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Interview: G-Braves 2012 All-Star Candidates

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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.

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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).”

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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.”

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By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Doubleheader Postponed Until Friday

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The Gwinnett Braves were scheduled to play a doubleheader in their first game back at Coolray Field after their most recent 10-game road trip that saw them register a record of 3-7. However, the Columbus Clippers’ flight arrangements failed, thus forcing the teams to cancel the second game of the double-dip for Thursday night. Now, the game has been rescheduled for Friday with the G-Braves and Clippers set for a twinbill that will begin at 5:05 p.m. for the first pitch of the first game. The second game of the doubleheader is scheduled to start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Friday is Planes, Trains and Automobiles Night so come out and enjoy our transportation theme night including various prize drawings from gas cards to Marta passes! We will be sure to have plenty of clips from your favorite Steve Martin and John Candy movie. And of course, don’t forget that every Friday is Fox 5 Friday Fireworks. Stick around after the game for another spectacular post-game fireworks display, courtesy of WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta!

The G-Braves will send Jair Jurrjens to the hill on Thursday in place of the right-hander who was originally scheduled to pitch in the first game of the doubleheader, Todd Redmond. Regardless, Redmond (5-4, 3.52) will take to the mound in the first game of the doubleheader against Columbus on Friday instead.

Replacing, Julio Teheran, the originally scheduled Game No. 2 starter, will be Eric Junge (3-6, 4.54) who will take the mound in the second game of the double-dip. For the time being, Teheran and Junge have swapped positions in the Gwinnett starting rotation.

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Therefore, Thursday will be the first game of the G-Braves nine-game homestand, which is set to begin at approximately 7:50 p.m. The second and third game of the Clippers series is scheduled for Friday night, while the final two games of the season against Columbus are set for Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday’s special first pitch, which is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

By: Tony Piraro

Julio Teheran Set For Memorial Day Fireworks

5.28.12 GBraves Game Notes

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The No. 1 pitching prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization according to Baseball America and MLB.com is ready to set off some early fireworks for the Gwinnett Braves on Memorial Day. Julio Teheran (4-2, 2.98) will take the mound for the G-Braves against former Major Leaguer and current Lehigh Valley IronPig right-hander Dave Bush (4-3, 2.73) for a 7:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch from Coolray Field.

The Gwinnett Braves honor Memorial Day on Monday night at Coolray Field with players and coaches wearing special camouflage jerseys sponsored by Kipper Tool. Those jerseys will be auctioned off following the game, with proceeds benefitting Fisher House. A special Memorial Day Fireworks extravaganza follows the game. Monday night is also another Kids Eat Free Monday, where all kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, bag of chips and a small soda.

The IL South leading G-Braves (30-20) boast the second best record in the International League as they prepare to face the Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A affiliate. Lehigh Valley (28-22) 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.

Sunday afternoon Jair Jurrjens was brilliant against the Rochester Red Wings for eight scoreless innings en route to his third win with Gwinnett. It was a pitchers duel as the G-Braves snuck past the Twins affiliate 1-0 from Coolray Field. With the win, Gwinnett extended their win-streak to three games as they defeated Rochester in the four-game series with three wins and won the overall season series 5-3. Christian Marrero drove in the lone run of the game on his triple, scoring Ernesto Mejia all the way from first base.

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Lehigh Valley (28-22, T-2nd IL North) vs Gwinnett (30-20, 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 second place in the IL South alongside Buffalo, the Mets affiliate who defeated Gwinnett in their season series this year 6-2. 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.

Memorial Day – Monday, May 28 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

Julio Teheran (4-2, 2.98) will take the mound for the G-Braves against former Major Leaguer and current Lehigh Valley IronPig righty Dave Bush (4-3, 2.73) for a 7:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch from Coolray Field. This series features two National League teams, therefore the pitchers will be hitting in all four games. The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

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Lehigh Valley IronPigs Batting Order:

1) CF – Kyle Hudson

2) 2B – Kevin Frandsen

3) LF – Domonic Brown

4) C – John Suomi

5) RF – Steve Susdorf

6) 1B – Cody Overbeck

7) 3B – Tim Kennelly

8) SS – Andres Blanco

9) P – Dave Bush

G-Braves Batting Order

1) LF – Jose Constanza

2) CF – Luis Durango

3) RF – Stefan Gartrell

4) 1B – Ernesto Mejia

5) 3B – Joey Terdoslavich

6) C – Jose Yepez

7) SS – Josh Wilson

8) 2B – Lance Zawadzki

9) P – Julio Teheran

By: Tony Piraro

Jair Jurrjens Ready To Roll Rochester Sunday

5.27.12 GBraves Game Notes

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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.

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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

IL Pitcher of the Week Redmond, Starting Saturday

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The first place Gwinnett Braves (28-20) 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, on the night John Smoltz was at Coolray Field signing his book Staring and Closing, the hitters not the pitchers emerged. Ernesto Mejia, Stefan Gartrell and Joey Terdoslavich all homered as part of the offensive attack. Jose Constanza recorded three hits and scored three times in the 13-8 victory over Rochester.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Mejia extended his hit-streak to 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.

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 Ernesto 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 (20-27, 6th IL North) vs Gwinnett (28-20, 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 as both teams have three wins each through six games.

Saturday, May 26 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

The reigning IL Pitcher of the Week Todd Redmond (4-3, 2.63) will oppose Rochester southpaw Luke French (0-1, 5.91) in a game that is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

Rochester Red Wings Batting Order:

1) Tsuyoshi Nishioka, DH

2) Pedro Florimon, SS

3) Wilkin Ramirez, LF

4) Danny Valencia, 3B

5) Sean Burroughs, 1B

6) Matt Carson, RF

7) Clete Thomas, CF

8) Michael Hollimon, 2B

9) Rene Rivera, C

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jose Constanza, LF

3) Stefan Gartrell, DH

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Felix Pie, RF

7) Jose Yepez, C

8) Josh Wilson, 2B

9) Greg Paiml, SS

By: Tony Piraro

Interview With G-Braves Stefan Gartrell

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On Walk-off Home Run against Buffalo:

“I was happy I put the ball in play,” said Gartrell. “I was really happy I put the ball in the air and hit it hard. After I hit it, I knew it was gone. It was a lot of fun to come around third base and look at all my teammates just going crazy and going ‘Aghhhhhh!’ so that was fun.”

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Knowing the Buffalo pitcher did not want to throw him a fastball:

“When a guy throws you four straight off-speed pitches and then he shakes, that usually means the catcher wants a fastball since he’s called for so much off-speed,” Gartrell said. “It looked like he (pitcher) didn’t want to bounce it because Constanza was at third base. So he left it a little higher than the other ones and I was able to hit it.”

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On hitting behind Luis Durango and Jose Constanza this year:

“(Chuckles) It’s funny. Since May, I’ve got a bunch of two-strike hits and two-strike RBI because of those two. I’ll literally take until they get to second or third base because they’re going to go eventually,” said Gartrell. “The pitcher is worrying about them and trying to throw so hard that they’ll throw balls up and away. I get walked a lot because of it. It’s funny, when they’re on base they get a lot of things going. It’s cool to have that type of speed with their high on-base percentages. They work the pitcher and find ways. They are the 1-2 (in the batting order) and they’re the fastest guys in the league, it’s kind of crazy. I’m like, ‘Okay, I’ll wait for you to steal second, then I’ll get an RBI.’ It’s fun.”

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On hitting in front of Ernesto Mejia:

“If a guy wants to try to pitch around me and not deal with me, then having Mejia behind me….People say I’m a power hitter and I have a lot of pop, but this dude (Mejia) is rediculously strong. To have a guy like that where they have to worry about both of us at some point,” said Gartrell. “Going back to the walk-off on a 2-2 pitch, he left it up because he didn’t want to throw another ball or risk facing Mejia. Stuff like that happens, I’m not getting just fastballs, but I am getting more pitches over the plate because they’re going to want to pitch to me. They’d rather give up a solo homer versus say a three-run home run.”

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On listening to everyone’s opinion when struggling:

“You know where the advice is coming from. You know they want you do good. It comes from a good place so it’s not like, ‘Hey, I’m not going to listen to anybody, I got this.’ Gartrell said. “I’m not fooling myself like that. I like to be known as a humble person. But at the same time, you have to understand becuase they are not you, their methods may be different. What they saw may not be what works for me. What type of person, what type of hitter, what type of player they are or were doesn’t always work for how I am. The reason I am here is because I have always been a very aggressive hitter, to a point to where it’s overaggressive. If I become passive, or take too many pitches then there goes my aggressive swing which goes into my power. I just have to go back to my roots. Shorten up, make good contact and see what happens. The more I simplified it and not tried to crush every single ball, the more home runs came which was funny, so I like that aspect of it.”

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On hitting coach Jaime Dismuke:

“Jaime was the one who said, ‘Dude, you’re fine.’ No matter what. Even if I was like, ‘No, I am not fine.’ He’s like, ‘you’re fine.’ Sometimes I’m like, ‘Jaime what do you see?’ and he says, ‘nothing.’ Then I think, there has to be something wrong. It’s just a matter of getting back to my roots as a hitter.”

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On being the first G-Brave player to be named IL Player of the Week in 2012:

“The funniest part is that I was probably the worst hitter in the league the first month (laughing). Then the first week of the second month, they’re like, ‘you’re the best player for the first week of May,’ which is…..sad (chuckling). Really? It took me a whole month? But that is baseball,” said Gartrell. “I just needed April to be over with. I would like to think I was just in a slump, but then things clicked. I started shortening up my swing. I guess it took me until May to figure that out. I was really glad because it gave me a lot more confidence. I try really hard to make sure my confidence doesn’t go up and down no matter how well or how bad I’m doing. Instead of folding up everything, packing up my tent and getting out of here, I made sure I just kept swinging and at some point it was going to click and that’s what happened.”

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….For more on Stefan Gartrell and my interview with him, be sure to grab a Tomahawk Talk when you visit Coolray Field for the G-Braves next 10-game hometsand which is set to begin on Thursday, May 24 at 7:05 p.m. against Rochester.  

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Walk-off Another Win

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The Gwinnett Braves offense is really starting to make some noise. The first month of the season was dominated by the G-Braves pitching as they led the International League with a 2.76 team ERA. Now, the offense is starting to receive a little attention with their recent heroics. Let’s take a look at the walk-off madness during the G-Braves recent 11-game homestand…

Walk-off No. 1 – Stefan Gartrell

Final game of the Buffalo series, the reigning IL Batter of the Week blasts a 12th inning home run for a G-Braves winner.

Walk-off No. 2 – Luis Durango

First game of the Toledo series, immediately following the Gartrell walk-off, the very next game Luis Durango follows with a seventh inning two-out RBI single that beat the Mud Hens in the first game of a doubleheader.

Walk-off No. 3 – Jose Yepez

Catcher Jose Yepez lifted a sacrifice fly into centerfield that scored Ernesto Mejia for the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth inning amidst the first game of yet another doubleheader between the Mud Hens and G-Braves.

With the G-Braves latest victory, they have moved their IL-best record to 24-13 on the season as they reside comfortably in first place of the IL South Division. Gwinnett is 7-0 against Toledo this season as the G-Braves are searching for their sixth straight win in total on Monday night. The final game of the G-Braves current 11-game homestand will conclude after Game 2 of the double-dip and then Gwinnett will head to Buffalo for a four-game series that will begin Tuesday. Win, lose or draw, the G-Braves offense keeps getting better with time and experience. Combine that with their dynamic pitching and you’ve got a recipe for disaster for the rest of International League in 2012.

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Looking to Remain Unbeaten vs Toledo

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What a way to end a homestand than with a doubleheader the night before the team leaves for an eight-game road trip? It is the final day of this enormous 11-game homestand from Coolray Field and your first place Gwinnett Braves (24-13) couldn’t be feeling much better about themselves these days.

Currently, the G-Braves are 6-4 on the homestand after splitting a two-game set with the Charlotte Knights, losing three of four to Buffalo and winning all four against Toledo so far. In 2012, the G-Braves are a perfect 7-0 against the Toledo Mud Hens as they get set to do battle in a Monday double-dip.

Catcher Jose Yepez won the game for the G-Braves in Game 1 of the doubleheader Monday. The righty slapped a fly ball into centerfield that was deep enough for Ernesto Mejia to lumber home for the winning run. The G-Braves have now won all seven of their games against the Mud Hens in 2012 and are currently looking for the five-game sweep in the second game of the twinbill.

Toledo Mudhens (20-17, 2nd IL West) vs Gwinnett (24-13, 1st IL South) 

The No. 2 hitter in Toledo’s line-up for Monday’s game and the leadoff man for the three previous games, Justin Henry, has been on fire lately for the Mud Hens. The third baseman has reached base nine times in three games and will be looking to do more damage in two more games from Coolray tonight.

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The G-Braves handed the Detroit Tigers No. 1 prospect, Jacob Turner, the no decision in the first game of the night. The righty pitched well and exited the game in the sixth inning.

Game 2 Starting Line-up:

G-Braves southpaw Yohan Flande (1-2, 2.93) gets the start in game two after Eric Junge started the first game. Toledo is slated to start left-hander Casey Crosby (3-2, 4.55). Both games will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Toledo Mudhens Batting Order:

1) Quintin Berry, CF

2) Justin Henry, 3B

3) Ryan Strieby, 1B

4) Brad Eldred, DH

5) Eric Patterson, LF

6) Andy Ciriaco, SS

7) Jeff Frazier, LF

8) Matt Young, RF

9) Bryan Holaday, C

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jose Constanza, LF

3) Stefan Gartrell, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Drew Sutton, 3B

6) Felix Pie, LF

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Greg Paiml, 2B

By: Tony Piraro

First Place G-Braves Facing Tough Test Tuesday

5.8.12 GBraves Game Notes

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Saturday night began an 11-game homestand in 10 days for the Gwinnett Braves. Game No. 4 of from Coolray Field is set for Tuesday night and it should be a good one between Gwinnett and Buffalo. Monday the G-Braves fell to the Bisons, 4-3, in an uncharacteristic game for Gwinnett. For seemingly the first time all season, the G-Braves bullpen let them down. Gwinnett was leading the entire game, 3-0, until the top of the eighth inning when Buffalo struck for four runs to take a 4-3 lead.

Three G-Braves relievers combined to allow the four runs and Jaye Chapman was tagged with the blown save and loss. Regardless, this is why baseball is the best game in the world…The next day, you get to do it again with a chance for redemption.

Stefan Gartrell and company will indeed be looking to redeem themselves, but it won’t be easy against one of the top prospects in the country in Matt Harvey. Gartrell however was named the International League Batter of the Week today as he continues his torrid pace. The slugger is batting over .400 in his last six games, including four home runs, nine RBI and an .850 slugging percentage. Gartrell rose his batting average from .165 to .216 in a matter of days. The big bopper is looking to extend his hit streak to nine games and his RBI streak to seven games on Tuesday night.

Buffalo Bisons (17-14, 3rd in IL North) vs Gwinnett (19-11, 1st in IL South) 

One of the top pitching prospects in baseball Matt Harvey (2-1, 4.80) is set to take the mound Tuesday against G-Braves righty Eric Junge (3-2, 3.10) for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Matt Harvey is the New York Mets No. 2 prospect and the No. 35 overall prospect according to Baseball America. The righty has punched out 27 batters and walked 13 through 30 innings of work so far this season, while allowing just one home run.

Tuesday, May 8 – First Pitch 7:05 p.m. @ Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA

The host of the 2012 IL All-Star Game, Buffalo Bisons, are in town for their first match-up with the G-Braves this season. The two teams will battle in their first of two four-game series’ this season, with the initial meeting in Georgia. The two teams will play one another in a four-game set from Buffalo following the G-Braves current 11-game homestand. The season-series finale is set to take place from Tuesday May 15 through Friday May 18 in New York between Buffalo and Gwinnett.

It is “2 for 1 Tuesday” but 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.

Buffalo Bisons Batting Order:

1) Bobby Scales, 2B

2) Fred Lewis, LF

3) Josh Satin, 1B

4) Zach Lutz, 3B

5) Matt Tuiasosopo, RF

6) Dustin Martin, CF

7) Lucas May, C

8) Omar Quintanilla, SS

9) Matt Harvey, P

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Stefan Gartrell, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Drew Sutton, 2B

6) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Eric Junge, P

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Julio Teheran Set To Start Monday Night

5.7.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Saturday night began an 11-game homestand in 10 days for the Gwinnett Braves, but it did not start the way Gwinnett like with a loss to Charlotte. Sunday the G-Braves concluded their two-game series with the Knights with a 6-2 victory, pushing the season series to a 4-4 tie. Jair Jurrjens was stellar, working eight innings of two-run baseball en route to his first win with the G-BRaves in 2012.

The former New York Met 1986 World Series winner, Wally Backman, is managing the Mets Triple-A affiliate as he continues his New York legacy. The skipper will be managing in the National League format tonight as both teams are farm clubs of NL teams. Therefore, for the first time this season from Coolray Field, both pitchers will be batting in this four-game series.

Stefan Gartrell was named the International League Batter of the Week today as he continues his torrid pace. The slugger is batting .400 in his last five games, including three home runs, eight RBI and an .850 slugging percentage. Gartrell rose his batting average from .165 to .211 in a matter of days.

Buffalo Bisons (17-13, 3rd in IL North) vs Gwinnett (19-10, 1st in IL South) 

The top pitching prospect in baseball Julio Teheran (2-1, 3.66) will take the mound for the G-Braves against Buffalo right-hander Chris Schwinden (2-2, 2.05). Teheran’s last start was cut short due to rain, as he continues to seek his third win of the season. The G-Braves ace was originally scheduled to face the New York Mets No. 4 prospect in Matt Harvey, but he has been pushed back to Tuesday.

Monday, May 7 – First Pitch 7:05 p.m. @ Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA

The host of the 2012 IL All-Star Game, Buffalo Bisons, are in town for their first match-up with the G-Braves this season. The two teams will battle in their first of two four-game series’ this season, with the initial meeting in Georgia. The two teams will play one another in a four-game set from Buffalo following the G-Braves current 11-game homestand. The season-series finale is set to take place from Tuesday May 15 through Friday May 18 in New York between Buffalo and Gwinnett.

It is “Kids Eat Free Monday” so 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.

Buffalo Bisons Batting Order:

1) Bobby Scales, 2B

2) Dustin Martin, CF

3) Valentino Pascucci, RF

4) Josh Satin, 1B

5) Matt Tuiasosopo

6) Fred Lewis, LF

7) Rob Johnson, C

8) Omar Quintanilla, SS

9) Chris Schwinden, P

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Drew Sutton, 2B

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Jordan Parraz, RF

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Julio Teheran, P

By: Tony Piraro

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