LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – With the Triple-A All-Star Game looming, right-hander Omar Poveda promoted his candidacy by hurling 6.0 scoreless frames and leading the Gwinnett Braves (28-39) to a 9-2 victory over the Columbus Clippers (32-34) on Tuesday afternoon.
The talented Poveda had his hands full early, as he was matched up against former Major Leaguer Daisuke Matsuzaka. However, after throwing 2.2 scoreless innings, Matsuzaka had to leave the game with a blister on his throwing hand.
The G-Braves took advantage in the bottom of the fourth inning. Joey Terdoslavich and Brandon Boggs drew one-out walks from reliever Paolo Espino (L, 0-3), putting runners on first and second. After a strikeout, Paul Janish punched the ball through the hole at short, scoring Terdoslavich to make it 1-0.
In the fifth, Gwinnett added another run against Espino. Todd Cunningham walked with one out, advanced to second on a single by Tyler Pastornicky and scored on a throwing error by catcher Chris Wallace, extending the lead to 2-0.
The G-Braves would put it out of reach in the bottom of the seventh inning against reliever Cole Cook, sending ten hitters to the plate and scoring seven runs. The frame started innocently enough with a walk to Boggs, but back-to-back hits by Joe Leonard and Janish loaded the bases. Jose Yepez knocked a run in with a sacrifice fly, while Jose Constanza and Cunningham delivered RBI singles, pushing the lead to 5-0. With two outs, Ernesto Mejia drove both runners in with an RBI single, extending the lead to 7-0. Terdoslavich capped the scoring with a towering two-run homer over the right field fence, making it 9-0.
Poveda (W, 5-3) would take care of the rest, collecting his tenth quality start of the season. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out a season-high seven batters, lowering his ERA from 3.24 to 3.01.
The Clippers would add two runs off of G-Braves’ relievers, as Nate Spears smacked a solo homer off of Pat Egan in the seventh, while Lonnie Chisenhall doubled in Ezequiel Carrera for a run against Cory Rasmus in the ninth.
Espino suffered the loss, while Cook was tagged for six runs on five hits in 0.2 innings of relief work for Columbus.
Six G-Braves collected multi-hit games on the afternoon. Mejia led the way with a 2-for-4 day and two RBI, while Terdoslavich added his 12th home run of the season and two RBI.
Chisenhall paced the Clippers, going 4-for-5 with an RBI.
Following an off-day on Wednesday, the Gwinnett Braves will hit the road as they begin an eight game road trip on Thursday night against the Rochester Red Wings. Atlanta Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy (0-0, 3.00) is scheduled to make a minor league injury rehab start for Gwinnett, while left-hander Andrew Albers (4-2, 3.06) is set to pitch for the Red Wings. Listen to the game on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.
The G-Braves’ next home game is on Friday, June 21 at 7:05 PM against the Syracuse Chiefs. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or by visiting gwinnettbraves.com.
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – After a thrilling 4-3 victory on Saturday night, the Gwinnett Braves (27-38) were roughed up by Columbus Clippers (31-33), 16-5, on Sunday afternoon at Coolray Field. The Clippers’ offense was on point all day, amassing 17 hits, nine doubles and two homers in their rout of the G-Braves.
Gwinnett starter Sean Gilmartin (L, 3-6) had the worst outing of his professional career, giving up 10 runs, nine earned on nine hits in 3.1 innings.
Things started out bleak for the lefty. In the top of the first, the Clippers utilized three consecutive doubles and single to jump out to an early 3-0 lead. Matt Carson, Lonnie Chisenhall and Cord Phelps all doubled and Chun Chen added an RBI single, giving Columbus the early advantage.
The G-Braves answered with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the first inning. Back to-back singles by Jose Constanza and Todd Cunningham put runners on first in second with no outs. Ernesto Mejia followed with a one-out two-run double to right field, cutting the deficit to 3-2.
The Clippers tacked on another run in the second, but the G-Braves would take the lead in the bottom of the second. Alden Carrithers doubled to start the inning and scored on an RBI single by Jose Yepez. A two-out single by Cunningham and a fielding error by the first baseman Chen allowed Yepez to score. Gwinnett took a 5-4 lead on an RBI single by Mejia.
That would be the last time the G-Braves would lead, as the Clippers scored 12 unanswered runs to take command of the game. Columbus would score at least one run in the first eight innings, pushing their lead to 16-5.
Chen’s solo home run off Gilmartin in the third inning tied the game, and the Clippers scored five runs in the fourth to chase the Gwinnett starter. Chisenhall’s two-run double off the wall in right gave Columbus a permanent lead.
The G-Braves’ bullpen did not fare any better, giving up six runs in 5.1 innings of baseball. Outfielder Brandon Boggs was the only reliever to toss a scoreless frame, as he came in the game in the ninth inning to help out the bullpen that had thrown 18.2 innings in the last three days.
In his second career appearance, Boggs did a great job, giving up one hit and recording three outs. His last pitching appearance came on June 5, 2012 when he tossed a scoreless inning for the Indianapolis Indians at Pawtucket.
Clippers’ starter Danny Salazar gave up five runs in 1.2 innings, but the bullpen picked up the slack, tossing 7.1 innings of scoreless relief. Cole Cook (W, 1-0) led the effort, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings.
Cunningham led the Gwinnett offense, going 3-for-5 with two runs, while Mejia went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Tyler Pastornicky finished 0-for-5, snapping an 11-game hitting streak.
The Clippers offensive attack was led by heart of the order, as the 2-3-4-5 hitters went 9-for-20 with nine runs scored and eight RBI. Chisenhall and Chen each had three hits and four RBI.
The Gwinnett Braves continue the series against the Columbus Clippers on Monday night, first pitch scheduled for 6:05 PM. Right-hander David Hale (1-2, 5.40) will start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Joe Martinez (1-5, 6.95) will start for the Clippers. Tony Schiavone will call the play-by-play on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM.
Monday is “Kids Eat Free Night” at Coolray Field, with all kids ages 12 and under receiving a voucher good for a hot dog, bag of chips and small soda. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or by visiting gwinnettbraves.com.
Did you have any trouble getting loose today?
BB: “I got loose a lot quicker than expected it to, especially how I felt the last few times out.”
Do you feel like you’re making progression? Like this is the next step in rehab?
BB:“I would have liked to been better tonight (Saturday, June 8). I didn’t control my fastball very well, but the other stuff (was good). I threw some pretty quality pitches, breaking balls and changeups so I can hang my hat on that for now”
Did your command get better as the game went on? Is it taking a little while to get going?
BB:“I felt better today physically than I have in the past few days. It was coming out easier and when that happens it usually takes a little bit to control myself and get down in the zone. It took me a little bit longer than I would have liked. I was pitching behind a lot and it ended up hurting me that one at bat (homer to Chen).”
What pitch did he hit out (Chun Chen)?
BB:“Fastball. I fell behind 2-0, tried to comeback, but it didn’t result.”
What the take away from the game?
BB:‘I threw some quality pitches, that’s the positive to look at. I threw way to many pitches and that goes back to my fastball command early on. I walked some guys and was behind in about every count. It’s really not conducive for success.”
What are you looking to accomplish in your (potential) last rehab next week?
BB:“I want to command my fastball a little bit better. I’d like to be a little more efficient. Number one will take care of number two.”
Has the injury taken you a step back from the control issues you corrected in 2012?
BB:“Coming back through this process, I’m fighting a lot of the mechanical things that took me years to overcome. And now this (elbow injury), I’ve had a few control problems. Especially early on in the game, and that’s something I dealt with in 2011. My stuff is good, but you have to be a little more efficient with it.”
Describe the last inning?
MP:“It was wild. It was a total team effort. It was exciting. Winning ball games is always fun. When the whole team has a part in the comeback, it’s always more fun.”
What was Columbus Clippers starter Trevor Bauer (7IP, 6K) doing to get outs?
MP:“He was changing speeds a little bit. I tip my cap to him for that. But, I felt like quite a few of our guys had good at bats against him. We just weren’t getting any hits up there against him. I liked what I saw in a lot of the guys at bats.”
With good at bats all game, did you feel like the hits would eventually come?
MP:“Yeah, that was our exact atttude. We felt like we were having good at bats and sometimes when the results aren’t there you have to keep having good at bats. That was our approach throughout the rest of the game. We felt like the momentum was building. “
When did you feel like Gwinnett was going to win the game?
MP: “When Cunningham tied it. We feel like we are always in it. We are always capable of scoring runs quickly, so we never feel like we are out of it.”
Gwinnett Braves continue their series with the Columbus Clippers, Sunday at 2:05 PM. LHP Sean Gilmartin will take the mound for the G-Braves.
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Coolray Field was electric Saturday night, as 7,784 fans gathered to watch a pitching duel between Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy and former first rounder, Columbus hurler Trevor Bauer. The fans got more than they bargained for as the Gwinnett Braves (27-37) came back from two runs down in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Clippers (30-33) 4-3 on a game-winning sacrifice fly by Matt Pagnozzi in the tenth inning.
Despite early struggles with command of his fastball, Beachy had his complementary pitches working. He went 5.0 innings in his second rehab start for Gwinnett, allowing one run on four hits and striking out eight. His eight punch-outs were a single-game high dating back to September 24, 2011, when he fanned nine Washington Nationals in a start for Atlanta.
The Clippers’ lone run off of Beachy came in the second inning, as Chun Chen belted a solo homer over the left field fence, making it 1-0. Beachy fell behind in the count and served up a 2-0 fastball to Chen, who promptly drove the pitch over the wall in left field.
Bauer, meanwhile, looked to upstage his Major League opponent. The Columbus right-hander and former UCLA Bruin threw 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing five hits and striking out six. After allowing a triple to Tyler Pastornicky in the first inning, Bauer retired the next seven in order. In the bottom of the fifth, he ran into some trouble, giving up two singles and a walk to load the bases. However, he induced a line-out and a groundout to keep the Clippers in front, 2-0.
Columbus added a run against Ryan Buchter in the sixth inning to build that 2-0 lead. Ezequiel Carrera led off with a single, stole second and scored on an errant throw by the catcher Pagnozzi.
Gwinnett finally got going after Bauer’s exit, scoring a run in the eighth inning off of reliever J.C. Romero. A one-out single by Todd Cunningham and back-to-back walks by Pastornicky and Ernesto Mejia set up a sacrifice fly by Joey Terdoslavich, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
After the Clippers tacked on a run in the top of the ninth, the G-Braves rallied from two down to square it up at 3-3. Joe Leonard led off with a double to left center field off of Clippers’ closer Preston Guilmet. With two outs, Leonard came around to score on a fielding error by second baseman Nate Spears, making it 3-2. The error would haunt the Clippers, as a wild pitch allowed Jose Constanza to move to second and score on an RBI single by Cunningham to tie it up.
Cory Rasmus (W, 2-1) tossed a scoreless frame in the 10th inning, setting up the G-Braves in the bottom half of the frame.
With one out, Brandon Boggs tripled off of Paolo Espino (L, 0-2), putting the game-winning run on third base. After back-to-back intentional walks to Leonard and Alden Carrithers, Pagnozzi hit a fly ball to right center, deep enough to score Boggs and win the game. Espino suffered the loss, giving up one run on one hit in 0.2 innings pitched.
Leonard paced the Gwinnett offense, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored, while Cunningham and Pastornicky added two hits each. Pastornicky extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his first-inning triple.
Carrera led the Clippers, going 2-for-5 with an RBI at the plate.
The Gwinnett Braves continue the series against the Columbus Clippers on Sunday afternoon, first pitch scheduled for 2:05 PM. Left-hander Sean Gilmartin (3-5, 4.43) will start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Danny Salazar (0-1, 4.08) will start for the Clippers. The game will be broadcast on radio on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM and television on CSS.
Sunday is another “Family Day” at Coolray Field, featuring Pre-Game Catch in the Outfield (starting when gates open) and the Post-Game Kids Base Run (kids 12 and under). It’s also “Touch-A-Truck” and Public Safety Day, where fans will have the opportunity to get up close with police cars, fire trucks and other public safety vehicles outside Coolray Field. The Gwinnett Braves will also be honoring Lanier High School Resource Officer Rolando Jimenez prior to the game.
Tickets are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or by visiting gwinnettbraves.com
Sat: RHP Brandon Beachy (0-0, 4.50) vs. RHP Trevor Bauer (2-2, 4.63)
Sun: LHP Sean Gilmartin (3-5, 4.43) vs. RHP Danny Salazar (0-1, 4.08)
Mon: RHP David Hale (1-2, 5.40) vs.RHP Joe Martinez (1-5, 6.95)
Tue: RHP Omar Poveda (4-3, 3.24) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-0, 3.21)
Gwinnett Braves were shutout for the second time this season in their last contest against the Rochester Red Wings, 11-0. The Braves suffered their third loss of the series and fourth in five games. Gwinnett enters play 13.5 games behind Durham (39-23) in the North Division.
Hitters- Tyler Pastornicky extended his hitting streak to ten games on Friday night, going 2-for-4 at the plate. The infielder’s double digit streak is the longest of the season and is three games shy of tying his all-time mark of 13 games. During the streak, the right-handed hitter is batting .405 (17-for-42) with two doubles, two homers, 10 runs scored and seven RBI…Stefan Gartrell has returned to Gwinnett and provided instant offense. In 10 games, the outfielder is hitting .333 (8-for-24) with two homers and seven RBI. He is Gwinnett’s All-Time home run leader with 47 dingers…
Brandon Beachy will make his second rehab start for the G-Braves in the series opener. The right-hander is about two starts away from returning to the major leagues, as the June 18th doubleheader against the Mets is the likely date he will return to a big league mound. In the meantime, he will try to give the Braves a lift with a great performance on Saturday night as the bullpen threw 8.1 innings on Friday night.
G-Bites- After the loss last night, the Braves dropped their record to 4-7 against left-handed starters… Currently own a 22-30 record against righties and will have a chance to cut the margin this weekend, facing four northpaws.
The Clippers enter the contest on a bit of a slide, dropping their last three games and nine of their last ten games. They are currently in second place in the West Division, 11.5 games behind the front-running Indianapolis Indians (42-21).
Jeremy Hermida is on a tear. In his last 10 games, the left-handed hitter is batting .406 (13-for-32) with four runs scored, two homers and five RBI. In 55 games, he is hitting .262 (51-for-198) with ten dingers and 33 RBI. He has great plate discipline, leading the International League with 46 walks. The former Miami Marlins first rounder (11th overall) is a local boy. He graduated from Wheeler High School in Marietta, GA… Offensively, Columbus ranks 12th in the league in hitting (.251), 8th in runs scored (266) and second in strikeouts (534)…
Pitching-Heralded hurler Trevor Bauer will get the nod in game one of the series. The starter has fared better in the major leagues this season, posting a 1-2 record with a 2.76 ERA in three starts with the Cleveland Indians, while going 2-2 with a 4.63 ERA with the Clippers. His strikeout rate is phenomenal, striking out 49 batters in 46.2 Triple-A innings.
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Following an 11-3 Gwinnett victory on Thursday, the Rochester Red Wings (29-32) flipped the script on the G-Braves on Friday night at Coolray Field, scoring 11 runs on 12 hits and coasting to an 11-0 win. Red Wings’ starter Andrew Albers threw a 9.0-inning complete-game shutout to hand Gwinnett its most lopsided loss of the season.
Gwinnett starter Yohan Flande (L, 3-5), pitching on short rest, did not have an answer for the Red Wings’ bats. The left-hander yielded seven runs on seven hits and recorded just two outs in the first inning before exiting. It was his shortest outing since July 13, 2012, when he surrendered six runs in 0.2 innings against the Louisville Bats.
Flande was around the plate, throwing 23 of his 34 pitches for strikes, but the Red Wings collected four two-strike hits to jump out a commanding lead. Antoan Richardson led off with a single, moved over on a groundout and scored on an RBI single by Oswaldo Arcia. After a walk to Deibinson Romero, Jeff Clement lined a three-run homer over the right field fence, making it 4-0. Rochester was not done there, as Dan Rohlfing singled and Doug Bernier doubled, putting runners on second and third with one out. Ray Olmedo drove in another run with a groundout to second, and Eric Fryer and Richardson added RBI hits, extending the lead to 7-0.
Rochester continued to score, adding two more runs in the top of the second inning against reliever Juan Cedeno. Arcia led off with a walk and was followed by back-to-back singles by Romero and Clement to load the bases. Rohlfing made it 8-0 with an RBI groundout and Bernier made it 9-0 with an RBI single.
Wirfin Obispo turned in 3.0 innings and Kameron Loe added a scoreless eighth, but the Red Wings added two more runs in the ninth off left-hander Joe Beimel. Romero and Clement clubbed back-to-back solo homers to extend the lead to 11-0.
In the ninth, Romero and Clement clubbed back-to-back solo homers, extending their lead. For Clement it was his second dinger of the game and his ninth on the season.
Albers (W, 4-2) mixed his pitches well, scattering six hits over 9.0 innings while walking none and striking out seven. The Rochester lefty is the first pitcher to throw a complete-game shutout against Gwinnett this season.
Offensively, Tyler Pastornicky extended his hitting streak to 10 games with single in the fourth inning. He ended the night 2-for-4, while five others G-Braves each picked up one hit.
Clement paced the Red Wings, going 4-for-4 with two homers and two RBI, while Romero added two hits, three runs and one RBI.
The Gwinnett Braves begin a four-game series against the Columbus Clippers on Saturday night, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Atlanta Braves’ right-hander Brandon Beachy (0-0, 4.50) is slated to make a minor league injury rehab start for the G-Braves, while the Clippers will counter with right-hander Trevor Bauer (2-2, 4.63). 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 Saturday will receive a Gwinnett Braves Fifth Anniversary Logo Baseball Bank, courtesy of Delta Community Credit Union. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or by visiting gwinnettbraves.com.
Last night in the third inning of the contest between the Rochester Red Wings and Gwinnett Braves, Stefan Gartrell connected for his second home run of the season off of Vance Worley. The homer was his 47th in a G-Braves uniform, All-Time Career leader, and it catapulted the Braves over the Red Wings 11-3 Thursday night.
The G-Braves are no stranger to the long ball, clubbing 48 dingers on the season. However, there is a huge discrepancy in homers hit off of right-handed and left-handeed pitchers. In 62 contests, the Braves have homered 44 times against right handed pitchers, while collecting four against southpaws. The power outage against lefties is overwhelming. The Braves have hit lefties well, recording a .254 (103-for-406) batting average, while hitting .264 (430-for-1631) against right-handers. There is not a big gap in the average, but a huge margin in power remains. If you balance the numbers in percentages, 10% (44-for-430) of the Braves hits against right-handers have been homers, while 3% (4-for-103) of their hits against southpaws have been dingers.
Luckily for the Braves, they faced a right-hander last night. However, tonight they will go up against Red Wings’ lefty Andrew Albers (3-2, 3.53) at 7:05 PM.
Below is the lineup that will match up against the lefty:
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The Gwinnett Braves (26-36) came out swinging on Thursday night, roughing up Rochester Red Wings’ (28-33) starter Vance Worley and coasting to an 11-3 victory at Coolray Field. Stefan Gartrell went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI, and Joey Terdoslavich added three RBI on 2-for-4 hitting as Gwinnett snapped a three-game losing streak.
Worley (L, 1-2), who started on Opening Day for the Minnesota Twins, was tagged for seven runs, two earned on eight hits in 3.0 innings. His opponent, Gwinnett starter Omar Poveda (W, 4-3) utilized the offensive outburst and held the Red Wings to three runs over 6.0 strong innings.
Offensively, both teams got off to hot starts, each scoring two runs in the first inning. In the top half of the frame, the Red Wings took advantage of three walks and two hits to score twice. Oswaldo Arcia drove in the first on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, and Eric Farris singled home the other run, giving Rochester a 2-0 lead.
The G-Braves answered with three two-out singles to even it up in the bottom of the first. Tyler Pastornicky and Ernesto Mejia each singled, putting runners on the corners. After a stolen base by Mejia, Terdoslavich delivered a game-tying single to center.
In the third inning, Gwinnett tied a season high with five runs in the frame. With runners on the corners and two down, Terdoslavich singled home his third run of the night, collecting his fifth three-RBI game of the season. The next hitter, Gartrell, cleared the bases with a three-run homer to left, giving the G-Braves a 6-2 lead. After a single by Joe Leonard and a walk by Paul Janish, Matt Pagnozzi capped the scoring with an RBI single to right field.
The Red Wings answered with a run in the top of the fourth. Doug Bernier tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a groundout by Ray Olmedo, cutting the Gwinnett lead to 7-3.
Poveda would shut down the opposition from there, allowing three runs on eight hits to record his ninth quality start of the season. Ryan Buchter, Pat Egan and Cory Rasmus tossed one scoreless inning each, dusting off the Red Wings.
The G-Braves added three more runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to match a season high for runs scored in a single game (previously accomplished in an 11-7 win at Lehigh Valley on June 2). In the seventh, Rochester reliever Anthony Slama walked the bases loaded and uncorked a wild pitch to score the first run. Jose Constanza plated the other two runs with a single. In the eighth, Todd Cunningham laced a lead-off triple and scored on an RBI hit by Pastornicky.
In addition to the big nights by Gartrell and Terdoslavich, Constanza added a 2-for-4, two-RBI game, while Pastornicky went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to nine games.
Brian Dinkelman, Deibinson Romero and Farris picked up two hits apiece to lead the Rochester offense.
The Gwinnett Braves will finish their four-game set against the Rochester Red Wings on Friday night, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Left-hander Yohan Flande (3-4, 4.12) will start for the G-Braves, while left-hander Andrew Albers (3-2, 3.53) will start for the Red Wings. The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM. The game will also be broadcast on television on CSS.
Following Friday night’s game, stick around for Post-Game Fireworks, sponsored by WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or by visiting gwinnettbraves.com.
It’s every amateur player’s dream to hear your name called on draft day. Tonight at 7: 05 ET, young baseball players from all over the country will have a new uniform to sport, as they will selected by a major league baseball team in the 2013 First Year Player Amateur Draft.
As we wait in anticipation of the MLB First Year Player Draft, we will take a look at all the Gwinnett Braves that have been drafted in the past.
First off, the Braves roster has seen 17 players called on draft day; six of those players were originally drafted by the Braves. Sean Gilmartin out of Florida State University was the highest draft choice, selected in the first round (28th overall) of the 2011 draft, while, Cory Rasmus was picked in the supplemental first round (38th overall) out of Columbus, GA in 2006. Right-Hander David Hale was a third round pick in 2009 out of Princeton University.
With the bevy of talent in the rotation, the G-Braves benefited offensively from the 2010 draft. Todd Cunningham (2nd round) out Jacksonville State University, Joe Leonard (3rd round )out of Pittsburgh University and Joey Terdoslavich (6th round) out of Long Beach State University were all a part of the 2010 class.
The rest of the non-international players were drafted by other clubs. The highest pick of the 11 remaining players was outfielder Brandon Boggs, selected in the fourth round of the 2004 draft out of Georgia Tech by the Texas Rangers. The 2004 class produced infielders Sean Kazmar (5th round by the San Diego Padres out of College of Southern Nevada) and Paul Janish (5th round by the Cincinnati Reds out of Rice University) as well.
The following two seasons would have produced two players apiece. However, in 2005, Cole McCurry was selected in the 31st round out Surry Community College (NC) by the Atlanta Braves, but elected not to sign. The other southpaw picked in 2005 was Ryan Buchter, 33rd round by the Washington Nationals out of Highland Regional Park H.S. (NJ).
In 2006, outfielder Stefan Gartrell went in the 31st round out University of San Francisco to the Chicago White Sox, while Pat Egan went in the 36th round to the Baltimore Orioles out of Quinnipiac College.
In 2008, Tyler Pastornicky heard his name called, as the Toronto Blue Jays picked him in the fifth round out of The Pendleton School (FL). Alden Carrithers was also selected in that draft, going in the 15th round to the Detroit Tigers out of UCLA.
The rest of the G-Braves did not have a partner in their draft class, as Joe Beimel (18th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Duquesne University), Matt Pagnozzi (8th round by the St. Louis Cardinals out of Central Arizona College) and McCurry (43rd round by the Baltimore Orioles out of Tennessee Wesleyan College) all came out solo.
G-Braves take on Rochester tonight, Thursday, June 6 at 6:05 PM.
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – In a rain-shortened eight-inning game on Wednesday night at Coolray Field, the Gwinnett Braves (25-36) could not find an answer for Rochester right-hander Cole DeVries. The Red Wings’ hurler tossed 7.0 innings of two-run baseball to secure a 4-2 win, sending the G-Braves to their third-straight loss.
DeVries (W, 1-1), who was coming off 5.0 innings of two-run baseball against Charlotte on May 31, was even sharper on Wednesday night. He scattered nine hits, yielded two runs, walked one and struck out two for the victory.
His offense helped him out early. In the top of the second inning, the Red Wings utilized a little small ball to score their first run. Jeff Clement walked and Deibinson Romero singled, putting runners on first and second with no outs. After a bunt by Ray Olmedo, Doug Bernier hit into a fielder’s choice to score the first run of the game.
The G-Braves squared it up in the bottom half of the second inning. Alden Carrithers doubled over the head of left fielder Brian Dinkelman and scored on a two-out single by Jose Yepez, making it a 1-1 game.
In the third, the Red Wings regained the lead, taking advantage of two walks and an RBI single by Chris Colabello to extend the lead to 2-1.
Gwinnett’s starter David Hale (L, 1-2), who was on a 45-pitch limit, was pulled just before the Colabello single. He took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits over 2.1 innings. Cole McCurry filled in nicely, giving up just two hits and striking out three over 3.1 innings, keeping the G-Braves within one.
However, the Red Wings would strike in the seventh inning for another run off of reliever Kameron Loe. A leadoff single by Dinkelman set up an RBI double by Oswaldo Arcia, pushing the Rochester lead to 3-1.
The G-Braves answered in the bottom half of the inning. Carrithers picked up his third hit of the game, singling to left-center field. He advanced to third base on a pair of wild pitches by DeVries and scored on sacrifice fly by Paul Janish, reducing the deficit to 3-2.
The Red Wings tacked on another run against left-hander Joe Beimel in the top of the eighth before the rain came in the bottom half of the frame, ending the game at 4-2.
Offensively the G-Braves out-hit the Red Wings 9-to-7. Carrithers (3-for-3, double, 2 runs) and Yepez (2-for-3, RBI) led the offense. Todd Cunningham added a 2-for-4 game.
Arcia paced the Red Wings’ attack, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Gwinnett Braves continue the series with game three against the Rochester Red Wings on Thursday night, first pitch scheduled for 6:05 PM. Right-hander Omar Poveda (3-3, 3.14) will start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Vance Worley (1-1, 2.25) will start for the Red Wings. The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.
Thursday night is “$3 Thursday” at Coolray Field featuring $3 food and beverage specials all game long. All Lawn Seats are also just $3. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or by visiting gwinnettbraves.com.