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2013 Spring Training – Competing to Make the Team

Ernesto Mejia led the G-Braves with 24 home runs in 2012.

Ernesto Mejia led the G-Braves with 24 home runs in 2012.

The 2013 Gwinnett Braves will see a lot of turnover as a majority of the team has moved on to different clubs. However, there is a great deal of players still connected to the Braves organization.  Here’s a look at some 2012 G-Braves heading to Atlanta’s Major League camp this year.

Former International League hitting champion Jose Constanza remains in the fold. The 5’9” outfielder remains on the Braves 40-man roster after leading the IL in hitting with a .314 batting average. Since being acquired through free agency in 2010, Constanza has been a solid pick up. In 174 games, he hit .318 (212-for-667) with two home runs and 52 RBI. He reports to MLB Spring Training fighting for one of the final Braves’ roster spots.

Constanza will not be alone fighting for a roster spot, as Ernesto Mejia looks to lock up one of the bench spots. The infielder came into his own last season, hitting .296 (152-for-514) with 24 home runs and 92 RBI. He was awarded the IL Rookie of the year and was added to the Braves’ 40-man roster at the end of the season.

Jose Constanza led the IL in hitting with a .314 batting average.

Jose Constanza led the IL in hitting with a .314 batting average in 2012.

While Constanza and Mejia head to camp as part of the 40-man roster, three former G-Braves will look to come out of nowhere and steal a spot on the roster.

Joe Terdoslavich, Jordan Parraz and Jose Yepez will push the veterans for a bench spot. Terdoslavich struggled in his first stint with the G-Braves in 2012, hitting .180 with four home runs and 20 RBI. He committed 22 errors in 53 games, but he turned it around after being sent down to Double-A Mississippi. He finished his second full season (third with organization) hitting .315 with five home runs and 51 RBI.

Parraz was solid as a utility outfielder last season. In 34 games, he hit .288 (34-for-118) with six doubles, two home runs and 19 RBI.  His 2012 campaign was significantly shortened by a pair of hand injuries.

Yepez will head to his second straight Spring Training, as he hopes to win the backup spot on the MLB roster while Brian McCann is out with an injury. Yepez played in 79 games for the G-Braves, hitting .264 with three home runs and 30 RBI.

With the Atlanta Braves offseason deal of Randall Delgado, an immediate spot in the rotation has opened up. Both Sean Gilmartin and Julio Teheran will go to Spring Training battling for the fifth and final spot in the rotation.

Teheran, who was IL Player of the Year and Atlanta Braves Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2011, is the front-runner for the rotation spot. In two seasons with the G-Braves, Teheran is second all-time in wins (22) and boasts the club’s best ERA (3.75).

Teheran will have to be careful, as Gilmartin is eager to win the final spot after completing his first full season with the organization. In 20 starts with Double-A Mississippi, he went 5-8 with a 3.54 ERA, while going 1-2 with a 4.78 ERA in seven starts for Gwinnett.

While Teheran and Gilmartin battle for a rotation spot, Cory Gearrin, Dusty Hughes and Anthony Varvaro will try to fit in the Atlanta bullpen. Gearrin has been outstanding, appearing in an all-time high 126 games for the G-Braves. Last season, he went 3-3 with a 2.30 ERA and 9 saves in 39 games for Gwinnett. He was even better in Atlanta, hurling 20 innings, allowing four runs (1.80 ERA) in 22 games for the Braves.

Hughes looks to crack the MLB team for the first time in his career. Having big league experience with the Kansas City Royals, Hughes knows what it takes to make the big team. The lefty had a solid 2012 in Gwinnett, posting a 3-2 record with a 3.31 ERA.

Varvaro rounds out the list of Spring Training invitees. He pitched well for Gwinnett before moving up to the big leagues. In 44.1 innings, the right-hander posted an 0-2 record with 2.23 ERA.

Ryan Buchter, Yohan Flande and Daniel Rodriguez also received invitations to camp. They will get an opportunity to win one of the 12 spots on the staff, but will have a tough hill to climb as all three have no MLB experience. Flande will go in with the most upside, as he spent all of last two seasons with the G-Braves. In 2012, he was 6-11 with a 4.21 ERA.

The bullpen may be a bit crowded with the acquisition of Jordan Walden from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but these six arms are up for the task.

While plenty of former G-Braves will look to make an impression on the Braves as full practices start tomorrow, there’s plenty of new faces in camp this year.  The next edition of the G-Blog will take a look at those new players, some of which could be heading to Gwinnett in 2013.

Teheran Makes MLB.com Top 100

Teheran No.31 in MLB.com Top 100 (Leslie Watts / Gwinnett Braves)

Teheran No.31 in MLB.com Top 100 (Leslie Watts / Gwinnett Braves)

Justin Upton’s press conference was not the only news in Braves Country, as last night MLB.com announced its Top 100 prospect list, placing one Atlanta farm hand on the list.

Julio Teheran came in at No.31, according to MLB.com draft and prospect expert Jonathan Mayo. The right-hander makes the list for second straight season after coming in fourth last year.

After a banner year in 2011 with the Gwinnett Braves, capturing the International League’s Most Valuable Pitcher award, International League Rookie of the Year award and Atlanta Braves’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year award, Teheran was ranked the top right arm in the minors, according to Mayo. He dropped in on the countdown at No.4, ranking behind the Rays’ Matt Moore and Rookies of the Year Mike Trout (Angels) and Bryce Harper (Nationals).

His quick ascension to the top sparked attention from the all levels as he received an invitation to MLB Spring Training. During camp, he struggled through mechanical issues and lost out on the fifth spot to Randall Delgado.

He did not fare well in his second stint with the G-Braves. In 26 starts, he went 7-9 with a 5.08 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 131 innings. However, his numbers in 2011, 15-3 with a 2.55 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 144.2 innings, helped make Delgado dispensable for the Atlanta Braves this offseason, as they traded him away in a package to get Justin Upton.

Despite not ranking in MLB.com top 10 right-handed pitchers this season after being the top guy last year, the Braves Front Office believes he can flourish within the organization in 2013. He heads to Spring Training as the front-runner for the fifth and final spot in the Atlanta rotation.

The 22-year old looked great in the Dominican Winter League, posting a 3.23 ERA in seven starts for Licey. He allowed just two hits while completing 16.2 scoreless innings over his final three starts.

Teheran and the rest of the Atlanta pitchers will report to Spring Training in a few weeks, as baseball season is right around the corner. Don’t miss your chance to catch the action at Coolray Field, as the future stars of tomorrow start here. Gwinnett Braves open the season on Thursday, April 4th at 7:05 p.m. against the Charlotte Knights at Coolray Field. For more information on the G-Braves or Coolray Field, visit the website at Gwinnettbraves.com, facebook.com/GwinnettBraves1 and twitter.com/GwinnettBraves.

-JD

Ready Holds Presser, Fredi Fields Questions

Randy Ready fields questions (Credit: Sherik Hodge)click photo to access video

Randy Ready fields questions (Credit: Sherik Hodge)click photo to access video

The Gwinnett Braves held a press conference on Thursday afternoon to introduce their new Field Manager Randy Ready.

In front of local media and front office staff, Ready officially took over as the new skipper of the Gwinnett Braves. Ready will replace Dave Brundage, who left the organization after six seasons with the Braves. Brundage will oppose his former squad, as he has taken over as Field Manager for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs of the International League.

North Johnson, Fredi Gonzalez and Randy Ready pose for picture (Credit: Sherik Hodge)

North Johnson, Fredi Gonzalez and Randy Ready pose for picture (Credit: Sherik Hodge)

Ready, who last served as the minor league hitting coordinator for the Texas Rangers, has managerial experience, spending six seasons with the San Diego Padres organization. He posted a career 489-466 record, while leading the San Antonio Missions, Double-A affiliate, to a Texas League championship in 2007. After the 2008 season, Ready earned the Pacific Coast League’s “Best Manager Prospect” by Baseball America for his work with the Portland Beavers, Triple-A affiliate.

Ready was eager to take over the podium, fielding questions from various reporters, while smiling from ear-to-ear. The thirty minute conference was light hearted and fun, as all looked ready to start the season. Ready will head to Spring Training as soon as pitchers and catchers report to Lake Buena Vista, FL in the middle of February.

Prior to the press conference, Ready joined Jim Powell, play-by-play announcer of the Atlanta Braves and Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez for a special luncheon. Various season ticket holders and potential clients gathered in the Home Plate Club of Coolray Field for a Q&A with Powell and Gonzalez. The trade news in Atlanta took over the majority of the discussion, as Gonzalez fielded questions about his new left fielder, Justin Upton, while talking about some of the departures from his current club..

Gonzalez answers questions (Credit: Sherik Hodge)click photo to access video

Gonzalez answers questions (Credit: Sherik Hodge)click photo to access video

All in all, it was a great day to be at Coolray Field. With the beginning of the season approaching, Ready is up for the job. Gwinnett kicks off the season Thursday, April 4th at 7:05 p.m. against the Charlotte Knights at Coolray Field. For more information on the G-Braves or Coolray Field, visit the website at Gwinnettbraves.com, or through our social media outlets at facebook.com/GwinnettBraves1 and twitter.com/GwinnettBraves!

-JD

G-Braves, Paw Sox Game Postponed Tuesday

Steady rain resulting from a changing weather pattern forced the postponement of Tuesday’s scheduled 2:05 PM game between the Gwinnett Braves and Pawtucket Red Sox at Coolray Field. The game will be made up as a single nine-inning contest on Wednesday, August 29 beginning at 1:05 PM. All tickets for Wednesday’s game will be free to the public.

As a result of the rapidly changing weather ahead of Hurricane Isaac, Wednesday’s game was originally postponed with a doubleheader scheduled for Thursday, August 30 starting at 5:05 PM. That doubleheader is on as planned. With Wednesday now serving as the make-up date for Tuesday’s postponed game, the Gwinnett Braves have decided to make all admission for the 1:05 PM game free of charge. Thursday’s games will still feature regularly-priced tickets.

Fans are advised to continue checking in at gwinnettbraves.com for updated details on the remaining games of this final homestand. For tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340.

By: Tony Piraro & Dave Lezotte

Ernesto Mejia Named IL Rookie of the Year

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Gwinnett Braves first baseman Ernesto Mejia has been named the International League Rookie of the Year as well as the Postseason All-Star first baseman for the 2012 season, announced on Tuesday, August 28 by the league office. Mejia is the third-straight G-Brave to win the award for the IL’s top rookie, joining first baseman Freddie Freeman (2010) and pitcher Julio Teheran (2011).

Mejia, 26, established himself as one of the premier hitters for power and average in the IL this season. Entering play on Tuesday, the Guanare, Venezuela native ranked first in the circuit in RBI (91), hits (148) and total bases (253), second in slugging percentage (.517) and at-bats (489), tied for second in home runs (24), third in extra-base hits (56), fourth in OPS (.871), fifth in runs scored (72) and tied for sixth in both doubles (31) and games played (126). His season accolades include the IL’s Batter of the Week award on May 21 and his first Triple-A All-Star Game selection.

Mejia’s numbers are not only among the league’s best, they are also challenging Gwinnett Braves’ franchise records. Mejia’s 91 RBIs are tied alongside Stefan Gartrell (2011) for the most in one season since the team’s arrival to Lawrenceville in 2009. He’s currently one home run shy of tying Gartrell’s record of 25 blasts, also set in 2011. His 148 hits are six away from matching Mauro Gomez’s 2011 record, while his 31 doubles are four away from Freeman’s record of 35 set in 2010.

For the rest of the International League’s 2012 Postseason awards, visit ilbaseball.com.

Mejia and the rest of the Gwinnett Braves continue the final homestand of the 2012 season on Tuesday, August 28 against the Pawtucket Red Sox. The game time, originally scheduled for 7:05 PM, has been moved to 2:05 PM as a result of rain expected from Hurricane Isaac. The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM in Gainesville, Georgia, while the television broadcast will air on CSS.

Please note that game times for all remaining Gwinnett Braves home games, including Fan Appreciation Night on Thursday, August 30, may change due to Hurricane Isaac. Check in at gwinnettbraves.com for updated information on game times. For tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340.

By: Tony Piraro & Dave Lezotte

Boston Red Sox Affiliate at Coolray Field for Final Homestand of Regular Season

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

For the second-straight night, Syracuse needed just one pitcher to shut down the Gwinnett Braves. Right-hander Jeff Mandel threw the second-straight complete game shutout against the G-Braves in as many nights, leading the Chiefs to a 7-0 win at Coolray Field. Mandel’s six hitter, his first nine-inning effort this season, ensured a split of the four-game series.

Syracuse left-hander John Lannan threw 9.0 scoreless, three-hit innings on Saturday night, and Mandel (W, 5-5) continued the trend on Sunday, scattering six hits over 9.0 innings while striking out four. He walked none in a 102-pitch, 69-strike outing.

After escaping major damage in the second inning, Gwinnett starter Yohan Flande was not able to make it past the third. The left-hander surrendered four runs on five hits in the frame, including five-straight one-out hits. Josh Johnson and Chris Marrero reached on back-to-back singles, and Carlos Rivero singled to left-center, scoring them both. Jesus Valdez singled to score Rivero, and Sandy Leon added a double plating Valdez for a 4-0 lead.

Flande (L, 7-9) allowed four earned runs on six hits, walked three and struck out two over just 2.2 innings of work. Cole McCurry relieved Flande with two outs in the third inning and worked 3.1 scoreless innings. McCurry struck out three and walked none, departing after Stefan Gartrell singled in his pinch-hit at-bat for the pitcher in the sixth.

Ryan Buchter entered the game for the G-Braves in the seventh and allowed three more runs over 1.1 innings. Rivero singled home Johnson to raise the lead to 5-0 in the seventh, and a two-run triple by Eury Perez ensured the final score of 7-0 in the eighth. Anthony Varvaro relieved the left-hander, pitching 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball with one strikeout.

Monday, August 27th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (61-75) welcome the Pawtucket Red Sox (73-63) to town on Monday night as the two teams begin the final four-game series of the season at Coolray Field. First pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. The Gwinnett starting pitcher has yet to be announced, while the PawSox will start right-hander Nelson Figueroa (10-5, 4.40). The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. The television broadcast will air on CSS.

Pawtucket (2nd IL North) vs Gwinnett (4th IL South) 

Monday night is Kids Eat Free Monday as all kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, a bag of chips and a small soda. It’s also the fifth night of “Drive Me Crazy” as the G-Braves gather donations of canned foods, clothes, sports equipment, toys and more to restock local shelters and storage centers. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Pawtucket Red Sox Batting Order:

1) Nate Spears, 1B

2) Ivan DeJesus, 2B

3) Jeremy Hazelbaker, DH

4) Tony Thomas, LF

5) Danny Valencia, 3B

6) Dan Butler, C

7) Jason Repko, CF

8) Jon Hee, SS

9) Che-Hsuan Lin, RF

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Jack Wilson, SS

3) Lyle Overbay, DH

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Josh Kroeger, RF

6) Rusty Ryal, 3B

7) Brian Friday, 2B

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Luis Durango, CF

By: Tony Piraro

Cancer Awareness, Jersey Auction Tonight at Coolray Field

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The Gwinnett Braves have unveiled plans for the “Drive Me Crazy” outreach event, scheduled for Thursday, August 23 through Thursday, August 30. The team will be hosting drives for canned foods, clothes, sports equipment, toys and books during all home games that week at Coolray Field.

Tonight the G-Braves will be celebrating a host of special events, including:

  • Drive Me Crazy – The Gwinnett Braves want to drive you crazy with a mega-everything drive during the last homestand of the 2012 regular season. Help re-stock local shelters and storage centers with canned foods, clothes, sports equipment, toys and books. Please bring your donations to any game, from Aug. 23-30 to help support the Drive Me Crazy event at Coolray Field.
  • Cancer Awareness Night – Join the Gwinnett Braves at Coolray Field for Cancer Awareness Night.
  • Jersey Auction – Come out to Coolray Field and place your bid for a Gwinnett Braves game-worn jersey. Each jersey worn during the game will be auctioned off to benefit the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation.

Please bring donations to any of the games that week, including 7:05 PM games against Syracuse from August 23-25, a 5:05 PM game against Syracuse on Sunday, August 26 and 7:05 PM games against Pawtucket from August 27-30. Donated items will help restock local shelters, storage centers, pantries and food banks in a response to combat depleted resources.

The Gwinnett Braves (61-73) take on the Syracuse Chiefs (63-71) in game three of the four-game series on Saturday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. The G-Braves will start right-hander Julio Teheran (7-7, 5.48) against Syracuse left-hander John Lannan (7-11, 4.89). Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM in Gainesville, Georgia. The game will also air on CSS.

All donations will be given to partnering non-profit groups who show the most need. Cash donations will not be accepted. For more information on the “Drive Me Crazy” event, please contact Gwinnett Braves Community Relations Manager Lindsay Harmon at (678) 277-0346 or lindsay.harmon@braves.com.

Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

By: Tony Piraro

The Chipper Jones Interview (Part 1)

Photo courtesy of Pouya Dianat

Chipper Jones will go down as one of the greatest third basemen to ever play the game of Major League Baseball, if not the greatest. His time in the game has been highly publicized, but nothing has been as crazy as his final season in the big leagues as the future Hall-of-Famer prepares to exit the only profession he has ever known. The stats don’t lie for Jones, however it is Chipper the man that has been lovingly embraced by the Atlanta Braves family over two decades of brilliance.

“I’m very proud that for 23 years, I’ve donned one uniform — the red, white and blue of the Atlanta Braves,” said Jones.

For his career, the eight-time All-Star has seen his share of change within the organization. As a new crop of young Braves begin their respective MLB journey’s, Jones is there for guidance and wisdom. He understands the ups and downs of the business and has been around it long enough to help out the newcomers in Atlanta each season, such as Craig Kimbrel, Jason Heyward, Tommy Hanson and Freddie Freeman to name a few.  Chipper helped create Braves Country and is the face of a franchise that won 14 straight division titles in the 90’s and early 2000’s.

“I often admired, when I was coming up, guys like Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn, who were able to work with their organization so that they could stay in one place,” Jones said. “They knew how important it was to stay in one place and be the face of the franchise. While I don’t consider myself to be in their realm, I’m awfully proud to say I’ve been a part of this organization for so long.”

Jones has a career batting average of .304, alongside 2,695 hits, 464 career home runs, 1,610 RBI, 1,603 runs scored, 544 doubles, 150 stolen bases and an extrordinary 1,489 walks to just 1,390 walks. Not to mention, countless all-star appearances, 14 straight playoff appearances, two Silver Sluggers (99-00), the 1999 National League MVP award and a World Series Title in 1995.

Photo courtesy of Pouya Dianat

“I look at the numbers as me just going out to do my job,” said Jones. “That’s the way I’ve always approached it. I’ve never really thought about my place or anything like that. But when you grew up hearing about Mickey the way I did and with the reverence that I did from my father, to pass him in career RBIs is quite a feat.”

Chipper Jones was the No. 1 overall selection the 1990 MLB Amateur Draft by the Braves and was ranked the No. 1 prospect in minor league baseball during the 1993 season before he spent all of his time with the Triple-A affiliate of the Braves in Richmond. In 93, Jones hit .325 for the R-Braves, alongside 97 runs scored, 174 hits, 31 doubles, 12 triples, 13 home runs, 89 RBI, 23 stolen bases and 57 walks earned in the International League. His time in Triple-A was short-lived, but the numbers and memories that he registered that season will never be forgotten. Following his dominant 1993 season in the IL, Jones was promoted to Atlanta where he spent his 1994 Rookie year.

Obviously, most players begin to slow down near the end of their career, especially in their final season. Jones has made a mockery of that notion, seemingly getting better with age like fine wine. Chipper was already named a 2012 all-star, alongside being the captain and unquestioned leader of a potential playoff contending Braves team (66-49).

Stay glued to The G-Blog in the coming days for the second part of The Chipper Jones Interview.

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Offense, Ryal Rolling Toward End

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Four Gwinnett pitchers including starter Randall Delgado combined on a seven-hit shutout as the Braves defeated the Syracuse Chiefs, 6-0 on Friday night at Coolray Field. A season-high 9,372 fans packed the park as the G-Braves won for the second-straight night to start the final eight-game homestand.

Delgado worked 4.0 scoreless innings with four hits and three walks allowed, striking out seven in a no-decision. Dusty Hughes (W, 3-2) grabbed his third win of the season with 3.0 scoreless, two-hit innings and four strikeouts. Peter Moylan threw a scoreless eighth and Andy Russell added a scoreless non-save ninth to finish off Gwinnett’s ninth shutout win of the year.

Offensively, Rusty Ryal continued his torrid series with a 3-for-4 night, including an RBI double in the third inning. Lyle Overbay went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, driving in two RBIs as well.

The G-Braves started the scoring early, crossing the plate in each of the first four innings.Jose Constanza led off the first with a single and advanced to second on a passed ball before scoring on a Terry Tiffee RBI single to give Gwinnett a 1-0 lead.

Gwinnett added three more runs in their half of the second, highlighted by a Constanza two-run double that scored Ryal and Delgado. The G-Braves extended the lead to 4-0 as Overbay doubled home Constanza with two outs.

Felix Pie reached base to start the third on a fielding error charged to Chiefs’ first baseman Mark Teahen. Following a fielder’s choice off the bat of Jose Yepez, Ryal once again came through in the clutch with a run-scoring double that raised the Gwinnett lead to 5-0.

Chiefs starter Yunesky Maya (L, 11-9) lasted just 3.0 innings, surrendering five runs, four earned on eight hits. The right-hander struck out two and walked one, throwing 58 pitches.

Mitch Atkins replaced Maya in the fourth inning and allowed an RBI single to Pie scoring Overbay. After Pie’s hit made it 6-0 G-Braves, Atkins settled in for two more innings of scoreless relief. He pitched 3.0 innings in total, yielding an unearned run on three hits. Pat Lehman added 2.0 scoreless innings for Syracuse.

In addition to multi-hit efforts from Ryal and Overbay, Constanza also went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI in the leadoff spot. Constanza’s two-hit effort came a night removed from seeing his International League best 38-game on-base streak snapped by the Chiefs.

Saturday, August 25th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (61-73) take on the Syracuse Chiefs (63-71) in game three of the four-game series on Saturday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. The G-Braves will start right-hander Julio Teheran (7-7, 5.48) against Syracuse left-hander John Lannan (7-11, 4.89). Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM in Gainesville, Georgia. The game will also air on CSS.

Syracuse (5th IL North) vs Gwinnett (4th IL South) 

Come out to Coolray Field on Saturday night and place your bid on a Gwinnett Braves game-worn jersey with the G-Braves Jersey Auction. Each jersey worn during the game will be auctioned off to benefit the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation. It’s also the third night of “Drive Me Crazy” as the G-Braves gather donations of canned foods, clothes, sports equipment, toys and more to restock local shelters and storage centers. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Syracuse Chiefs Batting Order:

1) Eury Perez, LF

2) Corey Brown, CF

3) Jim Negrych, 2B

4) Chris Marrero, 1B

5) Jesus Valdez, LF

6) Sandy Leon, C

7) Zach Walters, SS

8) Jarrett Hoffpauir, 3B

9) John Lannan, SP

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jack Wilson, SS

3) Lyle Overbay, 1B

4) Stefan Gartrell, RF

5) Terry Tiffee, 3B

6) Rusty Ryal, 2B

7) Brian Friday, 2B

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Julio Teheran, SP

By: Tony Piraro

Red-Hot Randall Delgado Set for Syracuse Tonight

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The Gwinnett Braves rallied from a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Syracuse Chiefs, 5-4, in 10 innings on Thursday night at Coolray Field. Rusty Ryal won the game for Gwinnett with his RBI single in the 10th that scored Lyle Overbay, capping a four-hit night. With the victory, the G-Braves have now registered 60 wins in 2012, including nine in walk-off fashion and nine in extra innings.

Overbay started the 10th inning with a one-out walk, and Stefan Gartrell’s single up the middle placed runners on first and second base. Jose Yepez then notched his third hit of the game with a single to left, loading the bases with one out and thus setting the stage for Ryal’s heroics. Ryal laced a single to center sending Overbay home easily from third base.

Christian Garcia (L, 1-1) was handed the loss for the Chiefs with a run on three hits over 1.1 innings. Cole McCurry (W, 1-2) picked up with the win for Gwinnett with a scoreless 10th inning, keeping the game tied at 4-4. The G-Braves’ bullpen as a whole allowed just two hits while striking out six over the final 6.0 innings.

Gwinnett starter Sean Gilmartin got off to a rocky start, surrendering three runs in the first frame. Carlos Rivero doubled to score Jarrett Hoffpauir, and two batters later, Zach Walters narrowly missed a grand slam to left as he doubled off the wall to plate Chris Marrero and Rivero. Gilmartin struck out opposing pitcher Zach Duke to leave the bases loaded in the first inning, but yielded another run in the second on a Marrero RBI double scoring Hoffpauir.

Gilmartin lasted 4.0 innings on a limited pitch count. He allowed four runs on six hits, walked three and struck out three in a 71-pitch outing.

Duke, a 2012 Triple-A All-Star, started for Syracuse and was stingy against the G-Braves’ offense most of the night. The left-hander didn’t allow his first hit of the night until the fifth, when Yepez led off with a single. Duke eventually yielded an RBI fielder’s choice to Brian Friday in the inning, cutting the Syracuse lead to 4-1.

The G-Braves cut the deficit to one run in the seventh, as Ryal singled and Josh Wilsonwalked to set the table for Terry Tiffee. The pinch-hitter stepped to the plate for pitcher Buddy Carlyle and laced a two-run double over the head of Perez, the Syracuse left-fielder, cutting the Chiefs lead to 4-3. Duke ended the night with a strikeout of Jose Constanza, exiting with three runs on five hits over 7.0 innings.

Friday, August 24th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (60-73) take on the Syracuse Chiefs (63-70) in game two of the four-game series on Friday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. The G-Braves will start right-hander Randall Delgado (4-2, 5.13) against Syracuse right-hander Yunesky Maya (11-8, 3.42). Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM in Gainesville, Georgia.

Syracuse (5th IL North) vs Gwinnett (4th IL South) 

Friday is the G-Braves’ Annual Mystery Ball Auction, giving fans the chance to buy autographed balls from some of their favorite players and teams from the Major and Minor Leagues. Mystery bags will be sold for $25 each, with proceeds going to the Gwinnett Braves division of the Atlanta Braves Foundation. Bags are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Following the game, stick around for WAGA Fox 5 Friday Night Fireworks, the last display of the 2012 season.

Friday is also “Paint the Park Purple” at Coolray Field. Join the G-Braves in wearing purple to support the cause of Cancer Awareness Night. It’s also the second night of “Drive Me Crazy” as the G-Braves look for donations of canned foods, clothes, sports equipment, toys and more to restock local shelters and storage centers. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Syracuse Chiefs Batting Order:

1) Eury Perez, LF

2) Corey Brown, CF

3) Jim Negrych, 2B

4) Mark Teahen, 1B

5) Carlos Rivero, 3B

6) Carlos Maldonado, C

7) Zach Walters, SS

8) Brett Carroll, RF

9) Yunesky Maya, SP

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Jack Wilson, SS

3) Lyle Overbay, 1B

4) Terry Tiffee, 3B

5) Felix Pie, RF

6) Josh Kroeger, LF

7) Jose Yepez, C

8) Rusty Ryal, 2B

9) Randall Delgado, SP

By: Tony Piraro
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