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.
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.
The Gwinnett Braves started off the eight-game trip with a 3-2 win over the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field last night. Left-hander Yohan Flande finally proved human as he allowed two runs in the fifth inning to snap his 19.2-inning scoreless streak, but a 3-for-4, two-RBI performance from Jose Constanza led the G-Braves to the win anyways. Constanza’s RBI single in the seventh scored Greg Paiml for the winning tally. Right-hander Adam Russell (W, 3-0) minimized the damage for Flande in the fifth and earned the win as a result, while right-hander Anthony Varvaro (H, 2) and left-hander Dusty Hughes (S, 3) combined on 3.0 scoreless innings.
With pitching continuing to be the main story of the G-Braves, we’ll get a look at right-hander Todd Redmond tonight in game two of the series. Redmond has lost each of his last two outings but hasn’t had a lot of offensive support to work with. He’s 10th amongst all International league pitchers with a 2.61 ERA and ranks third in strikeouts with 27. The ‘Hens are countering with left-hander Shawn Teufel (1-0, 3.18) today and pushing back lefty Andy Oliver to tomorrow.
Much more worth reading in tonight’s Game Notes: 4.28.12 GBraves Game Notes
Note that tonight’s game is a 6:00 PM start time, so tune in a little earlier to WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM to catch the action with Tony Schiavone. As always, you can listen online as well at WDUN.com.
After taking two of three on a brief three-game homestand against Charlotte, the Gwinnett Braves are back on the road for a two-city, eight-game road trip. First up, it’s a meeting with the IL West Division-leading Toledo Mud Hens (14-6) at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH. The G-Braves come in with an IL South-best 14-7 record, so the four-game series sets up to be a battle of two of the International League’s best clubs.
Left-hander Yohan Flande takes the baseball for game one tonight, looking to extend upon his 15.2-inning scoreless streak. Each of Flande’s three starts for the G-Braves have resulted in shutout victories, but this time around he’ll be facing a potent Toledo offense that leads the league in runs scored (120) while ranking ranks second in both batting average (.281) and home runs (26).
Jordan Parraz (.457 over his last 10 games) and the G-Braves will hope to feast offensively against Mud Hens’ lefty Ramon Garcia tonight. Garcia was shelled for eight runs, six earned, over 4.0 innings in a loss to Columbus his last time out.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM, tune in to the radio broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM and online as well at WDUN.com.
Tonight’s Game Notes: 4.27.12 GBraves Game Notes
The Charlotte Knights put a halt to Gwinnett’s five-game winning streak last night, handing the G-Braves just their second loss in the last 13 games with a 3-1 decision at Knights Stadium. Right-hander Todd Redmond fanned a season-high 10 batters over 5.2 innings, but the Braves’ bats couldn’t do much of anything against the combination of Knights’ starter Charlie Shirek and reliever Leyson Septimo. Josh Wilson tallied the lone RBI for Gwinnett with a groundout. Drew Sutton doubled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, while Ernesto Mejia walked to extend his on-base streak to 15 games.
It’s time to take the series today as right-hander Erik Cordier (0-0, 5.54) looks for his first win in his fourth start. He’ll go up against right-hander Dylan Axelrod (1-1, 1.56) for the Knights. First pitch is at 2:15 PM, listen to the game with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 550 AM/102.9 FM and online at WDUN.com.
Today’s Game Notes: 4.22.12 GBraves Game Notes
The G-Braves (and the G-Braves’ Media Relations Department) have off tomorrow, but are back at Coolray Field for a three-game series against Charlotte from Tuesday, April 24 through Thursday, April 26. If you missed Atlanta Braves’ right-hander Tim Hudson the first time around, never fear. It appears that “Huddy” will be starting the series opener on Tuesday night. It’s a 7:05 PM start time, so make plans and join us.
In case you missed it, the Gwinnett Braves won for the 11th time in their last 12 games last night, blanking Charlotte 3-0 in the opener of a three-game series at Knights Stadium. Last night was the fifth shutout victory for the G-Braves already this season (5-0 in shutout decisions), leaving the club just six away from last year’s shutout mark (11 shutouts in 143 games).
Left-hander Yohan Flande pitched 6.2 scoreless innings and struck out eight last night, extending his scoreless streak to 15.2-consecutive innings to start the year. Flande, a candidate for IL Pitcher of the Week on Monday, now leads the International League in ERA (0.00) and opponent average (.090). Offensively, Drew Sutton extended his hitting streak to a team-best nine games with a game-winning two-run double in the eighth. Sutton has provided the game-winning RBI with a double twice this week, including Monday’s 4-3 win over Norfolk with a walk-off double in the 12th.
More in Tonight’s Game Notes: 4.21.12 GBraves Game Notes
The G-Braves will look to keep things rolling in Fort Mill, SC tonight. Right-hander Todd Redmond (1-1, 1.80) will look to get back on the winning track after losing his last outing despite only two runs (one earned) in 5.0 innings. The always-reliable Redmond makes his team-leading fourth start tonight, first pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PM. Catch the game on WDUN 550 AM/102.9 FM and WDUN.com with Tony Schiavone.
It’s back on the road for the first-place Gwinnett Braves, but only for a brief three-game set in Fort Hill, SC. Manager Dave Brundage and company will take on the only IL South opponent they have not yet faced, the Charlotte Knights. We’ll be seeing a lot of the Knights this week, as they come to Coolray Field for a three-game series starting on Tuesday.
Left-hander Yohan Flande (1-0) is slated to make his third start for the G-Braves tonight. Flande finally allowed hits for the first time in his last outing (three in total against Durham), but still has yet to allow so much as an unearned run over his three games, 9.0 innings. He’ll go up against fellow southpaw, Eric Stults (1-0, 1.64) for the Knights.
There’s plenty more worth reading about in tonight’s G-Braves Game Notes, including the current eight-game hitting streaks of Jose Constanza and Drew Sutton, Ernesto Mejia’s 13-game on-base streak, stats galore on the 7-1 homestand and much more.
Tonight’s Game Notes: 4.20.12 GBraves Game Notes
Tony Schiavone’s got the call on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM with the first pitch at 7:15 PM. Streaming audio is online as well at WDUN.com.
G-Braves’ broadcaster Tony Schiavone caught up with manager Dave Brundage for today’s pregame interview, talking about a two-game winning streak and last night’s 7-1 victory in Norfolk.
In case you missed it, listen in: Brundage Pregame Interview for Wednesday 04-11-12
The G-Braves may officially be on a roll after a 7-1 win over the Norfolk Tides last night, their second-straight win. Joey Terdoslavich (2-run HR), Josh Wilson and Greg Paiml all drove in two runs each, backing another strong effort from right-hander Todd Redmond. Redmond became the first G-Braves starter to throw a quality start in 2012, yielding only a run on four hits over 6.0 innings while striking out seven.
The win locked up Gwinnett’s first series victory of the year, now they’ll look for their first sweep as they close out the series at Norfolk today. Right-hander Erik Cordier (0-0, 0.00) will make his second start of the year. First pitch at Harbor Park is scheduled for 12:15 PM.
Today’s Game Notes: 4.11.12 GBraves Game Notes
You’ll see on the front page of today’s notes that outfielder Jose Constanza, a Triple-A All-Star with the G-Braves last year, is back on the roster. Constanza was optioned to Gwinnett by the Atlanta Braves yesterday in order to clear space for Chipper Jones. The active Gwinnett roster is now back to 25 players.
Opening Night at Coolray Field is set for tomorrow at 7:05 PM. Right-hander Julio Teheran (0-0, 16.20) is set to start against the Durham Bulls. More information on the opener to come tomorrow.
The initial road trip of the 2012 season continues for the Gwinnett Braves as they open a three-game series at Norfolk tonight. The G-Braves dropped three of four in Durham, NC over the weekend and will look to rebound against the Tides, the last-place team from the IL South Division a year ago.
The G-Braves will be without outfielder Cory Harrilchak, who was reassigned to Double-A Mississippi earlier today. No counter-move has yet been made to fill his spot.
Left-hander Yohan Flande (0-0, 0.00) is slated to make his first start of 2012 for Gwinnett tonight. First pitch is at 7:15 PM, you can catch the broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN AM 550/102.9 FM or at WDUN.com.
Tonight’s Game Notes: 4.9.12 GBraves Game Notes