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G-Braves Doubleheader Tonight at Coolray Field

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Gwinnett Braves began their nine-game homestand in eight days on Thursday night with a loss to Columbus. Jair Jurrjens made one mistake in the game and it wound up costing him and the G-Braves when Russ Canzler blasted a grand slam in the sixth for the Clippers 4-0 victory. The G-Braves will host the Columbus Clippers (June 14-17) for five games and the International League West leading Indianapolis Indians (June 18-21) for four games.

Gwinnett (35-32) and Columbus (31-35) will play a doubleheader at Coolray Field on Friday night, first pitch of game one scheduled for 5:05 PM. The doubleheader will consist of two seven-inning contests separated by a half-hour break, with Gwinnett to act as the home team in game one and the road team in game two.

6.15.12 GBraves Game Notes

Right-handers Todd Redmond (5-4, 3.52) and Eric Junge (3-6, 4.54) will start for the G-Braves, while the Clippers counter with left-hander Chris Seddon (7-3, 3.59) and right-hander David Huff (3-2, 3.74). Both games will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Friday is Planes, Trains and Automobiles Night at Coolray Field, so come out and enjoy our transportation theme night including various prize drawings from gas cards to Marta passes. Friday also features Fox 5 Friday Fireworks. Stick around after the game for another spectacular post-game fireworks display, courtesy of WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta. 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.

Saturday, June 2 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

After leading the IL South for most of the first two months of the season, the G-Braves currently reside in second place in the division, trailing first place Charlotte by 3.5 games. Gwinnett began the month of June at 2-8 as part of their recent downward trend, but received catcher J.C. Boscan and outfielder Jose Constanza back from Atlanta on Sunday and followed with an 11-8 victory at Pawtucket on Monday night. In more transactions, Anthony Varvaro was promoted to the Atlanta Braves, meanwhile Cory Gearrin returns to Gwinnett and will reassume closer duties upon arrival.

Columbus Clipper (31-35, 2nd IL West) vs Gwinnett (35-32, 2nd IL South) 

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. To purchase, call (678) 277-0340.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Columbus Clippers Batting Order:

1) Ezequiel Carrera, CF

2) Cord Phelps, 2B

3) Jason Donald, LF

4) Jared Goedert, 1B

5) Trevor Crowe, RF

6) Andy LaRoche, 3B

7) Russ Canzler, DH

8) Matt Pagnozzi, C

9) Gregorio Petit, SS

G-Braves Batting Order
1) Luis Durango, CF
2) Jose Constanza, LF
3) Tyler Pastornicky, SS
4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B
5) Stefan Gartrell, RF
6) Jose Yepez, C
7) Ruben Gotay, DH
8) Josh Wilson, 3B
9) Lance Zawadzki, 2B
By: Tony Piraro

Jurrjens, G-Braves Set for Dudes vs Foods Night

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The Gwinnett Braves return home to Coolray Field for an eight-day, nine-game homestand that will begin on Thursday, June 14 and conclude on Thursday, June 21. The G-Braves will host the Columbus Clippers (June 14-17) for five games and the International League West leading Indianapolis Indians (June 18-21) for four games.

Join us for our second annual eating contest for Dudes vs. Foods Night on Thursday. Only the bravest fans will dare to tackle the Super Knucksie! Participants will be chosen at the game to eat an 8-by-8 oversized version of the Knucksie. Thursday is also “$3 Thursday” so start the weekend right with $3 food and drink specials all game long presented by Dave FM. New for 2012, all general admission berm seating is also $3 on Thursdays!

After leading the IL South for most of the first two months of the season, the G-Braves currently reside in second place in the division, trailing first place Charlotte by 2.5 games. Gwinnett began the month of June at 2-8 as part of their recent downward trend, but received catcher J.C. Boscan and outfielder Jose Constanza back from Atlanta on Sunday and followed with an 11-8 victory at Pawtucket on Monday night. In more transactions, Anthony Varvaro was promoted to the Atlanta Braves, meanwhile Cory Gearrin returns to Gwinnett and will reassume closer duties upon arrival.

Saturday, June 2 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

The G-Braves (35-31) enjoyed a day of rest Wednesday before beginning a nine-game homestand in eight days with Columbus (30-35) to kick it off on Thursday. Gwinnett right-hander Jair Jurrjens (3-3, 5.26) will oppose the Clippers right-hander Corey Kluber (4-6, 4.14) in the first game of the series, first pitch scheduled for 7:50 p.m. at Coolray Field. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550 in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Columbus Clipper (30-35, 2nd IL West) vs Gwinnett (35-31, 2nd IL South) 

6.14.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

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. To purchase, call (678) 277-0340.

Columbus Clippers Batting Order:

1) Ezequiel Carrera, CF

2) Cord Phelps, 2B

3) Jason Donald, SS

4) Jared Goedert, DH

5) Tim Fedroff, LF

6) Chad Huffman, RF

7) Russ Canzler, 1B

8) Andy LaRoche, 3B

9) Matt Pagnozzi, C

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

4) Ernesto Mejia, DH

5) Christian Marrero, 1B

6) Felix Pie, RF

7) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

8) Ruben Gotay, 3B

9) J.C. Boscan, C

By: Tony Piraro

Homestand No. 5 Highlights from Coolray Field

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The Gwinnett Braves return home to Coolray Field for an eight-day, nine-game homestand that will begin on Thursday, June 14 and conclude on Thursday, June 21. The G-Braves will host the Columbus Clippers (June 14-17) for five games and the International League West leading Indianapolis Indians (June 18-21) for four games.

After leading the IL South for most of the first two months of the season, the G-Braves currently reside in second place in the division, trailing first place Charlotte by 2.5 games. Gwinnett began the month of June at 2-8 as part of their recent downward trend, but received catcher J.C. Boscan and outfielder Jose Constanza back from Atlanta on Sunday and followed with an 11-8 victory at Pawtucket on Monday night. In more transactions, Anthony Varvaro was promoted to the Atlanta Braves, meanwhile Cory Gearrin returns to Gwinnett and will reassume closer duties upon arrival.

Gwinnett wrapped up a 10-game road trip that took them to Charlotte for two games (1-1), Lehigh Valley for four (0-4) and Pawtucket for four more (2-2). The G-Brvaes concluded their road trip 3-7, by far their worst mark on a trip this season.

Left-handers Jose Lugo and Yohan Flande each posted wins on the trip, while right-hander Julio Teheran, prior to a one-game Major League call-up, threw his first career complete game in a win at Charlotte on June 3. Teheran, Atlanta’s top prospect and the defending IL Most Valuable Pitcher, allowed a run on seven hits over his career-high nine frames to lead the G-Braves to a 5-1 win. The team went on to lose the next five games before recovering with a 5-4 win on June 9 at Pawtucket.

The upcoming homestand, Gwinnett’s longest of June, includes a “Dudes vs. Foods”eating contest on June 14, WAGA Fox 5 Friday Fireworks on June 15, a Rally Towel giveaway on June 16 and plenty more.

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. To purchase, call (678) 277-0340.

The G-Braves (35-31) enjoyed a day of rest Wednesday before beginning a nine-game homestand in eight days with Columbus (30-35) to kick it off on Thursday. Gwinnett right-hander Jair Jurrjens (3-3, 5.26) will oppose the Clippers right-hander Corey Kluber (4-6, 4.14) in the first game of the series, first pitch scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Coolray Field. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550 in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Join us for our second annual eating contest for Dudes vs. Foods Night on Thursday. Only the bravest fans will dare to tackle the Super Knucksie! Participants will be chosen at the game. Thursday is also “$3 Thursday” so start the weekend right with $3 food and drink specials all game long presented by Dave FM. New for 2012, all general admission berm seating is also $3 on Thursdays!

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

Anthony Varvaro Receives Call to Atlanta

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

In the most recent subtraction from the Gwinnett Braves roster, reliever Anthony Varvaro has been promoted to the Atlanta Braves, while Cory Gearrin has been reassigned to Triple-A Gwinnett. Gearrin returns to the G-Braves as their closer, as he has recorded six saves in eight opportunities already this season.

The G-Braves closer has been the most consistent pitcher on the staff this season, boasting a 3-0 record alongside a stunning 1.65 ERA. The righty has struck out 38 batters and walked just eight in 32.2 innings pitched in 2012. To say Gearrin has been lights out when he’s been on the mound this year is treading lightly.

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

Varvaro’s role in Atlanta’s bullpen has yet to be determined, however he has been on a tear for Gwinnett as of late. The right-hander struck out nine batters in his last 3.2 innings of work on the G-Braves recent 10-game road trip. He was the most dominant arm in the Gwinnett bullpen over the last two weeks.

This season with Gwinnett, Varvaro registered a 0-0 record with a 2.81 ERA after appearing in 18 games for Gwinnett. The righty struck out an incredible 35 batters, while walking just 12 amidst 25.2 innings of work. The Atlanta Braves had originally retroactively placed Varvaro on the disabled list prior to the start of the season. Thus making Varvaro’s numbers that much more impressive, considering he had a late start.

Varvaro made one spot-start for Gwinnett this season, in the second game of a doubleheader against Toledo in May. The righty lasted 3.0 innings, allowing two runs on six hits, alongside three strikeouts and yielded one walk en route to the no decision.

The St. John’s University alum was originally selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 12th round of the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft. In 2011, Varvaro appeared in 18 games for the Atlanta Braves out of the bullpen. The Queens, New York native recorded an impressive 2.63 ERA in 24.0 innings of work for Atlanta. Varvaro surrendered seven total runs on 15 hits and struck out 23 hitters while walking 11 last season. To say Varvaro has been prepared for this moment is an understatement.

Atlanta had been the hottest team in baseball coming into the New York Yankees series, winning six of their last seven decisions. However, the mighty New York bats silenced the Braves to a sweep at Turner Field. The Braves now find themselves in second place in the NL East, as they trail the Washington Nationals by an alarming 5.0 games. Entering the dog days of summer, Atlanta wants all the firepower they can handle out of their bullpen and this move is just an indicator of what’s ahead. Be prepared to see a lot of shifting between Gwinnett and Atlanta players in the coming months.

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Start 9-Game Homestand Thursday

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The Gwinnett Braves (35-31)) begin a stretch of nine games in their next eight days, starting on Thursday night with a doubleheader against the Columbus Clippers (30-35) from Coolray Field. The G-Braves will play five games against the Clippers to conclude their season-series, as Columbus currently has the upper hand with a 2-1 season lead. Then the IL West leading Indianapolis Indians (38-27) will visit Lawrenceville for their first of two, four-game series’ against Gwinnett this season.

Gwinnett has lost 10 of their last 13 contests, including recording a 3-7 mark on their present 10-game road trip. Not only have the G-Braves been losing lately, but they have lost ground on their once-familiar first place lead in the IL South. With the G-Braves recent skid and Charlotte’s tremendous hot-streak, Gwinnett now finds themselves 3.5 games out of first place in the standings after once leading the division by 7.0 games, nearly a month ago.

Returning to Gwinnett after a cup of coffee in Atlanta are three main G-Brave contributors; Jose Constanza, J.C. Boscan and Julio Teheran. All three will return to action at Coolray Field when the G-Braves get back from their off day on Wednesday.

In their last 10 games, only two G-Braves are batting over .300, the obvious catalyst of the team Ernesto Mejia and one of the newer additions Lance Zawadzki. The seocond baaseman and hero of the “Memorial Day Miracle” is batting .321 with nine hits, five runs scored, five RBI and two home runs. Mejia continues his torrid pace as he is batting .324 with 11 hits, six runs scored, six RBI and four home runs in his last 10 games. The G-Braves slugger is also currently in fifth place for first basemen for the 2012 All-Star Game voting.

The road trip didn’t have many hightlights for Gwinnett pitching, however Anthony Varvaro and Jaye Chapman continue to emerge as reliable arms out of the bullpen. Varvaro has incredibly registered nine strikeouts in his last 3.2 innings of work, while Chapman has struck out seven through his previous 6.0 innings of one-run work. Both should be highly considered for 2012 All-Star bids. If you’re going to vote, don’t forget about starters Julio Teheran, Todd Redmond and Yohan Flande.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Gwinnett right-hander Todd Redmond (5-4, 3.52) will oppose the Clippers right-hander Corey Kluber (4-6, 4.14) in the first game of the doubleheader, first pitch scheduled for 5:05 p.m. at Coolray Field on Thursday. The second game of the double-dip will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550 in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Join us for our second annual eating contest for Dudes vs. Foods Night on Thursday. Only the bravest fans will dare to tackle the Super Knucksie! Participants will be chosen at the game. Thursday is also “$3 Thursday” so start the weekend right with $3 food and drink specials all game long presented by Dave FM. New for 2012, all general admission berm seating is also $3 on Thursdays!

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 Leslie Watts

By: Tony Piraro

Atlanta Braves Minor League Report (June 2012)

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Atlanta Braves (31-25, 2nd place)

The big league club plays in arguably the toughest division in Major League Baseball, alongside the American League East. However, the Braves are having another solid season and are in line for one of the five playoff spots in the 2012 MLB Playoffs as they trail the Washington Nationals by 2 games in the NL East standings. Atlanta is succeeding with a host of players from their deep minor league system. Everyone knows about the quick ascentions of Craig Kimbrel and Freddie Freeman and a year earlier with Tommy Hanson and Jason Heyward, but how about the contributions from former Gwinnett Braves such as; Jose Constanza, J.C. Boscan and Randall Delgado this season? Enough can’t be said for the guys in Gwinnett who’ve already made their presence felt in Atlanta like; Tyler Pastornicky, Jair Jurrjens and Cory Gearrin. The Braves most highy-piblicized promotion this season came from Double-A Mississippi, when the Braves promoted Andrelton Simmons to Atlanta. Since entering the Major League fold, the highly touted shortstop has been brilliant both defensively and offensively. He was one of the top ranked shortstop prospects in minor league baseball and the No. 4 overall prospect in the Braves system according to Baseball America. The Braves are 19-5 this season when Chipper Jones is in the starting line-up, so look for more good times ahead as the living legend is eligible to return from the DL on Friday, amidst his final season in an illustrious Hall-of-Fame career.

Gwinnett Braves (33-27, 2nd place)

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The G-Braves have been struggling as of late, from both an offensive and pitching standpoint. In their last two games, Gwinnett has allowed 15 runs to their opposition, while the G-Braves offense has accumulated just five hits and two total runs over that span. For the month of May, Gwinnett registered a 15-15 record after securing the best mark in the International League (17-7) in April. The G-Braves are now 1.5 games behind the IL South leading Charlotte Knights after Gwinnett squandered a maximum first place lead in April of 7.0 games. Julio Teheran is the unquestionable ace of the staff and Todd Redmond has been the most consistent starter in 2012. In fact, Redmond was named the IL Pitcher of the Week the same week as teammate Ernesto Mejia was awarded the IL Batter of the Week. You can’t talk about the offense without mentioning the guy who got them going and the G-Braves 2011 MVP, Stefan Gartrell. Gartrell was named the IL Batter of the Week the first week of May after transforming his batting average from .165 on April 29 to .263 a month later on May 29. Luis Durango and Christian Marrero were also instrumental to the G-Braves offense through the month of May. Cory Gearrin has solidified the closer’s role in the bullpen and has six saves on the season. Jaye Chapman, Anthony Varvaro, Jose Lugo and Buddy Carlyle have excelled out of the bullpen this month for Gwinnett.

Mississippi Braves (26-34, 5th place) 

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

The Double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves has a great deal of star-power, but that has yet to be realized 100-percent with their 10-9 record in the month of May. Mississippi, as a team, does not have a great deal of power or speed, totaling just 18 home runs all season and not one player on the M-Braves has double-digit stolen bases. Mississippi is led by one of the best catching prospects in baseball in the form of Christian Bethancourt. This season, the do-it -all catcher is batting .257 with 29 hits, 10 RBI and 31 total bases. In 43 games with Mississippi this season, Simmons batted .292 with 28 runs scored, 50 hits, nine doubles, two triples, three home runs, 21 RBI, 10 stolen bases and an extraordinary 1:1 walk to strikeout ratio with 20 of each, prior to his promotion. Ian Gac and Evan Gattis supply a majority of the power for this team, as the two have combined for 10 home runs and 41 RBI in 2012. Todd Cunningham is their one-base guy, as he boasts a team-leading .325 batting including his team-high 54 hits and .371 on-base percentage. The former Independent League star Gary Moran has transitioned to affiliated ball brilliantsly this season after coming over from the River City Rascals of the Frontier League. This year, the big righty has a 1-4 record with a 3.00 ERA, alongside 41 strikeouts to just 19 walks in 57.0 innings of work. Zeke Spruill leads the team in wins with five and Mark Lamm is the team -leader in saves with six in eight opportunities.  Don’t forget the Braves first round pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, Sean Gilmartin who has 3-5 mark with a 3.39 ERA in 11 starts, including 52 stirikeouts and 17 walks in 69.0 innings pitched.

Lynchburg Hillcats (29-28, 1st place)

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Hillcats finished the month of May with a 15-14 record and have secured their first place lead from the first week of the season in April through current day. Lynchburg has always possessed a great deal of the Atlanta Braves top prospects, as this season is no different. In 2011, it was Joey Terdoslavich and Simmons leading the charge, this year it’s Chris Garcia who is tearing the cover off the ball with his .331 batting average alongside 14 doubles, five homers, 31 RBI and 89 total bases. Another future star is Matt Lipka who is hitting .260 in 2012 with 57 total bases and 11 stolen bases this year. Nick Ahmed leads the team in stolen bases with 18 already, and he is one of three Hillcats to have registered 10+ stolen bases thus far. The power threat of Lynchburg is Edward Salcedo who has seven bombs, 24 RBI and a team-high 84 total bases including 13 walks. J.R. Graham (pictured above) is one of the more unheralded starters in the Braves system, as he currently possesses a record of 6-1 with a 2.71 ERA in 11 starts. Cody Martin has five wins and is one victory away from being the third Hillcat to register six wins this season. Gus Schlosser is 6-3 with a 4.04 ERA in 2012 and has struck out 54 batters in 69.0 innings of work. The closer Juan Jaime is a perfect nine for nine in save opportunities this season for Lynchburg.
Rome Braves (16-43, 7th place)
Photo courtesy of Karl Moore
The Low-A Rome Braves have struggled more than any other team in Atlanta’s system this season with a total of 16 wins, combined through the first two months of the season. A few players have found a way to shine though, from a personal perspective in 2012. William Beckwith who Braves fans got a chance to see in the Braves Future Stars Game at Coolray Field on April 3, is mashing currently for Rome. The big bopper has a .318 batting average with five home runs and 19 RBI alongside 58 total bases. However, it is Kyle Kubitza who is making the biggest splash as he leads the team in total bases (82) with his nine doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 44 singles. Will Skinner is batting .266 with four homers and 17 RBI alongside his .359 on-base percentage and .444 slugging percentage. Jarrett Miller is currently unbeaten for Rome, with a 2-0 record including his 4.91 ERA. The pitcher to talk about on this team is David Filak who leads the Atlanta Braves organization in strikeouts with 63 in 55.0 inning pitched. Filak is 2-5 with a 4.58 ERA amidst 11 starts for the R-Braves. John Cornely has 36 punchouts in 21 .0 innings pitched thus far, including a 4.15 ERA amidst appearing in 18 games this season.
By: Tony Piraro

Medlen Set To Start For Gwinnett Saturday

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

The opener of a four-game home-and-home series between the top two teams in the International League South Division went to second-place Charlotte on Friday night at Coolray Field. The Knights put up 10 runs on the strength of three home runs to defeat the South-leading Gwinnett Braves, 10-3. Charlotte’s win trimmed the G-Braves’ lead in the division to 1.5 games.

Starter Jair Jurrjens (L, 3-3) surrendered 10 runs, six earned, on 12 hits in a losing effort. Former IL MVP Dan Johnson blasted solo home runs off Jurrjens in the third and fifth innings, and Hector Gimenez homered as well in the fifth against the G-Braves’ right-hander.

The G-Braves jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Tyler Pastornicky singled in his first plate appearance with Gwinnett, took second on a single by Stefan Gartrell, stole third and scored on an RBI single by Felix Pie.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Charlotte Knights (31-25, 2nd IL South) vs Gwinnett (32-23, 1st IL South) 

The Atlanta Braves want to turn Kris Medlen into a starting pitcher, so they have reassigned the big leaguer to Triple-A Gwinnett to stretch him out. The right-hander has been with the Braves since the 2009 season as a middle reliever and an occasional spot-starter. In fact, during the 2010 season Medlen started 14 games for Atlanta and registered a 6-2 record with a 3.68 ERA. The Braves are hoping that the righty can continue that success over the course of an entire Major League season.

This season with the Atlanta Braves, Medlen is 1-1 with a 3.49 ERA amidst 28.1 innings of work. The righty has surrendered 11 runs on 27 hits while he has struck out 17 batters while walking just seven. Since it’s just his first start the G-Braves will be very cautious with him. Medlen is predicted to throw either four innings or 60 pitches, whichever happens first.

Saturday, June 2 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

The International League South-leading Gwinnett Braves (32-23) conclude their 10-game homestand on Saturday in the series finale against the Charlotte Knights (31-25). Right-hander Kris Medlen (0-0, 0.00) will make his first start since being optioned to Gwinnett by Atlanta. He’ll be opposed by Charlotte right-hander Terry Doyle (4-3, 3.05). First pitch at Coolray Field is scheduled for 7:05 PM. The game will be broadcast on radio on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling play-by-play.

The first 2,000 fans attending Saturday night’s game will receive a Chopper Coin Bank presented by Delta Community Credit Union. Chopper and the G-Braves will also celebrate a belated “Groundhogs Day” 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 Melinda Pease

Charlotte Knights Batting Order:

1) Greg Golson – CF

2) Drew Garcia – 2B

3) Dan Johnson – DH

4) Brent Morel – 3B

5) Jordan Danks – RF

6) Josh Phegley – C

7) Jim Gallagher – 1B

8) Justin Green – LF

9) Ozzie Martinez – SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango – CF

2) Tyler Pastornicky – SS

3) Stefan Gartrell – DH

4) Ernesto Mejia – 1B

5) Felix Pie – RF

6) Joey Terdoslavich – 3B

7) Collin DeLome – LF

8) Jose Yepez – C

9) Lance Zawadzki – 2B

By: Tony Piraro

1st Place G-Braves vs 2nd Place Charlotte Friday

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

The Gwinnett Braves looked for a series victory, but settled for a split after falling 14-4 to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the series finale at Coolray Field on Thursday night. Starter Todd Redmond yielded four runs over 7.0 innings and exited in a 4-4 game, but the IronPigs scored 10 runs over the final two innings to win in a rout.

Early in the game, the G-Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to Ernesto Mejia’steam-leading 40th RBI of the season, coming on a first-inning single scoring Felix PieChristian Marrero then laced an RBI single into right field scoring Mejia. Marrero finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the losing cause for Gwinnett. Pie doubled twice, finishing 2-for-4 with two runs scored out of the leadoff spot. Wilson also went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and one run scored. Gwinnett tied the game, 4-4 in the seventh inning when Stefan Gartrell registered his second pinch hit of the season with an RBI single scoring Josh Wilson.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Charlotte Knights (30-25, 2nd IL South) vs Gwinnett (32-22, 1st IL South) 

Tyler Pastornicky returns to Gwinnett starting line-up after starring for the G-Braves during the 2011 season. He spent the entire 2012 season with the Atlanta Braves up until this point. The promotion of future phenom Andrelton Simmons forced Pastornicky down to Gwinnett and shifted Greg Paiml to Double-A Mississippi. Pastornicky will now take over as the everyday shortstop for Gwinnett moving forward.

The second place Knights are in two for two games in two days before heading to Charlotte for two more games against the G-Braves from June 3-4. Charlotte is hot as of late, winning seven of their last 10 games. The two teams each have four wins against the other this season with 13 games remaining in 2012.

6.1.12 GBraves Game Notes

Friday, June 1 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

The International League South-leading Gwinnett Braves (32-22) continue their 10-game homestand on Friday with the first of a two-game set against the South Division’s second place team, the Charlotte Knights (29-25). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM at Coolray Field. G-Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens (3-2, 4.85) is set to oppose Charlotte left-hander Charlie Leesman (4-4, 2.39). The game will be broadcast on radio on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Friday night’s game is sponsored by 12 Stone and is “80’s Night”. A full 80’s playlist and clips from the best 80’s movies will be featured all night long at Coolray Field. After the game, stick around for Fox 5 Friday Fireworks, presented by WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta.

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 Melinda Pease

Charlotte Knights Batting Order:

1) Greg Golson – 2B

2) Tyler Kuhn – DH

3) Brent Morel – 3B

4) Dan Johnson – 1B

5) Hector Gimenez – C

6) Jordan Danks – CF

7) Jim Gallagher – LF

8) Dre Garcia – 2B

9) Ray Olmedo – SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango – CF

2) Tyler Pastornicky – SS

3) Stefan Gartrell – LF

4) Ernesto Mejia – DH

5) Joey Terdoslavich – 3B

6) Felix Pie – RF

7) Christian Marrero – 1B

8) Josh Wilson – 2B

9) Jose Yepez – C

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Want to Begin New Streak Thursday

5.31.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The Gwinnett Braves saw their five-game winning streak snapped as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs won 6-3 on Wednesday night at Coolray Field. Dusty Hughes entered the game with the score tied 3-3 in the eighth, but ended up with the loss as the IronPigs scored three times in the frame. With the win, Lehigh Valley snapped a six-game losing streak.

Ernesto Mejia has been on fire as of late as he led the way for Gwinnett Wednesday, finishing the night 3-for-5 with his team-leading 14th double and two RBIs. Mejia tied the score at 1-1 in the first inning with his double scoring Durango, then gave the G-Braves a temporary 2-1 lead in the third with an RBI single scoring Felix Pie. He reached for a third and final time on an infield single that helped set up Durango’s tying run in the seventh. Durango went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, while Pie went 2-for-5 with a run scored.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Lehigh Valley (29-24, 4th IL North) vs Gwinnett (32-21, 1st IL South) 

The IronPigs are in Georgia for just four days as the two teams face-off for the first time in 2012. Currently, Lehigh Valley is in fourth place in the IL North. Currently, the G-Braves are 19-9 on the season at Coolray Field and 7-3 in their last 10 games as they look to begin another win-streak on Thursday. Luis Durango and Stefan Gartrell both will have Thursday evening off to rest.

Wednesday, May 29 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

The International League South-leading Gwinnett Braves (32-21) continue their 10-game homestand with the series finale against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (29-24) on Thursday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Right-hander Todd Redmond (5-3, 2.47) is set to start for Gwinnett against Lehigh Valley right-hander Tyler Cloyd (4-1, 2.15). The game will be broadcast on radio on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Thursday is another “$3 Thursday” with $3 food and drink specials all game long. All general admission berm seating is also just $3 on Thursdays this season 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 Leslie Watts

Lehigh Valley IronPigs Batting Order:

1) CF – Kyle Hudson

2) 2B – Kevin Frandsen

3) CF – Domonic Brown

4) DH – John Suomi

5) 1B – Cody Overbeck

6) RF – Steve Susdorf

7) C – Tuffy Gosewisch

8) SS – Andres Blanco

9) P – Tyler Cloyd

G-Braves Batting Order

1) CF – Felix Pie

2) RF – Collin DeLome

3) 1B – Ernesto Media

4) LF – Christian Marrero

5) 3B – Joey Terdoslavich

6) C – Jose Yepez

7) SS – Josh Wilson

8) 2B – Lance Zawadzki

9) P – Todd Redmond

By: Tony Piraro

Simmons Promoted to Atlanta, Pastornicky Demoted to Gwinnett

 

The future is now according to the Atlanta Braves most recent move. The Braves shortstop of the future Andrelton Simmons has been promoted to the Atlanta Braves from Double-A Mississippi as he’ll skip an appearance in Triple-A Gwinnett. With the promotion, the Braves rookie shortstop Tyler Pastornicky has been reassigned to Triple-A Gwinnett, where he played his 2011 season. Also, the G-Braves middle infielder Greg Paiml has been sent down to Double-A Mississippi to fill Simmons’ void at shortstop….The shortstop roulette shuffle continues within the Atlanta Braves organization.

Simmons is widely considered the best fielding shortstop in minor league baseball, and some scouts say he is already a better fielder than half of the shortstops at the Major League level. He reminds a lot of people of Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus.

Last season, Simmons won the Carolina League batting title in Single-A Lynchburg with a .311 batting average, forcing scouts to think of him as an all-around player. In 43 games with Mississippi this season, Simmons batted .292 with 28 runs scored, 50 hits, nine doubles, two triples, three home runs, 21 RBI, 10 stolen bases and an extraordinary 1:1 walk to strikeout ratio with 20 of each in Double-A.

 

Pastornicky, 22, made his Major League debut this season with the Braves as part of their Opening Day roster. The Bradenton, FL native hit .248 with six doubles, a triple, a home run, 12 RBIs and two stolen bases in 45 games with Atlanta.

Originally a fifth-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2008, Pastornicky was acquired via trade by Atlanta in July of 2010. He made his Triple-A debut with Gwinnett last season, hitting .365 with two doubles, a home run, nine RBIs and seven stolen bases in 27 games.

Paiml, 27, hit .212 with four doubles, seven RBIs and two stolen bases in 29 games for the G-Braves. The Tuscaloosa, AL native was acquired by the Braves from the Chicago White Sox in March and was in his first Triple-A season.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

By: Tony Piraro

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