June 2013

Gwinnett Braves (36-46) vs. Buffalo Bisons (40-39)

Carrithers (Moore)

Carrithers (Moore)

The Gwinnett Braves (36-46) won their eighth game in ten tries last night, beating the Buffalo Bisons, 7-5. With the win, the Braves moved to third place in the South Division and half a game up in the Wild Card standings.

Two weeks ago, the thought of postseason baseball was a complete long shot. However, with the emergence of their play, the Braves are only 6.5 games back of a Wild Card spot. After they finish off their series with Buffalo, the Braves will play a five-game set against the Wild Card leading Norfolk Tides (42-39) starting Saturday night.

Familiar Foe: The Braves will face former G-Brave standout Todd Redmond in the series finale Friday night. The right-hander spent four seasons with the Gwinnett Braves (2009-12), going 34-30 with a 3.78 ERA. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds organization in exchange for Paul Janish on 7/14. Since then, he has bounced around from the Reds, Baltimore and Toronto Organizations. He hasn’t had much success at the Major League level, but he excelled with the G-Braves. On May 28, 2010 he tossed the only no-hitter in G-Braves history and is the All-Time G-Braves leader in wins (34), losses (30), games started (97), hits allowed (567), earned runs (245), innings pitched (583.0), strikeouts (486) and walks (166).

Carrithers(Roughgarden)

Carrithers(Roughgarden)

Mighty A- Alden Carrithers clubbed his second homer of the season Thursday night. His second dinger of the year tied a career high, as he swatted two homers for the GCL Tigers in 2008. In 43 games, he is hitting .318 (35-for-110) with seven doubles, one triple, two homers and eight RBI for the G-Braves.

-Jd-

G-Braves Power Past Buffalo, 7-5

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – In his second start since being signed out of the Independent American Association, Joe Bisenius was stellar, tossing 6.0 innings of one-run ball to lead the Gwinnet Braves (36-45) over the Buffalo Bisons (40-39), 7-5 on Thursday night.  Ernesto Mejia, Alden Carrithers and Luis Nunez all homered to power the G-Braves to their eighth win in the last 10 games.

Bisenius (W, 2-0), who was 3-2 with the Lincoln Saltdogs, picked up his second victory of the season with Gwinnett.  The 30-year-old right-hander yielded a run on seven hits, walked one and struck out four.

The offense backed him early. In the top of the second inning, Mejia hit his 19th home run of the season, a solo shot over the left field fence to give the G-Braves a 1-0 lead.

However, the Bisons had an answer as Kevin Pillar continued his hot series with an RBI double scoring Munenori Kawasaki in the third inning.  Pillar’s sixth double of the series tied the game up at 1-1.

Buffalo ran into trouble in the next inning.  Before the third inning began, Buffalo starter Chad Jenkins was forced to exit the game with an apparent injury. The G-Braves took advantage in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three times against reliever Dave Bush (L, 7-6).  Joey Terdoslavich singled and scored on single off the right-field wall by Brandon Boggs. One batter later, Carrithers connected for his second home run of the season, a two-run shot into the right-field bullpen to extend the lead to 4-1.

Gwinnett would add two more in the fifth and one in the sixth.  In the fifth, the G-Braves loaded the bases on two walks and a single before Stefan Gartrell smashed a two-run single through the left side, making it 6-1. Nunez added the other run, belting a solo homer off of former G-Brave Buddy Carlyle to raise the lead to 7-1.

Luis Ayala, Juan Cedeno and Cole McCurry combined to finish the game, as they all tossed one inning of relief to secure the victory.  Ayala and Cedeno notched scoreless frames, while McCurry was roughed up for four runs on four hits in a non-save ninth inning.

Mauro Gomez belted his league-leading 24th home run of the season off of McCurry, a two-run shot to left, cutting the lead to three.  Luis Jimenez then made it a two-run game with a solo blast to left-center.  After the back-to-back blasts, McCurry survived the scare, striking out Moises Sierra to finish the game.

Offensively, Gwinnett pounded out 12 hits and tied a season high with three homers to beat Buffalo. Todd Cunningham, Terdoslavich, Gartrell and Nunez all had two-hit games, while Carrithers added two RBI.

After picking up seven extra base hits on Wednesday night, Buffalo was limited to four on Thursday.  Ryan Goins led the way, going 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI, while Pillar added to his series total with two more hits. The outfielder is 7-for-14 with six doubles in the series. 

The Gwinnett Braves will finish off their series with the Buffalo Bisons on Friday night at 7:05 PM.  G-Braves’ right-hander Omar Poveda (5-4, 3.39) will face Bisons’ right-hander Todd Redmond (2-1, 7.47) in the homestand finale.  Listen to the game on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

The first 2,000 fans in attendance on Friday night will receive iPad covers presented by YP.com.  To purchase tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com.

-Jd-

Pillar’s Career Night Leads Bisons Past Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – On a night when Joey Terdoslavich was announced to the 15th Annual SiriusXM Futures Game, Buffalo outfielder Kevin Pillar stole the show, going 4-for-5 with four doubles and two runs scored to lead the Bisons (40-38) to a 4-3 victory over the Gwinnett Braves (35-46) on Wednesday night.

The G-Braves got off to a great start, taking advantage of three errors and coming up with clutch hits to take a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Todd Cunningham singled, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout by Phil Gosselin and scored on a grounder by Terdoslavich for the game’s first run.  Terdoslavich reached on an error by first baseman Luis Jimenez and Ernesto Mejia reached on an error by third baseman Mauro Gomez, putting runners on first and second with one out. Stefan Gartrell and Joe Leonard each picked up RBI singles to make it 3-0.

Jimenez cut into the lead with a solo homer in the top of the fourth.  His 14th home run of the season snapped a 13.1-inning scoreless streak by Gwinnett starting pitcher David Hale

In the fifth, the Bisons would tie up.  Sean Ochinko drew a one out walk and advanced to third on a double by Pillar. They both came around to score on a two-run double by Ryan Goins, making it 3-3.  Goins attempted to stretch the double into a triple, but was thrown out at third as Terdoslavich recorded his team-leading eighth outfield assist.

Hale exited after 6.0 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out six.  After turning in his third quality start of the season, he turned a tie game over to the bullpen.

However, the bullpen had some trouble in the eighth, as the Bisons took the lead in the top of the frame.  Pillar connected for his fourth double of the game to lead off the inning, becoming the first Buffalo player in the modern era to record four doubles in a game.  He would eventually come around to score on a wild pitch by Wirfin Obispo (L, 1-3). The right-hander’s errant pitch snapped a 14-outing, 17.2-inning scoreless streak, the longest by a Gwinnett pitcher this season.

Thad Weber (W, 3-1) was impressive for the Bisons in the victory.  After allowing the three runs in the first inning, he went on to face the minimum in his last six innings of baseball, allowing one hit and striking out three in the process.  He went 7.0 innings with three runs, one earned on four hits.  Joel Carreno (H, 3) and Brad Lincoln finished off the G-Braves, tossing two scoreless innings to end the game. Lincoln (S, 3) picked up the save, stranding a pair of baserunners in the ninth.

The Gwinnett offense was held to five singles on the night.  Terdoslavich, Cunningham, Gartrell, Leonard and Sean Kazmar each had one hit.

Pillar led the Buffalo offense with his four hits.  In two games against the G-Braves, he is 5-for-9 with five doubles.

The Gwinnett Braves continue their four game series with the Buffalo Bisons on Thursday night at 6:05 PM. G-Braves right-hander Joe Bisenius (1-0, 4.76) will face off against Bisons right-hander Chad Jenkins (0-3, 11.37). Listen to the game on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.  First pitch is 6:05 PM.

Thursday is another “$3 Thursday” at Coolray Field.  Enjoy $3 food and beverage specials all game long.  All Lawn Seats are also just $3.  To purchase tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com.

Terdoslavich Named to Futures Game Roster

Joey Terdoslavich was named to the 15th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Wednesday afternoon. The Sarosota, FL native will represent the United States , which features 11 former first round draft picks and eight supplemental first-round picks on the roster.

Terdoslavich (Wheeler)

Terdoslavich (Wheeler)

The former Long Beach State Dirtbag was drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 draft.

He has been on a steady climb since his arrival to the Braves organization, moving through the lower levels and arriving at Triple-A Gwinnett in 2012. After a slow start (.180/4HR/20RBI) with the G-Braves, the outfielder was sent down to Double-A Mississippi. He found his stroke with the M-Braves, hitting .315 (94-for-298) with five homers and 51 RBI.

He has carried over to the 2013 season, hitting .323 (96-for-297) with 18 homers and 57 RBI. His second go-around at the Triple- A level has been more successful, finding his comfort zone in the outfield and at the dish.

Terdoslavich will join seven current Atlanta Braves who have participated in the game. Jason Heyward (2009), Mike Minor (2010), Paul Maholm (2005), B.J. Upton (2004-2005) and Justin Upton (2007) have represented Team USA in the classic, while Ramiro Pena (Mexico-2008), Julio Teheran (Colombia-2010-2011) have represented Team World.

The game will be played June 14th at 2:00 PM (EDT) at Citi Field.

-Jd-

Scouting Report- Thad Weber

Weber was drafted in 16th round of the 2008 First Year Player out of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln Draft by the Detroit Tigers. He began his career with the Low-A West Michigan WhiteCaps, going 1-4 with a 2.56 ERA in 2008. In 2009, he made history with the Double-A Erie SeaWolves, tossing a no-hitter. In his second to last start of the season, he went the distance, going 9.0 innings, facing two over the minimum (HBP & error) and striking out 10.

After two seasons with Triple-A Toledo, Weber made his Major League debut on April 21, 2012. He made two appearances for the Tigers, tossing 4.0 innings and posting a 0-1 record with a 9.00 ERA. He was optioned back down to Triple-A on 4/25. In August, He was released by Toledo and signed by the San Diego Padres.

However, the Padres designated Weber for assignment on May 17, 2013. On May 19, the Toronto Blue Jays claimed Weber off waivers, and optioned him to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. On the season with the Bisons, he is 2-1 with a 2.01 ERA.

He features four pitches: fastball, 2-seamer, curveball and changeup. He relies heavily on his low 90’s fastball and compliments it with a two-seamer. His curveball serves as his out pitch as he favors it over his change.

The Gwinnett braves, winners of seven of their last eight will counter with the lineup below:

Terdoslavich clubbed his 18th homer of the season Tuesday night.  (Moore)

Terdoslavich clubbed his 18th homer of the season Tuesday night. (Moore)

Cunningham 8

Gosselin 4

Terdoslavich 9

Mejia 3

Boggs 8

Gartrell DH

Leonard 5

Pagnozzi 2

Kazmar 6

Hale 1

G-Braves Edge Bisons, 4-3

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The Gwinnett Braves (35-45) continued their recent strong play behind a solid performance by left-hander Yohan Flande (W, 4-7) on Tuesday night at Coolray Field. The left-hander tossed 6.2 innings of two-run baseball as the G-Braves squeaked by the Buffalo Bisons (39-38), 4-3.  Gwinnett has won seven of their last eight games.

After watching their six-game winning streak come to an end with a loss in game two of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, the G-Braves used clutch hits to start a new streak on Tuesday.  In the bottom of the fifth inning, Gwinnett scored two runs on four hits to take a 2-0 lead.  Phil Gosselin led off with a bunt single and advanced to second on a single by Matt Pagnozzi.  With runners on first and second and one out, Sean Kazmar drove in Gosselin with a single to make it 1-0.  Jose Constanza extended the lead to 2-0, driving in Pagnozzi with an RBI double.

The Bisons got both runs right back with one swing of the bat in the sixth inning. Jim Negrych drew a four-pitch walk and scored on a two-run homer by Mauro Gomez, knotting the game up at 2-2.

Gwinnett answered in the bottom half of the sixth.  Brandon Boggs reached on an error and three-straight hits followed, giving the G-Braves a 3-2 lead.  Pagnozzi delivered his third hit of the game to plate Boggs from third, but Gosselin was gunned down at the plate by Bisons’ left fielder Anthony Gose as he tried to score from second base.

Joey Terdoslavich made up for the missed opportunity for insurance in the seventh.  He took a 2-0 fastball from right-hander Mickey Storey over the right field fence, extending the lead to 4-2. The blast was his 18th of the season, tying him with teammate Ernesto Mejia for second in the International League in home runs.

Gomez answered, however, cutting the lead to 4-3 as smacked his second homer of the night over the left-field fence.  His league-leading 23rd home run came off of right-hander Luis Ayala in the eighth inning.

Despite giving up the run, Ayala (H, 3) was solid, hurling 1.1 innings, scattering two hits and striking out one in relief of Flande.  Cory Rasmus (S, 8) allowed a one-out double to Gose in the ninth, but Gose was thrown out at third trying to advance on a ball in the dirt.  Rasmus then induced Sean Ochinko into a game-ending fly-out to Constanza in deep left.

Justin Germano (L, 4-7) suffered the loss for Buffalo, giving up three runs, two earned on 10 hits in 6.0 innings.

Pagnozzi paced the offensive attack, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and one RBI.  Terdoslavich finished 1-for-4 with the solo home run and one RBI.

Gomez went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI to lead the way for Buffalo.  The right-handed hitting first baseman is just one homer shy of his season total from 2012, when he swatted 24 dingers in an IL MVP season for Pawtucket.

The Gwinnett Braves continue their series against the Buffalo Bisons Wednesday night at 6:05 PM.  G-Braves right-hander David Hale (2-3, 4.37) will take the ball as he faces Buffalo right-hander Thad Weber (2-1, 2.01). Listen to the game on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Dave Lezotte calling the play-by-play.  First pitch is 6:05 PM.

Wednesday night is “Winning Wednesday” at Coolray Field.  All fans are invited to participate in Baseball Bingo for a chance to win great prizes.  A fully cleared card will get you something extra special from the Gwinnett Braves.  Also on Wednesday, if a G-Braves’ player hits a grand slam in the fifth inning, one lucky fan will win $5,000.  To purchase tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com.

 -Jd-

Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (34-45) vs. Buffalo Bisons (39-37)

Wirfin Obispo (Roughgarden)

Wirfin Obispo (Roughgarden)

Tue: LHP Yohan Flande (3-6, 5.79) vs. RHP Justin Germano (4-6, 5.92)

Wed: RHP David Hale (2-3, 4.37) vs. RHP Thad Weber (2-1, 2.01)

Thu: RHP Joe Bisenius (1-0, 4.76) vs. RHP Chad Jenkins (0-3, 7.78)

Fri: RHP Omar Poveda (5-4, 3.39) vs. RHP Todd Redmond (2-1, 5.40)

The Gwinnett Braves won six games in a row before dropping the finale to the Syracuse Chiefs on Sunday afternoon. In the last ten games, the Braves have made a significant move in the Wild Card standings. With 65 games left, the Braves are eight games back of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and 6.5 games back of the second place Bisons.

Hitting: Joey Terdoslavich has been red hot, hitting .556 (10-for-18) with two homers and six RBI in his last five games. He leads the league in hits (95), doubles (24), extra-base hits (42), total bases (172) and is fourth in batting average (.324) and homers (17)… Todd Cunningham has hit safely in 15 of his last 18 games, recording 12 multi-hit games during that span. On the season, he is hitting .294 (77-for-262) with 12 doubles, three triples, two homers and 27 RBI…

Pitching: David Hale won his last time out, tossing six scoreless innings against the Bisons. It was his first win since opening weekend, April 6th, when he tossed five innings of two-run ball vs. Charlotte. In his last two starts, the right-hander has not allowed a run, while yielding 10 hits and striking out seven in a 10.0 inning span… In his last 13 outings, Wirfin Obispo has not allowed a run (17.1 IP / 0 Runs), the longest scoreless streak posted by a G-Braves pitcher this season. During the streak, he has allowed four hits while striking out 18 hitters. On the season, he is 1-2 with 3.38 ERA. He has two saves in four chances and has struck out 45 batters in 37.1 innings.

Cunningham (Roughgarden)

Cunningham (Roughgarden)

G-Bites: Phil Gosselin was added to the roster after Game one of the doubleheader on Sunday. He went 1-for-3 in his Triple-A debut. The former Virginia Cavalier has been with the Braves organization for four years. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 First Year Player Draft.

The Bisons started the season on top of the North Division, winning 13 of their first 17 games. However, they are 26-33 since 4/23 and have dropped to third place in the North Division. They are eight games back of the front-running Pawtucket Red Sox (47-29), but are only 1.5 games back of the Wild Card lead.

Hitting: The Bisons have the 2nd-best offense in the International League, batting .269 (667-for-2481) with 367 runs scored and have belted a league-leading 80 homers… Mauro Gomez leads the IL with 21 homers… However, Jim Negrych and Luis Jimenez have paced the offense. Negrych is hitting .335 (77-for-230) with three homers and 31 RBI at the top of the lineup, while Jimenez is hitting .316 (79-for-250) with 13 homers and 55 RBI in the middle of the order.

Pitching: The staff has been pedestrian this season, holding the second highest ERA (4.74) in the league… Weber has been solid since moving to the rotation, winning his last two starts. In the last two outings, he has tossed 13 innings, scattering seven hits and allowing two runs, one earned. On 6/15 at Pawtucket, he hurled 7.0 innings of hitless baseball, while striking out eight . He will pitch game two of the series as he matches up against the Braves’ Hale.

-Jd-

G-Braves Split Doubleheader with Chiefs

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Pitching was showcased on Sunday afternoon at Coolray Field as four Gwinnett Braves (34-45) pitchers combined to allow two runs in 14.0 innings.  Despite solid pitching performances in both ends of the doubleheader, the G-Braves settled for a split with the Syracuse Chiefs (29-46), taking game one by a 5-1 score and losing game two, 1-0.

In game one, right-hander Cody Martin (W, 2-0) dazzled in his second start for Gwinnett, hurling 7.0 innings, scattering six hits, allowing one run and striking out six to pick up his second victory of the season.  His complete-game effort was the first by a G-Braves pitcher this season and the second of his career.

The G-Braves got on the board early, scoring in the top of the first.  After three consecutive singles by Todd Cunningham, Alden Carrithers and Joey Terdoslavich, Stefan Gartrell was plunked by a pitch from Syracuse starter Danny Rosenbaum, forcing in a run for a 1-0 lead.

Gwinnett manufactured a run in the bottom of the second.  Luis Nunez led off with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Martin and scored two batters later on a groundout by Carrithers, extending the lead to 2-0.

The G-Braves put it away in the bottom of the fifth inning.  Terdoslavich smacked a lead-off double and Ernesto Mejia singled, putting runners on the corners with no outs.  Gartrell followed with a towering three-run homer to left, his third of the season and franchise-record 48th career homer with Gwinnett.  The blast extended the advantage to 5-0.

Five runs would be plenty of support for Martin, who extended his scoreless streak to 13.2 innings to start his Triple-A career.  That streak was broken in the top of the seventh inning as Carlos Rivero lifted a sacrifice fly to right scoring Zach Walters.  Martin retired Will Rhymes on a game-ending groundout to complete the 5-1 win.

Rosenbaum (L, 5-4) yielded two runs, one earned over 4.0 innings in the game one loss for Syracuse.  Right-hander Jeremy Accardo gave up three more runs over the final 2.0 innings.

In the second game, the G-Braves were shut out for the fourth time this season.

In his fourth start of the year, Chiefs’ right-hander Tanner Roark (W, 4-3) was impressive, hurling 5.0 innings of scoreless baseball.  He stifled the Gwinnett offense, allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out one.

Syracuse scored the game’s lone run in the top of the first inning.  With two outs, Chris Rahl singled, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Jose Yepez. Corey Brown drove in Rahl with an RBI single, giving the Chiefs a 1-0 lead.

Mike Crotta and Erik Davis finished off the shutout, each throwing a scoreless inning in relief of Roark.  Davis (S, 8) picked up the save as he worked out of a two-on, one-out jam.  With the tying and winning runs aboard, he induced Carrithers into a game-ending double play.

The lack of offense spoiled a great spot start from Kameron Loe (L, 2-2), who scattered three hits and allowed one unearned run over 4.0 innings to take the loss.

Offensively, Terdoslavich and Cunningham each recorded three hits on the afternoon, while Gartrell added a 2-for-2 day with a home run and  four RBI.

Rahl went a perfect 3-for-3 in the second game and scored the Chiefs’ lone run in the nightcap.

The Gwinnett Braves have off on Monday and return to play on Tuesday, June 25 with the opener of a four-game series against the Buffalo Bisons.  Left-hander Yohan Flande (3-6, 5.79) will start for the G-Braves, while the Bisons counter with right-hander Justin Germano (4-6, 5.92).  Listen to the game on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.  First pitch is 6:05 PM.

Tuesday night is “Team Tuesday” as all kids (ages 12 and under) wearing their Youth Athletics jerseys will receive a free ticket with purchase of an Adult ticket (limit one ticket per adult).  The first 500 fans will receive a poster of G-Braves’ pitcher Cory Rasmus, who will be autographing posters from 5:05 to 5:20 PM.  To purchase tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com.

Inside the Numbers, News & Notes

Joey Terdoslavich added to his banner season by going 3-for-4 with two homers and five RBI in last night’s contest. His two-run dinger in the ninth, catapulted the Braves over the Chiefs, 9-8.

However, did you know?

Terdoslavich has amassed 48 home runs in his career, but has only recorded a multi-homer game three times. Last night was the first time he accomplished the feat since April 18, 2011 vs. Salem. In 2011, he had two multi-homer games, as he recorded his first on April 16 at Myrtle Beach.

Inside the Numbers:

The outfielder is enjoying a stellar season, hitting .321 (92-for-287) with 17 homers and 56 RBI. He has posted a slugging percentage of .562, while recording a .938 OPS. However, the switch-hitter has struggled from the right side of the plate, hitting .230 (14-for-61) with one homer and nine RBI. He has preferred the left side, hitting .345 (78-for-226) with 16 homers and 47 RBI.

He will have his hands full against Syracuse left-hander Danny Rosenbaum, as the southpaw is slated to pitch in game one of the doubleheader on Sunday. Rosenbaum is 5-3 with a 3.76 ERA for the Chiefs. He has been their best pitcher, leading the team in ERA (3.76), wins (5) and innings (79)…

He will face the lineup below:

Cunningham 8

Carrithers 5

Terdoslavich 9

Mejia 3

Boggs 7

Kazmar 6

Pagnozzi 2

Nunez 4

Martin 1

Terdoslavich, G-Braves Walk Off, 8-7

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – After recording a season-high four hits on Friday night, Joey Terdoslavich followed up on Saturday by recording his first two-homer game since April 18, 2011.  His walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth sent the Coolray Field crowd of 9,284 home happy as the Gwinnett Braves (33-44) came back for a 9-8 win over the Syracuse Chiefs (28-45).  The G-Braves have now won five-straight games.

The G-Braves won despite a shaky performance from starter Omar Poveda. The right-hander allowed a season high five runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings. However, the offense had his back as they pounded out 12 hits and scored nine runs.

Both teams got on the board early, scoring a run in the first.  Syracuse used a lead-off double by Will Rhymes, a sacrifice bunt by Danny Espinosa and an RBI groundout by Corey Brown to take a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the first, Gwinnett took advantage of a throwing error by catcher Brian Jeroloman to push across their first run.

The Chiefs didn’t stop there, scoring one run in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead. In the third inning, Tyler Moore walked and scored on an RBI double by Chris Rahl. In the bottom of the fourth, Danny Espinosa smacked a two-run double down the left field line, scoring Jeroloman and Rhymes to make it 4-1.  Zach Walters capped the scoring, lacing his 17th homer of the season over the right field fence, extending the lead to 5-1.

Syracuse starter Ryan Tatusko stifled the G-Braves through four innings, as he held the offense to four hits and no earned runs.  However, Gwinnett exploded for six runs off of the right-hander in the bottom of the fifth.  Poveda led off with a single and Jose Constanza followed with a single, putting runners on first and second with no outs.  After a fielder’s choice, Terdoslavich hit his 16th homer of the season over the right field fence.  The dinger cut the deficit to 5-4.  Back-to-back walks to Ernesto Mejia and Alden Carriters set up a two out RBI opportunity for Jose Yepez. The backstop delivered with a two-run double to left, making it 6-5.  Luis Nunez added to lead with an RBI double of his own, extending the lead to 7-5. 

In the ninth, Moore walked to lead off and was followed by a Rahl single.  After Walters showed bunt on the first pitch, he took the next offering from Cory Rasmus (W, 3-1) over the right field fence, giving the Chiefs an 8-7 lead.

For Rasmus, it was his first blown save in eight chances.  However, Chiefs closer Michael Broadway (L, 1-1) didn’t fare any better.  He gave up a leadoff single to Todd Cunningham after a nine pitch at bat, which saw Cunningham battle back from a 0-2 count. The key hit would set the stage for Terdoslavich, who drove Broadway’s first offering out to deep right-center.

Terdoslavich finished the night with a team-high three hits and five RBI, while Constanza, Cunningham and Nunez picked up two hits each.

Walters led the Chiefs, going 2-for-5 with two homers and four RBI.

The Gwinnett Braves return to action Sunday afternoon as they host the Syracuse Chiefs for doubleheader starting at 2:05 PM. Braves right-hander Cody Martin (1-0, 0.00) will get the ball in game one, while Kameron Loe (2-1, 4.19) will toe the rubber in game two. Syracuse will throw left-hander Danny Rosenbaum (5-3, 3.76) in game one and right-hander Tanner Roark (3-3, 4.07) in game two. Listen to the games on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.  Game one of the doubleheader will also be televised on CSS.

The first 2,000 fans in attendance on Sunday will receive a Fifth Anniversary Logo Drawstring Bag courtesy of Dave & Buster’s.  “Family Sunday” also includes Pre-Game Catch in the Outfield prior to game one and the Post-Game Kids Base Run following game two.  To purchase tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com.

 

-Jd-

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