as is quickly becoming one of the most respected relievers in all of baseball. This former Gwinnett Brave is creating a path to greatness.

Freddie Freeman

Forever connected will Kimbrel and Freddie Freeman be in the minds of Braves fans. They both came up to Atlanta together after stellar Gwinnett career’s, and both set the league on fire upon their emergences. Freeman just lost the National League Rookie of the Year voting to his teammate, but was happy for Kimbrel nevertheless.

This season the first baseman is coming into his own, hitting .270 with 13 home runs, 61 RBI and 22 doubles with Atlanta. Not only is his offense on the rise, but his defense has never been better. Freeman, when on the field, has been one of the more consistent Braves this season. With time, he will grow into one of the most feared hitters in baseball.

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

Jason Heyward

The Braves prized product is finally producing in the way the Braves imagined when they drafted the 22-year old. This season Heyward has taken the next step in his career, further enhancing his growth in the game. Heyward is batting .270 with 15 home runs, 49 RBI, 18 doubles and 15 stolen bases alongside fantastic defense in right field.

He has become a full-time player in 2012, starting almost every game against left-handers as well. There is no question the future is still indeed very bright for Heyward, as he continues to scratch the surface of his immense talent.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Mike Minor

Most fans probably assumed that the fourth name would be Tommy Hanson, however Mike Minor has been far more impressive at certain points this year. The southpaw had a rough start to 2012, but he has resurrected his season as he surges to the finish. The lefty is churning out quality starts as if they were going out of style. Minor has worked 6.0 innings or more in each of his last four starts, including striking out nine while he walked none in his sixth win this season during his last start against the Phillies.

The left-hander has trimmed his ERA to a respectable 5.17, alongside a 6-7 record with 98 strikeouts in 113.0 innings of work, yielding 42 free passes. The future ace of the Atlanta Braves rotation? Possibly. He could surprise you as most of these former G-Braves standouts have already done with early success in their young MLB careers.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

By: Tony Piraro

Teheran Starting Today, Sean Gilmartin Monday

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7.29.12 GBraves Game Notes

Amidst mass trade rumors as we near the 2012 deadline on Tuesday, the Braves still have a plethora of talented, young arms who are poised for future success in Atlanta. The top three prospect arms in the organization are Julio TeheranRandall Delgado and Sean Gilmartin. Now, Gilmartin may not draw the attention that Teheran and Delgado possess, however the Braves No. 1 pick in the 2011 MLB Draft is on his way.

The No. 1 prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization will start today against the International League leaders, Charlotte Knights. The last time the Colombian native started in Charlotte against the Knights, he registered his first and only career complete game, 9.0 inning, victory. Teheran will look for much of the same on Sunday, as Charlotte has lost three straight, meanwhile Gwinnett has won their last three games.

The G-Braves (50-59) and Knights (61-48) continue their four-game series Sunday afternoon with the right-hander Teheran (6-5, 5.34) starting for Gwinnett against the Knights right-hander Scott Carroll (0-0, 6.75). First pitch is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. at Knights’ Stadium with the G-Braves seeking their fourth straight win. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550/FM 102.9 in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play by play.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Gilmartin will make his Triple-A debut on Monday, July 30 against the Charlotte Knights at Knights’ Stadium. The left-hander (0-0, 0.00) will take to the mound against Charlotte right-hander Charlie Shirek (9-4, 3.68) for a 7:15 p.m. scheduled first pitch from Fort Mill, South Carolina.

This season, the southpaw has a 5-8 record with a 3.54 record in 20 Double-A Mississippi starts. Nevertheless, it’s not about the win-loss record in minor league baseball. It is about consistency in your delivery and fundamental throwing, while strikeout to walk ratio and WHIP is far more important than an ERA in the minor leagues. Gilmartin has struck out 86 hitters, while walking just 26 in 119.1 innings of work with Mississippi this season. Next stop, Gwinnett.

By: Tony Piraro

Video: Felix Pie Slams His Way to Record Night

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Click this link to watch Felix Pie’s grand slam against Durham on Friday night

The Gwinnett Braves throttled the Durham Bulls, 13-1, in the finale of a four-game series on Friday night at Coolray Field. Felix Pie was the player of the game with his three-hit performance, including the first Gwinnett grand slam of the year and a team-high six RBIs, falling just a triple short of the cycle. With the win, Gwinnett splits the series and moves within 1.0 game of Durham for third place in the International League South Division.

For the first time on the homestand, Gwinnett scored first. The G-Braves plated seven runs on five hits against Durham starter Jim Paduch in the second inning. Ernesto Mejialed off the inning with a walk and took third on a single by Stefan GartrellTerry Tiffee drove home the first run of the game with an RBI double to right. Two hitters later, Jose Yepez signled home Gartrell to boost the lead to 2-0. Luis Durango singled to score Tiffee for his 41st RBI of the season, and Jack Wilson was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

That set the table for Pie, who launched a grand slam into the right-field bullpen to give Gwinnett a 7-0 lead. Pie’s slam off Paduch was the first by a G-Brave this season. The last Gwinnett hitter to hit a grand slam was Brandon Hicks, doing so on August 28, 2011 against the Norfolk Tides.

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Pie (2-for-4, GS, 6 RBI) and Mejia (2-for-4, double, 2 RBI) each had multi-hit, multi-RBI nights for the G-Braves. Tiffee concluded a hot series by going 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. Durango (2-for-4, 3 runs, RBI) and Gotay (2-for-4, HR, 2 runs, RBI) also had solid offensive nights for Gwinnett.

Gwinnett added two more runs in the fourth when Pie laced a two-run single into right-center, scoring Ruben Gotay and Durango for a 9-0 advantage. Pie finished his night a triple shy of the cycle at 3-for-5, including six RBIs. It was the most RBIs by G-Braves hitter since Mauro Gomez drove in eight runs on 4-for-5 hitting on July 25, 2011 at Norfolk.

By: Tony Piraro

Video: Truck Yeah…That’s My Walk-up Music

The original 26th round pick of the Minnesota Twins during the 1999 MLB amateur draft Terry Tiffee is impressing at the Triple-A level, exhibiting his third base skills. The 33-year old has plenty in the tank, as he has played just four Major League seasons, three with the Twins and one with the Los Angeles Dodgers. This season however, the third baseman is playing within the Atlanta Braves organization.

Tiffee has been playing minor league baseball since 2000 when he was a member of Quad Cities. Just a few weeks ago, the right-hander was playing Independent baseball in the Atlanta League where he was hitting .297 with 11 home runs and 46 RBI in just 69 games this season with Lancaster.

Atlanta waisted little time purchasing the contract of the 6-foot, 2-inch big bopper, signing him recently. Since joining the Gwinnett Braves, Tiffee has been a solid addition with a great prowess for pop. Tiffee already has nine hits in his first eight games with the team including a home run on Thursday against the Durham Bulls that is drawing comparisons to the long blast at Coolray Field in 2012 by the Braves Dan Uggla.

Thursday I also had the pleasure of meeting Tiffee in the G-Braves clubhouse. Prior to the game, he requested that we play Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah” for his walk-up music this season. Ironically, in his second at-bat of the game with McGraw echoing throughout Lawrenceville, Tiffee launched a ball that some feel still has not landed yet. Regardless, the third baseman is a welcomed addition to the G-Braves offense as he will be able to allow Ruben Gotay to play his natural position of second base. Either way, Tiffee is earning his playing time with each game, truck yeah!

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Seek Series Split Against Durham Friday

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7.27.12 GBraves Game Notes

The Gwinnett Braves defeated the Durham Bulls 8-1 on Thursday night in the third game of a four-game series at Coolray Field. Luis DurangoStefan Gartrell and Jack Wilson each recorded three-hit games as the G-Braves’ offense gave starter Randall Delgado all the support he needed. With the win, Gwinnett moves to within 2.0 games of the Bulls for third place in the International League South Division.

For the seventh-straight game on the homestand, the visitors scored the first run. Henry Wrigley broke a string of three-straight scoreless innings thrown by Delgado as he crushed a solo home run in the fourth, giving the Bulls a 1-0 lead.

The lead wouldn’t last long as Terry Tiffee tattooed a solo home run the next half inning to tie the game, 1-1. His towering drive over the left-field retaining wall came against left-hander Cesar Ramos and was his first since joining the G-Braves.

Gwinnett took the lead with a run in the fifth and never trailed the rest of the way. Wilson, continuing his rehab assignment for the Atlanta Braves, singled home J.C. Boscan to put the G-Braves ahead, 2-1.

Facing reliever Bryan Augenstein an inning later, Gwinnett tacked four more runs on to the lead. A single by Gartrell and back-to-back walks to Ruben Gotay and Boscan loaded the bases. Durango then came through with a two-run single up the middle, and Wilson kept the momentum going with a two-run double down the left-field line to increase the advantage to 6-1.

Gartrell capped his 3-for-4 night, his fourth-straight multi-hit game, with a double in the seventh. That hit moved Ernesto Mejia, who reached after being hit by a pitch, to third. Wilson grounded out to plate Mejia for his third RBI of the game, and Tiffee added a single to center scoring Gartrell for an 8-1 lead.

Delgado (W, 1-1) worked 5.2 innings of one-run baseball, scattering six hits and three walks while striking out five. He threw an efficient 110 pitches, 60 for strikes before exiting with two on in the sixth. Cole McCurry (H, 1) stranded both inherited runners and worked 1.1 scoreless innings. Anthony Varvaro and Andy Russell each threw scoreless innings to finish off the Bulls.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Friday, July 27th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (48-59) and Durham Bulls (50-57) will play the finale of the four-game series at Coolray Field on Friday night. The G-Braves will have left-hander Yohan Flande (4-7, 4.44) on the mound, while the Bulls counter with right-hander Jim Paduch (5-8, 5.27) for a 7:05 PM scheduled first pitch. Listen to the 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.

Durham Bulls (3rd IL South) vs Gwinnett (4th IL North) 

Join the G-Braves in celebrating the 2012 Summer Olympics with Olympic Games Night on Friday night. The first 1,500 fans will walk away with a Cowbell presented by CSS. Post-game fireworks sponsored by WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta will follow the game. 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

Durham Bulls Batting Order:

1) Rich Thompson, CF

2) Tim Beckham, SS

3) Evan Longoria, DH

4) Henry Wrigley, 1B

5) Chris Gimenez, LF

6) Reid Brignac, SS

7) Cole Figueroa, 3B

8) Nevin Ashley, C

9) Jesus Feliciano, CF

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jack Wilson, DH

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, LF

6) Terry Tiffee, 3B

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Ruben Gotay, 2B

By: Tony Piraro

Braves 2011 First Round Pick Joins Gwinnett

Left-hander Sean Gilmartin, Atlanta’s first round pick in the 2011 June free agent draft, has joined the Gwinnett Braves. The Atlanta Braves announced Gilmartin’s promotion from Double-A Mississippi to Gwinnett on Friday, July 27.

Gilmartin, 22, will make his Triple-A debut with the G-Braves after opening the season with Mississippi. In 20 games, all starts for the M-Braves, he compiled a 5-8 record and 3.54 ERA (47 ER in 119.1 IP). The southpaw struck out 86 batters while walking only 26 and held Southern League opponents to a .248 average (111-for-448).

His solid Double-A debut included back-to-back complete games on May 3 at Mobile (loss, 6.0 IP, 2 ER) and May 8 against Pensacola (win, 7.0 IP, 1 ER). Gilmartin threw a career-high 9.0 innings in a no-decision on July 6 vs. Jackson, striking out seven while allowing only a run on four hits. For that effort, he was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week on July 8.

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

Gilmartin was drafted 28th overall in 2011 by the Braves out of Florida State University. He went a combined 2-2 with a 3.09 ERA in six starts between the Gulf Coast League and Class-A Rome in 2011. The Thousand Oaks, CA native began the year as the No. 5 ranked prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization according to Baseball America.

Gilmartin, wearing No. 56, will join the rest of his Gwinnett teammates on Friday night as they take on Durham in the finale of a four-game series. Left-hander Yohan Flande (4-7, 4.44) is scheduled to start for the G-Bravss, while the Bulls counter with right-hander Jim Paduch (5-8, 5.27) for a 7:05 PM scheduled first pitch. Listen to the 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.

Join the G-Braves in celebrating the 2012 Summer Olympics with Olympic Games Night on Friday night. The first 1,500 fans will walk away with a Cowbell presented by CSS. Post-game fireworks sponsored by WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta will follow the game. 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

Randall Delgado vs Evan Longoria Tonight

7.26.12 GBraves Game Notes

Reid Brignac and Henry Wrigley each drove in four RBIs as the Durham Bulls outslugged the Gwinnett Braves, 16-8, on Wednesday night at Coolray Field. Brignac, Leslie Anderson and Rich Thompson all homered to help the Bulls take a 3.0-game lead over the G-Braves for third place in the International League South Division.

For the sixth-straight game on the homestand, Gwinnett fell behind early. Durham scored four runs against starter Jose Lugo in the first inning, chasing the left-hander with just two outs. Thompson, who went 3-for-6 the previous night, began a 4-for-6 effort with a solo home run to lead off the game. Lugo then walked the next three hitters to load the bases. Following a double-play ball that scored a run, Chris Gimenez and Brignac recorded back-to-back RBI singles to open a 4-0 lead.

Lugo yielded all four runs as earned on four hits and three walks. Buddy Carlyle entered the game and pitched 4.1 innings, surrendering three more runs on four hits while walking two and striking out two.

Durham added three runs in the second inning, boosting their lead to 7-0. Thompson reached first on his second of three hits in the game, took second on a groundout, stole third base and scored on Wrigley’s RBI single. The Bulls plated their final two runs of the frame when Anderson smashed a two-run home run off Carlyle.

Gwinnett finally answered back with a run in the second when Ruben Gotay singled home Josh Wilson, cutting the Gwinnett deficit to six runs. Stefan Gartrell blasted his 15th home run of the season in the third, a solo shot, cutting the Bulls’ lead to 7-2 after three innings.

After a scoreless Durham half of the fourth, the G-Braves bats struck for five runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 7-7. Terry Tiffee led off the inning with a walk, thenJose Yepez singled and Gotay followed by driving in Tiffee on a single. With two runners on, Luis Durango lifted a ball into deep center field for a two-run triple, cutting the deficit to 7-5. Jack Wilson drove in the fourth run of the inning with his sacrifice fly that scored Durango from third. Felix Pie singled and scored three batters later when Ernesto Mejiadoubled him home for his IL-leading 72nd RBI of the season.

Lance Pendleton (W, 6-4) started the game for Durham and lasted 5.2 innings in the slugfest. The right-hander allowed eight earned runs on 10 hits, walked three and struck out three.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Thursday, July 26th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (47-59) and Durham Bulls (50-56) will play the third game of their four-game series at Coolray Field on Thursday night. The G-Braves will have right-hander Randall Delgado (0-1, 10.80) on the mound, while the Bulls counter with left-hander Cesar Ramos (3-2, 2.36) for a 7:05 PM scheduled first pitch. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Durham Bulls (3rd IL South) vs Gwinnett (4th IL North) 

Kick off the weekend right with $3 food and drink specials, including special $3 berm seating all game long on $3 Thursday presented by Dave FM. 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

Durham Bulls Batting Order:

1) Will Rhymes, 3B

2) Tim Beckham, SS

3) Evan Longoria, DH

4) Stephen Vogt, C

5) Henry Wrigley, 1B

6) Leslie Anderson, LF

7) Reid Brignac, SS

8) Chris Gimenez, RF

9) Jesus Feliciano, CF

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jack Wilson, DH

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, LF

6) Josh Wilson, SS

7) Terry Tiffee, 3B

8) Ruben Gotay, 2B

9) J.C. Boscan, C

By: Tony Piraro
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