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G-Braves Notes for 4.20.12 at Charlotte

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


Brundage Pregame Interview, 4.11

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


Game Notes for 4.11 at Norfolk

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.


4.9.12 Game Notes at Norfolk

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

Tonight’s Game Notes:  4.9.12 GBraves Game Notes


Game Notes for 4.8.12 at Durham

The G-Braves close out their four-game series at Durham today on Easter Sunday, looking for a series split.  Right-hander Eric Junge (8-9, 5.12 ERA with Triple-A Salt Lake last year) will make his G-Braves debut against the Bulls at 5:05 PM.

Today’s Game Notes:  4.8.12 GBraves Game Notes


Game Notes for 4.7.12 at Durham

Two games, 23 innings so far for the Gwinnett Braves in Durham.  Fortunately, last night resulted in a 3-0 win in 11 innings as Joey Terdoslavich doubled home two runs to break a scoreless game.  Jose Yepez also added an RBI double for his first hit with the G-Braves.  Right-hander Adam Russell bested his old team, the Bulls, with 2.0 scoreless innings and five strikeouts in relief.

Think it’s unprecedented to have two extra-inning games in the opening series?  Not with these two.  The Braves and Bulls played extra-inning affairs twice in last year’s opening four-game series at Coolray Field, with each team claiming victory once.  If history repeats itself, we shouldn’t be in store for extras in either of the next two games.

For more factoids on last night’s win, check out today’s G-Braves Game Notes:  4.7.12 GBraves Game Notes

Right-hander Julio Teheran, easily the most decorated pitcher in the International League this season, begins his second campaign with the G-Braves tonight in a 5:05 PM start at Durham.  You can catch the broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN AM 550/102.9 FM, or listen online at


Game Notes for 4.6.12 at Durham

The G-Braves are back at it tonight for game two of a four-game set at Durham.  Right-hander Erik Cordier (5-8, 5.13 ERA in ’11) makes his first start for Gwinnett this season.

Check out tonight’s Game Notes:  4.6.12 GBraves Game Notes


Opening Night Game Notes (4.5.12)

Well, it’s been quiet around here at The G-Blog, but not without a good reason.  Tony Piraro and myself have been tirelessly working to get ready for the 2012 season, getting together the 2012 Gwinnett Braves Media Guide and the first edition of “Tomahawk Talk” that you’ll see at Coolray Field starting on Thursday, April 12.  And, of course, there was the planning process for an unprecedented amount of media and fans alike for the first-ever “Atlanta Braves All-Stars vs. Future Stars Game” that occurred last Tuesday.

Now with most of that behind us and the season starting tonight, we’re ready to get back to blogging.  We’ll likely have some pictures (and potentially audio) from that aforementioned “Braves All-Stars vs. Future Stars Game” to share with you in the next few days.

Manager Dave Brundage and company get the 144-game season started tonight at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, NC, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM.  Right-hander Todd Redmond gets the Opening Night start.  You can check out the broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  4.5.12 GBraves Game Notes


Spring Training Interview: Craig Kimbrel

As mentioned in my earlier post today, I had the pleasure of catching up with former Gwinnett Braves closer and reigning National League Rookie of the Year, Braves’ right-hander Craig Kimbrel today at Champion Stadium.

In the audio interview, Craig talks about what Spring Training is like for him this time around, how the 2010 season in Gwinnett prepared him for MLB success, finishing 1-2 in R.O.Y. voting with fellow former G-Brave Freddie Freeman, the tremendous set-up work of Eric O’Flaherty and Jonny Venters, his thoughts on 2011 International League Rookie of the Year Julio Teheran, coming back to Coolray Field for April 3’s “Braves All-Stars vs. Future Stars Game” and more.

Listen Here:  Craig Kimbrel Interview 3.10.12

You can see Craig and the rest of the Atlanta Braves as they take on the future stars of the organization at Coolray Field on Tuesday, April 3 at 7:05 PM.  For tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at 678-277-0340.


Braves Spring Training, Day 2

I’m back in press row for today’s Braves vs. New York Yankees game, scheduled for 1:05 PM.  It’s set to be one of the busiest days of the Spring here at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex with not only a huge crowd expected here at Champion Stadium but also a major Cheerleading/Dance competition going on next door.

The Braves fell to 1-7 on the Grapefruit League season with losses in each of their split-squad games yesterday, including a 5-3 loss to the New York Mets.  Randall Delgado was tagged for three runs, two earned over 3.0 innings in his second outing of the Spring, while Rule 5 selection Robert Fish surrendered two runs in relief in the eighth to take the loss.  Martin Prado went 3-for-4 with a pair of ground-rule doubles.  Julio Teheran fared better than Delgado against the Yankees in Tampa, allowing an earned run over 3.0 innings in what was still the losing cause.

I’ve been out at Champion Stadium since 7:45 today, checking things off my Spring Training “to-do” list.  I was able to meet the Gwinnett coaching staff for the first time today and sat down with manager Dave Brundage for an interview previewing the season.  I’m planning on saving that interview for my 2012 Preview in the first edition of our gameday program, “Tomahawk Talk”.  Look for that at Coolray Field in April.

I also caught up with the reigning National League Rookie of the Year, former G-Brave and current Braves closer, Craig Kimbrel.  I’ll post that audio interview with Craig once I get a chance to listen to it in quieter conditions.

It’s getting fairly noisy here now as the starting lineups for the Yankees and Braves are introduced.  Both Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira are in the lineup for New York, but no sign of Derek Jeter.

As for the Braves, here’s the lineup:  Michael Bourn (CF), Martin Prado (LF), Brian McCann (DH), Dan Uggla (2B), Chipper Jones (3B), Freddie Freeman (1B), Tyler Pastornicky (SS), J.C. Boscan (C), Jose Constanza (RF), Jair Jurrjens (SP).

And, in closing, some pictures from today:

Prado, Jones, McCann and Hinske around the cage this morning.

Braves' manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Chipper Jones and Freddie Freeman converse in the dugout.

2011 G-Brave Cory Gearrin and fellow pitchers Dusty Hughes and Zeke Spruill.

Ernesto Mejia has been a popular target for interviews these last two days.

Yankees' manager Joe Girardi and the legendary Dale Murphy.

Speaking of legends, Andy Pettitte threw a round of Yankees' BP today.

As hopefully you did yesterday, follow along with my game tweets at @DaveLezotte and re-tweets at @GwinnettBraves.  It’s back home to Lawrenceville, GA tomorrow!