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Scenes from Spring Training 2014

Chris Roughgarden of the Gwinnett Braves Photography Staff was at Champion Stadium on Thursday night to shoot the Atlanta Braves/Washington Nationals night game.  She got some great shots of several 2013 G-Braves, which can be viewed in the slideshow below.  The Braves won the contest, 3-2.

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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

2 For 1 Tuesday as G-Braves Host Orioles Affiliate

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

8.7.12 GBraves Game Notes

The Norfolk Tides scored five runs after the fifth inning to take the opener of a four-game series, 7-4 over the Gwinnett Braves on Monday night at Coolray Field. Randall Delgado allowed three runs over 5.2 innings in the losing effort for Gwinnett, while Norfolk starter Dana Eveland yielded only two unearned runs over 6.0 innings for the victory.

With the loss, Gwinnett’s first in eight meetings with Norfolk this season, the G-Braves find themselves 7.0 games behind the Tides for second place in the International League South Division.

Gwinnett opened the scoring with two runs in the first inning against Eveland. Luis Durango and Jack Wilson led off with back-to-back singles, and both took off on a double steal attempt. Wilson was caught at second but ruled safe as Tides’ second baseman Ryan Adams was charged with a missed catch error. Both runners advanced into scoring position on the play, though neither was credited with a steal. Stefan Gartrell grounded out to score Durango for the first run, and the G-Braves boosted their lead to 2-0 on another double steal attempt. Jose Yepez was caught stealing second base, but stayed in the rundown long enough for Wilson to cross the plate.

Norfolk responded to tie the game in the third inning. Brandon Waring doubled to lead off the inning against Delgado, and Jamie Hoffman connected on a two-run homer to deep left field to even the score at 2-2.

The Tides took the lead in the sixth inning as the first three hitters reached to load the bases. Delgado forced Luis Exposito into a double play, but L.J. Hoes scored as a result, giving Norfolk a 3-2 lead. Billy Bullock relieved Delgado with two outs in the inning and loaded the bases again with a walk, but struck out Blake Davis to end the threat.

Bullock would not be as fortunate the next inning, allowing two runs on three hits. Adams and hoes each reached on one-out singles and an RBI double by Joe Mahoney and sacrifice fly by Ronny Paulino raised the lead to 5-2. Buddy Carlyle came on in relief of Bullock and worked 1.2 scoreless innings, holding the deficit at three. Peter Moylan appeared for the G-Braves in the ninth and gave up two more runs to the Tides. Adams and Hoes again singled to start the inning, and a fielder’s choice by Paulino and single by Exposito drove them each in to make it 7-2.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Tuesday, August 7th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (52-65) play game two of the four-game series against the Norfolk Tides (59-58) on Tuesday evening at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Left-hander Yohan Flande (5-8, 3.96) is slated to start for the G-Braves, while the Tides counter with right-hander Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.63). Listen to the broadcast on AM 550/FM 102.9 WDUN in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play by play.

Norfolk Tides (2nd IL South) vs Gwinnett (4th IL North) 

Save up to 50% off tickets on 2 For 1 Tuesday by visiting GwinnettBraves.com/Tuesday. Print your coupon from home and present it at the Box Office to redeem. 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.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Durham Bulls Batting Order:

1) L.J. Hoes, LF

2) Xavier Avery, CF

3) Bill Hall, 2B

4) Joe Mahoney, 1B

5) Ronny Paulino, C

6) Luis Exposito, DH

7) Brandon Waring, 3B

8) Jamie Hoffmann, RF

9) Blake Davis, SS

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Jose Constanza, CF

2) Jack Wilson, DH

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, DH

6) Terry Tiffee, 3B

7) Josh Kroeger, LF

8) Rusty Ryal, 2B

9) J.C. Boscan, C

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Homestand Highlights: August 6-13

The Gwinnett Braves return home to Coolray Field for an eight-game homestand that will begin on Monday, August 6 and conclude on Monday, August 13. The G-Braves will host the International League South’s second place club, the Norfolk Tides (August 6-9) for the first four games, then will welcome former G-BraveTodd Redmond back to town with his new team, the Louisville Bats (August 10-13) for a four-game series.

Gwinnett outfielder Stefan Gartrell is on fire at the plate, having hit .395 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in July. His steady teammate and 2012 All-Star Ernesto Mejia leads the team in most offensive categories including home runs (22) and RBIs (75). Jose Constanza and his IL-best .324 batting average is back with Gwinnett after a brief call-up to Atlanta. Constanza broke the Gwinnett Braves franchise record with a 22-game hitting streak the last time he was in Lawrenceville. Gwinnett’s starting rotation hasn’t looked more dominant than it has lately with the added presence of Randall Delgado, who is coming off a 10-strikeout win against the IL South leading Charlotte Knights. Atlanta’s first round pick from 2011, left-hander Sean Gilmartin made his Triple-A debut with Gwinnett on the road trip and is currently slated to make his home debut on Friday, August 10 vs. Louisville.

The upcoming homestand features plenty of discounts and activities, including “Bike Night” on August 8, WAGA Fox 5 Friday Fireworks and “Beach Night” on August 10 and “Outdoor Night” featuring a Tailgate Stool giveaway sponsored by Charter Business and Telemundo on August 11.

Here’s a look at the homestand:

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Monday, August 6
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
National Anthem performed by: Breanna Smith
Features:

  • Kids Eat Free Monday - All kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, a bag of chips and a small soda.
  • 11Alive Olympic Broadcast - 11Alive will be hosting a live Olympic broadcast from 5 to 6 PM. Come at 4:30 PM and have a chance to be on live TV, giving reaction to the events and even participating in Olympic Trivia! Paid admission is required for participants.

Tuesday, August 7
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
National Anthem performed by: Natalie Francingues
Features:

    • 2 for 1 Tuesday - Save up to 50% off tickets by visiting GwinnettBraves.com/Tuesday. Print your coupon from home and present it at the Box Office to redeem!

Wednesday, August 8
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM

      National Anthem performed by: Hayley Oliver
      Presenting Sponsors: Save-A-Lot
      • Winning Wednesday - Attend our Wednesday game for a chance to win big. If the G-Braves are victorious, everyone in attendance will receive a special discount offer on future game tickets presented by Georgia Lottery.
      • Baseball Bingo - The first 1,500 fans through the gates will be able to participate to win prizes.
      • Bike Night - Motor on over to Coolray Field for a pre-game ride around the field and enjoy the motorcycle vendors on the concourse. All participants in the ride around the field must have an Infield Box ticket. Please call 678-277-0350 for more details.

Thursday, August 9
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM

        National Anthem performed by: Destiny Roberts
        Presenting Sponsors: Tyson® Any’Tizers® Snacks
        • $3 Thursday - Kick-off the weekend right with $3 food and drink specials all game long. All general admission berm seating is also just $3 on Thursdays.

Friday, August 10
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM

          Presenting Sponsors: 12Stone Church
          • Beach Night - Put on your hula skirts and coconuts to join us for Beach Night. The Gwinnett Braves will get tropical with beachy music, movie clips and plenty of fun music to keep you dancing all game.
          • Fox 5 Friday Fireworks - Join us for a spectacular fireworks display that will light up the sky immediately following the G-Braves game.

Saturday, August 11
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM

            National Anthem performed by: Charter Business
            Presenting Sponsors: Charter Business & Telemundo
            • Outdoor Night/Family Campout - Join the G-Braves for Outdoors Night, as we welcome families to campout on the field after the game. Call the Group Sales office (678) 277-0340 for more details. All participants must fill out a form.
            • Tailgate Stool Giveaway - First 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a G-Braves tailgate stool.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Sunday, August 12
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 5:05 PM

              Presenting Sponsors: Univision
              • Family Sunday - Bring your ball and glove for a pre-game catch in the outfield starting when the gates open and lasting for 20 minutes. All kids 12 and under will get to run the bases following the game.
              • Summer Safety - The Gwinnett Braves will be recognizing organizations that fund or run safety programs for children.

Monday, August 13
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM

                • Kids Eat Free Monday - All kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, a bag of chips and a small soda.

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

Gearrin Promoted, Constanza Back to Gwinnett

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Gwinnett Braves closer Cory Gearrin has once again been promoted to the Atlanta Braves amidst mass injuries to the pitching staff. Meanwhile, the Gwinnett franchise record holder with his 22-game hit streak, Jose Constanza is back and ready to provide the G-Braves offense with a spark.

However, the Gwinnett offense doesn’t need much of anything lately, as Stefan Gartrell and Ernesto Mejia have carried the team on their collective back. Gartrell is one of the hottest hitters in the International League for July, hitting .395 with six home runs and 14 RBI. For the season, the steady Mejia is leading the team in most offensive categories, including home runs (22) and RBI (75). Felix Pie is coming off the most impressive game by a G-Brave hitter in 2012, bashing the first grand slam of the season for a Gwinnett player, as he registered a team-high six RBI in one game against Durham.

For as explosive as the Gwinnett offense is becoming, in the same respect the G-Braves bullpen is not as deep as it once was in 2012. Jaye Chapman was just dealt to the Chicago Cubs, alongside the promotion of Gearrin to Atlanta, two of the most consistent arms in the G-Braves bullpen are now history. Anthony Varvaro takes over as the best arm in the Gwinnett bullpen, aside from his left-handed counterpart Dusty Hughes. Both will have expanded roles moving forward into the final month of the IL regular season.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

With injuries to Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens, who were both placed on the DL this week for the Braves, Atlanta is presently deprived of pitching depth. Thus the move of Chapman and Arodys Vizcaino to Chicago (NL) for Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson, as Atlanta needed a left-hander with rotation and bullpen versatility.

After recording the best record in the IL in the first month of the season, then falling into an IL-worst 15-game losing skid, the G-Braves have kept their heads up as the worst seems to be over. The offense, defense and pitching is getting better and they have only become more consistent in the second half of the season. Regardless of record, Gwinnett is making strides in many departments, namely developing their youngsters as Sean Gilmartin made his Triple-A debut this past week. The future is bright with the Atlanta Braves organization, however they have a chance at winning now, so they will take every precaution along the way to make sure they do just that.

By: Tony Piraro

Yankees Looking for Season Sweep vs G-Braves

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

7.23.12 GBraves Game Notes

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees took their third game in a row from the Gwinnett Braves, winning 4-3 on Sunday at Coolray Field. Corban Joseph’s ninth inning solo home run off Andy Russell gave the Yankees the lead for good as they improved to 7-0 against Gwinnett in 2012.

For the third time in three games, the Yankees scored the first run of the ballgame in their first at-bat. Chris Dickerson led off the game with a single against left-hander Yohan Flande, then stole second base and came around to score on a Kevin Russo RBI single.

Gwinnett finally answered back in the seventh inning as Ernesto Mejia led off the inning with a single. Following a two-out Ruben Gotay single, Jose Yepez came through with a clutch two-run double down the right field line, cutting the G-Braves deficit to 3-2. Yepez finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBIs, raising his batting average to .272 on the season.

The G-Braves tied the game 3-3 in the eighth when Jose Constanza began the rally with a leadoff single, then advanced to third base on an errant pickoff throw by left-hander Justin Thomas. The same at-bat, speedster Luis Durango singled up the middle for his 36th RBI of the season. Durango would later steal his second base of the game, raising his International League leading total to 35 on the season.

Walks to Mejia and Stefan Gartrell loaded the bases as Gwinnett threatened to take their first lead of the night in the eighth, but Ryota Igarashi struck out Josh Wilson and Gotay swinging to end the threat. Scranton wasted little time recapturing the lead in the ninth as Joseph capped his big night with a two-out solo home run to right field. With the game-winning blast, Joseph finished 2-for-5 with a team-high two RBIs.

Russell (L, 0-1) gave up the winning run on one hit over 1.0 inning of work.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Monday, July 23rd G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (46-57) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (57-45) play their series and season finale on Monday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. The G-Braves will have right-hander Eric Junge (5-8, 4.62) on the mound, while the Yankees counter with left-hander Mike O’Connor (2-3, 3.39). Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Scranton Yankees (2nd IL North) vs Gwinnett (3rd IL South) 

All kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, bag of chips and a small soda on Kids Eat Free Monday. 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.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Empire State Yankees Batting Order:

1) Chris Dickerson, CF

2) Kevin Russo, LF

3) Corban Joseph, 2B

4) Jack Cust, DH

5) Brandon Laird, 3B

6) Kosuke Fukudome, LF

7) Cole Garner, RF

8) Gustavo Molina, C

9) Ramiro Pena, SS

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jack Wilson, DH

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, LF

6) Josh Wilson, SS

7) Jose Yepez, C

8) Ruben Gotay, 3B

9) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

By: Tony Piraro

Gwinnett Looking for Redemption Against Yankees

7.21.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Gwinnett Braves opened their eight-game homestand with an 11-3 loss to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in six innings on Friday night at Coolray Field. Ernesto Mejia went 2-for-2 with his team-leading 21st home run, but the Yankees scored five runs in the fourth and three more in the sixth before the rains came.

Jonny Venters made the start for the G-Braves as part of a Major League rehab assignment and worked a perfect first inning, throwing just six pitches. Jose Lugo (L, 2-6) replaced Venters and took the loss with eight runs on nine hits over just 2.1 innings.Cole McCurry yielded three more runs over 2.1 innings for Gwinnett.

Scranton jumped out to an early lead after tallying three runs in the second inning off Lugo. Jack Cust greeted Lugo with a single, then scored as Kosuke Fukudome blistered a triple into right-center. Ramiro Pena added an RBI single scoring Fukudome and Kevin Russo grounded into an RBI force-out scoring Cole Garner to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.

Mejia answered back with a pair of hits to help the G-Braves draw even. The big first baseman singled and scored on a two-out double by Ruben Gotay that cut the deficit to 3-1 in the second inning. An inning later, Mejia smashed a two-run shot to left for his 21st blast of the year, tying the game at 3-3.

Scranton wasted little time recapturing the lead, as they crossed the plate five times in the fourth inning against Lugo. Russo ripped a two-run double to left-center scoring Pena and Doug Bernier to give the Yankees a 5-3 lead. Francisco Cervelli added an RBI double and Brandon Laird tacked on two more runs with another double to increase the lead to 8-3 and chase Lugo from the game.

Unfortunately, Jose Constanza went 0-for-2 at the plate, ending his incredible Gwinnett franchise record hitting streak at 22 games. Constanza’s streak was the longest streak in the International League since the 2007 season, when Columbus’s Brandon Watson put together an IL-record 43-game hitting streak.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Saturday, July 21st G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees play game two of the four-game series on Saturday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. The Gwinnett starter is slated to be left-hander Brent Leach (0-2, 1.59 with Double-A Mississippi), while the Yankees will throw right-hander Ramon Ortiz (7-3, 2.84). Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Scranton Yankees (2nd IL North) vs Gwinnett (3rd IL South) 

With the new school year just around the corner, Georgia Power and the Gwinnett Braves are teaming up to hand out a free backpack to the first 2,000 fans through the gates on Saturday night at Coolray Field. 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.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Empire State Yankees Batting Order:

1) Chris Dickerson, CF

2) Kevin Russo, 3B

3) Corban Joseph, 2B

4) Jack Cust, DH

5) Brandon Laird, 1B

6) Kosuke Fukodome, LF

7)  Francisco Cervelli, C

8) Cole Garner, RF

9) Ramiro Pena, SS

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Josh Wilson, SS

3) Felix Pie, LF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, DH

6) Jordan Parraz, RF

7) Ruben Gotay, 3B

8) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

9) J.C. Boscan, C

By: Tony Piraro

Constanza Extends Franchise Record Hit Streak to 22 Games

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Jose Constanza was 2-for-4 on Thursday night against the Indianapolis Indians, as he extended his 22-game hitting streak, which is the longest in the International League since the record 43-game streak of Brandon Watson of Columbus in 2007. The speedster has also raised his batting average to an IL-leading .324 mark on the season.

Constanza has obliterated the old Gwinnett franchise record hit streak of 14 games, which was set by two players in team history; Barbaro Canizares and Felix Pie, who accomplished the feat earlier this season.

The Atlanta Braves unfortunately have no room for the left fielder at the current time, however his role has never been greater within the organization. Constanza offers a variety of talents from speed to defensive awareness, making him invaluable to Gwinnett and the Braves. His current hit streak is just a small sample size of what the man can do on a regular basis. Constanza is hitting .391 during his current 22-game run.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The G-Braves return to Coolray Field Friday night to open a four-game series with the Empire State Yankees as Constanza looks to extend his streak to 23 games. Gwinnett Left-hander Jose Lugo (2-5, 5.02) will start against the Yankees right-hander John Maine (3-3, 6.28). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Julio Teheran Day and Superhero Night. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550/FM 102.9 in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play by play.

Come celebrate Julio Teheran being named to the 2011 Pert All-Star Team, while watching out for your favorite superhero dressed-up around the stadium sponsored by 12 Stone. Immediately following the game, stick around for Fox 5 Friday Fireworks. A spectacular fireworks display will light up the night following every G-Braves Friday home game.

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

Flande Seeking Third Straight Quality Start Tonight

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

7.7.12 GBraves Game Notes

Durham right-hander Matt Torra made a three-run first inning stand up as he worked 7.0 innings with one run allowed, leading the Bulls to a 4-1 win over the Gwinnett Braves on Friday night. The G-Braves managed only a run on a solo homer by Ruben Gotay in front of 7,907 fans at Coolray Field. With the loss, the G-Braves now trail third-place Durham by 2.0 games in the International League South Division.

The Bulls tallied three runs in the opening frame against Gwinnett starter Todd Redmondand never trailed. Rich Thompson led off the game with a double, then came around to score when the next hitter Jesus Feliciano singled him home for a 1-0 lead. Following back-to-back strikeouts by Redmond, Leslie Anderson touched up the right-hander for a two-run blast to straightaway center. Anderson’s ninth homer of the season made it a 3-0 Durham lead.

Redmond (L, 6-6) worked 6.0 innings and surrendered four earned runs on eight hits. The right-hander struck out eight and walked just two on 112 pitches, 68 strikes. The newest addition the Gwinnett bullpen from Advanced-A Lynchburg, Cole McCurry, made his G-Braves debut and was solid. The left-hander worked three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two.

Felix Pie had the only multi-hit game for the G-Braves, going 2-for-4 with a double. Jose Constanza extended his hit streak to 13 games with an infield single in the eighth. The speedster ties Ernesto Mejia for the second-longest streak posted by a G-Brave this season and is one hit shy of tying the franchise record (14 games) held by Pie and Barbaro Canizares.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Saturday, July 7th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (41-49) ready themselves for the second of the three-game series against the Durham Bulls (43-47). The first pitch at Coolray Field is scheduled for 7:05 PM. Left-hander Yohan Flande (3-6, 3.59) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves against Bulls right-hander Chris Archer (5-8, 4.74). The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. The television broadcast will air on CSS.

Durham Bulls (3rd IL South) vs Gwinnett (4th IL South) 

Saturday night’s game features a Chopper Baseball Giveaway for the first 2,000 fans, sponsored by Tyson® Any’tizes® snacks. Tickets for all remaining home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Durham Bulls Batting Order:

1) Rich Thompson, CF

2) Shawn O’Malley

3) Henry Wrigley, DH

4) Brandon Allen, RF

5) Chris Gimenez, 1B

6) Reid Brignac, 2B

7) Tim Beckham, SS

8) Cole Figueroa, 3B

9) Craig Alberanz, C

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Ruben Gotay, 3B

6) Stefan Gartrell, DH

7) Jose Yepez, C

8) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

9) Luis Durango, CF

By: Tony Piraro

Braves Sign Ben Sheets to Minor League Deal

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Early Sunday the Atlanta Braves signed former Major League superstar pitcher Ben Sheets to minor league contract. The right-hander will be assigned to Double-A Mississippi to begin his journey toward the big leagues. Sheets hasn’t appeared in a Major League Baseball game since July 9, 2010 when he was a member of the Oakland Athletics. Since then, the hurler has undergone Tommy John reconstructive surgery nearly two years ago as he looks to regain his former strength.

Sheets possesses a 90-92 record alongside a 3.79 career ERA, 1.22 WHIP including 1547.1 innings pitched with 1,290 strikeouts to just 356 walks. He’s a four-time All-Star and earned National League Cy Young Award votes in 2004 after posting a sparkling 2.70 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 264/32 K/BB ratio across 237 regular-season innings with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The 33-year-old will head to Double-A Mississippi on Wednesday to begin pitching in live games. Sheets may take time to get ready for Major League hitting, nearly two years after surgery. However, the right-hander has always been a bulldog. If there is any pitcher out there, prepared to make a comeback of epic proportions, it’s Ben Sheets.

Sheets threw a bullpen session at Turner Field on Sunday afternoon prior to the Braves and Washington Nationals game at 1:05 p.m. His next stop will be Mississippi, and then it’s anybody’s guess after that. I know one thing, the Braves have a legitimate competitor who is going to be able to teach the Braves pitching prospects how it’s done and how to be successful at the Major League level.

By: Tony Piraro

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