G-Braves Host Yankees on Superhero Night

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Eric Fryer’s pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the 10th gave the Indianapolis Indians (61-18) a come-from-behind 5-4 win over the Gwinnett Braves (46-54) in their season finale against the Tribe at Victory Field on Thursday night.

Indians’ third baseman Matt Hague led off the bottom of the 10th with a double to center off G-Braves’ reliever Cole McCurry. Jeff Clement followed with a single to center putting runners on first and third, then the G-Braves walked Yamaico Navarro intentionally to load the bases. Fryer followed by sending a 1-2 McCurry pitch past Gwinnett third baseman Ruben Gotay with a drawn-in infield for the game-winner.

The Indians forced extra innings with a run in the bottom of the ninth off G-Braves relieverAndy Russell. Trailing 4-3, Indianapolis’ Jose Tabata stroked a one-out single to centerfield, stole second base and moved to third on a groundout. With two outs, Chase d’Arnaud ripped a double to left-center scoring Tabata from third with the tying run, moving the game to the 10th.

The game was preceded by a one 1:28 rain delay, and once re-started; it took until the third inning for the teams to score. In the top of that inning, Gotay was walked by Indians starter Justin Wilson and was then bunted to second by Gwinnett starting pitcher Julio Teheran. Meanwhile, Jose Constanza poked a single to left that moved Gotay to third. The hit extended Constanza’s Gwinnett record hitting streak to 22 games. Josh Wilson followed with a triple scoring both Gotay and Constanza for a 2-0 lead. Ernesto Mejia (20) then powered a two-run homer to left center putting the G-Braves up 4-0 after two and a half innings.

Constanza was 2-for-4, as his 22-game hitting streak is the longest in the International League since the record 43-game streak of Brandon Watson of Columbus in 2007.

Friday, July 20th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The G-Braves return to Coolray Field Friday night to open a four-game series with the Empire State Yankees. Gwinnett Left-hander Jose Lugo (2-5, 5.02) will start against the Yankees right-hander John Maine (3-3, 6.28). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. onJulio Teheran Day and Superhero Night. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550/FM 102.9 in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play by play.

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

Come celebrate Julio Teheran being named to the 2011 Pert All-Star Team, while watching out for your favorite superhero dressed-up around the stadium sponsored by 12 Stone. Immediately following the game, stick around for Fox 5 Friday Fireworks. A spectacular fireworks display will light up the night following every G-Braves Friday home 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 Kyle Hess

Empire State Yankees Batting Order:

1) Kevin Russo, 3B

2) Chris Dickerson, CF

3) Francisco Cervelli, C

4) Jack Cust, DH

5) Brandon Laird, 1B

6) Kosuke Fukodome, LF

7) Cole Garner, RF

8) Ramiro Pena, 2B

9) Doug Bernier, SS

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Jose Constanza, DH

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Felix Pie, LF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Jordan Parraz, RF

6) Josh Wilson, SS

7) Jose Yepez, C

8) Ruben Gotay, 3B

9) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

By: Tony Piraro

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