Family Sunday as G-Braves Host Yankees

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees scored eight runs in the first inning and never trailed, defeating the Gwinnett Braves, 13-8 on Saturday night at Coolray Field. Cole Garner crushed a grand slam as part of the big first frame and Brandon Laird added a homer and four RBIs of his own as the Yankees pounded out 15 total hits. With the loss, the G-Braves are a season-high 10 games under the .500 mark.

The Yankees jumped out to an early lead for the second straight night, plating eight runs before Gwinnett hitters grabbed their bats. Starter Brent Leach (L, 0-1) failed to get out of the first inning in his G-Braves debut, allowing seven runs on three hits and four walks in just a third of an inning. The left-hander yielded a leadoff walk to Chris Dickerson, single to Kevin Russo and RBI double to Corban Joseph as Scranton jumped out to a 1-0 lead. Following a walk to Jack Cust to load the bases, Leach allowed back-to-back bases loaded walks to Laird and Francisco Cervelli for a 3-0 Yankees advantage. Garner followed with the grand slam to left, opening up a 7-0 lead and chasing Leach from the game.

Buddy Carlyle relieved Leach and served up back-to-back triples to Dickerson and Russo as the Yankees took an 8-0 lead. Carlyle settled down to work 3.2 stellar innings, surrendering just one run on three hits while striking out four.

The G-Braves were held scoreless by Scranton right-hander Ramon Ortiz over the first four innings, but finally solved the veteran in the fifth with a six-run frame. Ruben Gotayled off the inning with a double, and Lance Zawadzki reached on an infield pop-up that was dropped by the third baseman Russo for an error. Following a groundout, Luis Durango singled home the first run of the game for Gwinnett. Felix Pie added a sacrifice fly scoring Zawadzki, and Ernesto Mejia tallied his International League leading 67th RBI with a single. The inning was broken open when Stefan Gartrell blasted a three-run home run off the brick wall in left, cutting the deficit to 8-6.

Only one of the six runs was earned to Ortiz (W, 8-3), who worked 5.0 innings with eight hits allowed, one walk and one strikeout.

Sunday, July 22nd G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (46-56) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (56-45) play game three of the four-game series on Sunday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 5:05 PM. The G-Braves will have left-hander Yohan Flande (4-7, 4.46) on the mound, while the Yankees counter with right-hander Adam Warren (5-6, 3.86). Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA.

Scranton Yankees (2nd IL North) vs Gwinnett (3rd IL South) 

Bring your ball and glove for a pre-game catch on the outfield grass at Coolray Field onFamily Sunday. All kids 12 and under will get to run the bases following the game. The Gwinnett Braves will also observe Cancer Awareness night as they recognize organizations that bring awareness to cancer prevention and detection or raise funds for cancer research. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit for more information.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Empire State Yankees Batting Order:

1) Chris Dickerson, CF

2) Kevin Russo, LF

3) Corban Joseph, 2B

4) Jack Cust, DH

5) Brandon Laird, 3B

6) Francisco Cervelli, C

7) Cole Garner, RF

8) Ramiro Pena, SS

9) Matt Antonelli, 1B

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, DH

6) Josh Wilson, SS

7) Ruben Gotay, 3B

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

By: Tony Piraro

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