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G-Braves Notes for 5.21.12 at Rochester

Former G-Brave, temporary Pirates property, and now apparent Tampa Bay infielder Drew Sutton. We won’t soon forget his 11-game hitting streak from early April, nor his April 16 walk-off double. (Dan Hamby / Gwinnett Braves)

It’s been a busy Monday here in the Gwinnett Braves Media Relations Department (otherwise known as the area in and around my office), what with Todd Redmond and Ernesto Mejia sweeping the International League Player of the Week awards, Drew Sutton being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates (he’s a Tampa Bay Ray now) and Lance Zawadzki joining the G-Braves’ roster in time to start tonight in Rochester.  Nobody ever said a job in baseball is short on excitement.

I could fill plenty of lines about all of those topics today, but you can check out the various press releases right now on GwinnettBraves.com.  Instead, let’s look ahead to tonight.  The G-Braves, fresh off a 2-1 win yesterday that snapped a four-game losing streak, take on the Rochester Red Wings in game three of a four-game series.  Mejia is in search of a 10-game hitting streak, Stefan Gartrell looks to keep up his torrid power pace on the road (four homers, seven RBI) and Jair Jurrjens (2-1, 5.06) just looks to put his 12-hit, 11-run debacle in the rear view mirror.  The Red Wings have right-hander Jeff Manship (3-1, 3.48) on the hill tonight, first pitch slated for 7:05 PM.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  5.21.12 GBraves Game Notes

Check out the broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 550 AM /102.9 FM and WDUN.com.  And don’t forget, tomorrow’s series finale in Rochester is an 11:05 AM start, which means two things.  One, the game can be heard on 1240 ESPN Radio tomorrow, and two, I get to stay up late preparing tomorrow’s G-Braves Notes.  Looks like another busy one.

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G-Braves Game Notes for 5.18.12 at Buffalo

The Gwinnett Braves play their final regular-season game against the Buffalo Bisons at Coca-Cola Field tonight, looking to salvage a series that started off well, but has since seen the Bisons win back-to-back games.  After the firepower both sides displayed on Wednesday night, last night’s contest was fairly pedestrian.  The G-Braves scored twice in the top of the first only to see right-hander Julio Teheran give the runs right back in the bottom of the first.  Teheran struggled with control over 2.2 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and walking a season-high five.  Stefan Gartrell and Ernesto Mejia both went 2-for-4 as Gwinnett out-hit Buffalo 10-7, but Bisons’ starter Chris Schwinden and three relievers were able to avoid major damage to take a 2-1 series lead.

Eric Junge has thrown five-straight quality starts for the G-Braves and has worked at least 5.0 innings in all seven of his outings thus far. (Kyle Hess / Gwinnett Braves)

 A split of the four-game series is within reach for Dave Brundage’s crew, and they’ll have their quality man on the mound tonight.  Right-hander Eric Junge rides a five-game quality start streak entering his eighth start of the year.  He’s 3-3 with a solid 3.07 ERA and will be looking to avenge a quality loss to the Bisons from back on May 8.  Buffalo, meanwhile, sends prospect arm Matt Harvey to the hill.  Harvey pitched 6.0 scoreless, five-hit innings on May 8 to best Junge the last time he faced Gwinnett.

More on Teheran, Gartrell, Mejia, Junge and others in tonight’s G-Braves Game Notes:  5.18.12 GBraves Game Notes

We’ll see if it’s offense or pitching that plays the storyline tonight.  Whichever, hopefully it benefits the G-Braves as they wrap up the first leg of this eight-game road trip.  First pitch is up at 7:05 PM, listen to the broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM and WDUN.com.

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G-Braves Game Notes for 5.17.12 at Buffalo

The Gwinnett Braves scored seven runs on a season-high 15 hits, getting three-hit, multi-RBI efforts from both Stefan Gartrell (3-for-5, 2 doubles, HR, 2 RBI) and Ernesto Mejia (3-for-5, double, 3 RBI) and a 2-for-4, two-RBI game from Joey Terdoslavich.  Yet they still lost.  Right-hander Jair Jurrjens entered the Gwinnett record book with a team-high (dating back to 2009) 11 runs allowed, 10 0f them earned on 12 hits over 4.2 innings.  Buffalo added three more runs against the bullpen and won the second game of the four-game set by a touchdown.

Stefan Gartrell connected on his team-leading eighth home run last night in Buffalo, but it was a mere side-note in Gwinnett’s 14-7 loss to the Bisons. (Leslie Watts / Gwinnett Braves)

Jurrjens had been stellar in the rotation for Gwinnett prior to last night, entering with a 2-0 record and 2.05 ERA.  JJ, however, now holds the dubious distinction of being the first G-Brave to allow more than eight earned runs in an outing (the last one to allow eight ER was Randall Delgado in a loss at Charlotte on August 21, 2011).  We’ll see how JJ bounces back in his next outing on Monday against a struggling Rochester club.

In the meantime, it’s Julio Teheran on the hill tonight against the Bisons.  Teheran, in case you haven’t already seen, has looked much more like the defending IL Pitcher of the Year and top Braves prospect as of late.  In three May starts, he’s 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA (2 ER in 16.0 IP) and is limiting IL opponents to a .214 average.  Last time he faced the Bisons, he limited the IL’s top-hitting team (.275 team average) to just an unearned run on five hits across 6.0 innings.  He’ll hope to post similar numbers tonight.

Read more about Jurrjens, Teheran, Gartrell, Mejia and other’s in tonight’s G-Braves Game Notes:  5.17.12 GBraves Game Notes

Don’t forget to check out the broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM and on WDUN.com.

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G-Braves Game Notes for 5.15.12 at Buffalo

The 11-game, 10-day marathon homestand is over, and your IL South-leading Gwinnett Braves take to the road for an eight-game trip through Buffalo and Rochester.  They begin things tonight at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY as they take on Wally Backman’s Bisons’ squad.  The two teams met up at Coolray Field recently, with Buffalo taking three of four.  Only a Stefan Gartrell walk-off home run on Thursday afternoon could salvage the series for the G-Braves.

If you like great pitching (and who doesn’t), you’ll get a good dose of it as these two teams meet up again.  Right-hander Todd Redmond, fresh off his career high-tying 10-strikeout performance against the same Bisons lineup his last time out, takes the baseball for the G-Braves tonight.  “Red” yielded just a run on six hits over 6.2 innings in his 116-pitch effort on May 10, this time he’ll be looking to pick up the win.  Meanwhile, Buffalo counters with right-hander Jeremy Hefner, owner of the International League’s second-best ERA of 1.77.  Hefner’s 3-1 with a modest 23 strikeouts in 40.2 innings, but worked a season-high 7.2 innings with two runs on four hits in a no-decision when he last met with the Gwinnett lineup on May 10.  One of those two runs came home on a Christian Marrero solo blast.

We won’t get to see the Julio Teheran vs. Matt Harvey mega-prospect match-up that we just missed out on in the last series, but both pitchers will throw in the four-game set.  Teheran is slated for a game three start on Thursday, while Harvey will go up against right-hander Eric Junge on Friday.  Right-hander Jair Jurrjens, 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA over his first three starts with Gwinnett, will start on Wednesday night.  Plenty of great pitching to keep an eye out for.

Durango’s nine-game hitting streak has led directly to an increase in stolen bases. The speedster swiped nine bags on the recently-completed 11-game homestand. (Melinda Pease / Gwinnett Braves)

As far as the Gwinnett lineup is concerned, we’ve seen hot stretches from Drew Sutton, Jordan Parraz, Jose Constanza and Gartrell since the start of the season.  The latest entrant is Luis Durango, who after a combined 3-for-6 effort in the doubleheader, is riding a nine-game hitting streak.  Durango is hitting .419 (13-for-31) with two doubles, seven runs scored and five RBI on the streak.  The increase in his time on base has led directly to more steals, as he swiped nine bags in 10 games on the homestand.  Durango leads all IL players with 20 steals in 24 attempts this year.

More on Redmond, Durango and the rest of the G-Braves in tonight’s Game Notes:  5.15.12 GBraves Game Notes

Game one gets going at 7:05 PM tonight, listen to the broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM and WDUN.com.

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G-Braves Notes for 5.4.12 at Columbus

The Gwinnett Braves (18-9) close out the eight-game road trip tonight, looking for a series split with the Columbus Clippers (15-12) after falling in a 12-8 slugfest last night.  Josh Wilson, J.C. Boscan and Stefan Gartrell all homered for the G-Braves, but left-hander Yohan Flande was shelled for seven runs (six earned) in his first loss of the year and the bullpen surrendered five more runs to put the game out of reach.

Wilson ans Boscan went back-to-back for solo homers off right-hander Kevin Slowey in the second inning, becoming the first G-Braves’ tandem to do so this year.  Gartrell, meanwhile, stayed red hot with his third home run of the series.  He’s hitting .421 (8-for-19) with the three blasts and eight RBI on a five-game hitting streak.  Ernesto Mejia also contributed, going 1-for-5 with a two-run double to extend his team RBI lead to 17.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  5.4.12 GBraves Game Notes

Right-hander Todd Redmond (2-2, 3.04) looks to quiet down the Columbus bats in his team-leading sixth start tonight.  He’ll go up against Clippers’ right-hander Corey Kluber (3-1, 2.67).  First pitch from Huntington Park is scheduled for 7:05 PM, listen to the broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM and WDUN.com.

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G-Braves Notes for 5.3.12 at Columbus

The rain finally took a break last night in Columbus as the G-Braves were able to finish Tuesday’s suspended game and get game two in as well against the Clippers.  J.C. Boscan, Luis Durango and Jose Constanza all recorded RBI hits in a four-run fourth that led Gwinnett to a 7-4 win in game one, but game two saw the G-Braves tie a season high with four errors in a 3-2 loss in seven innings.  Stefan Gartrell had himself a day, going 5-for-9 with two home runs (his second and third on the year) and three RBI, while pitching proved to be strong once again.  Right-hander Buddy Carlyle improved to 2-0 with his relief win in game one, while right-hander Eric Junge went the full 6.0 innings in a tough-luck loss in game two.  Junge (L, 3-2), yielded three runs but just one earned, extending his quality start streak to three while seeing his winning streak snapped at three.

Tonight, the G-Braves attempt to secure at least a series split against the Clippers with left-hander Yohan Flande (1-0, 0.90) on the mound.  Flande saw his 19.2-inning scoreless streak end in his last outing on April 27 at Toledo, but will look to start a new streak as he faces the top hitting team in the International League (Columbus is hitting .283 this season).  Right-hander Kevin Slowey (1-2, 4.85) will start for the Clippers.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  5.3.12 GBraves Game Notes

Join Tony Schiavone for just the one game this evening on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM and WDUN.com.

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G-Braves Notes for 5.2.12 at Columbus

Yet another day with not much to write about.  That’s thanks to the rain that forced a suspension of last night’s G-Braves/Columbus Clippers game at Huntington Park in Columbus, OH.  Stefan Gartrell homered for an early 1-0 Gwinnett lead, but Andy LaRoche answered with a homer off of right-hander Julio Teheran to knot the game at 1-1.  When the rains came, J.C. Boscan was about to step to the plate with two outs and both Gartrell and Josh Wilson aboard.  The action will pick up at that same spot at 5:35 PM and continue the full nine innings.

Following the completion of game one, there will be a seven-inning game two.  That will pit G-Braves’ right-hander Eric Junge (3-1, 3.52) againt Clippers’ right-hander Zach McAllister (2-1, 3.00).

Tonight’s Game Notes:  5.2.12 GBraves Game Notes

A lot of baseball on tap for tonight, and you can catch all of it with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 55o AM / 102.9 FM and WDUN.com.

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G-Braves Notes for 5.1.12 at Columbus

The only thing that could keep the Gwinnett Braves from a shot at their 18th win in April turned out to be rain last night as the finale of the series at Toledo was washed out.  The G-Braves and Mud Hens will make the game up as part of a doubleheader sometime in the upcoming May 11-14 series. 

Right-hander Julio Teheran (2-1, 3.78), originally scheduled to throw last night, gets an extra day and will now start the opener of a four-game series at Columbus tonight.  We’ll see if that turns out to be a good thing, as the two-time defending IL champion Clippers currently sport the league’s best offense (.287 team average).  They’re also in the top five in home runs, having slugged 25 over 24 games so far this year.  Lefty David Huff (0-1, 9.00) makes his second start tonight for Columbus.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  5.1.12 GBraves Game Notes

First pitch from Huntington Park is scheduled for 6:35 PM, listen to the broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 55o AM / 102.9 FM and online at WDUN.com.

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G-Braves Notes for 4.30.12 at Toledo

It’s hard to believe the first month of the 2012 season is already ending tonight.  No matter what happens on April’s final night, the month is already a fantastic success for the Gwinnett Braves.  With yesterday’s 2-1 win in 10 innings, the G-Braves captured their 17th victory in 24 games and maintained a 4.0-game lead on Charlotte for first in the IL South.

The big story coming in, the first start for right-hander Jair Jurrjens since being optioned to Triple-A, turned out to be a big story after the game as well.  J.J. gave the G-Braves 7.0 innings of one-run baseball, allowing just four singles and three walks while striking out four.  He wasn’t overpowering, but he was efficient, needing 93 pitches (54 strikes) to get through a fairly potent Toledo offense.

After Jurrjens’ exit, the G-Pen was just about unhittable again.  Left-hander Dusty Hughes lowered his ERA to a microscopic 0.71 with a scoreless eighth, and right-hander Jaye Chapman had another impressive outing with 2.0 scoreless innings to secure his first win of the season.  As has been the case more than once this month, the Gwinnett offense was minimal but opportunistic as Greg Paiml led off the 10th with a double, took third on a bunt by Luis Durango and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jose Constanza.

Tonight, the G-Braves look to end April with  their third series sweep in the finale of the series at Toledo.  Right-hander Julio Teheran (2-1, 3.78) is 8-1 in 14 career Triple-A road starts, but struggled in his first venture away from Coolray Field this season (April 7 at Durham, 1.2 IP, 3 ER).  Hopefully he’ll look better than last time out, when he gave up four runs on seven hits (including a pair of HR) over 4.1 innings in a loss to Charlotte on April 25.  On a more positive note, Teheran dominated Toledo in his one start against them last year, throwing 8.0-innings of scoreless, three-hit baseball in a 2-0 win on June 9, 2011.

More about J.J., Teheran and the rest of the G-Braves in tonight’s Game Notes:  4.30.12 GBraves Game Notes

First pitch at Fifth Third Field is scheduled for 6:30 PM tonight, catch the broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 55o AM / 102.9 FM and WDUN.com.

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G-Braves Game Notes for 4.29.12 at Toledo

It’s another busy Sunday for the G-Braves today as they continue a four-game set at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH.  Gwinnett captured its third-straight win last night with an 8-3 decision over the Mud Hens, getting some serious production out of the middle of the order.  Ernesto Mejia and Joey Terdoslavich each went 2-for-4 with home runs and two RBI (both hitting their third blasts of the year), while Stefan Gartrell notched a two-run double to give the G-Braves a permanent lead in the fifth inning.   Right-hander Todd Redmond (W, 2-2) turned in his second quality start, limiting the ‘Hens to three runs over 6.0 innings while striking out seven.  As usual, the G-Pen was air-tight as right-handers Erik Cordier and Jason Rice combined on 3.0 scoreless, one-hit innings.

Dave Brundage’s IL South-leading crew will try to capture the series with Toledo today with right-hander Jair Jurrjens set to make his first start since being optioned to Triple-A.   Jurrjens is 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA (10 ER in 19.0 IP) in four career Triple-A starts, all coming on previous MLB Rehab assignments with the G-Braves.  Ironically, he’ll face the Triple-A affiliate of the organization that signed him in 2003 today, the Detroit-affiliated Mud Hens.  Jurrjens skipped over Toledo on his way to the big-leagues in 2007 and has never faced the Tigers nor one of their minor league affiliates since arriving in Atlanta.  Needless to say, it’s an interesting match-up for JJ’s first start.

Speaking of MLB Rehab assignments, right-hander Tim Hudson’s is now officially done.  He’s been activated from the Atlanta DL and starts for the Braves today against Pittsburgh.  That means a chain of roster moves affecting your Gwinnett Braves.  Right-hander Cory Gearrin has been optioned back to Gwinnett, where he’s 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two saves in seven outings this year…he did not pitch for Atlanta after being recalled on April 24.  To make room for Gearrin, left-hander Ben Swaggerty (0-0, 4.32 in six games) has been transferred to Rookie-A Danville.

With all of these moves, it’s been a busy Sunday morning  for Media/PR managers also.

Today’s Game Notes:  4.29.12 GBraves Game Notes

While you’re watching Huddy go back to work today, don’t forget to tune in to JJ’s first bounce-back start at 2:00 PM on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM.  Tony Schiavone has the call from Toledo.  You can also get the broadcast online at WDUN.com.

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