June 2013

Gwinnett (32-44) vs. Syracuse (28-44)

Terdoslavich (Roughgarden)

Terdoslavich (Roughgarden)

Last night, Joey Terdoslavich went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI. It was the first time he has amassed four hits this season and the first time completing the feat since 8/25/11 at Myrtle Beach. On the season, Terdoslavich is hitting .314 (89-for-283) with 15 homers and 51 RBI. He has a team-leading .558 slugging percentage and a .907 OPS…

He will lead the Braves as they face Syracuse right-hander Ryan Tatusko on Saturday night. The Chiefs hurler is 1-2 with a 3.08 ERA in 14 games (six starts) this season. Drafted in the 18th round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft out of Indiana State University by Texas, Tatusko began his professional career with the Rangers’ organization. After two short seasons with Texas, he was traded to Washington in exchange for Christian Guzman in 2010. He had a breakout season in 2010, going 12-3 with a 2.63 ERA as he split time between Double-A Frisco (Texas) and Harrisburg (Nationals). Baseball America ranked him the 26th- best prospect in the Nationals organization at the end of the season. However, he has scuffled since then, finding little success at any level.

Entering 2013, he has recorded a minor league record of 36-42 with 3.92 ERA in 184 games (90 starts). He can overpower hitters, striking out 527 batters in 664 innings (7.1 SO/9).

Tatusko features a live fastball, clocked in the mid-90’s, and three other secondary pitches. His curveball is his second best pitch, throwing it ahead and behind the count. He also throws a changeup and slider, but his fastball is his best pitch.

He will face the lineup below:

Constanza 7

Cunningham 8

Terdoslavich 9

Mejia 3

Carrithers 5

Kazmar 6

Yepez 2

Nunez 4

Poveda 1

 

-JD-

G-Braves Double Up Syracuse, 8-4

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – In a season that has seen Joey Terdoslavich do just about everything at the plate, he crossed another feat off his list on Friday night, collecting a season-high four hits to lead the Gwinnett Braves (32-44) to an 8-4 win over the Syracuse Chiefs (28-44). The G-Braves extended their winning streak to four games in front of a Coolray Field crowd of 5,837.

Terdoslavich went a perfect 4-for-4 on the night, scoring three runs and driving in one to back the solid performance by right-hander Joe Bisenius (W, 1-0). Bisenius, signed to a minor league contract by Atlanta out of the independent American Association and assigned to Gwinnett earlier in the day, tossed 5.2 innings with four runs allowed, three earned, on eight hits. The right-hander walked two and struck out six.

The G-Braves took some of the pressure off of Bisenius early, taking advantage of an error to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. After a single by Jose Constanza and fielder’s choice groundout by Todd Cunningham, Terdoslavich singled to right, sending Cunningham to third. Chiefs’ right fielder Chris Rahl misplayed the ball for a fielding error, allowing Cunningham to score.

Gwinnett added another run in the third. Terdoslavich doubled and scored on an error by third baseman Will Rhymes, pushing the lead to 2-0.

The Chiefs came roaring back, scoring a run in the fourth and fifth innings to knot it up. In the fourth, Rahl hit his sixth home run of the season, cutting the lead to 2-1. In the fifth, Brian Jeroloman singled and scored on a double by Corey Brown, making it 2-2.

With the score tied, the G-Braves scored four runs in the bottom half of the fifth off of Syracuse starter Yunesky Maya (L, 2-5). Terdoslavich singled with two outs and came around to score on Ernesto Mejia’s home run to left, his team-leading 18th blast of the season. Gwinnett increased the lead to 6-2 on a two-run single by Matt Pagnozzi.

Syracuse didn’t go away easy, scoring two runs in the top of the sixth. Rahl doubled to start the inning and Zach Walters reached base on error by Constanza, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Carlos Rivero followed with an RBI single and Jeroloman drove in the second run with a sacrifice fly, cutting the lead to 6-4.

However, that would be as close as the Chiefs would get as Gwinnett tacked on two runs late and the bullpen shut it down.

Joe Beimel, Wirfin Obispo and Pat Egan combined to throw 3.1 innings of hitless baseball to secure the victory. Obispo extended his team-beset scoreless streak to 17.1 innings as he tossed two solid frames of relief. Egan closed down a non-save ninth inning, pitching a perfect frame with two strikeouts.

In addition to Terdoslavich’s four-hit night, Alden Carrithers added a 3-for-4 game including a run scored. Seven of the eight Gwinnett position players picked up at least one hit on the night.

Rahl paced the Chiefs, going 3-for-4 with the home run, two runs scored and an RBI.

The Gwinnett Braves take on the Syracuse Chiefs in game two of the four-game series on Saturday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Right-hander Omar Poveda (5-4, 3.08) will start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Ryan Tatusko (1-2, 3.08) makes the start for the Chiefs. Listen to the game on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. The game will also be televised on CSS.

-JD-

Gwinnett Braves (31-44) vs. Syracuse Chiefs (28-42)

Mejia (Roughgarden)

Mejia (Roughgarden)

Fri: RHP Joe Bisenius (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Yunesky Maya (2-4, 4.81)

Sat: RHP Omar Poveda (5-4, 3.08) vs. RHP Ryan Tatusko (1-2, 3.08)

Sun: RHP Cody Martin (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Danny Rosenbaum (5-3, 3.76)

Game 2: TBA vs. TBA

The Gwinnett Braves finished their latest road trip by taking three of four against the Buffalo Bisons. Despite winning their last three, the Braves went 3-5 on the trip and dropped to last in the South Division. With 67 games left in the regular season, the Braves trail the front-running Durham Bulls (47-27) by 16.5 games in the South Division and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (39-34) by nine games in the Wild Card standings.

Hitting-

With Tyler Pastornicky on the Atlanta Braves roster, the G-Braves will look to Ernesto Mejia and Joey Terdoslavich to lead the offense…Terdoslavich enters the series, hitting .305 (85-for-279) with 15 homers and 50 RBI. He has been a solid contributor all season, leading the International League in total bases (153) and extra-base hits (37). He is also fourth in homers, third in hits (85) and fifth in RBI (50)…Big Ern has been a run producer all year. In 72 games, he has driven in a league-leading 57, while smacking 17 dingers. He is on pace to surpass his totals from last season, as he hit .296 with 24 homers and 92 RBI.

Pitching-

Poveda suffered his fourth loss of the season his last time out. Despite the loss, he is having a great season. He is 5-4 with a 3.08 ERA in 14 starts for the G-Braves. He leads the team in wins, ERA, innings (90.2), WHIP (1.18) and strikeouts (63)… The Gwinnett Braves rank second in the league in saves, but the position has been fluid all season. Eight different players have recorded a save, while Cory Rasmus leads the team with seven.

G-Bites: The Braves took three of four games against Syracuse at the beginning of the season. The Braves outscored the Chiefs, 24-to-15 during the series. Todd Cunnningham and Paul Janish lead the way with six hits each, while Mejia added two homers and seven RBI…

Syracuse Chiefs

Hitting-

Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse to rehab is ailing wrist. In eight games with the Chiefs, he is hitting .120 (3-for-25) with one RBI. In the last two seasons with the Nats, he has clubbed a combined 39 homers and drove in 122 runs… While Espinosa works back to MLB form, Zach Walters has found his power stroke. The switch-hitting shortstop has clubbed 16 homers this season, passing his previous career-high of 12. He is scorching hot, in his last 10 games, he is hitting a cool .500 (20-for-40) with five homers and 11 RBI…

Pitching-

The pitching staff has been a constant problem for the Chiefs, as they hold the 3rd-worst ERA in the league. The bullpen has fared well, but inconsistency at the top of the rotation has hurt the last place Chiefs. Game three starter Danny Rosenbaum leads the squad in ERA (3.76), wins (5) and innings (79)… Reliever Eric Davis has seen some time in the majors, but has spent most of his time with the Chiefs. In 23 games, he is 1-3 with a 4.05 ERA and leads the team with seven saves.

-JD-

Inside Scoop on RHP Cody Martin

Cody Martin

Cody Martin

Right-hander Cody Martin will make his debut for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves tonight, June 18, against the Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY at 7:05 PM. He will take the roster spot of Tyler Pastornicky, who was recently called up by the Atlanta Braves, replacing the injured Evan Gattis.

Martin was a seventh round draft pick in the 2011 First Year Player Draft out of Gonzaga University. During his four-year career with the Bulldogs, he went 16-13 with 3.76 ERA. He recorded 271 strikeouts in 253.2 collegiate innings. His senior season, he dominated the collegiate circuit, posting a 2-1 record and leading NCAA Division 1 baseball with a 0.86 ERA.

After signing with the Braves, the Dos Palos, CA native was assigned to short season Danville. In eight relief appearances, he tossed nine scoreless frames and recorded three saves. He was moved to Low-A Rome during the middle of July. In 14 games with the R-Braves, he went 1-0 with a 1.48 ERA, while recording six saves. His success in the bullpen and command of four pitches, allowed the organization to try him as a starter in 2012. He responded by going 12-7 with a 2.93 ERA in 107.1 innings for High-A Lynchburg. The 12 victories tied for second amongst Braves’ farmhands, while he recorded 123 punch outs for the HillCats.

Cody, the son of former Atlanta Braves pitcher Chuck Martin (1984-1985), has a four pitch repertoire. He relies heavily on a low-90’s fastball with late run and mid 80’s slider. He also throws a curveball and a changeup, which he uses to keep hitters off balance.

He will have his hands full, facing the No.2 offense in all the International League.

Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (28-43) at Buffalo Bisons (35-33)

Mon, June 17: RHP Omar Poveda (5-3, 3.01) vs. RHP Todd Redmond (1-1, 10.24)

Tue, June 18: TBA vs. RHP David Bush (7-4, 4.23)

Wed, June 19: LHP Yohan Flande (3-6, 5.82) vs. LHP Ricky Romero (0-1, 8.22)

Thu, June 20: RHP David Hale (1-3, 5.28) vs. RHP Justin Germano (4-6, 6.22)

The Gwinnett Braves dropped four straight against Rochester during the weekend, falling to last in the division and now own the worst record in the International League.

Hitting-

Tyler Pastornicky has taken over the team lead in batting average, hitting .314 (72-for-229) on the season. He is tenth in the International League in batting average. In 56 games, he has four homers, 24 RBI and a team-high 35 runs… Ernesto Mejia clubbed his team leading 16th homer on Saturday night. He is second in the league behind Bisons’, and former Gwinnett Braves, Mauro Gomez (18). He is also second in the IL with 54 RBI on the season.

Pitching-

Gwinnett Ace Omar Poveda will take the ball in game one. In his last outing, he tossed six scoreless innings against the Columbus Clippers, picking up his fifth win of the season. He is seventh in the league in ERA (3.01), third in WHIP (1.11) and fifth in batting average (.225)… Reliever Wirfin Obispo has been unhittable in his last 11 outings. In 11 relief appearances, he has tossed 14.0 scoreless frames, the longest scoreless streak posted by G-Braves’ reliever this year (Cory Rasmus had a 10.2 innings pitched streak from 4/12-5/11). On the season, he is 1-2 with a 3.71 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 34 innings pitched.

G-Bites-

The Braves are off to a slow start in June, going 4-11 in the first half of the month. The team has done well hitting, as they hold a .277 batting average in the month, but the pitching staff has been rocked. Entering tonight’s contest, the staff has posted a 6.42 ERA…

Buffalo Bisons

The Bisons enter the series five games back of the first place Pawtucket Red Sox and two games back of the Wild Card leading Norfolk Tides.

Hitting-

The Bisons have one of the best lineups in the entire league, boasting a combined .275 (612-for-2223) batting average and recording a league-best 76 homers… Jim Negrych leads the squad in hitting with a .344 (73-for-212), while clubbing three homers and driving in 29… Luis Jimenez is right on his tail, batting .341 (75-for-220) with 13 homers and 54 RBI. Former G-Brave, Gomez will be a load in the middle of the lineup, as he leads  the league with 18 homers.

Pitching-

Buffalo pitching has been their crutch all season, as they hold the worst ERA in the league. They are the only squad in the league that allows more than five runs a game, 5.04 ERA… Former Toronto Blue Jays Ace Ricky Romero will pitch game three of the series. The left-hander has been off his game since last year, but has major league stuff when he locates around the zone. In his last start, he went a season-high six innings, scattering two hits and not allowing a run at Pawtucket.

 

Mon, June 17: RHP Omar Poveda (5-3, 3.01) vs. RHP Todd Redmond (0-2, 10.24)Tue, June 18: TBA vs. RHP David Bush (7-4, 4.23)Wed, June 19: LHP Yohan Flande (3-6, 5.82) vs. LHP Ricky Romero (0-1, 8.22)

Thu, June 20: RHP David Hale (1-3, 5.28) vs. RHP Justin Germano (4-6, 6.22)

The Gwinnett Braves dropped four straight against Rochester during the weekend, falling to last in the division and now own the worst record in the International League.

Hitting-

Tyler Pastornicky has taken over the team lead in batting average, hitting .314 (72-for-229) on the season. He is tenth in the International League in batting average. In 56 games, he has four homers, 24 RBI and a team-high 35 runs… Ernesto Mejia clubbed his team leading 16th homer on Saturday night. He is second in the league behind Bisons’, and former Gwinnett Braves, Mauro Gomez (18). He is also second in the IL with 54 RBI on the season.

Pitching-

Gwinnett Ace Omar Poveda will take the ball in game one. In his last outing, he tossed six scoreless innings against the Columbus Clippers, picking up his fifth win of the season. He is seventh in the league in ERA (3.01), third in WHIP (1.11) and fifth in batting average (.225)… Reliever Wirfin Obispo has been unhittable in his last 11 outings. In 11 relief appearances, he has tossed 14.0 scoreless frames, the longest scoreless streak posted by G-Braves’ reliever this year (Cory Rasmus had a 10.2 innings pitched streak from 4/12-5/11). On the season, he is 1-2 with a 3.71 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 34 innings pitched.

G-Bites-

The Braves are off to a slow start in June, going 4-11 in the first half of the month. The team has done well hitting, as they hold a .277 batting average in the month, but the pitching staff has been rocked. Entering tonight’s contest, the staff has posted a 6.42 ERA…

Buffalo Bisons

The Bisons enter the series five games back of the first place Pawtucket Red Sox and two games back of the Wild Card leading Norfolk Tides.

Hitting-

The Bisons have one of the best lineups in the entire league, boasting a combined .275 (612-for-2223) batting average and recording a league-best 76 homers… Jim Negrych leads the squad in hitting with a .344 (73-for-212), while clubbing three homers and driving in 29… Luis Jimenez is right on his tail, batting .341 (75-for-220) with 13 homers and 54 RBI. Former G-Brave, Gomez will be a load in the middle of the lineup, as he leads  the league with 18 homers.

Pitching-

Buffalo pitching has been their crutch all season, as they hold the worst ERA in the league. They are the only squad in the league that allows more than five runs a game, 5.04 ERA… Former Toronto Blue Jays Ace Ricky Romero will pitch game three of the series. The left-hander has been off his game since last year, but has major league stuff when he locates around the zone. In his last start, he went a season-high six innings, scattering two hits and not allowing a run at Pawtucket.

 

Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (28-39) at Rochester Red Wings (30-36)

Beachy (Lofton)

Beachy (Lofton)

THU: RHP Brandon Beachy (0-0, 3.00) vs.  LHP Andrew Albers (4-2, 3.06)

FRI: LHP Sean Gilmartin (3-6, 5.40) vs. LHP Pedro Hernandez (1-1, 3.71)

SAT: RHP David Hale (1-3, 6.12) vs. RHP Kyle Gibson (6-5, 3.16)

SUN: RHP Omar Poveda (5-3, 3.01) vs. RHP Cole De Vries (1-2, 10.48)

Gwinnett Braves finished an eight-game homestand 3-5, dropping three of four to Rochester before splitting with Columbus.  They are currently in third place in the South Division, trailing Durham by 13.5 games.

Hitting-

Joe Leonard has been one of the G-Braves hottest hitters, collecting a hit in 16 of his last 17 games. During that span, he has raised his batting average from .187 to .245, while matching his career-high of three hits on three different occasions.  On the season, he is hitting .245 (46-for-188) with 12 doubles, three triples and 13 RBI… Tyler Pastornicky had his season-high 11-game hitting streak snapped on 6/9, but has connected in 13 of his last 14 games, recording eight multi-hit games during that span. In 52 games with the G-Braves, he is batting .316 (67-for-212) with three homers and 22 RBI.

Pitching-

Atlanta Braves starter Brandon Beachy will make his potential final rehab start in the opener of the series. In his last start, he went five innings, allowing one run and striking out eight, but tossed 94 pitches. He was scheduled to throw six innings, but exceeded his pitch limit, forcing him to exit early… Gilmartin will be back on the bump in game two after giving up a career-high 10 runs, nine earned on nine hits in 3.2 innings in his last outing…

Rochester Red Wings-

Rochester took three of four from the Braves, outscoring the Braves 19-5 in their three wins, while being outscored 11-3 in their lone loss… Rochester is fifth in the North Division and eight games behind the front-running Pawtucket Red Sox.

Hitting-

Chris Colabello will anchor the lineup. In 52 games, he is hitting .362 (72-for-199) with 12 homers and 43 RBI. He did not fare so well against the Braves at Coolray field, going 2-for-10 with one double, one RBI and four strikeouts… Jeff Clement will be happy to see the G-Braves staff, as he went 5-for-11 with two homers and four RBI in the first series. On the season, the first baseman is hitting .204 (43-for-211), but is second on the squad in homers (9)…

Pitching-

Andrew Albers will get the ball in the opener. In his last start, he hurled a complete-game shutout against the Braves. He scattered six hits and struck out seven. For Albers, former reliever, it was his first complete game… The No.5 rated prospect in the Minnesota organization will get the ball in game three. Gibson went six innings, allowing two runs in his lone start against Gwinnett this season.  The right-hander leads the squad with two complete game shutouts.

Wing Dips-

With over 60 games played in the 2013 season, the Rochester Red Wings pitching staff has thrown five complete game shutouts. They are the only team in the International League that has a pitcher with a complete game shutout… Gibson leads the team with two, while Albers, Vance Worley and P.J. Walters have one a piece.

-JD-

Poveda, G-Braves Rout Clippers, 9-2

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – With the Triple-A All-Star Game looming, right-hander Omar Poveda promoted his candidacy by hurling 6.0 scoreless frames and leading the Gwinnett Braves (28-39) to a 9-2 victory over the Columbus Clippers (32-34) on Tuesday afternoon.

The talented Poveda had his hands full early, as he was matched up against former Major Leaguer Daisuke Matsuzaka. However, after throwing 2.2 scoreless innings, Matsuzaka had to leave the game with a blister on his throwing hand.

The G-Braves took advantage in the bottom of the fourth inning. Joey Terdoslavich and Brandon Boggs drew one-out walks from reliever Paolo Espino (L, 0-3), putting runners on first and second. After a strikeout, Paul Janish punched the ball through the hole at short, scoring Terdoslavich to make it 1-0.

In the fifth, Gwinnett added another run against Espino. Todd Cunningham walked with one out, advanced to second on a single by Tyler Pastornicky and scored on a throwing error by catcher Chris Wallace, extending the lead to 2-0.

The G-Braves would put it out of reach in the bottom of the seventh inning against reliever Cole Cook, sending ten hitters to the plate and scoring seven runs. The frame started innocently enough with a walk to Boggs, but back-to-back hits by Joe Leonard and Janish loaded the bases. Jose Yepez knocked a run in with a sacrifice fly, while Jose Constanza and Cunningham delivered RBI singles, pushing the lead to 5-0. With two outs, Ernesto Mejia drove both runners in with an RBI single, extending the lead to 7-0. Terdoslavich capped the scoring with a towering two-run homer over the right field fence, making it 9-0.

Poveda (W, 5-3) would take care of the rest, collecting his tenth quality start of the season. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out a season-high seven batters, lowering his ERA from 3.24 to 3.01.

The Clippers would add two runs off of G-Braves’ relievers, as Nate Spears smacked a solo homer off of Pat Egan in the seventh, while Lonnie Chisenhall doubled in Ezequiel Carrera for a run against Cory Rasmus in the ninth.

Espino suffered the loss, while Cook was tagged for six runs on five hits in 0.2 innings of relief work for Columbus.

Six G-Braves collected multi-hit games on the afternoon. Mejia led the way with a 2-for-4 day and two RBI, while Terdoslavich added his 12th home run of the season and two RBI.

Chisenhall paced the Clippers, going 4-for-5 with an RBI.

Following an off-day on Wednesday, the Gwinnett Braves will hit the road as they begin an eight game road trip on Thursday night against the Rochester Red Wings. Atlanta Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy (0-0, 3.00) is scheduled to make a minor league injury rehab start for Gwinnett, while left-hander Andrew Albers (4-2, 3.06) is set to pitch for the Red Wings. Listen to the game on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

The G-Braves’ next home game is on Friday, June 21 at 7:05 PM against the Syracuse Chiefs. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or by visiting gwinnettbraves.com.
-JD-

Clippers Pound Braves, 16-5

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – After a thrilling 4-3 victory on Saturday night, the Gwinnett Braves (27-38) were roughed up by Columbus Clippers (31-33), 16-5, on Sunday afternoon at Coolray Field. The Clippers’ offense was on point all day, amassing 17 hits, nine doubles and two homers in their rout of the G-Braves.

Gwinnett starter Sean Gilmartin (L, 3-6) had the worst outing of his professional career, giving up 10 runs, nine earned on nine hits in 3.1 innings.

Things started out bleak for the lefty. In the top of the first, the Clippers utilized three consecutive doubles and single to jump out to an early 3-0 lead. Matt Carson, Lonnie Chisenhall and Cord Phelps all doubled and Chun Chen added an RBI single, giving Columbus the early advantage.

The G-Braves answered with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the first inning. Back to-back singles by Jose Constanza and Todd Cunningham put runners on first in second with no outs. Ernesto Mejia followed with a one-out two-run double to right field, cutting the deficit to 3-2.

The Clippers tacked on another run in the second, but the G-Braves would take the lead in the bottom of the second. Alden Carrithers doubled to start the inning and scored on an RBI single by Jose Yepez. A two-out single by Cunningham and a fielding error by the first baseman Chen allowed Yepez to score. Gwinnett took a 5-4 lead on an RBI single by Mejia.

That would be the last time the G-Braves would lead, as the Clippers scored 12 unanswered runs to take command of the game. Columbus would score at least one run in the first eight innings, pushing their lead to 16-5.

Chen’s solo home run off Gilmartin in the third inning tied the game, and the Clippers scored five runs in the fourth to chase the Gwinnett starter. Chisenhall’s two-run double off the wall in right gave Columbus a permanent lead.

The G-Braves’ bullpen did not fare any better, giving up six runs in 5.1 innings of baseball. Outfielder Brandon Boggs was the only reliever to toss a scoreless frame, as he came in the game in the ninth inning to help out the bullpen that had thrown 18.2 innings in the last three days.

In his second career appearance, Boggs did a great job, giving up one hit and recording three outs. His last pitching appearance came on June 5, 2012 when he tossed a scoreless inning for the Indianapolis Indians at Pawtucket.

Clippers’ starter Danny Salazar gave up five runs in 1.2 innings, but the bullpen picked up the slack, tossing 7.1 innings of scoreless relief. Cole Cook (W, 1-0) led the effort, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings.

Cunningham led the Gwinnett offense, going 3-for-5 with two runs, while Mejia went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Tyler Pastornicky finished 0-for-5, snapping an 11-game hitting streak.

The Clippers offensive attack was led by heart of the order, as the 2-3-4-5 hitters went 9-for-20 with nine runs scored and eight RBI. Chisenhall and Chen each had three hits and four RBI.

The Gwinnett Braves continue the series against the Columbus Clippers on Monday night, first pitch scheduled for 6:05 PM. Right-hander David Hale (1-2, 5.40) will start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Joe Martinez (1-5, 6.95) will start for the Clippers. Tony Schiavone will call the play-by-play on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM.

Monday is “Kids Eat Free Night” at Coolray Field, with all kids ages 12 and under receiving a voucher good for a hot dog, bag of chips and small soda. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or by visiting gwinnettbraves.com.

G-Braves Win Thriller, 4-3

Brandon Beachy

Did you have any trouble getting loose today?

BB: “I got loose a lot quicker than expected it to, especially how I felt the last few times out.”

Do you feel like you’re making progression? Like this is the next step in rehab?

BB:“I would have liked to been better tonight (Saturday, June 8). I didn’t control my fastball very well, but the other stuff (was good). I threw some pretty quality pitches, breaking balls and changeups so I can hang my hat on that for now”

Did your command get better as the game went on? Is it taking a little while to get going?

BB:“I felt better today physically than I have in the past few days. It was coming out easier and when that happens it usually takes a little bit to control myself and get down in the zone. It took me a little bit longer than I would have liked. I was pitching behind a lot and it ended up hurting me that one at bat (homer to Chen).”

What pitch did he hit out (Chun Chen)?

BB:“Fastball. I fell behind 2-0, tried to comeback, but it didn’t result.”

What the take away from the game?

BB:‘I threw some quality pitches, that’s the positive to look at. I threw way to many pitches and that goes back to my fastball command early on. I walked some guys and was behind in about every count. It’s really not conducive for success.”

What are you looking to accomplish in your (potential) last rehab next week?

BB:“I want to command my fastball a little bit better. I’d like to be a little more efficient. Number one will take care of number two.”

Has the injury taken you a step back from the control issues you corrected in 2012?

BB:“Coming back through this process, I’m fighting a lot of the mechanical things that took me years to overcome. And now this (elbow injury), I’ve had a few control problems. Especially early on in the game, and that’s something I dealt with in 2011. My stuff is good, but you have to be a little more efficient with it.”

Matt Pagnozzi

Describe the last inning?

MP:“It was wild. It was a total team effort. It was exciting. Winning ball games is always fun. When the whole team has a part in the comeback, it’s always more fun.”

What was Columbus Clippers starter Trevor Bauer (7IP, 6K) doing to get outs?

MP:“He was changing speeds a little bit. I tip my cap to him for that. But, I felt like quite a few of our guys had good at bats against him. We just weren’t getting any hits up there against him. I liked what I saw in a lot of the guys at bats.”

With good at bats all game, did you feel like the hits would eventually come?

MP:“Yeah, that was our exact atttude. We felt like we were having good at bats and sometimes when the results aren’t there you have to keep having good at bats. That was our approach throughout the rest of the game. We felt like the momentum was building. “

When did you feel like Gwinnett was going to win the game?

MP: “When Cunningham tied it. We feel like we are always in it. We are always capable of scoring runs quickly, so we never feel like we are out of it.”

Gwinnett Braves continue their series with the Columbus Clippers, Sunday at 2:05 PM. LHP Sean Gilmartin will take the mound for the G-Braves.

-JD-

G-Braves Stun Clippers in 4-3 Walk-Off Win

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Coolray Field was electric Saturday night, as 7,784 fans gathered to watch a pitching duel between Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy and former first rounder, Columbus hurler Trevor Bauer. The fans got more than they bargained for as the Gwinnett Braves (27-37) came back from two runs down in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Clippers (30-33) 4-3 on a game-winning sacrifice fly by Matt Pagnozzi in the tenth inning.

Despite early struggles with command of his fastball, Beachy had his complementary pitches working. He went 5.0 innings in his second rehab start for Gwinnett, allowing one run on four hits and striking out eight. His eight punch-outs were a single-game high dating back to September 24, 2011, when he fanned nine Washington Nationals in a start for Atlanta.

The Clippers’ lone run off of Beachy came in the second inning, as Chun Chen belted a solo homer over the left field fence, making it 1-0. Beachy fell behind in the count and served up a 2-0 fastball to Chen, who promptly drove the pitch over the wall in left field.

Bauer, meanwhile, looked to upstage his Major League opponent. The Columbus right-hander and former UCLA Bruin threw 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing five hits and striking out six. After allowing a triple to Tyler Pastornicky in the first inning, Bauer retired the next seven in order. In the bottom of the fifth, he ran into some trouble, giving up two singles and a walk to load the bases. However, he induced a line-out and a groundout to keep the Clippers in front, 2-0.

Columbus added a run against Ryan Buchter in the sixth inning to build that 2-0 lead. Ezequiel Carrera led off with a single, stole second and scored on an errant throw by the catcher Pagnozzi.

Gwinnett finally got going after Bauer’s exit, scoring a run in the eighth inning off of reliever J.C. Romero. A one-out single by Todd Cunningham and back-to-back walks by Pastornicky and Ernesto Mejia set up a sacrifice fly by Joey Terdoslavich, cutting the deficit to 2-1.

After the Clippers tacked on a run in the top of the ninth, the G-Braves rallied from two down to square it up at 3-3. Joe Leonard led off with a double to left center field off of Clippers’ closer Preston Guilmet. With two outs, Leonard came around to score on a fielding error by second baseman Nate Spears, making it 3-2. The error would haunt the Clippers, as a wild pitch allowed Jose Constanza to move to second and score on an RBI single by Cunningham to tie it up.

Cory Rasmus (W, 2-1) tossed a scoreless frame in the 10th inning, setting up the G-Braves in the bottom half of the frame.

With one out, Brandon Boggs tripled off of Paolo Espino (L, 0-2), putting the game-winning run on third base. After back-to-back intentional walks to Leonard and Alden Carrithers, Pagnozzi hit a fly ball to right center, deep enough to score Boggs and win the game. Espino suffered the loss, giving up one run on one hit in 0.2 innings pitched.

Leonard paced the Gwinnett offense, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored, while Cunningham and Pastornicky added two hits each. Pastornicky extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his first-inning triple.

Carrera led the Clippers, going 2-for-5 with an RBI at the plate.

The Gwinnett Braves continue the series against the Columbus Clippers on Sunday afternoon, first pitch scheduled for 2:05 PM. Left-hander Sean Gilmartin (3-5, 4.43) will start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Danny Salazar (0-1, 4.08) will start for the Clippers. The game will be broadcast on radio on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM and television on CSS.

Sunday is another “Family Day” at Coolray Field, featuring Pre-Game Catch in the Outfield (starting when gates open) and the Post-Game Kids Base Run (kids 12 and under). It’s also “Touch-A-Truck” and Public Safety Day, where fans will have the opportunity to get up close with police cars, fire trucks and other public safety vehicles outside Coolray Field. The Gwinnett Braves will also be honoring Lanier High School Resource Officer Rolando Jimenez prior to the game.

Tickets are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or by visiting gwinnettbraves.com

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