June 2013

Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (26-37) vs. Columbus Clippers (30-32)

Sat: RHP Brandon Beachy (0-0, 4.50) vs. RHP Trevor Bauer (2-2, 4.63)
Sun: LHP Sean Gilmartin (3-5, 4.43) vs. RHP Danny Salazar (0-1, 4.08)
Mon: RHP David Hale (1-2, 5.40) vs.RHP Joe Martinez (1-5, 6.95)
Tue: RHP Omar Poveda (4-3, 3.24) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-0, 3.21)

Gwinnett Braves were shutout for the second time this season in their last contest against the Rochester Red Wings, 11-0. The Braves suffered their third loss of the series and fourth in five games. Gwinnett enters play 13.5 games behind Durham (39-23) in the North Division.

Hitters- Tyler Pastornicky extended his hitting streak to ten games on Friday night, going 2-for-4 at the plate. The infielder’s double digit streak is the longest of the season and is three games shy of tying his all-time mark of 13 games. During the streak, the right-handed hitter is batting .405 (17-for-42) with two doubles, two homers, 10 runs scored and seven RBI…Stefan Gartrell has returned to Gwinnett and provided instant offense. In 10 games, the outfielder is hitting .333 (8-for-24) with two homers and seven RBI. He is Gwinnett’s All-Time home run leader with 47 dingers…

Brandon Beachy
will make his second rehab start for the G-Braves in the series opener. The right-hander is about two starts away from returning to the major leagues, as the June 18th doubleheader against the Mets is the likely date he will return to a big league mound. In the meantime, he will try to give the Braves a lift with a great performance on Saturday night as the bullpen threw 8.1 innings on Friday night.

G-Bites- After the loss last night, the Braves dropped their record to 4-7 against left-handed starters… Currently own a 22-30 record against righties and will have a chance to cut the margin this weekend, facing four northpaws.

Columbus Clippers
The Clippers enter the contest on a bit of a slide, dropping their last three games and nine of their last ten games. They are currently in second place in the West Division, 11.5 games behind the front-running Indianapolis Indians (42-21).

Jeremy Hermida
is on a tear. In his last 10 games, the left-handed hitter is batting .406 (13-for-32) with four runs scored, two homers and five RBI. In 55 games, he is hitting .262 (51-for-198) with ten dingers and 33 RBI. He has great plate discipline, leading the International League with 46 walks. The former Miami Marlins first rounder (11th overall) is a local boy. He graduated from Wheeler High School in Marietta, GA… Offensively, Columbus ranks 12th in the league in hitting (.251), 8th in runs scored (266) and second in strikeouts (534)…

Pitching-Heralded hurler Trevor Bauer will get the nod in game one of the series. The starter has fared better in the major leagues this season, posting a 1-2 record with a 2.76 ERA in three starts with the Cleveland Indians, while going 2-2 with a 4.63 ERA with the Clippers. His strikeout rate is phenomenal, striking out 49 batters in 46.2 Triple-A innings.


Red Wings Thump G-Braves, 11-0

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Following an 11-3 Gwinnett victory on Thursday, the Rochester Red Wings (29-32) flipped the script on the G-Braves on Friday night at Coolray Field, scoring 11 runs on 12 hits and coasting to an 11-0 win.  Red Wings’ starter Andrew Albers threw a 9.0-inning complete-game shutout to hand Gwinnett its most lopsided loss of the season.

Gwinnett starter Yohan Flande (L, 3-5), pitching on short rest, did not have an answer for the Red Wings’ bats.  The left-hander yielded seven runs on seven hits and recorded just two outs in the first inning before exiting.  It was his shortest outing since July 13, 2012, when he surrendered six runs in 0.2 innings against the Louisville Bats.

Flande was around the plate, throwing 23 of his 34 pitches for strikes, but the Red Wings collected four two-strike hits to jump out a commanding lead.  Antoan Richardson led off with a single, moved over on a groundout and scored on an RBI single by Oswaldo Arcia.  After a walk to Deibinson Romero, Jeff Clement lined a three-run homer over the right field fence, making it 4-0.  Rochester was not done there, as Dan Rohlfing singled and Doug Bernier doubled, putting runners on second and third with one out. Ray Olmedo drove in another run with a groundout to second, and Eric Fryer and Richardson added RBI hits, extending the lead to 7-0.

Rochester continued to score, adding two more runs in the top of the second inning against reliever Juan Cedeno.  Arcia led off with a walk and was followed by back-to-back singles by Romero and Clement to load the bases.  Rohlfing made it 8-0 with an RBI groundout and Bernier made it 9-0 with an RBI single.

Wirfin Obispo turned in 3.0 innings and Kameron Loe added a scoreless eighth, but the Red Wings added two more runs in the ninth off left-hander Joe Beimel.  Romero and Clement clubbed back-to-back solo homers to extend the lead to 11-0.

In the ninth, Romero and Clement clubbed back-to-back solo homers, extending their lead. For Clement it was his second dinger of the game and his ninth on the season.

Albers (W, 4-2) mixed his pitches well, scattering six hits over 9.0 innings while walking none and striking out seven.  The Rochester lefty is the first pitcher to throw a complete-game shutout against Gwinnett this season.

Offensively, Tyler Pastornicky extended his hitting streak to 10 games with single in the fourth inning. He ended the night 2-for-4, while five others G-Braves each picked up one hit.

Clement paced the Red Wings, going 4-for-4 with two homers and two RBI, while Romero added two hits, three runs and one RBI.

The Gwinnett Braves begin a four-game series against the Columbus Clippers on Saturday night, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM.  Atlanta Braves’ right-hander Brandon Beachy (0-0, 4.50) is slated to make a minor league injury rehab start for the G-Braves, while the Clippers will counter with right-hander Trevor Bauer (2-2, 4.63).  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 Saturday will receive a Gwinnett Braves Fifth Anniversary Logo Baseball Bank, courtesy of Delta Community Credit Union.  Tickets are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or by visiting gwinnettbraves.com.


Inside the Numbers

Last night in the third inning of the contest between the Rochester Red Wings and Gwinnett Braves, Stefan Gartrell connected for his second home run of the season off of Vance Worley. The homer was his 47th in a G-Braves uniform, All-Time Career leader, and it catapulted the Braves over the Red Wings 11-3 Thursday night.

The G-Braves are no stranger to the long ball, clubbing 48 dingers on the season. However, there is a huge discrepancy in homers hit off of right-handed and left-handeed pitchers. In 62 contests, the Braves have homered 44 times against right handed pitchers, while collecting four against southpaws. The power outage against lefties is overwhelming. The Braves have hit lefties well, recording a .254 (103-for-406) batting average, while hitting .264 (430-for-1631) against right-handers. There is not a big gap in the average, but a huge margin in power remains. If you balance the numbers in percentages, 10% (44-for-430) of the Braves hits against right-handers have been homers, while 3% (4-for-103) of their hits against southpaws have been dingers.

Luckily for the Braves, they faced a right-hander last night. However, tonight they will go up against Red Wings’ lefty Andrew Albers (3-2, 3.53) at 7:05 PM.

Below is the lineup that will match up against the lefty:
Cunningham 8
Pastornicky 4
Terdoslavich 9
Mejia 3
Boggs 7
Gartrell DH
Leonard 5
Yepez 2
Kazmar 6
Flande 1

G-Braves Cruise to 11-3 Victory Over Rochester

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The Gwinnett Braves (26-36) came out swinging on Thursday night, roughing up Rochester Red Wings’ (28-33) starter Vance Worley and coasting to an 11-3 victory at Coolray Field.  Stefan Gartrell went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI, and Joey Terdoslavich added three RBI on 2-for-4 hitting as Gwinnett snapped a three-game losing streak.

Worley (L, 1-2), who started on Opening Day for the Minnesota Twins, was tagged for seven runs, two earned on eight hits in 3.0 innings. His opponent, Gwinnett starter Omar Poveda (W, 4-3) utilized the offensive outburst and held the Red Wings to three runs over 6.0 strong innings.

Offensively, both teams got off to hot starts, each scoring two runs in the first inning.  In the top half of the frame, the Red Wings took advantage of three walks and two hits to score twice. Oswaldo Arcia drove in the first on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, and Eric Farris singled home the other run, giving Rochester a 2-0 lead.

The G-Braves answered with three two-out singles to even it up in the bottom of the first.  Tyler Pastornicky and Ernesto Mejia each singled, putting runners on the corners.  After a stolen base by Mejia, Terdoslavich delivered a game-tying single to center.

In the third inning, Gwinnett tied a season high with five runs in the frame.  With runners on the corners and two down, Terdoslavich singled home his third run of the night, collecting his fifth three-RBI game of the season.  The next hitter, Gartrell, cleared the bases with a three-run homer to left, giving the G-Braves a 6-2 lead.  After a single by Joe Leonard and a walk by Paul Janish, Matt Pagnozzi capped the scoring with an RBI single to right field.

The Red Wings answered with a run in the top of the fourth.  Doug Bernier tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a groundout by Ray Olmedo, cutting the Gwinnett lead to 7-3.

Poveda would shut down the opposition from there, allowing three runs on eight hits to record his ninth quality start of the season.  Ryan Buchter, Pat Egan and Cory Rasmus tossed one scoreless inning each, dusting off the Red Wings.

The G-Braves added three more runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to match a season high for runs scored in a single game (previously accomplished in an 11-7 win at Lehigh Valley on June 2).  In the seventh, Rochester reliever Anthony Slama walked the bases loaded and uncorked a wild pitch to score the first run.  Jose Constanza plated the other two runs with a single.  In the eighth, Todd Cunningham laced a lead-off triple and scored on an RBI hit by Pastornicky.

In addition to the big nights by Gartrell and Terdoslavich, Constanza added a 2-for-4, two-RBI game, while Pastornicky went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to nine games.

Brian Dinkelman, Deibinson Romero and Farris picked up two hits apiece to lead the Rochester offense.

The Gwinnett Braves will finish their four-game set against the Rochester Red Wings on Friday night, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM.  Left-hander Yohan Flande (3-4, 4.12) will start for the G-Braves, while left-hander Andrew Albers (3-2, 3.53) will start for the Red Wings.  The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM.  The game will also be broadcast on television on CSS.

Following Friday night’s game, stick around for Post-Game Fireworks, sponsored by WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta.  Tickets are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or by visiting gwinnettbraves.com.

Draft Day, G-Braves Draft Classed

It’s every amateur player’s dream to hear your name called on draft day. Tonight at 7: 05 ET, young baseball players from all over the country will have a new uniform to sport, as they will selected by a major league baseball team in the 2013 First Year Player Amateur Draft.

As we wait in anticipation of the MLB First Year Player Draft, we will take a look at all the Gwinnett Braves that have been drafted in the past.

First off, the Braves roster has seen 17 players called on draft day; six of those players were originally drafted by the Braves. Sean Gilmartin out of Florida State University was the highest draft choice, selected in the first round (28th overall) of the 2011 draft, while, Cory Rasmus was picked in the supplemental first round (38th overall) out of Columbus, GA in 2006. Right-Hander David Hale was a third round pick in 2009 out of Princeton University.

With the bevy of talent in the rotation, the G-Braves benefited offensively from the 2010 draft.  Todd Cunningham (2nd round) out Jacksonville State University, Joe Leonard (3rd round )out of Pittsburgh University and Joey Terdoslavich (6th round) out of Long Beach State University were all a part of the 2010 class.

The rest of the non-international players were drafted by other clubs. The highest pick of the 11 remaining players was outfielder Brandon Boggs, selected in the fourth round of the 2004 draft out of Georgia Tech by the Texas Rangers. The 2004 class produced infielders Sean Kazmar (5th round by the San Diego Padres out of College of Southern Nevada) and Paul Janish (5th round by the Cincinnati Reds out of Rice University) as well.

The following two seasons would have produced two players apiece. However, in 2005, Cole McCurry was selected in the 31st round out Surry Community College (NC) by the Atlanta Braves, but elected not to sign. The other southpaw picked in 2005 was Ryan Buchter, 33rd round by the Washington Nationals out of Highland Regional Park H.S. (NJ).

In 2006, outfielder Stefan Gartrell went in the 31st round out University of San Francisco to the Chicago White Sox, while Pat Egan went in the 36th round to the Baltimore Orioles out of Quinnipiac College.

In 2008, Tyler Pastornicky heard his name called, as the Toronto Blue Jays picked him in the fifth round out of The Pendleton School (FL). Alden Carrithers was also selected in that draft, going in the 15th round to the Detroit Tigers out of UCLA.

The rest of the G-Braves did not have a partner in their draft class, as Joe Beimel (18th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Duquesne University), Matt Pagnozzi (8th round by the St. Louis Cardinals out of Central Arizona College) and McCurry (43rd round by the Baltimore Orioles out of Tennessee Wesleyan College) all came out solo.

G-Braves take on Rochester tonight, Thursday, June 6 at 6:05 PM.


DeVries Strong as Rochester Beats G-Braves, 4-2

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – In a rain-shortened eight-inning game on Wednesday night at Coolray Field, the Gwinnett Braves (25-36) could not find an answer for Rochester right-hander Cole DeVries.  The Red Wings’ hurler tossed 7.0 innings of two-run baseball to secure a 4-2 win, sending the G-Braves to their third-straight loss.

DeVries (W, 1-1), who was coming off 5.0 innings of two-run baseball against Charlotte on May 31, was even sharper on Wednesday night.  He scattered nine hits, yielded two runs, walked one and struck out two for the victory.

His offense helped him out early.  In the top of the second inning, the Red Wings utilized a little small ball to score their first run.  Jeff Clement walked and Deibinson Romero singled, putting runners on first and second with no outs.  After a bunt by Ray Olmedo, Doug Bernier hit into a fielder’s choice to score the first run of the game.

The G-Braves squared it up in the bottom half of the second inning.  Alden Carrithers doubled over the head of left fielder Brian Dinkelman and scored on a two-out single by Jose Yepez, making it a 1-1 game.

In the third, the Red Wings regained the lead, taking advantage of two walks and an RBI single by Chris Colabello to extend the lead to 2-1.

Gwinnett’s starter David Hale (L, 1-2), who was on a 45-pitch limit, was pulled just before the Colabello single.  He took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits over 2.1 innings.  Cole McCurry filled in nicely, giving up just two hits and striking out three over 3.1 innings, keeping the G-Braves within one.

 However, the Red Wings would strike in the seventh inning for another run off of reliever Kameron Loe. A leadoff single by Dinkelman set up an RBI double by Oswaldo Arcia, pushing the Rochester lead to 3-1.

 The G-Braves answered in the bottom half of the inning.  Carrithers picked up his third hit of the game, singling to left-center field.  He advanced to third base on a pair of wild pitches by DeVries and scored on sacrifice fly by Paul Janish, reducing the deficit to 3-2.

 The Red Wings tacked on another run against left-hander Joe Beimel in the top of the eighth before the rain came in the bottom half of the frame, ending the game at 4-2.

 Offensively the G-Braves out-hit the Red Wings 9-to-7.  Carrithers (3-for-3, double, 2 runs) and Yepez (2-for-3, RBI) led the offense.  Todd Cunningham added a 2-for-4 game.

 Arcia paced the Red Wings’ attack, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

 The Gwinnett Braves continue the series with game three against the Rochester Red Wings on Thursday night, first pitch scheduled for 6:05 PM.  Right-hander Omar Poveda (3-3, 3.14) will start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Vance Worley (1-1, 2.25) will start for the Red Wings.  The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

 Thursday night is “$3 Thursday” at Coolray Field featuring $3 food and beverage specials all game long.  All Lawn Seats are also just $3. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or by visiting gwinnettbraves.com.


Rochester Red Wings (27-32) at Gwinnett Braves (25-35)

Scouting the Opponent

The Gwinnett Braves will take the field at 6:05 PM Wednesday night, as they try to avenge their 4-3 loss from the night before.

In their last contest, Sean Gilmartin (3-5) gave up four runs in six innings, striking out five and walking three. The left-hander dropped his second straight game, bested by right-hander Kyle Gibson (5-5) of the Rochester Red Wings. The former Missouri Tiger, hurled six innings, scattering seven hits and allowing two runs. He picked up the victory in the battle of former first rounders.

Tonight the G-Braves will square off against right-hander Cole DeVries (0-1, 12.00). Last season, he made 17 appearances (16 starts) for the Minnesota Twins, going 5-5 with a 4.11 ERA. He posted a strikeout rate of 5.95 K/9 and 1.85 BB/9 walk rate. He was efficient, hurling 87.2 innings, avereging 5.1 innings per appearance with the Twins. He features a four-pitch arsenal, relying heavily on the fastball, while using a slider, curveball and changeup to mix it up. He throws in the high-80s and touches the low-90s, while his slider and changeup sit in the low-80s. He is fly ball pitcher and utilizes his slow curveball (mid-70s) induce the fly out. He proved to be an quality pitcher for the Twins, but broke his ribs in September last season.  This season, he is slowly progressing through the minor league ranks, making stops at High-A Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain before reaching Triple-A Rochester.

The Braves will send the lineup below to face DeVries:

Constanza 7

Cunningham 8

Pastornicky 4

Mejia 3

Terdoslavich DH

Boggs 9

Carrithers 5

Janish 6

Yepez 2

Hale 1


Gibson Outduels Gilmartin as G-Braves Fall, 4-3

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – In a battle of former first-round picks, Rochester’s Kyle Gibson outdueled Gwinnett’s Sean Gilmartin as the Red Wings (27-32) fended off the G-Braves (25-35) with a 4-3 win on Tuesday night at Coolray Field.

Atlanta’s first-round pick in 2011 out of Florida State University, Gilmartin (L, 3-5) was touched up for four runs in 6.0 innings for Gwinnett.  Meanwhile, the first-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2009 out of the University of Missouri, Gibson (W, 5-5) went 6.0 innings with two earned runs allowed in the win for Rochester.

The G-Braves fell behind early.  In the third inning, the Red Wings picked up three hits to score their first run. Singles by Doug Bernier and Eric Fryer put runners on first and second with no outs.  Gilmartin looked to get out of it as he recorded two straight outs, but after a walk to load the bases, he gave up an RBI single to Deibinson Romero, making it 1-0 Rochester. 

The Red Wings added three more runs in the top of the sixth.  Jeff Clement singled to start the frame.  After a strikeout of Dan Rohlfing, Eric Farris doubled, putting runners on second and third with one out.  The G-Braves elected to intentionally walk Bernier to load the bases and set up the potential inning-ending double play, but Fryer smacked a bases-clearing double, extending the lead to 4-0. 

After going five innings without getting to Gibson, the G-Braves finally answered in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs.  Ernesto Mejia singled and Joey Terdoslavich walked, putting runners on first and second with nobody out.  Two weak fly-outs and a wild pitch moved the runners into scoring position for Paul Janish.  The shortstop delivered with a two-run single, cutting the deficit in half at 4-2. 

The G-Braves added a run in the seventh, drawing three walks and scoring on a double play groundout from Tyler Pastornicky to make it a 4-3 game. 

However, that would be as close as Gwinnett would get, as they left 10 runners on base and went 1-for-11 at the plate with runners in scoring position.

Following Gibson’s strong outing, Luis Perdomo yielded a run over 0.2 innings and Aaron Thompson (S, 3) worked 2.1 scoreless innings with two strikeouts for Rochester.

Gilmartin dropped his second-straight decision, allowing four runs for the second-straight start.  Wirfin Obispo and Pat Egan finished the game, hurling a combined 3.0 shutout frames in relief. 

Offensively, Jose Constanza led the G-Braves as he went 3-for-4 with a run scored.  Janish went 1-for-3 with two RBI.

The Red Wings were led by the bottom half of the lineup, as the 7-8-9 hitters went 5-for-11 with three runs scored and three RBI.  Fryer was the high man, going 2-for-3 with three RBI.

The Gwinnett Braves continue the series with game two against the Rochester Red Wings on Wednesday night, first pitch scheduled for 6:05 PM.  Right-hander David Hale (1-1, 5.12) will start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Cole De Vries (0-1, 12.00) will start for the Red Wings.  The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM, while the television broadcast will air on CSS.

Wednesday night is another “Winning Wednesday” at Coolray Field.  Play along with Baseball Bingo for a chance to win great prizes!  A fully-cleared card will get you something extra special from the Gwinnett Braves.  Also, if a G-Braves’ player hits a grand slam in the fifth inning, one lucky fan will win $5,000.  Tickets are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or by visiting gwinnettbraves.com.


Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (25-34) vs. Rochester Red Wings (26-32)

Tue: LHP Sean Gilmartin (3-4, 4.26) vs. RHP Kyle Gibson (4-5, 3.38)
Wed: RHP David Hale (1-1, 5.12) vs. RHP Cole De Vries (0-1, 12.00)
Thu: RHP Omar Poveda (3-3, 3.14) vs. RHP Vance Worley (1-1, 2.25)
Fri: TBA vs. Andrew Albers (3-2, 3.53)

The Gwinnett Braves return to Coolray Field Tuesday night after going 4-4 on their last road trip. The squad got off to a hot-start in their latest trip, winning their first three games but they dropped four of their last five.

Joey Terdoslavich comes in with the seventh-best batting average in the International League, hitting .332 (74-for-223). He leads the IL in hits (74), extra-base hits (32), doubles (21) and total bases (127). Last night, he hit his 10th homer of the season in the eighth inning, surpassing his home run total from 2012… Joe Leonard’s 10-game hitting streak was snapped Monday night (0-for-3), but on the road trip he went 8-for-27 (.296) with six runs and three RBI. On Saturday night, he tied a career-high in hits (3) and set a new career-mark with two triples against Lehigh Valley. The defensive-minded third baseman has been swinging a hot bat of late, raising his batting average from .187 to .228 during his hitting streak…

Gilmartin will make his 11th start of the season in the opener on Tuesday night. In his last start, he matched his season-high striking out six, but suffered the loss, giving up four runs in six innings. After going 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA in April, he has struggled in the month of May. In five starts, he went 1-4 with a 6.33 ERA… With 19 saves, the G-Braves bullpen ranks second in the league in stops. Cory Rasmus, who returned last week after short stint in Atlanta, leads the team with seven saves.

Daniel Rodriguez was placed on the DL on Monday with an apparent arm injury… Left-hander Joe Beimel joined the squad on Sunday. He spent last season recovering from an elbow injury.

Rochester Red Wings

The IL’s leading hitter, Chris Colabello is back after spending a week with the Minnesota Twins. In 47 games, he is hitting .361 (65-for-180) with 12 homers and 40 RBI. He leads the league in slugging percentage (.656) and is second in extra base hits (29) and total bases (118)… Oswaldo Arcia has bounced around from Triple-A to major leagues, but it hasn’t stopped his production for the Red Wings. In 19 games, he is hitting .328 (21-for-64) with six homers and 14 RBI.

The G-Braves will have their hands full on Tuesday night, as they will face the No.5 prospect according to Baseball America, Kyle Gibson. Last season, he spent part of the year recovering from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander is at the cusp of breaking into the league, posting a 4-5 record with a 3.38 ERA in 2013. Gibson possesses a low-90’s fastball, hard slider and superb changeup. He leads the IL in complete games (2) and shutouts (2)…

Red-Winged- Rochester comes into the series nine games back of the front-running Pawtucket Red Sox (35-23) in the North Division. They have won two straight games and leaped over struggling Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the standings.