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Brandon Beachy vs. Jair Jurrjens

Beachy (Moore)

Beachy (Moore)

Often times, in a game that involves so much turnover, it’s common to see former teammates square off. On Tuesday night at 6:05 PM at Coolray Field, Atlanta Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy will make his fourth rehab start with the Gwinnett Braves against former Brave and now Norfolk Tides hurler, Jair Jurrjens. This will be the first time that both pitchers will meet in a head-to-head matchup.

In 2011, Jurrjens stared for the Atlanta Braves, posting a 12-3 record with a 1.87 ERA in the first half of the season. He led the league in wins and was second in ERA, as he headed to his first career All-Star game. His fast-paced start was eventually slowed by injuries, finishing the season 1-3 with a 5.88 ERA.

The right-hander ended the season, with a solid 13-6 record with a 2.96 ERA. However, is downward slide gave a pitcher like Beachy an opportunity to take his roster spot. While in 2011, both were rotation mates, it didn’t take long for Beachy to surpass Jurrjens on the Braves depth chart. In the second half of the 2011 campaign, the Kokomo, IN native went 4-2 with a 4.12 ERA, while striking out 91 in 74.1 innings.

Beachy carried over his success to the next season. In 13 games in 2012, he was tied for the Major League lead with a 1.98 ERA and led the Majors with a .171 opponent batting average prior to suffering a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on June 16.

 In light of the injury, Jurrjens had an opportunity to regain his spot in the Atlanta Braves’ rotation, but he went 3-2 with a 5.63 ERA in his seven games after Beachy’s injury. Jurrjens would scuffle through Triple-A Gwinnett and Atlanta the rest of the way, going a combined 7-10 with a 5.74 ERA. At the end of the season, the Braves organization didn’t not pickup Jurrjens’ option and their once promising young star was let go.

While, Beachy is working his way through rehab, Jurrjens is trying to regain the form that earned him an All-Star Game invitation in 2011. In 15 starts with the Norfolk Tides, affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, he is 5-6 with 4.38 ERA. He has made two MLB starts, but was roughed up to the tune of an 0-0 record with a 4.91 ERA.


Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (38-53) vs. Norfolk Tides (48-42)

Bisenius (Karl Moore)

Bisenius (Karl Moore)

Mon, July 8: RHP Joe Bisenius (2-1, 5.87) vs. LHP Jake Pettit (3-1, 2.37)
Tue, July 9: TBA vs. RHP Jair Jurrjens (5-6, 4.38)
Wed, July 10: RHP Cody Martin (2-1, 1.38) vs. TBA
Thu, July 11: RHP Kameron Loe (3-2, 2.97) vs. LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (2-4, 5.14)

The Gwinnett Braves are off to a slow start in their current homestand, dropping three of their first four games. Despite holding the No.1 offense in the International League, the Durham Bulls, to one run during their two-game series, the G-Braves only came away with one victory.

Batters: With Ernesto Mejia sidelined with a sore hamstring, the G-Braves have had to rely on others to take care of the offensive load… However, the Braves have scored five runs in their last five games, while being shut out three times… Luis Nunez has been the best hitter during that span, hitting .267 (4-for-15) with one run… Sean Kazmar and Jose Yepez have driven in two apiece during that span…

Pitchers: After getting routed 13-0 on Wednesday night at Norfolk, the pitching staff has been sharp during their current homestand. They have allowed nine runs, eight earned in 36 innings, while scattering 31 hits… Kameron Loe is the only pitcher to collect a victory during this homestand. On 7/7, he tossed five innings of scoreless ball, scattering three hits and striking out two. His night was washed away, as a 51-minute rain delay impeded his chances from returning to the game… Mark Lamm made his Triple-A debut on Saturday, recording two innings of shutout ball and picking up a hold…

G-Bites: Since being optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday, Cory Gearrin has not appeared in a game.

Norfolk Tides lead the Wild Card race, ahead of the streaking Rochester Red Wings (47-45), by 2.0 games and sit 7.5 games behind the front-running Durham Bulls (56-35) in the South Division.

Batters: Jason Pridie is having a great season, hitting .300 (91-for-303) with 21 doubles, three triples, 11 homers and 43 RBI. He has tormented G-Braves’ pitching, hitting .326 (14-for-43) with four doubles, one triple, one homer and nine RBI…L.J. Hoes has been even better, the fleet-footed outfielder is batting .353 (12-for-34) with one double, one homer and six RBI against Gwinnett in 2013.

Pitchers: Triple-A All Star and former G-Brave, Jairo Asencio is having a fantastic season in 2013. In 33 games, he is 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA, converting 19 of 24 save opportunities. In five games against the G-Braves this season, he is 0-0 with four saves, while striking out six and allowing one run… Game two will feature former G-Brave and Atlanta Braves hurler, Jair Jurrjens. Jurrjens has made a few starts for the Baltimore Orioles, but has spent most of the season with the Tides. In 15 starts, he is 5-6 with a 4.38 ERA.

Off-Shore: The Tides have dominated the G-Braves in 2013, posting an 8-2 record against their South Division foes.


Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (37-52) vs. Durham Bulls (55-34)

Loe (Cooper)

Loe (Cooper)

Sat: RHP Kameron Loe (2-2, 3.49) vs. LHP Mike Montgomery (4-2, 3.60)

Sun: RHP David Hale (3-3, 3.75) vs. RHP Merrill Kelly (2-0, 2.63)

The Gwinnett Braves dropped their third straight game Friday night, falling to Charlotte 2-0. With the loss, they have dropped 15 games under .500 and 18 games back of the first place Durham Bulls.

Batters: With the promotion of Joey Terdoslavich on Thursday afternoon, the G-Braves have struggled scoring runs and picking up hits. In the two game series against Charlotte, Gwinnett scored three runs on ten hits, one extra-base hit and was shutout for the second time in three days… Luis Nunez is swinging the hottest bat for the Braves. With a fourth inning single Friday night, he extended his hitting streak to nine games. Nunez recorded a career high 10-game hitting streak last season with the Chattanooga Lookouts from 5/8 through 5/19. On the season, he is hitting .333 (18-for-54) with two homers and seven RBI.

Pitchers: In need of starting pitching, Kameron Loe went from late inning reliever to one of Gwinnett’s starting five. The right-hander has fared well in his two starts, allowing three runs, one earned on seven hits in 9.0 innings. He will take the ball in the opener, while David Hale will take the mound in the finale. The former Princeton Tiger, has been on a good run of late. In his last four starts, he has tossed 23 innings, allowing three runs, yielding 21 hits, while striking out 17 in route to two wins. Since his ERA reached a season-high 6.12 on 6/10, the righty has almost cut it in half with his last four starts. On 7/1, he went seven shutout innings against Norfolk, collecting his third win of the season.

G-Bites: With a pinch-hit single in the ninth inning against reliever Jonathan Papelbon, Terdoslavich recorded his first MLB hit in a 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies Friday night.

Durham enters the series with the second best record in the International League and 7.5 games lead on the Norfolk Tides in the South Division. The Bulls have been impressive at home with a 32-14 record, but have struggled on the road, posting a 23-20 mark. This will be their first trip to Coolray Field in 2013. They swept a three-game series from Gwinnett at the beginning of the season in Durham.

Batters:  Triple-A All star Vince Belnome leads the Bulls attack. The infielder enters the series, hitting .343 (94-for-274) with 25 doubles, two triples, six homers and 50 RBI. He is second in the IL in batting average, while coming in first in on base percentage (.442)… Leslie Anderson will provide the thump in the middle of the order. The outfielder is hitting .328 (89-for-271) with 20 doubles and a team-leading 11 homers. In the three game set in April, Anderson hit .571 (4-for-7) with two homers and four RBI against the Braves…

Pitchers: When the Tampa Bay Rays made their blockbuster trade in the offseason, lefty Mike Montgomery was lost in the shuffle… The former No.1 prospect in the Kansas City organization at the beginning of the 2012 season, struggled through two Triple-A seasons and was demoted in the middle of the 2012 campaign. The left-hander’s stock was falling fast, but he seems to have found his groove in 2013. In nine games (8 starts), he is 4-2 with a 3.60 ERA. He still has trouble with walks, posting 21 in 50 innings. He will pitch in the opener.

Bull Headed: The Bulls are 43-1 when leading after eight innings . One of the main reasons has been the two headed monster out of the pen. Kirby Yates and Josh Lueke have been nearly unhittable. Yates is 3-1 with a 1.11 ERA and has converted nine of ten save opportunities, while Lueke is 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA and has converted 10 of 11 saves chances.


Cory Gearrin Optioned to Gwinnett

Ayala (Roughgarden)

Ayala (Roughgarden)

The Atlanta Braves have optioned right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin to Triple-A Gwinnett, effective Friday, July 5. Right-hander Luis Ayala will take his place on the 25-man Major League roster as he has completed his rehab stint with Gwinnett. To make room for Gearrin on the G-Braves’ roster, the Braves have announced that left-hander Cole McCurry has been released.

The 27-year old Gearrin had been with the Atlanta Braves the entire season prior to being optioned to Gwinnett on Friday. In 37 appearances with the Braves, the right-hander was 2-1 with a 3.77 ERA (13 ER in 31.0 IP). He recorded his first career Major League save on May 20 vs. Minnesota. Despite strong outings early in the year, Gearrin had appeared in just seven games since the end of May, going 0-0 with a 12.00 ERA (8 ER in 6.0 IP) in that span.

The Chattanooga, TN native will return to Gwinnett for his fourth career stint with the club. From 2010 through 2012, Gearrin was one of the top workhorses out of the G-Braves’ bullpen. He appeared in 126 games, posting a 10-9 record with a 2.63 ERA (54 ER in 185.0 IP) and 13 saves in 16 chances. Gearrin was named to the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game after going 3-1 with a 1.25 ERA and seven saves in 28 games prior to the break. Following the season, he was named Gwinnett’s Pitcher of the Year by the Atlanta Braves.

Gearrin is in his seventh professional season with the Atlanta Braves organization. He was originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft out Mercer University (Macon, GA).

Replacing Gearrin on Atlanta’s 25-man roster will be Ayala, who will return to the Major Leagues for the second time this year. The right-hander had been on the Braves’ disabled list since April 30 with anxiety disorder and had made 11 minor league rehab appearances between Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett. With Gwinnett, he went 0-1 with a 6.48 ERA (6 ER in 8.1 IP) in eight outings. Before being placed on the disabled list, Ayala was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five games with Atlanta.

McCurry went 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA (21 ER in 33.0 IP) and two saves in 20 relief appearances with Gwinnett this season. He also pitched with Double-A Mississippi, going 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA (3 ER in 8.0 IP) in four games, one start.

The Gwinnett Braves return to action on Friday night at 7:05 PM against the Charlotte Knights. Right-hander

Cody Martin (2-0, 1.29) will start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Jason Berken (6-8, 3.95) will counter for the Knights.

Knights Double up G-Braves, 6-3

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The Gwinnett Braves (37-51) took a 2-1 lead into the sixth inning, but a three-run Charlotte frame turned the game around as the Knights (39-49) came back for a 6-3 win on Thursday night at Coolray Field. Gwinnett pitchers allowed eight walks, including four free passes in the sixth inning.

The Gwinnett offense, shut out in a 13-0 loss on Wednesday at Norfolk, was also limited on Thursday night. The G-Braves collected six hits and went just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

The Knights got on the board early, playing a little small ball to manufacture their first run. Jim Gallagher walked to start the third inning and moved to second on a single by Steve Tolleson. Both runners advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Carlos Sanchez. Gallagher scored on a sacrifice fly by Lars Anderson, making it 1-0 Charlotte.

The G-Braves took the lead in the bottom half of the third. Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases with one out for Jose Yepez. The backstop jumped on the first pitch from Charlotte left-hander Charlie Leesman, lacing a single off of the diving second baseman Sanchez to give Gwinnett a 2-1 lead.

As a result of a 61-minute rain delay and high pitch counts, both teams’ starting pitchers exited after just four innings. Right-hander Omar Poveda tossed 4.0 innings, scattering four hits and allowing one run, while Leesman went 4.0 innings with two runs on four hits. 

In the sixth, the Knights took advantage of shaky relief to bat around and score three runs. Charlotte loaded the bases on back-to-back singles by Tyler Greene and Bryan Anderson off of Juan Cedeno, putting runners on first and second with one out. The Knights would tie it up as Cedeno walked the next two batters, allowing a run to cross the plate. Wirfin Obispo replaced Cedeno and didn’t fare any better as he walked the leadoff man, giving the Knights a 3-2 lead. Obispo would allow another run to score on a groundout, but got out of further damage with a strikeout and fly out to end the frame.

The G-Braves inched closer in the bottom of the sixth. Luis Nunez tripled and scored on an RBI groundout by Joe Leonard, cutting the deficit to 4-3.

However, the Knights answered by scoring two more runs in the top of the eighth inning on a two-run single by Andy Wilkins, extending the lead to 6-3. Both runs were earned by left-hander Ryan Buchter.

Jake Petricka (W, 1-0) picked up the victory in his Triple-A debut for Charlotte, firing 2.0 innings of one-run baseball. He allowed one hit and struck out three. Donnie Veal (S, 2) struck out the side in the ninth to pick up the save. 

Cedeno (L, 0-2) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on three hits over 1.0 inning.

Nunez led the G-Braves’ offense, going 3-for-4 with a run scored to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Yepez went 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

Wilkins paced the Charlotte attack, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Gwinnett Braves return to action on Friday night at 7:05 PM against the Charlotte Knights. Right-hander Cody Martin (2-0, 1.29) will start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Jason Berken (6-8, 3.95) will counter for the Knights. The game will be broadcast on radio on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. The game will also be televised on CSS.

Friday night is “Beach Party Night” at Coolray Field, sponsored by 12Stone Church. Wear your favorite beach attire to the ballpark, and watch the Gwinnett Braves as they don Pirate-themed jerseys for the game! All jerseys will be available for bid via auction, with the proceeds benefitting Right to Hike, Inc., a charity for hiking safety. Fans will also have the opportunity to win tickets to the Kenny Chesney No Shoes Nation Tour on Zach Brown’s Southern Ground at the Georgia Dome on Saturday, August 5! Stay after the game for a special screening of “American Made Movie,” a documentary about U.S. manufacturing presented by Life is My Movie Entertainment. For tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or visit


Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (37-50) vs. Charlotte Knights (38-49)

Thu: RHP Omar Poveda (5-5, 3.42) vs LHP Charlie Leesman (1-1, 3.55)

Fri: RHP Cody Martin (2-0, 1.29) vs. RHP Jason Berken (6-8, 3.95)

Martin (Moore)

Martin (Moore)

The Gwinnett Braves finished their mini-road trip, dropping three of four to the Norfolk Tides (46-40). With the losses, the Braves have fallen 9.5 back in the Wild Card standings and to fourth place in the South division.

Batters- The recent promotion of Joey Terdoslavich (.318/18 HR/ 58 RBI) leaves a big void in the middle of the lineup. .. Ernesto Mejia will carry the load. The first baseman was recently named to his second consecutive Triple-A All Star game. On the season, he is hitting .249 (73-for-293) with 21 homers and 62 RBI. He leads the squad in both categories, while coming in second in the International League in both home runs and RBI… Brandon Boggs has cooled off of late, but the switch hitter has been solid since joining the G-Braves. In 47 games, he is batting .277 (43-for-155) with five dingers and 17 RBI.

Pitchers- The Braves will throw two of their best this weekend against the Knights. In game one, Omar Poveda will take the ball looking for his team-leading sixth win of the season. The right hander is 5-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 16 starts for the G-Braves… Cody Martin will take the ball in game two for the Braves. Since being called up from Double-A Mississippi three weeks ago, the righty is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA, delivering three quality starts for Gwinnett.

Charlotte Knights

The Knights have rebounded from a poor 7-21 start and are now third in the South Division and only 8.5 games back of the Wild Card leading Tides. However, they have not fared well against the Braves, posting a 2-8 mark against Gwinnett.

Batters- Recently named Triple-A All-Star Josh Phegley leads the Knight attack. The backstop is hitting .316 (73-for-231) with 18 doubles, 15 homers and 41 RBI. He has been just as good against the Braves in 2013, hitting .345 (10-for-29) with two doubles, two homers and three RBI in eight games… Blake Tekotte is swinging a hot bat of late. In his last 10 games, he is batting .389 (14-for-36) with one homer and seven RBI.

Pitchers- Charlie Leesman would have been a late September call up last season, but a knee injury in the IL Playoffs sidelined the southpaw. He missed part of this season, but has been great since returning. In seven starts, he is 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA. He features four quality pitches, relying on his fastball and changeup… Game two starter Jason Berken will try to reverse his luck against the G-Braves. In his lone start against Gwinnett, he was roughed up for six runs on ten hits in 4.1 innings. On the season, he is 6-8 with a 3.95 ERA in 16 starts for the Knights.


Mejia, Terdoslavich Named International League All-Stars

Mejia (Cooper)

Mejia (Cooper)

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – In an announcement made today by the International League, Gwinnett Braves’ first baseman Ernesto Mejia and outfielder Joey Terdoslavich have been selected to participate in the 26th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game, set to take place on Wednesday, July 17 in Reno, NV.   Mejia is honored for the second-straight season as an IL All-Star, while Terdoslavich will participate in the Triple-A All-Star Game for the first time.

Both players will represent the IL as they face off against the Pacific Coast League at Aces Ballpark in Reno, NV.  The game will air live on MLB Network, the American Forces Network and the Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network beginning at 9:00 PM ET.

Mejia, 27, is one of 17 players selected by the IL office to the game.  He makes the trip to the Triple-A All-Star Game for the second straight year, this time as a reserve.  In his first Triple-A campaign last season, the slugging first baseman started the All-Star Game in Buffalo, NY and went 0-for-3 at the plate.  As of July 3, the right-handed hitter is batting .249 (73-for-293) with a team-high 21 home runs and 62 RBI.  Mejia currently ranks among IL leaders in home runs (2nd, 21), RBI (2nd, 62), extra-base hits (T-2nd, 41), total bases (4th, 157) and slugging percentage (6th, .536).

Terdoslavich (Roughgarden)

Terdoslavich (Roughgarden)

Terdoslavich, 24, will start the All-Star Game as one of the 13 players elected by a combined vote of fans, IL field managers, general managers and members of the media.  The switch-hitting outfielder is in the midst of an impressive sophomore season in the IL, ranking fifth in the league in hitting with a .322 batting average as of July 3.  The Sarasota, FL native also ranks among IL leaders in hits (1st, 102), total bases (1st, 182), extra-base hits (1st, 43), slugging percentage (3rd, .574), RBI (4th, 58), OPS (4th, .937), doubles (T-4th, 24), home runs (T-4th, 18) and runs scored (T-6th, 48).  Terdoslavich was also named to the 2013 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game by Major League Baseball on June 26.

Mejia, Terdoslavich and the rest of the Gwinnett Braves are currently on the road as they finish a five-game series with the Norfolk Tides on Wednesday night at Harbor Park in Norfolk, VA.  Right-hander Joe Bisenius (2-0, 3.09) will start for the G-Braves, while left-hander Jake Pettit (2-1, 3.75) counters for the Tides.  The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.  Tony Schiavone will have the call on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM.


Gwinnett Braves (36-46) vs. Buffalo Bisons (40-39)

Carrithers (Moore)

Carrithers (Moore)

The Gwinnett Braves (36-46) won their eighth game in ten tries last night, beating the Buffalo Bisons, 7-5. With the win, the Braves moved to third place in the South Division and half a game up in the Wild Card standings.

Two weeks ago, the thought of postseason baseball was a complete long shot. However, with the emergence of their play, the Braves are only 6.5 games back of a Wild Card spot. After they finish off their series with Buffalo, the Braves will play a five-game set against the Wild Card leading Norfolk Tides (42-39) starting Saturday night.

Familiar Foe: The Braves will face former G-Brave standout Todd Redmond in the series finale Friday night. The right-hander spent four seasons with the Gwinnett Braves (2009-12), going 34-30 with a 3.78 ERA. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds organization in exchange for Paul Janish on 7/14. Since then, he has bounced around from the Reds, Baltimore and Toronto Organizations. He hasn’t had much success at the Major League level, but he excelled with the G-Braves. On May 28, 2010 he tossed the only no-hitter in G-Braves history and is the All-Time G-Braves leader in wins (34), losses (30), games started (97), hits allowed (567), earned runs (245), innings pitched (583.0), strikeouts (486) and walks (166).



Mighty A- Alden Carrithers clubbed his second homer of the season Thursday night. His second dinger of the year tied a career high, as he swatted two homers for the GCL Tigers in 2008. In 43 games, he is hitting .318 (35-for-110) with seven doubles, one triple, two homers and eight RBI for the G-Braves.


G-Braves Power Past Buffalo, 7-5

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – In his second start since being signed out of the Independent American Association, Joe Bisenius was stellar, tossing 6.0 innings of one-run ball to lead the Gwinnet Braves (36-45) over the Buffalo Bisons (40-39), 7-5 on Thursday night.  Ernesto Mejia, Alden Carrithers and Luis Nunez all homered to power the G-Braves to their eighth win in the last 10 games.

Bisenius (W, 2-0), who was 3-2 with the Lincoln Saltdogs, picked up his second victory of the season with Gwinnett.  The 30-year-old right-hander yielded a run on seven hits, walked one and struck out four.

The offense backed him early. In the top of the second inning, Mejia hit his 19th home run of the season, a solo shot over the left field fence to give the G-Braves a 1-0 lead.

However, the Bisons had an answer as Kevin Pillar continued his hot series with an RBI double scoring Munenori Kawasaki in the third inning.  Pillar’s sixth double of the series tied the game up at 1-1.

Buffalo ran into trouble in the next inning.  Before the third inning began, Buffalo starter Chad Jenkins was forced to exit the game with an apparent injury. The G-Braves took advantage in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three times against reliever Dave Bush (L, 7-6).  Joey Terdoslavich singled and scored on single off the right-field wall by Brandon Boggs. One batter later, Carrithers connected for his second home run of the season, a two-run shot into the right-field bullpen to extend the lead to 4-1.

Gwinnett would add two more in the fifth and one in the sixth.  In the fifth, the G-Braves loaded the bases on two walks and a single before Stefan Gartrell smashed a two-run single through the left side, making it 6-1. Nunez added the other run, belting a solo homer off of former G-Brave Buddy Carlyle to raise the lead to 7-1.

Luis Ayala, Juan Cedeno and Cole McCurry combined to finish the game, as they all tossed one inning of relief to secure the victory.  Ayala and Cedeno notched scoreless frames, while McCurry was roughed up for four runs on four hits in a non-save ninth inning.

Mauro Gomez belted his league-leading 24th home run of the season off of McCurry, a two-run shot to left, cutting the lead to three.  Luis Jimenez then made it a two-run game with a solo blast to left-center.  After the back-to-back blasts, McCurry survived the scare, striking out Moises Sierra to finish the game.

Offensively, Gwinnett pounded out 12 hits and tied a season high with three homers to beat Buffalo. Todd Cunningham, Terdoslavich, Gartrell and Nunez all had two-hit games, while Carrithers added two RBI.

After picking up seven extra base hits on Wednesday night, Buffalo was limited to four on Thursday.  Ryan Goins led the way, going 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI, while Pillar added to his series total with two more hits. The outfielder is 7-for-14 with six doubles in the series. 

The Gwinnett Braves will finish off their series with the Buffalo Bisons on Friday night at 7:05 PM.  G-Braves’ right-hander Omar Poveda (5-4, 3.39) will face Bisons’ right-hander Todd Redmond (2-1, 7.47) in the homestand finale.  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 Friday night will receive iPad covers presented by  To purchase tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or visit


Pillar’s Career Night Leads Bisons Past Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – On a night when Joey Terdoslavich was announced to the 15th Annual SiriusXM Futures Game, Buffalo outfielder Kevin Pillar stole the show, going 4-for-5 with four doubles and two runs scored to lead the Bisons (40-38) to a 4-3 victory over the Gwinnett Braves (35-46) on Wednesday night.

The G-Braves got off to a great start, taking advantage of three errors and coming up with clutch hits to take a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Todd Cunningham singled, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout by Phil Gosselin and scored on a grounder by Terdoslavich for the game’s first run.  Terdoslavich reached on an error by first baseman Luis Jimenez and Ernesto Mejia reached on an error by third baseman Mauro Gomez, putting runners on first and second with one out. Stefan Gartrell and Joe Leonard each picked up RBI singles to make it 3-0.

Jimenez cut into the lead with a solo homer in the top of the fourth.  His 14th home run of the season snapped a 13.1-inning scoreless streak by Gwinnett starting pitcher David Hale

In the fifth, the Bisons would tie up.  Sean Ochinko drew a one out walk and advanced to third on a double by Pillar. They both came around to score on a two-run double by Ryan Goins, making it 3-3.  Goins attempted to stretch the double into a triple, but was thrown out at third as Terdoslavich recorded his team-leading eighth outfield assist.

Hale exited after 6.0 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out six.  After turning in his third quality start of the season, he turned a tie game over to the bullpen.

However, the bullpen had some trouble in the eighth, as the Bisons took the lead in the top of the frame.  Pillar connected for his fourth double of the game to lead off the inning, becoming the first Buffalo player in the modern era to record four doubles in a game.  He would eventually come around to score on a wild pitch by Wirfin Obispo (L, 1-3). The right-hander’s errant pitch snapped a 14-outing, 17.2-inning scoreless streak, the longest by a Gwinnett pitcher this season.

Thad Weber (W, 3-1) was impressive for the Bisons in the victory.  After allowing the three runs in the first inning, he went on to face the minimum in his last six innings of baseball, allowing one hit and striking out three in the process.  He went 7.0 innings with three runs, one earned on four hits.  Joel Carreno (H, 3) and Brad Lincoln finished off the G-Braves, tossing two scoreless innings to end the game. Lincoln (S, 3) picked up the save, stranding a pair of baserunners in the ninth.

The Gwinnett offense was held to five singles on the night.  Terdoslavich, Cunningham, Gartrell, Leonard and Sean Kazmar each had one hit.

Pillar led the Buffalo offense with his four hits.  In two games against the G-Braves, he is 5-for-9 with five doubles.

The Gwinnett Braves continue their four game series with the Buffalo Bisons on Thursday night at 6:05 PM. G-Braves right-hander Joe Bisenius (1-0, 4.76) will face off against Bisons right-hander Chad Jenkins (0-3, 11.37). Listen to the game on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.  First pitch is 6:05 PM.

Thursday is another “$3 Thursday” at Coolray Field.  Enjoy $3 food and beverage specials all game long.  All Lawn Seats are also just $3.  To purchase tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or visit


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