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.
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.
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.
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.
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.