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Triple-A All-Star Voting Ends June 22

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Make sure you vote early and often for your favorite Gwinnett Braves, alongside the rest of the International League and Pacific Coast League 2012 All-Star candidates.

Click this link to vote now for 2012 Triple-A All-Stars. Simply click on the Gwinnett Braves logo and all of the G-Braves on the ballot will be highlighted for you. Or you can simply go to: http://www.milb.com/milb/events/asg/y2012/ballot/ to vote today.

Voting concludes Friday, June 22. There is a maximum of 25 votes per person, per day. Plenty of opportunity to get your favorite players in the 2012 ASG.

The 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 at the home of the Bisons’ in Buffalo, New York. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET between the IL All-Stars and the PCL All-Stars. The game will be televised live on the MLB Network.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Currently, two of your G-Braves are in contention for an All-Star bid. Ernesto Mejia is 5th among Triple-A first basemen, as the G-Brave slugger is leading Gwinnett in most offensive categories, including a team-high .317 batting average. Julio Teheran is 9th among starting pitchers and is back in Gwinnett after making a spot-start for the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Rest assured, Teheran is primed to make his second straight Triple-A all-star game.

Other G-Braves that should be considered for an All-Star bid are outfielders Jose Constanza, Luis Durango and Stefan Gartrell, utility man Christian Marrero and catcher Jose Yepez. Meanwhile, the pitchers that deserve consideration are starters Todd Redmond and Yohan Flande, relievers Cory Gearrin (who is playing for Atlanta currently), Jaye Chapman, Anthony Varvaro, Buddy Carlyle, Jose Luge, Adam Russell and Dusty Hughes.  

No matter who your favorite team or player is, the time to show your support is now. Your last chance to vote is June 22…Click here to Vote

By: Tony Piraro

Atlanta Braves Minor League Report (June 2012)

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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)

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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) 

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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)

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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)
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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

G-Braves Notes for 6.5.12 at Lehigh Valley

Yesterday, Gotay was just somebody that the G-Braves used to know. Today, he’s back on the Gwinnett infield after a trade with Toronto. (Gwinnett Braves Archives)

The G-Braves couldn’t follow up Julio Teheran’s Sunday evening gem last night as they fell 3-2 to Charlotte and settled for a split of the two-game series.  The Knights scored all three of their runs off starter Eric Junge in the fifth inning, sending the veteran right-hander to his team-leading fifth loss despite his team-best seventh quality start.  The Gwinnett offense continues to struggle as the club was shut out over the first eight innings, seven pitched by Charlotte starter Charlie Shirek.  A two-run single by red-hot Christian Marrero cut the deficit to one, but Knights’ closer Brian Bruney struck out former Knight Stefan Gartrell to strand the tying run.

The road trip rolls on for Dave Brundage’s crew as they begin a four-game series at Lehigh Valley.  The two clubs recently split a four-game series at Coolray Field, with the G-Braves taking the first two games (including the 9-8 comeback thriller on Memorial Day) and the IronPigs recovering to win the last two.  It’s right-hander Todd Redmond on the mound for Gwinnett tonight, looking to keep up his impressive numbers.  “Red” enters the game 5-3 with the league’s sixth-best ERA of 2.76.  He yielded four runs over 7.0 innings in his last start, also against Lehigh Valley, a game that resulted in a no-decision and an eventual 14-4 loss.  Left-hander Tom Cochran (2-1, 4.70) throws for the ‘Pigs tonight.  First pitch is at 7:05 PM.

In roster-related news, we wish third baseman Joey Terdoslavich well as he looks to right his season in Double-A Mississippi.  Joey T was sent to the M-Braves today after struggling at the plate (.180 average) and on defense (IL high 22 errors).  There’s no doubt the defending Atlanta Braves Minor League Player of the Year has tremendous talent, but the jump from Advanced-A to Triple-A can be a big one for anyone.  It may not be this year, but I’m certain we’ll see Terdoslavich come through Gwinnett again.

Replacing Joey on the roster is a familiar name, infielder Ruben Gotay.  Gotay was acquired from Toronto for cash considerations today, and the Braves assigned him directly to Gwinnett.  Gotay hit .253 with three homers and 25 RBIs in 72 games with the G-Braves last year.  He had been hitting .346 with 14 RBIs in 22 games with Triple-A Las Vegas prior to the trade.

More on Junge, Marrero, Redmond, Gotay and others in tonight’s G-Braves Game Notes:  6.5.12 GBraves Game Notes

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

G-Braves Seeking Sixth Straight Win Wednesday

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Following the “Memorial Day Miracle” on Monday night, the Gwinnett Braves took it easy on Tuesday as they defeated Lehigh Valley 4-0 from Coolray Field. Yohan Flande was brilliant for his second win of the season and first since April 14, working seven scoreless innings against the ‘Pigs. A three-run fourth inning was all the offense Gwinnett’s pitchers needed as they cruised to their 32nd win of the season in two hours and 12 minutes. With the victory, the G-Braves extended their win-streak to five games and the IronPigs extended their losing-streak to six games as they have fallen from second place in the IL North to fourth in a matter of days.

Stefan Gartrell posted the only multi-hit game for either side, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. After hitting just .165 in April, Gartrell is batting .340 in May, raising his season average to .263.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Wednesday night is another “Winning Wednesday” at Coolray Field, sponsored by Georgia Lottery. If the G-Braves are victorious, everyone in attendance will receive a special discount offer on future games. It’s also a Tyson® Chicken Wednesday presented by Tyson® Any’tizers® snacks.

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.

Lehigh Valley (28-24, 4th IL North) vs Gwinnett (32-20, 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 tied for third place in the IL South alongside Scranton, the New York Yankees affiliate. Aside from the three-game win streak for the G-Braves, they are 5-5 in their last 10 games and 17-8 at home this year.

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

The Gwinnett Braves (32-20) continue their 10-game homestand with the third of four games against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (28-24) on Wednesday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Right-hander Eric Junge (3-4, 4.44) is set to start for Gwinnett against Lehigh Valley left-hander Tom Cochran (2-1, 4.55). Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg is the manager of the Lehigh Valley ballclub and is looking to get his troops going on Wednesday as they have lost six straight games. The game will be broadcast on radio on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Lehigh Valley IronPigs Batting Order:

1) SS – Andres Blanco

2) 2B – Kevin Frandsen

3) CF – Domonic Brown

4) C – John Suomi

5) 1B – Cody Overbeck

6) RF – Steve Susdorf

7) CF – Derrick Mitchell

8) 3B – Tug Hulett

9) P – Tom Cochran

G-Braves Batting Order

1) CF – Luis Durango

2) RF – Felix Pie

3) RF – Stefan Garter

4) 1B – Ernesto Media

5) 3B – Joey Terdoslavich

6) SS – Josh Wilson

7) C – Shawn McGill

8) 2B – Greg Paiml

9) P – Eric Junge

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Look To Keep Rolling Tuesday

5.29.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

The Gwinnett Braves entered the ninth on Memorial Day trailing Lehigh Valley 8-3, but scored a miraculous six runs in the frame to defeat the IronPigs, 9-8 on Monday night at Coolray Field. Lance Zawadzki sent the Memorial Day crowd of 6,426 home happy as he delivered the crushing blow, a three-run walk-off home run to right field. The G-Braves will be looking to extend their win-streak to five games on Tuesday night.

Down 8-3 entering the ninth and as much as 8-0 at one point in the game, the G-Braves found a way to chip at the deficit. Ernesto Mejia doubled to drive in Christian Marrerofor the first run of the inning, Joey Terdoslavich added an RBI single scoring Stefan Gartrell and Jose Yepez singled through the left side of the diamond to score Mejia, cutting the deficit to two. With Gwinnett trailing 8-6 and down to their last out, the table was set for Zawadzki. The second baseman belted a 0-1 pitch from IronPigs’ reliever Michael Schwimer onto the right-field berm for his first home run of the season, capping the six-run comeback and giving the G-Braves their fifth walk-off win of the season.

Zawadzki finished 3-for-5 with five RBIs on the night, the most by a G-Brave in a single game this season. His home run, along with a two-run single in the sixth, helped Gwinnett match their largest come-from-behind victory of the season. The club also rallied from an eight-run deficit to beat Norfolk, 14-12 in 11 innings, on April 11 in Norfolk, VA. Marrero also belted a pinch-hit solo home run off Lehigh Valley starter Dave Bush to help the G-Braves get rolling in the sixth.

The Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A affiliate, Lehigh Valley (28-23) is in town for four games at Coolray Field as the two teams play each other just eight times this season. The next match-up will take place in Pennsylvania from June 5-8 amidst a four-game season series finale, barring a playoff match-up.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Lehigh Valley (28-23, T-3rd IL North) vs Gwinnett (31-20, 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 tied for third place in the IL South alongside Scranton, the New York Yankees affiliate. Aside from the three-game win streak for the G-Braves, they are 5-5 in their last 10 games and 17-8 at home this year.

Tuesday, May 28 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

The International League South-leading G-Braves (31-20) continue their 10-game homestand with the second of four games against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (28-23) on Tuesday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Left-hander Yohan Flande (1-3, 3.97) is slated to start for Gwinnett against Lehigh Valley left-hander Pat Misch (3-6, 5.44). The game will be broadcast on radio on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Lehigh Valley IronPigs Batting Order:

1) SS – Andres Blanco

2) 2B – Kevin Frandsen

3) CF – Domonic Brown

4) C – Tuffy Gosewisch

5) LF – Michael Spidale

6) 1B – Cody Overbeck

7) RF – Derrick Mitchell

8) 3B – Tim Kennelly

9) P – Pat Misch

G-Braves Batting Order

1) CF – Luis Durango

2) LF – Collin DeLome

3) RF – Stefan Garter

4) 1B – Ernesto Mejia

5) 3B – Joey Terdoslavich

6) C – Jose Yepez

7) SS – Josh Wilson

8) 2B – Lance Zawadzki

9) P – Yohan Flande

By: Tony Piraro

Zawadzki’s Walk-off Completes Miracle Comeback

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

16 hours after one of the most improbable comeback’s in Gwinnett Braves history, shock and disbelief is still surrounding Coolray Field. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs were up 8-0 at one point in the game on Memorial Day and led the G-Braves 8-3 heading to the bottom of the ninth inning. There is no way a Ryne Sandberg led ‘Pigs team would ever blow a five-run lead with just three outs remaining, right? Well, Lance Zawadzki emphatically disagreed with that question, as he blasted a two-out, three-run walk-off home run for the G-Braves 31st victory of the season.

Ernesto Mejia doubled in Christian Marrero for the first run of the ninth inning, and Joey Terdoslavich added an RBI single scoring Stefan Gartrell. Then Jose Yepez singled through the left side of the diamond to score Mejia, cutting the deficit to two. With Gwinnett trailing 8-6 and down to their last out, the table was set for Zawadzki. The second baseman belted a 0-1 pitch from IronPigs’ reliever Michael Schwimer onto the right-field berm for his first home run of the season, capping the six-run comeback and giving the G-Braves their fifth walk-off win of the season.

Zawadzki finished 3-for-5 with five RBIs on the night, the most by a G-Brave in a single game this season. His home run, along with a two-run single in the sixth, helped Gwinnett match their largest come-from-behind victory of the season. The club also rallied from an eight-run deficit to beat Norfolk, 14-12 in 11 innings, on April 11 in Norfolk, VA. Marrero also belted a pinch-hit solo home run off Lehigh Valley starter Dave Bush to help the G-Braves get rolling in the sixth.

The six-run scoring barrage wasn’t even the biggest comeback of the season for the G-Braves in their final at-bat. Just days into the 2012 season, Gwinnett found themselves down seven runs entering the ninth inning on April 11, in Norfolk. Somehow, the visiting G-Braves scored seven runs as Jose Constanza delivered the game-tying hit in the ninth alongside the game-winning hit in the 12th inning.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Five Gwinnett Braves have recorded a walk-off winner this season, all different players:

Drew Sutton roped an extra inning, game-winning double against Norfolk in the early part of the season for the G-Braves first of five walk-off winners.

Stefan Gartrell blasted a walk-off home run against Buffalo in the 12th inning for the first win of the season for Gwinnett against Wally Backman’s Bisons’.

The very next game Luis Durango stole the show as he roped a two-out RBI single that defeated Toledo in the first game of a doubleheader from Coolray Field.

Later in the series against Toledo, in which the G-Braves won four of the five games against the Mud Hens, Jose Yepez lifted a sacrifice fly ball that scored the game-winning run from third base in the first game of the second doubleheader in the series.

And now, all the attention surrounds G-Braves’ newcomer Zawadzki who finished 3-for-5 with five RBIs on the night, the most by a G-Brave in a single game this season. His home run, along with a two-run single in the sixth, helped Gwinnett match their largest come-from-behind victory of the season and left the people of Gwinnett county in a frenzy. Marrero also belted a pinch-hit solo home run off Lehigh Valley starter Dave Bush to help the G-Braves get rolling in the sixth. It was the G-Braves first pinch-hit home run of the 2012 season.

The International League South-leading G-Braves (31-20) continue their 10-game homestand with the second of four games against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (28-23) on Tuesday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Left-hander Yohan Flande (1-3, 3.97) is slated to start for Gwinnett against Lehigh Valley left-hander Pat Misch (3-6, 5.44). The game will be broadcast on radio on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

By: Tony Piraro

Jair Jurrjens Ready To Roll Rochester Sunday

5.27.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The first place Gwinnett Braves (29-20) bats exploded Friday for 13 runs on 15 hits. A night prior Gwinnett accumulated eight total hits with Josh Wilson and Luis Durango accounting for six of them.

However, the G-Braves accumulated just six hits in the game on Saturday and still won, but scored four total runs in their defeat of the Rochester Red Wings, 4-2, from Coolray Field. Greg Paiml was the player of the game with two hits and three RBI alongside some stellar defense at shortstop as he led the G-Braves charge. The reigning International League Pitcher of the Week, Todd Redmond (W, 5-3) was solid in his 7.0 innings of work.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Ernesto Mejia snapped his hit-streak at 13 games on Thursday, which is a season-high for any G-Brave hitter. The last Gwinnett Brave to record a hit-streak of similar measures was the 12-game streak by Tyler Pastornicky during his 2011 campaign with the G-Braves. Meanwhile, Barbaro Canizares owns the all-time hit streak mark in Gwinnett history with a 14-game streak.

Gwinnett is boasting both International League Players of the Week for the past week. Pitcher Todd Redmond received the IL Pitcher of the Week award, while Mejia walked away with the IL Batter of the Week. Both join teammate Stefan Gartrell as this years G-Braves recipients of the award this season. All three will be looking to shoulder the load as Gwinnett looks to start another impressive streak at home from Coolray Field.

Rochester Red Wings (20-28, 6th IL North) vs Gwinnett (29-20, 1st IL South) 

The Red Wings are in town for a four-game set as they continue their stretch of eight straight games against one another. The two teams split their four-game set in Rochester just days ago but Gwinnett has taken two of three at Coolray Field for the 4-3 season advantage entering their final game of the regular season on Sunday.

Sunday, May 27 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

Jair Jurrjens (2-2, 6.10) will try and get things going in the right direction for the G-Braves as he opposes Rochester spot-starter righty Brendan Wise (0-1, 6.35). The G-Braves will be looking to extend their win-streak to three games for a 2:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch from Coolray Field. The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Rochester Red Wings Batting Order:

1) Tsuyoshi Nishioka, DH

2) Pedro Florimon, SS

3) Danny Valencia, 3B

4) Wilkin Ramirez, RF

5) Sean Burroughs, 1B

6) Clete Thomas, CF

7) Michael Hollimon, 2B

8) Ray Chang, 2B

9) J.R. Towles, C

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Felix Pie, RF

3) Stefan Gartrell, LF

4) Ernesto Mejia, DH

5) Christian Marrero, 1B

6) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

7) Shawn McGill, C

8) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

9) Greg Paiml, SS

By: Tony Piraro

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