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Constanza Making Huge Splash With Atlanta

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The fifth Gwinnett Brave player to make an appearance in the big leagues this season is Jose Constanza. The former Gwinnett outfielder has been up with the Atlanta Braves before and his presence is always felt. Constanza is batting .400 with four hits in his first 10 at-bats, including two runs scored and one RBI for the Braves this season. However, since re-joining the team two days ago, he is 4-for-7 with two runs scored and an RBI in his two starts.

The Dominican has fired up the Atlanta offense as the Braves had lost eight straight games before the former G-Braves left fielder started a game. Now the Braves have won two straight games since Constanza entered the starting line-up against St. Louis.

For the season with the G-Braves, Constanza batted .288 with 40 hits, 22 runs scored, five doubles, four triples, 15 RBI, eight stolen bases and 53 total bases in just 36 games.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

The highlight of the season for Constanza occurred in April after he was demoted from Atlanta following three games and three pinch-hit appearances with the Major League club. In his first game with Gwinnett, Constanza arrived in Norfolk for the final game of the series and made an immediate impact. He actually drove in the tying run in the ninth inning that completed a seven-run ninth inning comeback. Then, the left fielder delivered the game-winning triple in the 12th inning for an unprecedented Gwinnett victory.

So far, Constanza joins four former 2012 G-Braves players in Major League Baseball; Drew Sutton (Tampa Bay Rays), Cory Gearrin (Atlanta Braves) and J.C. Boscan (Atlanta Braves). Mauro Gomez was traded during the off-season from the Braves 40-man roster, but he did make an appearance with the Boston Red Sox this season.

Jose Constanza is the fifth but certainly won’t be the last Gwinnett Brave to experience big league baseball. The future is very bright inside the Braves organization, especially when you boast a first place club like Gwinnett (32-21) does presently. One way or another, the cream always rises to the top and a handful of G-Braves are pushing the envelope as I speak. Who will be next? Only time and Atlanta’s needs will tell.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

By: Tony Piraro

J.C. Boscan Filling In For McCann With Atlanta

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Yet another Gwinnett Brave has made the ascension to the big leagues during the 2012 season. G-Braves catcher J.C. Boscan was called up on Saturday afternoon by the Atlanta Braves as Brian McCann is dealing with some injuries. Needless to say, Boscan was in the Atlanta Braves starting line-up upon his arrival.

Low and behold, Boscan’s first Major League at-bat of the season came against none other than the Washington Nationals flamethrower Stephen Strasburg. The Nats righty actually allowed an RBI groundout to Boscan in his first plate appearance. Sunday night, Boscan found himself facing another ace of most staff’s in baseball in the form of Gio Gonzalez.

G-Braves second baseman Drew Sutton was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates last week, then in turn was dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays later that night. Joe Maddon waisted little time playing Sutton, as he got the start in his second game with the Rays. The former G-Brave didn’t disappoint going 2-for-4 in his first two games, while accumulating three RBI over that span. Currently, Sutton is batting .500 with Tampa Bay (6-for-12) so far this season and recorded hits over the weekend against Jon Lester and Josh Beckett.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Cory Gearrin was the first Gwinnett Brave to receive the call to the big leagues this season. The G-Braves closer who leads the team with six saves was called up for the demotion of Jair Jurrjens, but was sent back down after the Braves activated Tim Hudson.

The fourth G-Brave to play in the Major League’s this season is by default from a Gwinnett perspective. Mauro Gomez was traded by the Atlanta Braves organization to the Boston Red Sox prior to the start of the season. Gomez didn’t waist much time in Triple-A Pawtucket, as he was called up to Boston for two games. The former Gwinnett slugger received just two at-bats and failed to get a hit in both plate appearances.

The first place G-Braves are boasting a wealth of talent and it’s only a matter of time before more Gwinnett players are ready for their ascension to the big leagues. These four players are just the beginning of what should be a long list moving forward.

By: Tony Piraro

Drew Sutton Catching Some Rays With Tampa Bay

 

Former Gwinnett Brave second baseman Drew Sutton is now living it up in the big leagues after being traded by the Braves organization four days ago. Originally, Sutton was dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash. However, the Pirates didn’t hold onto him for very long, as the Buccos then shipped the switch hitter to Tampa Bay that same night. For the season, Sutton had the fourth highest batting average (.270) and was fourth on the G-Braves in hits (37) before parting ways from the Atlanta organization.

Rays manager Joe Maddon didn’t waiste anytime with Sutton’s skill-set. Tampa Bay not only sent Sutton straight to the big league club, but in his second game suiting up for the Rays Maddon started Drew Sutton at second base. The former G-Brave did not disappoint, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in his 2012 Major League debut. The following night against the Toronto Blue Jays, Sutton repeated his performance with another 2-for-4 game, alongside two RBI. On the season, Sutton is batting .500 with three RBI and a run scored for the Rays.

The switch hitter has done a great deal of traveling in the last five days, however it has been well worth it. After Cory Gearrin’s call-up to the big leagues with the Atlanta Braves, Sutton is just the second Gwinnett Brave this season to make an appearance in the Major League’s and he certainly won’t be the last. The first place G-Braves are boasting a wealth of talent and it’s only a matter of time before more Gwinnett players are ready for their ascension.

By: Tony Piraro

Jair Jurrjens Set To Start Game 1 of Doubleheader

5.11.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Friday the Gwinnett Braves begin their five-game series with the Toledo Mudhens from Coolray Field. It was originally scheduled to be a four-game set, but a rain postponed game in Ohio last week caused the International League to create a doubleheader this week from Coolray Field since the two teams will not see each other the rest of this season…barring a playoff match-up.

The first place IL South G-Braves will host the first place IL West Mudhens in the first game of a double-dip on Friday for a 5:00 p.m. first pitch. Then, Toledo will actually become the home team for the second game on Friday night, which will begin approximately 30 minutes after the first game has concluded.

Thursday the G-Braves were on the verge of being swept by the Buffalo Bisons (20-14) before some major heroics by Stefan Gartrell and company. Gwinnett was on the verge of taking the ballgame, 3-1, in the ninth inning following a would-be game-winning two-out, two-run double by Luis Durango in the bottom of the eighth inning. However, Thursday’s closer Cory Gearrin could not stave off Buffalo as they scored twice to knot the game up once again and force extra innings. However, the G-Braves wouldn’t extend the game for long as Gartrell blasted them to victory in the 10th with a walk-off shot.

The G-Braves have now won two of their last six games, but are still resting comfortably in first place of the International League South Division at 20-13. Gwinnett does not own the best record in the league anymore after their latest skid, however they are just two games behind the IL-leading Pawtucket Red Sox (22-13).

Toledo comes into town winners of six of their last 10 games including an identical first place record as Gwinnett at 20-13. The last time these two teams met in Toledo last week, the G-Braves won all three games while the fourth was obviously postponed until tonight.

Stefan Gartrell was named the International League Batter of the Week as he continues his torrid pace. The slugger is batting over .400 in his last seven games, including five home runs, 12 RBI and an .850 slugging percentage. Gartrell rose his batting average from .165 to .216 in a matter of days.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Currently Jose Constanza is on an 11-game hit streak that he will be looking to extend in both games on Friday night. Luis Durango is also on a tear of his own this season. The speedster stole three bases in Wednesday’s game pushing his season total to 18 stolen bases in 20 attempts for the IL lead.

Toledo Mudhens (20-13, 1st IL West) vs Gwinnett (20-13, 1st IL South) 

Jair Jurrjens (1-0, 1.80) will be facing the organization that originally drafted him in the form of the Detroit Tigers. The righty will be opposing Toledo southpaw Adam Wilk (2-1, 1.06) in what should be a phenomenal match-up in the first of two games from Coolray Field on Friday night.

Friday, May 11:

Game 1 – First Pitch 5:05 a.m. @ Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA

Game 2 – Approximately 30 minutes after first game concludes @ Coolray Field

Be sure to catch to the voice of the G-Braves Tony Schiavone as he broadcasts the game live on 550 AM, WDUN.com or 102.9 FM if you can’t make it out to the ballpark. 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.

Toledo Mudhens Batting Order:

1) Justin Henry, CF

2) Matt Young, RF

3) Ryan Strieby, DH

4) Brad Eldred, 1B

5) Eric Patterson, LF

6) Omir Santos, C

7) Audy Ciriaco, 3B

8) Brent Dlugach, 2B

9) Argenis Diaz, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jose Constanza, LF

3) Stefan Gartrell, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Drew Sutton, 2B

6) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Shawn McGill, DH

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Game Notes for 4.29.12 at Toledo

It’s another busy Sunday for the G-Braves today as they continue a four-game set at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH.  Gwinnett captured its third-straight win last night with an 8-3 decision over the Mud Hens, getting some serious production out of the middle of the order.  Ernesto Mejia and Joey Terdoslavich each went 2-for-4 with home runs and two RBI (both hitting their third blasts of the year), while Stefan Gartrell notched a two-run double to give the G-Braves a permanent lead in the fifth inning.   Right-hander Todd Redmond (W, 2-2) turned in his second quality start, limiting the ‘Hens to three runs over 6.0 innings while striking out seven.  As usual, the G-Pen was air-tight as right-handers Erik Cordier and Jason Rice combined on 3.0 scoreless, one-hit innings.

Dave Brundage’s IL South-leading crew will try to capture the series with Toledo today with right-hander Jair Jurrjens set to make his first start since being optioned to Triple-A.   Jurrjens is 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA (10 ER in 19.0 IP) in four career Triple-A starts, all coming on previous MLB Rehab assignments with the G-Braves.  Ironically, he’ll face the Triple-A affiliate of the organization that signed him in 2003 today, the Detroit-affiliated Mud Hens.  Jurrjens skipped over Toledo on his way to the big-leagues in 2007 and has never faced the Tigers nor one of their minor league affiliates since arriving in Atlanta.  Needless to say, it’s an interesting match-up for JJ’s first start.

Speaking of MLB Rehab assignments, right-hander Tim Hudson’s is now officially done.  He’s been activated from the Atlanta DL and starts for the Braves today against Pittsburgh.  That means a chain of roster moves affecting your Gwinnett Braves.  Right-hander Cory Gearrin has been optioned back to Gwinnett, where he’s 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two saves in seven outings this year…he did not pitch for Atlanta after being recalled on April 24.  To make room for Gearrin, left-hander Ben Swaggerty (0-0, 4.32 in six games) has been transferred to Rookie-A Danville.

With all of these moves, it’s been a busy Sunday morning  for Media/PR managers also.

Today’s Game Notes:  4.29.12 GBraves Game Notes

While you’re watching Huddy go back to work today, don’t forget to tune in to JJ’s first bounce-back start at 2:00 PM on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM.  Tony Schiavone has the call from Toledo.  You can also get the broadcast online at WDUN.com.

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G-Braves Pitchers Ready To Shoulder The Load

(Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts)

The Gwinnett Braves (13-7) currently reside in first place of the International League South Division. A huge part of their early success thus far in 2012 can be attributed to their top-notch pitching staff. Presently, the G-Braves have the No. 1 overall pitching in the International League.

Gwinnett possess the top team ERA (2.56), shutouts (5), innings pitched (186.0), least total runs allowed (66) and least earned runs allowed (53) in the 14-team league. The G-Braves are also ranked third in the IL in wins (13), second in least losses (7), fifth in saves (6), fourth in least hits allowed (160), second in least home runs allowed (7) and third in strikeouts (171).

Marty Reed’s staff as a whole has been exceptional this season, but more importantly, they have been consistent. Every arm from top to bottom has made giant contributions to the G-Braves’ success. Already, one player has already been called up to the big club and he is in the form of Cory Gearrin. The righty reliever worked as a set-up man and part-time closer for Gwinnett, where he allowed no runs in 12.1 innings of work and recorded two saves.

Yohan Flande leads the pitchers with a 0.00 ERA through three starts, totaling 15.2 innings. The lefty has been dominant this season, as well as, being a pleasant surprise to the rotation. Flande has allowed just five hits total this season and struck out 16 batters, while walking seven.

Obviously, the reigning IL Pitcher of the Year and IL Rookie of the Year, Julio Teheran has been his usual self for the most part. Barring one start where he was on extended rest due to the Tim Hudson rehab appearances, Teheran has been solid. The ace of the staff is 2-1 with a 3.78 ERA and has struck out 13 batters through 16.1 innings of work. Teheran is rated the No. 1 pitching prospect in baseball according to numerous sources including Baseball America and MLB.com.

The veteran of the staff, Todd Redmond has been consistently good as always. He is 1-2 on the year with a 2.61 ERA but has been dealing with a lot of tough luck. For instance, in his last start at Coolray Field, the righty allowed just one earned run and still took the loss. Currently, Redmond is second in the IL in strikeouts (27) with just 20.2 innings under his belt and he has only walked six batters this season. When his luck starts to turns for the better, watch out.

The bullpen consists of six remarkable Gwinnett pitchers who have an ERA below 3.00 in 2012. Anthony Varvaro has yet to allow a run in his short time with the club, after coming off a Major League rehab assignment. Dusty Hughes has an incredible 0.87 ERA through 10 innings of work, alongside a 1.05 WHIP. The southpaw is also tied with Gearrin for the team-lead in saves with two.  Jaye Chapman has a miniscule ERA at 1.74 so far, including a 0.87 WHIP and 11 strikeouts to just three walks through 10.1 innings pitched. Veteran of the bullpen Buddy Carlyle has been dominant so far in Triple-A. The righty owns a 1.80 ERA and has struck out 12 batters in 15.0 innings thus far. Right-hander Jason Rice possesses a 2.25 ERA this season through eight innings on the mound for the G-Braves. The former White Sox, Padre and Tampa Bay Ray Adam Russell has transitioned beautifully to the Gwinnett bullpen. The 6-foot, 8-inch righty is currently registering a 2.89 ERA, alongside a save and 11 strikeouts through nine and one-third innings of work.

The scary part is that this G-Braves team is leading the league in pitching and in first place before the bats have yet to awaken. Once the team is running on all cylinders, this G-Brave team is going to be more fun to watch than they already are. One fact remains unquestionable, the Atlanta Braves have a stockpile of hard throwers who are ready to get big league hitters out on a consistent basis whenever their time may arise.

By: Tony Piraro

Cory Gearrin Called Up To Atlanta, Jair Jurrjens Sent Down To Gwinnett

(Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess)

Many people assumed that Cory Gearrin would eventually get the call to the big leagues and the Atlanta Braves. However, nobody assumed it would be for the demotion of Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A Gwinnett. Needless to say, this was the Atlanta Braves most recent transaction.

This season, Cory Gearrin has made huge strides in his development toward becoming a Major League pitcher. Currently, the right-hander is 1-0 and possesses a 0.00 ERA in 12.1 innings of work in Triple-A. Gearrin has recorded two saves and struck out 15 hitters, while walking just two this season. He has been used predominantly in the closer or set-up role for the G-Braves. More than likely, he will be used for middle relief for Atlanta until his role becomes more apparent.

Jair Jurrjens (0-2) on the other hand has not had as much success as Gearrin early-on this season. The righty presently owns a 9.37 ERA, alongside allowing 30 hits through 16.1 innings pitched this year. Jurrjens has allowed 17 earned runs and five home runs, while he has struck out eight batters and walked 10 so far.

Cory Gearrin was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round of the 2007 MLB Draft. He has worked himself up through the levels of the Braves organization, as he started in Danville with the Rookie-Braves in 2007. He then split time between Rome and Myrtle Beach in 2008 before spending most of the 2009 season with Double-A Mississippi. The right-handed reliever spent a majority of the past two years with the Gwinnett Braves in Triple-A.

Last season, Gearrin was called up to Atlanta where he appeared in 18 games for the Braves. In 18.1 innings of relief, the righty allowed 16 earned runs off 17 hits. He did strikeout an impressive 25 hitters, while walking 12 in his short-stay with the big club. This trip, the Braves No. 12 ranked RHP prospect is prepared to stick around. However, it is Gearrin’s job to adjust on the fly. He will be prepared to do whatever the Braves ask of him.

By: Tony Piraro

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