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G-Braves Face “Mr. Perfect Game” Phil Humber

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

7.1.12 GBraves Game Notes

It was more heartbreak for the struggling Gwinnett Braves in the opener of a four-game series against the Charlotte Knights on Saturday night at Coolray Field. The Knights broke a 1-1 tie on a passed ball charged to catcher J.C. Boscan in the eighth, then added three more runs in the frame against Cory Gearrin to capture a 5-3 win over the G-Braves. Boscan atoned with a two-run double in the ninth, but couldn’t prevent Gwinnett from extending their franchise-record losing streak to 15 games.

This year’s G-Braves have lost 27 of their last 32 games dating back to May 30, including 25 of 30 contests this month. It was the first game of a seven-game homestand in the next nine days, including six of the next nine against Charlotte. The loss move the G-Braves to a season-high 11 games in back of Charlotte for first place in the International League South standings.

Some lone bright-spots for the G-Braves this season was Ernesto Mejia and Cory Gearrin both being named to the Triple-A All-Star team for the game on July 10, in Buffalo, New York at 7:05 p.m. ET. Luis Durango currently leads the IL in stolen bases (28) and is one shy of leading all of Triple-A baseball in swipes with 29. Felix Pie is currently on a 13-game hit streak, which is good enough for the tie of best mark this season by a G-Braves. Mejia tied the longest with a 13-game streak, which was one hit shy of the franchise record 14-game streak by Barbaro Canizares. Also, Jose Constanza currently possesses a seven-game hit streak for Gwinnett since rejoining the team from Atlanta.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Saturday, June 30 G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (37-47) play game two of the four-game series against the Charlotte Knights (48-36) tomorrow night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 5:05 PM. Right-hander Todd Redmond (6-5, 3.13) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves against right-hander Matt Zaleski (3-2, 4.48) of the Knights. The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Charlotte Knights (47-36, 1st IL South) vs Gwinnett (37-46, 4th IL South) 

Sunday is night two of Braves All-Star Weekend at Coolray Field, presented by Springer Mountain Farms. Former Atlanta Braves greats Dale Murphy and Ryan Kleskowill be on hand for special meet-and-greets and autograph opportunities. The first 1,000 fans will receive Gwinnett Braves pennants courtesy of Springer Mountain Farms. It’s also a Family Day at the ballpark including pre-game catch on the field and post-game base run for kids 12 and under. 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

Charlotte Knights Batting Order:

1) Tyler Kuhn, LF

2) Ray Olmedo, 2B

3) Dan Johnson, 1B

4) Hector Gimenez, DH

5) Dallas McPherson, 3B

6) Josh Phegley, C

7) Justin Greene, CF

8) Ozzie Martinez, SS

9) Kyle Shelton, RF

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, DH

5) Stefan Gartrell, LF

6) Christian Marrero, 1B

7) Ruben Gotay, 3B

8) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

9) J.C. Boscan, C

By: Tony Piraro

Gwinnett Looking to Snap 14-Game Losing Skid

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

6.30.12 GBraves Game Notes

For the second night in a row, Gwinnett Braves’ starting pitching gave up nine runs and, as a result, the G-Braves suffered their 14th loss in a row with an 11-4 drubbing at the hands of the Empire State Yankees Friday night at Frontier Field. Gwinnett’s 14th-straight defeat extends the franchise record for most consecutive losses, which was originally set by the 2006 Richmond Braves with their 12-game skid.

This year’s G-Braves have lost 26 of their last 31 games dating back to May 30, including 24 of 29 contests this month. It was the final game of a 0-8 road trip to upstate New York for Gwinnett, moving them to a season-high 10 games in back of Charlotte for first place in the International League South standings.

Some lone bright-spots for the G-Braves this season was Ernesto Mejia and Cory Gearrin both being named to the Triple-A All-Star team for the game on July 10, in Buffalo, New York at 7:05 p.m. ET. Luis Durango currently leads the IL in stolen bases (28) and is one shy of leading all of Triple-A baseball in swipes with 29. Felix Pie is currently on a 12-game hit streak, which is good enough for the second-best mark this season by a G-Braves. Mejia had the longest with a 13-game streak, which was one hit shy of the franchise record 14-game streak by Barbaro Canizares. Also, Jose Constanza currently possesses a seven-game hit streak for Gwinnett since rejoining the team from Atlanta.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Saturday, June 30 G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (37-46) return home Saturday night in game one of a four-game series against the Charlotte Knights. The G-Braves will have right-hander Eric Junge (1-3, 4.24) on the mound against the Knights right-hander Charlie Shirek (7-4, 3.71) in a 7:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch at Coolray Field. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550 in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play by play.

Charlotte Knights (47-36, 1st IL South) vs Gwinnett (37-46, 4th IL South) 

The homestand begins with “Braves All-Star Weekend” presented by Springer Mountain Farms, featuring appearances by former Braves Dave Justice and Javy Lopez on Saturday alongside Dale Murphy and Ryan Klesko on Sunday, July 1. Join us Saturday night for Braves All-Star Weekend, with former Braves Dave Justice and Javy Lopez at the ballpark for a meet-and-greet, plus a 90-minute autograph session after the start of the game. Limit 1 item per person, first come first serve basis. Also, the first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a pennant flag courtesy of Springer Mountain Farms.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Charlotte Knights Batting Order:

1) Tyler Kuhn, LF

2) Drew Garcia, 2B

3) Dan Johnson, 1B

4) Conor Jackson, RF

5) Dallas McPherson, 3B

6) Hector Gimenez, DH

7) Josh Phegley, C

8) Ozzie Martinez, SS

9) Justin Greene, CF

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, DH

5) Stefan Gartrell, LF

6) Christian Marrero, 1B

7) Ruben Gotay, 3B

8) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

9) J.C. Boscan, C

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

G-Braves’ Seven-Game Homestand Begins Tonight

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The Gwinnett Braves return home to Coolray Field for seven games in a nine-day stretch that will begin on Saturday, June 30 and conclude on Sunday, July 8. The G-Braves will host the International League South Division leading Charlotte Knights (June 30-July 3) for four games and another IL South foe, theDurham Bulls (July 6-8) for three games. The finale of the series on Sunday, July 8, originally scheduled for 5:05 PM, is now a 2:05 PM start.

After nearly two months of dominance, the G-Braves are currently fourth in the IL South Division after losing 12 straight games and 24 of their last 29 contests. However, two of the bright spots of the season were honored as Triple-A All-Star selections on Wednesday, June 27. Pitcher Cory Gearrin and first baseman Ernesto Mejia will both represent Gwinnett and the IL in the 25th Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 11 in Buffalo, NY. Gearrin, selected to the game by the IL office, has seven saves in eight chances alongside a perfect 3-0 record and masterful 1.31 ERA. Mejia, selected in part by online fan vote, is fifth in the IL in batting average at .305. He also ranks among the league’s best in RBIs (4th, 52), home runs (7th, 15) and slugging percentage (7th, .540) as well as several other categories.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The G-Braves are presently wrapping up an eight-game road trip (0-4 at Syracuse, 0-2 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre). Gwinnett will have four games to begin the homestand against Charlotte, then will head to Fort Mill, SC for a quick two-game set against the Knights. Afterward, the G-Braves will return home for the three-game series against Durham.

The homestand begins with “Braves All-Star Weekend” presented by Springer Mountain Farms, featuring appearances by former Braves Dave JusticeJavy LopezDale Murphy and Ryan Klesko on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. A special fireworks spectacular sponsored by WAGA Fox 5 highlights the Friday, July 6 game, and the Chopper Baseball Giveaway happens on Saturday, July 7.

Here’s a look at the rest of the homestand:

Saturday, June 30
Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
Presenting Sponsor: Springer Mountain Farms
National Anthem performed by: Lauren Mask
Features:

  • Braves All-Star Weekend, Sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms - Former Braves Dave Justice and Javy Lopez will be at the park to meet and greet, including a 90-minute autograph session after the start of the game. Limit 1 per person, first come first serve basis.
  • Pennant Flag Giveaway - The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a free pennant flag, courtesy of Springer Mountain Farms.

Sunday, July 1
Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 5:05 PM
Presenting Sponsors: Springer Mountain Farms and Univision
National Anthem performed by: Cannon Church
Features:

  • Braves All-Star Weekend, Sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms - Former Braves Dale Murphy and Ryan Klesko will be at the park to meet and greet, including a 90-minute autograph session after the start of the game. Limit 1 per person, first come first serve basis.
  • Pennant Flag Giveaway - The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a free pennant flag, courtesy of Springer Mountain Farms.
  • Salute to the Arts - The G-Braves will be recognizing organizations that support art programs and art education.
  • Family Sunday - Bring your ball and glove for a pre-game catch in the outfield! All kids 12 and under will get to run the bases following the game as well.

Monday, July 2
Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
National Anthem performed by: Brianna Evans
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.

Tuesday, July 3
Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
National Anthem performed by: Abbey Kochman
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!

Friday, July 6
Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
Presenting Sponsor: 12Stone
National Anthem and God Bless America performed by: Timothy Miller
Features:

  • Fox 5 Friday Fireworks - Stick around after the game for our Independence Day show following the game! It will be the biggest and longest firework spectacular of the year!
  • Red, White and Blue Thundersticks Giveaway - Celebrate Fourth of July with the G-Braves as every fan in the stands will receive free thundersticks.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Saturday, July 7
Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
Presenting Sponsor: Tyson® Any’Tizers® Snacks
National Anthem performed by: Rex Norton
Features:

  • Chopper Baseball Giveaway - The first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a free Chopper baseball

Sunday, July 8
Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 2:05 PM
Presenting Sponsor: Univision
National Anthem performed by: Georgia 811
Features:

  • Touch-a-Truck - Enjoy the opportunity to see your favorite machinery and vehicles up close! Stop by to check out the dump trucks, fire engines, police cars, and more!
  • Public Safety Night - The G-Braves will be recognizing local law enforcement, firefighters, and EMT’s before the game.
  • Youth Athletics - The G-Braves will be recognizing organizations that promote youth athletics and activities.
  • Family Sunday - Bring your ball and glove for a pre-game catch in the outfield! All kids 12 and under will get to run the bases following the game as well.

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

G-Braves Looking to Avoid History Thursday Night

6.28.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Gwinnett Braves were in first place on June 5 as they hosted the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the third game of a four-game series. The night before, the G-Braves lost, 3-2, to then International League second-place team, Charlotte. However, in an instance the Gwinnett first place run was over as they began a losing streak of 24 of their last 29 contests. Presently, the G-Braves are in last place in the IL South and on a 12-game losing skid which is tied for the most consecutive losses in Gwinnett franchise history.

Thursday night the G-Braves will be looking to avoid history as they seek their first win in nearly two weeks. If Gwinnett loses Thursday to the Empire State Yankees, they will register the most consecutive losses in franchise history, with 13 straight defeats. For a team that had the best record in the IL (17-7) after the first month of the season, this is incomprehensible. There is too much talent on this current Gwinnett Braves roster for the losses to be coming so frequently.

Nevertheless, just as fast as a team loses ground on their opponents due to a losing streak is just as fast as a team can get hot and win 10-straight games. Maybe my positivity comes from me working for a team in 2010 that won a professional baseball-best 20 straight games, coming two games shy of the Oakland A’s 22-game mark that was highlighted in the movie, Money Ball.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The G-Braves just need some luck to go their way. Teams put themselves in good situations by playing fundamental baseball without creating mental errors. Mistakes are a part of the game, but it is how a team makes those mistakes that separates them from the competition. Great teams force average teams to play poorly by being fundamentally and mechanically sound.

The Atlanta Braves pride themselves on building from the ground up as any great organization should. They believe in prospects and teaching those prospects the proper fundamentals of the game so they are best prepared to play at the Major League level. Every player throughout the orgnization understands his role. Therefore, it is only a matter of time before things turn around for the better with the G-Braves. The wealth of pitching and offensive talent this team possesses is unquestioned.

Gwinnett has to get some confidence by winning some games, and that starts first with winning one game. They aren’t going to make up 7.0 games of ground in the IL South standings overnight, but with patience and consistency comes success. This team, this organization, these players are too good to be playing so poorly.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Gwinnett Braves (37-44) oppose the Empire State Yankees (43-37) in game three of the four-game series Thursday night in Rochester. The G-Braves will have right-hander Julio Teheran (5-4, 3.50) on the mound against the Yankees right-hander John Maine (1-2, 12.00) in a 7:00 p.m. scheduled first pitch at Frontier Field.

Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550 in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play by play. 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

Ernesto Mejia, Cory Gearrin Named 2012 All-Star’s

The wait is nearly over for the 25th annual Triple-A All-Star Game, as the International League and Pacific Coast League have both selected their rosters for the game on Wednesday, July 11 in Buffalo, New York. The winner of the game will earn home field adavnatge for the Triple-A National Championship Game between the IL and PCL on September 18 in Durham, N.C.

Representing the International League and the Gwinnett Braves will be first baseman Ermesto Mejia and closer Cory Gearrin. Both players have been the unquestioned leaders of their respective offense and pitching staff this year .

This season, Mejia leads the G-Braves in most offensive categories including being in line for Gwinnett’s Triple Crown winner as the slugger leads the team in batting average (.311), home runs (15) and RBI (52). Alongside his stellar defense this season, making just two errors, Mejia also leads the G-Braves in runs scored (40), hits (87), doubles (20), total bases (154), on-base percentage (.369), slugging percentage (.550) and OPS (.919). Mejia recorded the longest hit-streak of the season at 13 games in the first half, and it was the second longest hit-streak in Gwinnett franchise history behind Barbaro Canizares 14-game streak.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Gearrin leads the pitching staff in most significant categories as well, including his impressive 1.34 ERA and seven saves in nine chances this season. The right-hander also boasts a spectacular 45 strikeouts to just 12 walks in 40.0 innings of work. Gearrin has a near flawless 0.89 WHIP alongside a perfect 3-0 record for the season, as he embraces his first all-star appearance in Triple-A baseball.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

A handful of G-Braves are well-deserving of an all-star nod, however there is not enough room for everyone. Here is the list of some players on the International League team to make the 2012 All-Star team:

Greg Golson, Josh Phegley, Charles Leesman and Dan Johnson from the IL South leading Charlotte Knights.  Jason Berken from the Norfolk Tides and Dane De La Rosa from the Durham Bulls of the IL South.

The Pacific Coast League All-Stars will be released Thursday. Stay tuned to The G-Blog….

By: Tony Piraro

Final Gwinnett Start for Jair Jurrjens Tonight

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The Atlanta Braves have already made it known that they will be re-calling right-hander Jair Jurrjens for Friday’s game against southpaw Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox. However, Tuesday night will be Jurrjens final tune-up in Triple-A Gwinnett before he graces Atlanta with his presence.

This season, in nine starts with Gwinnett, Jurrjens is 3-4 with a 5.27 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, alongside 28 strikeouts and 12 walks in 56.1 innings of work. The righty will be opposing Indianapolis right-hander John Locke (0-0, 0.00) for a 7:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch from Coolray Field.

Jurrjens has surrendered a total of 39 runs (33 earned) on 68 hits in his limited time at Triple-A Gwinnett in 2012. The right-hander did go the distance once on the season for the G-Braves on May 11, against Toledo. Jurrjens went 7.0 innings for the complete game victory in the first game of a doubleheader, as he allowed just two runs on eight hits for the game.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Atlanta has run into a buzz saw of injuries this season, especially as of late. Brandon Beachy is the most recent casualty to the Braves rotation, which has caused a great deal of speculation around the Braves. Just recently, G-Braves Todd Redmond and Anthony Varvaro were promoted to Atlanta to help provide some much needed relief to an ailing bullpen. Jurrjens ascension may have never come at a better time in the large scheme of things for Atlanta.

Jair Jurrjens (0-2, 9.37) will oppose Boston southpaw Jon Lester (4-4, 4.53) for a 7:10 p.m. first pitch from Fenway Park. It will be his first appearance in a Major League game since April 23, when he started against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In that game, Jurrjens took the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits in just 3.0 innings of work, while he struck out nobody and walked one. In his last three big league starts, Jurrjens is 0-1 with a 10.50 ERA amidst 12.0 innings pitched. The righty has struck out five and walked seven in that timespan.

For his Major League career, Jair Jurrjens possesses a 50-35 record alongside a solid 3.58 ERA. He has a 488 career strikeouts and 252 walks in 718.2 total innings amassed over six Major League seasons.

By: Tony Piraro

Atlanta Braves to Promote Jair Jurrjens for Friday

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The wait is finally over for Jair Jurrjens and company, as the right-hander will rejoin the Atlanta Braves rotation on Friday night for a match-up in Boston against the Red Sox. The Atlanta right-hander Jurrjens (0-2, 9.37) will oppose Boston southpaw Jon Lester (4-4, 4.53) for a 7:10 p.m. first pitch from Fenway Park. It will be Jurrjens first appearance in a Major League game since April 23, when he started against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In that game, Jurrjens took the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits in just 3.0 innings of work, while he struck out nobody and walked one.

Gwinnett has been rotating players through Atlanta’s doors quite often in the last few days in an effort to keep every pitcher fresh. Anthony Varvaro was promoted in favor of G-Brave closer Cory Gearrin, meanwhile Todd Redmond just received his first career Major League call-up on Sunday as Julio Teheran was reassigned back to Gwinnett. Most of these moves are in conjunction with the Braves pitching injuries this season, including their most recent DL-bound pitcher, former Gwinnett standout Brandon Beachy.

This season, in nine starts with Gwinnett, Jurrjens is 3-4 with a 5.27 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, alongside 28 strikeouts and 12 walks in 56.1 innings of work. Jurrjens has surrendered a total of 39 runs (33 earned) on 68 hits in his limited time at Triple-A Gwinnett. The right-hander did go the distance once on the season for the G-Braves on May 11, against Toledo. Jurrjens went 7.0 innings for the complete game victory in the first game of a doubleheader, as he allowed just two runs on eight hits for the game.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

In his last three big league starts, Jurrjens is 0-1 with a 10.50 ERA amidst 12.0 innings pitched. The righty has struck out five and walked seven in that timespan. For his Major League career, Jair Jurrjens possesses a 50-35 record alongside a solid 3.58 ERA. He has a 488 career strikeouts and 252 walks in 718.2 total innings amassed over six Major League seasons.

The Atlanta right-hander led Major League baseball in wins (12) during the first half of the 2011 Major League Baseball regular season.  Unfortunately, Jurrjens finished last season with just 13 victories, winning one game after the All-Star break.

Jurrjens has come a long way since he was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2003 MLB Amatuer Draft. Either way, it has been a long road for Jurrjens thus far, and it will get a bit longer as he travels to Boston for a meeting with one of the American League’s best teams on Friday night. Stay tuned to The G-Blog in the coming days for updates, breaking news and more.

By: Tony Piraro

Spend Father’s Day at Coolray Field

Photo courtesy of the Gwinnett Braves

The Gwinnett Braves began their nine-game homestand in eight days on Thursday night with a loss to Columbus. However, Gwinnett managed to stay composed as they swept the doubleheader on Friday, 4-0 and 8-3. However, Gwinnett fell to Columbus on Saturday night, 6-1, in front of 7,000+ fans at Coolray Field. Julio Teheran took the loss, his third of the season, after he lasted just four innings. Tyler Pastornicky and Luis Durango have been on fire as of late for the Gwinnett offense, as they look to create more problems for Clipper pitching on Sunday. Currently, the five-game series between the two teams is tied 2-2 with just one game left in the regular season between the two teams.

The G-Braves will host the Columbus Clippers (June 14-17) for one more game before the International League West leading Indianapolis Indians (June 18-21) visit Lawrenceville for four games to conclude Gwinnett’s current nine-game homestand.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Sunday, June 17 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

The Gwinnett Braves (37-33) wrap up the five-game series against the Columbus Clippers (32-37) on Sunday at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 2:05 PM. Left-hander Yohan Flande (3-4, 3.90) will start for the G-Braves, while the Clippers counter with right-hander Zach McAllister (4-2, 2.98). The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

6.17.12 GBraves Game Notes

Columbus Clipper (32-37, 2nd IL West) vs Gwinnett (37-33, 2nd IL South) 

Sunday is Father’s Day at Coolray Field, featuring plenty of family-friendly activities including pre-game catch on the field and a post-game base run for kids 12 and under. The Chipper Jones Father’s Day Package remains on sale at the Coolray Field Box Office. For just $150, the package includes four Infield Box tickets for Saturday, June 17 at Coolray Field (Father’s Day) and six additional Infield Box Anytime Tickets for the remainder of the 2012 season. It also includes one Upper Box ticket for Chipper Jones’s final game at Turner Field, September 30 vs. the New York Mets. An option to add up to three additional Upper Box tickets at a discounted rate is an added bonus.The Non-Profit Partnership Series also continues Sunday with the “Heart Month” theme. The G-Braves will recognize organizations that bring awareness and/or raise funds for heart related diseases and illnesses or promote a healthy diet and fitness programs for children. 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

Columbus Clippers Batting Order:

1) Ezequiel Carrera, CF

2) Jason Donald, DH

3) Cord Phelps, 2B

4) Matt LaPorta, 1B

5) Jared Goedert, 3B

6) Russ Canzler, LF

7) Chad Huffman, RF

8) Matt Pagnozzi, C

9) Gregorio Petit, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, DH

6) Felix Pie, RF

7) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Josh Wilson, 3B

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Blank Columbus in 1st Game of Twinbill

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The Gwinnett Braves (36-32) shutout the Columbus Clippers, 4-0, (31-36) on the back of starter Todd Redmond in the first game of a doubleheader from Coolray Field on Friday night. The right-hander solidified his 2012 All-Star bid with a brilliant performance, shutting down a prolific International League offense. Redmond worked 7.0 innings of scoreless baseball for the complete game victory, his sixth win of the season. The G-Braves starter surrendered just four hits, while he struck out five and walked three.

Luis Durango was the offensive catalyst on Friday night, as the speedy centerfielder registered a 3-for-3 night with two runs scored and two stolen bases. With the two swipes, Durango boosts his IL-leading stolen base total to 26 in just 33 attempts this season. The starting pitcher for Columbus, Chris Seddon, just so happened to be teammates with Gwinnett catcher Jose Yepez last season in the Seattle Mariners organization. The catcher had a solid game against Seddon (L, 7-4), finished the first game of the doubleheader 2-for-3 from the plate with a run scored. Tyler Pastornicky extended his hit-streak to eight games with a 1-for-2 night with two clutch RBI for the Atlanta Braves Triple-A affiliate.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

With the victory, the G-Braves move within 3.0 games of first place Charlotte in the IL South Division standings. Gwinnett has dropped 11 of their last 15 games, after fading out of first place, which they were atop the division since the first game of the regular season.

Eric Junge is on the bump for the G-Braves in the second game of the double-dip on Friday night. He will oppose southpaw David Huff for Columbus on a Fox 5 Fireworks Night at Coolray Field. Gwinnett trails Columbus 3-2 in the season series, but that could all change with a sweep of the Clippers during Friday night’s doubleheader. Junge will be trying to secure Gwinnett’s second win in a row.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

By: Tony Piraro

Interview: G-Braves 2012 All-Star Candidates

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The Gwinnett Braves have been one of the best team’s in the International League this season, as the pitching staff has led the way. At one point in the season, the G-Braves staff was ranked No. 1 in the IL. The bats have come a long way as well, with Ernesto Mejia and Stefan Gartrell doing a great deal of the heavy lifting. However, with just over two months left in the regular season, the G-Braves find themselves in second place of the IL South and primed in a perfect position to make a run at the league title.

The 2012 All-Star voting concludes on Friday, June 22 so vote early and often for your favorite G-Braves players. Visit MiLB.com today or simply click this link to get your ballot started: http://www.milb.com/milb/events/asg/y2012/ballot/

I had a chance to sit down with a bunch of G-Braves players prior to their 10-game road trip last week to hear their thoughts and opinions on who is having an all-star type season. Respectfully, a majority of the G-Braves are worthy of consideration, however only a handful will make the team. That is why you, the fans, need to get over to MiLB.com and make your opinions known. Voting for the 2012 All-Star Game in Buffalo, New York concludes Friday, June 22. Click here to vote now.

Ernesto Mejia:

“We’re having a great season this year as a team. Julio Teheran is doing well, very well just like last year. He has more experience this year and I think he should be one of those players (all-stars),” said Mejia. “Jordan Parraz was having a good year, but he is hurt right now, so he may have to wait a little more. He was doing really good. Gartrell has a lot of RBI and home runs and has been helping the team a lot. Durango has a lot of stolen bases, he is leading the league so he deserves it too. We have a lot of good players. I’m doing really good right now too and I’m just working hard. It’s every players dream to go to the all-star game and I hope I can make it. I would go of course. I’m excited because it’s my first year in Triple-A. It would be awesome. This year I feel like I have more experience. Last year in Double-A I had a good season and back in winter ball too. In winter ball, the league is very tough. Sometimes its harder there because we have a lot of big league guys. That has helped me a lot and I’ve been working a lot more this year. Last year, I didn’t workout a lot during the season because it made me tired. But this year, I’m working with Matt (Parvis) in the gym and I think that is what’s keeping me healthy and stronger.”

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Julio Teheran:

“The pitchers. I think everyone here can make it. I want to, but I know I’m not having my best season,” said Teheran. “I’m not trying to complain (about this season) and I continue working. I’ll try to make it (the all-star team) if I can. I made it last year, but I couldn’t go because I was in the Future Stars Game, which was a good experience for me. The Future’s (Game) was good. It was exciting for me. I want to go (2012 ASG in Buffalo). That would make me feel good.”

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Luis Durango:

“I think this is a very good team. I like all the pitching and position players (for the All-Star Game). I like the team,” Durango said. “Nesto is having a good year. I like him, he’s a good player. I’d like that for him (making the team). What’s working for me is the stolen bases (23, 1st) and the little at-bats which has been good for me.”

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Dave Brundage:

“Gartrell’s had a heck of a month. Mejia has been absolutely on fire. Looking around, Durango leads the league in stolen bases,” said Brundage. “From an offensive standpoint, obviously Constanza was worthy of consideration when he was here. He did a great job in the leadoff spot and the No. 2 hole. What a tandem those two are and what a force they are in our line-up. We’ve been up there in the league leaders for pitching throughout. Cory Gearrin has solidified the front end of the bullpen and a lot of pitchers are deserving. You look at Redmond and how consistent he is, you hope he gets considered along the way. Just from a pitching standpoint, pitching is why we are where we are today. Yet, we don’t have tremendous numbers when they’re sizing up numbers, but you can look up and down our staff. Flande goes back-to-back shutouts and now he’s in the bullpen. It just goes to show you the strength of our ballclub lies with our pitching. Playing the game the right way with our speed, a little power, a lot of our guys our worthy of making an all-star team. At the same time, we do things as a team that’s where we are today.”

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Jaime Dismuke:

“Mejia. Constanza, but he’s not here. He’s doing bigger and better things right now,” Dismuke said. “Gartrell and Durango. This was my first year seeing Ernie (Mejia) and he’s solid, both offensively and defensively. He’s big and he moves well, that’s the surprising thing. Gartrell has done it in the past. He’s hit 20+ home runs the last three years in this league. At the end of the season, you’re going to look up (at the scoreboard) and he’s going to have the same numbers he had in the past. He started out slow, but he’s picked it up. Durango, you know speed kills. Speed never slumps and he does a good job from both sides of the plate. So, those are my choices right there.”

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Christian Marrero:

“I would say Mejia. Since the beginning of the year to now, he looks a lot better hitting wise. He’s making adjustments and helping the team out a lot. He’s having great at-bats and almost every at-bat is unbelievable,” said Marrero. “He gets the job done and I would say the same for Gartrell. He started off slow, but what he’s doing now is great for the team. Hitting balls hard and having great at-bats, him (Gartrell) and Mejia have put the team on their backs. Louis too, he nearly has 30 stolen bases already. He’s the one that sets the tone for us. Without him, those guys (Gartrell/Mejia) wouldn’t be able to have as many RBI. I just try to be ready if they put me in the line-up. If I’m out there, I’m going to give it 100-percent. If I’m not in the line-up, when it’s my time to pinch-hit, I make sure I’m ready and try to help the team out as much as I can. I’m comfortable everywhere. I’m feeling great in the outfield and at first base too. As long as I’m in the line-up, I’m happy. Redmond is getting hot right now. He’s doing really well. For relievers, I’d say the whole bullpen. Anybody could go from the bullpen. Cory (Gearrin) has been unbelievable, lights out. Buddy (Carlyle) too and Russell. And Chappy (Jaye Chapman), that’s why I say the whole bullpen (laughing).”

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Marty Reed:

“I think Redmond belongs on it. I’d say Julio (Teheran) belongs on it. He’s had some dominating games,” Reed said. “Cory Gearrin, without a doubt. Chappy (Jaye Chapman) should get in. If Varvaro had been here for awhile, he’d be a guy. I don’t know where we rank in pitching, third or fourth, there’s got to be a reason why our guys should have a good opportunity to get on that team. He (Flande) has put together some good starts too. There are going to be a lot of guys that are a coin flip because you’re also talking about how many other teams? If each team has two, then you’ve got too many pitchers. I think we’ve got probably five or six guys that deserve it and it could be any one of them. For me, Redmond is a lock in terms of consistency. Julio, in terms of a starter. There may be some guys who have had a better year, but his track record and he has had some dominating starts. Five guys would be pretty good.”

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

By: Tony Piraro

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