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Series Preview: Gwinnett Braves (38-53) vs. Norfolk Tides (48-42)

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Mon, July 8: RHP Joe Bisenius (2-1, 5.87) vs. LHP Jake Pettit (3-1, 2.37)
Tue, July 9: TBA vs. RHP Jair Jurrjens (5-6, 4.38)
Wed, July 10: RHP Cody Martin (2-1, 1.38) vs. TBA
Thu, July 11: RHP Kameron Loe (3-2, 2.97) vs. LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (2-4, 5.14)

The Gwinnett Braves are off to a slow start in their current homestand, dropping three of their first four games. Despite holding the No.1 offense in the International League, the Durham Bulls, to one run during their two-game series, the G-Braves only came away with one victory.

Batters: With Ernesto Mejia sidelined with a sore hamstring, the G-Braves have had to rely on others to take care of the offensive load… However, the Braves have scored five runs in their last five games, while being shut out three times… Luis Nunez has been the best hitter during that span, hitting .267 (4-for-15) with one run… Sean Kazmar and Jose Yepez have driven in two apiece during that span…

Pitchers: After getting routed 13-0 on Wednesday night at Norfolk, the pitching staff has been sharp during their current homestand. They have allowed nine runs, eight earned in 36 innings, while scattering 31 hits… Kameron Loe is the only pitcher to collect a victory during this homestand. On 7/7, he tossed five innings of scoreless ball, scattering three hits and striking out two. His night was washed away, as a 51-minute rain delay impeded his chances from returning to the game… Mark Lamm made his Triple-A debut on Saturday, recording two innings of shutout ball and picking up a hold…

G-Bites: Since being optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday, Cory Gearrin has not appeared in a game.

Norfolk Tides lead the Wild Card race, ahead of the streaking Rochester Red Wings (47-45), by 2.0 games and sit 7.5 games behind the front-running Durham Bulls (56-35) in the South Division.

Batters: Jason Pridie is having a great season, hitting .300 (91-for-303) with 21 doubles, three triples, 11 homers and 43 RBI. He has tormented G-Braves’ pitching, hitting .326 (14-for-43) with four doubles, one triple, one homer and nine RBI…L.J. Hoes has been even better, the fleet-footed outfielder is batting .353 (12-for-34) with one double, one homer and six RBI against Gwinnett in 2013.

Pitchers: Triple-A All Star and former G-Brave, Jairo Asencio is having a fantastic season in 2013. In 33 games, he is 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA, converting 19 of 24 save opportunities. In five games against the G-Braves this season, he is 0-0 with four saves, while striking out six and allowing one run… Game two will feature former G-Brave and Atlanta Braves hurler, Jair Jurrjens. Jurrjens has made a few starts for the Baltimore Orioles, but has spent most of the season with the Tides. In 15 starts, he is 5-6 with a 4.38 ERA.

Off-Shore: The Tides have dominated the G-Braves in 2013, posting an 8-2 record against their South Division foes.

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G-Braves Homestand Highlights: August 6-13

The Gwinnett Braves return home to Coolray Field for an eight-game homestand that will begin on Monday, August 6 and conclude on Monday, August 13. The G-Braves will host the International League South’s second place club, the Norfolk Tides (August 6-9) for the first four games, then will welcome former G-BraveTodd Redmond back to town with his new team, the Louisville Bats (August 10-13) for a four-game series.

Gwinnett outfielder Stefan Gartrell is on fire at the plate, having hit .395 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in July. His steady teammate and 2012 All-Star Ernesto Mejia leads the team in most offensive categories including home runs (22) and RBIs (75). Jose Constanza and his IL-best .324 batting average is back with Gwinnett after a brief call-up to Atlanta. Constanza broke the Gwinnett Braves franchise record with a 22-game hitting streak the last time he was in Lawrenceville. Gwinnett’s starting rotation hasn’t looked more dominant than it has lately with the added presence of Randall Delgado, who is coming off a 10-strikeout win against the IL South leading Charlotte Knights. Atlanta’s first round pick from 2011, left-hander Sean Gilmartin made his Triple-A debut with Gwinnett on the road trip and is currently slated to make his home debut on Friday, August 10 vs. Louisville.

The upcoming homestand features plenty of discounts and activities, including “Bike Night” on August 8, WAGA Fox 5 Friday Fireworks and “Beach Night” on August 10 and “Outdoor Night” featuring a Tailgate Stool giveaway sponsored by Charter Business and Telemundo on August 11.

Here’s a look at the homestand:

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Monday, August 6
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
National Anthem performed by: Breanna Smith
Features:

  • Kids Eat Free Monday – All kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, a bag of chips and a small soda.
  • 11Alive Olympic Broadcast – 11Alive will be hosting a live Olympic broadcast from 5 to 6 PM. Come at 4:30 PM and have a chance to be on live TV, giving reaction to the events and even participating in Olympic Trivia! Paid admission is required for participants.

Tuesday, August 7
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
National Anthem performed by: Natalie Francingues
Features:

    • 2 for 1 Tuesday – Save up to 50% off tickets by visiting GwinnettBraves.com/Tuesday. Print your coupon from home and present it at the Box Office to redeem!

Wednesday, August 8
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM

      National Anthem performed by: Hayley Oliver
      Presenting Sponsors: Save-A-Lot
      • Winning Wednesday – Attend our Wednesday game for a chance to win big. If the G-Braves are victorious, everyone in attendance will receive a special discount offer on future game tickets presented by Georgia Lottery.
      • Baseball Bingo – The first 1,500 fans through the gates will be able to participate to win prizes.
      • Bike Night – Motor on over to Coolray Field for a pre-game ride around the field and enjoy the motorcycle vendors on the concourse. All participants in the ride around the field must have an Infield Box ticket. Please call 678-277-0350 for more details.

Thursday, August 9
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM

        National Anthem performed by: Destiny Roberts
        Presenting Sponsors: Tyson® Any’Tizers® Snacks
        • $3 Thursday – Kick-off the weekend right with $3 food and drink specials all game long. All general admission berm seating is also just $3 on Thursdays.

Friday, August 10
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM

          Presenting Sponsors: 12Stone Church
          • Beach Night – Put on your hula skirts and coconuts to join us for Beach Night. The Gwinnett Braves will get tropical with beachy music, movie clips and plenty of fun music to keep you dancing all game.
          • Fox 5 Friday Fireworks – Join us for a spectacular fireworks display that will light up the sky immediately following the G-Braves game.

Saturday, August 11
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM

            National Anthem performed by: Charter Business
            Presenting Sponsors: Charter Business & Telemundo
            • Outdoor Night/Family Campout – Join the G-Braves for Outdoors Night, as we welcome families to campout on the field after the game. Call the Group Sales office (678) 277-0340 for more details. All participants must fill out a form.
            • Tailgate Stool Giveaway – First 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a G-Braves tailgate stool.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Sunday, August 12
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 5:05 PM

              Presenting Sponsors: Univision
              • Family Sunday – Bring your ball and glove for a pre-game catch in the outfield starting when the gates open and lasting for 20 minutes. All kids 12 and under will get to run the bases following the game.
              • Summer Safety – The Gwinnett Braves will be recognizing organizations that fund or run safety programs for children.

Monday, August 13
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM

                • Kids Eat Free Monday – All kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, a bag of chips and a small soda.

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

Gearrin Promoted, Constanza Back to Gwinnett

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Gwinnett Braves closer Cory Gearrin has once again been promoted to the Atlanta Braves amidst mass injuries to the pitching staff. Meanwhile, the Gwinnett franchise record holder with his 22-game hit streak, Jose Constanza is back and ready to provide the G-Braves offense with a spark.

However, the Gwinnett offense doesn’t need much of anything lately, as Stefan Gartrell and Ernesto Mejia have carried the team on their collective back. Gartrell is one of the hottest hitters in the International League for July, hitting .395 with six home runs and 14 RBI. For the season, the steady Mejia is leading the team in most offensive categories, including home runs (22) and RBI (75). Felix Pie is coming off the most impressive game by a G-Brave hitter in 2012, bashing the first grand slam of the season for a Gwinnett player, as he registered a team-high six RBI in one game against Durham.

For as explosive as the Gwinnett offense is becoming, in the same respect the G-Braves bullpen is not as deep as it once was in 2012. Jaye Chapman was just dealt to the Chicago Cubs, alongside the promotion of Gearrin to Atlanta, two of the most consistent arms in the G-Braves bullpen are now history. Anthony Varvaro takes over as the best arm in the Gwinnett bullpen, aside from his left-handed counterpart Dusty Hughes. Both will have expanded roles moving forward into the final month of the IL regular season.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

With injuries to Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens, who were both placed on the DL this week for the Braves, Atlanta is presently deprived of pitching depth. Thus the move of Chapman and Arodys Vizcaino to Chicago (NL) for Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson, as Atlanta needed a left-hander with rotation and bullpen versatility.

After recording the best record in the IL in the first month of the season, then falling into an IL-worst 15-game losing skid, the G-Braves have kept their heads up as the worst seems to be over. The offense, defense and pitching is getting better and they have only become more consistent in the second half of the season. Regardless of record, Gwinnett is making strides in many departments, namely developing their youngsters as Sean Gilmartin made his Triple-A debut this past week. The future is bright with the Atlanta Braves organization, however they have a chance at winning now, so they will take every precaution along the way to make sure they do just that.

By: Tony Piraro

Trade Deadline Passes, Delgado Dominant in Win

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

FORT MILL, SC. – After two starts at Gwinnett since being optioned from Atlanta on July 15, there was still reason to be concerned about young Randall Delgado. Those fears were put to rest Tuesday afternoon at Knights Stadium, as the right-hander dominantly pitched the G-Braves to a 7-2 win over the Charlotte Knights in the four-game series finale.

Delgado (W, 2-1) worked six strong innings for his second straight win, as he scattered five hits while giving up one earned run and one walk. Delgado also struck out 10 batters, including seven of the last 11 men he faced on Tuesday. The 10 strikeouts were two behind his career-high of 12 while with Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League of May, 2009.

The Knights jumped on Delgado early as Drew Garcia poked a one-out infield single in the bottom of the first, moved to second on a single to right by Brent Morel and scored on a single by Dan Johnson. The Knights were up 1-0 after one inning, but that would be the only run Delgado would surrender in the game.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

The G-Braves took the lead in the top of the third off former Parkview High School star Anthony Carter. With one out, Brian Friday singled to left and moved to second on a groundout by J.C. Boscan. With two outs, Felix Pie singled to center scoring Friday from second to tie the game, 1-1. Pie then scored from first on a double to left by Josh Wilsonfor a 2-1 G-Braves lead.

Gwinnett padded the lead in the top of the fifth off reliever Brandon Kloess, when Boscan drew a two out walk, stole second base and scored on a single to center by Wilson, giving the G-Braves a 3-1 advantage.

Andy Russell relieved Delgado in the bottom of the seventh and allowed the Knights only other run. Former No. 1 pick of the Chicago White Sox, Jared Mitchell greeted Russell with a single to left, and then took third when Russell’s pick-off attempt shot past Gwinnett first baseman Terry Tiffee. Tyler Saladino plated Mitchell from third with a groundout to first, cutting the Gwinnett lead, 3-2.

In the top of the ninth however, the G-Braves put the game away. Reliever Donnie Veal walked Josh Kroeger and Ruben Gotay with one out, as he gave way to Daniel Moskos from the bullpen. Moskos walked Friday to load the bases, then allowed Kroeger to score from third on a wild pitch, amping the lead to 4-2. Pie then drove in both Gotay and Friday with a single to center, boosting the lead to 6-2. A wild pitch moved Pie to third and an infield single by Wilson plated him with the seventh and final run of the game.

Carter (L, 2-5) worked two innings of relief for the loss giving up four hits and two earned runs. He stuck out one. Brian Bruney, pitching on a rehab assignment from the White Sox started the game and worked the first inning only with one hit and one strikeout. Kloess pitched 1.2 innings with two hits, one earned run, two walks and one strikeout. Former Gwinnett pitcher Deunte Heath worked 2.0 scoreless innings with one walk and three strikeouts. Veal was credited with 1.2 innings pitched, one hit, two earned runs, two walks and one strikeout. Moskos gave up two hits and one earned run and one walk and had one strikeout in 0.2 innings pitched.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

The G-Braves (51-61) and Knights (63-49) finish their 22-game schedule against one another with a season split, 11 wins each.

Russell worked the seventh with one hit and one earned run and Dusty Hughes worked a scoreless eighth with one strikeout. Anthony Varvaro closed the game out with a scoreless ninth, allowing one walk, alongside three strikeouts.

Pie and Wilson paced Gwinnett with three hits and three RBIs each and Stefan Gartrellwent 1-for-4 to increase his hitting streak to 11 games.

After an off day on Wednesday, the G-Braves open a four-game series in Durham, North Carolina against the Bulls. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Thursday night, asYohan Flande (5-7, 4.17) will start for Gwinnett against the Bulls TBA (0-0, 0.00). Listen to the broadcast on AM 550/FM 102.9 WDUN in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play by play.

Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

By: Tony Sciavone & Tony Piraro

Video: Felix Pie Slams His Way to Record Night

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Click this link to watch Felix Pie’s grand slam against Durham on Friday night

The Gwinnett Braves throttled the Durham Bulls, 13-1, in the finale of a four-game series on Friday night at Coolray Field. Felix Pie was the player of the game with his three-hit performance, including the first Gwinnett grand slam of the year and a team-high six RBIs, falling just a triple short of the cycle. With the win, Gwinnett splits the series and moves within 1.0 game of Durham for third place in the International League South Division.

For the first time on the homestand, Gwinnett scored first. The G-Braves plated seven runs on five hits against Durham starter Jim Paduch in the second inning. Ernesto Mejialed off the inning with a walk and took third on a single by Stefan GartrellTerry Tiffee drove home the first run of the game with an RBI double to right. Two hitters later, Jose Yepez signled home Gartrell to boost the lead to 2-0. Luis Durango singled to score Tiffee for his 41st RBI of the season, and Jack Wilson was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

That set the table for Pie, who launched a grand slam into the right-field bullpen to give Gwinnett a 7-0 lead. Pie’s slam off Paduch was the first by a G-Brave this season. The last Gwinnett hitter to hit a grand slam was Brandon Hicks, doing so on August 28, 2011 against the Norfolk Tides.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Pie (2-for-4, GS, 6 RBI) and Mejia (2-for-4, double, 2 RBI) each had multi-hit, multi-RBI nights for the G-Braves. Tiffee concluded a hot series by going 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. Durango (2-for-4, 3 runs, RBI) and Gotay (2-for-4, HR, 2 runs, RBI) also had solid offensive nights for Gwinnett.

Gwinnett added two more runs in the fourth when Pie laced a two-run single into right-center, scoring Ruben Gotay and Durango for a 9-0 advantage. Pie finished his night a triple shy of the cycle at 3-for-5, including six RBIs. It was the most RBIs by G-Braves hitter since Mauro Gomez drove in eight runs on 4-for-5 hitting on July 25, 2011 at Norfolk.

By: Tony Piraro

Video: Truck Yeah…That’s My Walk-up Music

The original 26th round pick of the Minnesota Twins during the 1999 MLB amateur draft Terry Tiffee is impressing at the Triple-A level, exhibiting his third base skills. The 33-year old has plenty in the tank, as he has played just four Major League seasons, three with the Twins and one with the Los Angeles Dodgers. This season however, the third baseman is playing within the Atlanta Braves organization.

Tiffee has been playing minor league baseball since 2000 when he was a member of Quad Cities. Just a few weeks ago, the right-hander was playing Independent baseball in the Atlanta League where he was hitting .297 with 11 home runs and 46 RBI in just 69 games this season with Lancaster.

Atlanta waisted little time purchasing the contract of the 6-foot, 2-inch big bopper, signing him recently. Since joining the Gwinnett Braves, Tiffee has been a solid addition with a great prowess for pop. Tiffee already has nine hits in his first eight games with the team including a home run on Thursday against the Durham Bulls that is drawing comparisons to the long blast at Coolray Field in 2012 by the Braves Dan Uggla.

Thursday I also had the pleasure of meeting Tiffee in the G-Braves clubhouse. Prior to the game, he requested that we play Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah” for his walk-up music this season. Ironically, in his second at-bat of the game with McGraw echoing throughout Lawrenceville, Tiffee launched a ball that some feel still has not landed yet. Regardless, the third baseman is a welcomed addition to the G-Braves offense as he will be able to allow Ruben Gotay to play his natural position of second base. Either way, Tiffee is earning his playing time with each game, truck yeah!

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Seek Series Split Against Durham Friday

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

7.27.12 GBraves Game Notes

The Gwinnett Braves defeated the Durham Bulls 8-1 on Thursday night in the third game of a four-game series at Coolray Field. Luis DurangoStefan Gartrell and Jack Wilson each recorded three-hit games as the G-Braves’ offense gave starter Randall Delgado all the support he needed. With the win, Gwinnett moves to within 2.0 games of the Bulls for third place in the International League South Division.

For the seventh-straight game on the homestand, the visitors scored the first run. Henry Wrigley broke a string of three-straight scoreless innings thrown by Delgado as he crushed a solo home run in the fourth, giving the Bulls a 1-0 lead.

The lead wouldn’t last long as Terry Tiffee tattooed a solo home run the next half inning to tie the game, 1-1. His towering drive over the left-field retaining wall came against left-hander Cesar Ramos and was his first since joining the G-Braves.

Gwinnett took the lead with a run in the fifth and never trailed the rest of the way. Wilson, continuing his rehab assignment for the Atlanta Braves, singled home J.C. Boscan to put the G-Braves ahead, 2-1.

Facing reliever Bryan Augenstein an inning later, Gwinnett tacked four more runs on to the lead. A single by Gartrell and back-to-back walks to Ruben Gotay and Boscan loaded the bases. Durango then came through with a two-run single up the middle, and Wilson kept the momentum going with a two-run double down the left-field line to increase the advantage to 6-1.

Gartrell capped his 3-for-4 night, his fourth-straight multi-hit game, with a double in the seventh. That hit moved Ernesto Mejia, who reached after being hit by a pitch, to third. Wilson grounded out to plate Mejia for his third RBI of the game, and Tiffee added a single to center scoring Gartrell for an 8-1 lead.

Delgado (W, 1-1) worked 5.2 innings of one-run baseball, scattering six hits and three walks while striking out five. He threw an efficient 110 pitches, 60 for strikes before exiting with two on in the sixth. Cole McCurry (H, 1) stranded both inherited runners and worked 1.1 scoreless innings. Anthony Varvaro and Andy Russell each threw scoreless innings to finish off the Bulls.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Friday, July 27th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (48-59) and Durham Bulls (50-57) will play the finale of the four-game series at Coolray Field on Friday night. The G-Braves will have left-hander Yohan Flande (4-7, 4.44) on the mound, while the Bulls counter with right-hander Jim Paduch (5-8, 5.27) for a 7:05 PM scheduled first pitch. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. The television broadcast will air on CSS.

Durham Bulls (3rd IL South) vs Gwinnett (4th IL North) 

Join the G-Braves in celebrating the 2012 Summer Olympics with Olympic Games Night on Friday night. The first 1,500 fans will walk away with a Cowbell presented by CSS. Post-game fireworks sponsored by WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta will follow the game. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Durham Bulls Batting Order:

1) Rich Thompson, CF

2) Tim Beckham, SS

3) Evan Longoria, DH

4) Henry Wrigley, 1B

5) Chris Gimenez, LF

6) Reid Brignac, SS

7) Cole Figueroa, 3B

8) Nevin Ashley, C

9) Jesus Feliciano, CF

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jack Wilson, DH

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, LF

6) Terry Tiffee, 3B

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Ruben Gotay, 2B

By: Tony Piraro

Braves 2011 First Round Pick Joins Gwinnett

Left-hander Sean Gilmartin, Atlanta’s first round pick in the 2011 June free agent draft, has joined the Gwinnett Braves. The Atlanta Braves announced Gilmartin’s promotion from Double-A Mississippi to Gwinnett on Friday, July 27.

Gilmartin, 22, will make his Triple-A debut with the G-Braves after opening the season with Mississippi. In 20 games, all starts for the M-Braves, he compiled a 5-8 record and 3.54 ERA (47 ER in 119.1 IP). The southpaw struck out 86 batters while walking only 26 and held Southern League opponents to a .248 average (111-for-448).

His solid Double-A debut included back-to-back complete games on May 3 at Mobile (loss, 6.0 IP, 2 ER) and May 8 against Pensacola (win, 7.0 IP, 1 ER). Gilmartin threw a career-high 9.0 innings in a no-decision on July 6 vs. Jackson, striking out seven while allowing only a run on four hits. For that effort, he was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week on July 8.

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

Gilmartin was drafted 28th overall in 2011 by the Braves out of Florida State University. He went a combined 2-2 with a 3.09 ERA in six starts between the Gulf Coast League and Class-A Rome in 2011. The Thousand Oaks, CA native began the year as the No. 5 ranked prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization according to Baseball America.

Gilmartin, wearing No. 56, will join the rest of his Gwinnett teammates on Friday night as they take on Durham in the finale of a four-game series. Left-hander Yohan Flande (4-7, 4.44) is scheduled to start for the G-Bravss, while the Bulls counter with right-hander Jim Paduch (5-8, 5.27) for a 7:05 PM scheduled first pitch. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. The television broadcast will air on CSS.

Join the G-Braves in celebrating the 2012 Summer Olympics with Olympic Games Night on Friday night. The first 1,500 fans will walk away with a Cowbell presented by CSS. Post-game fireworks sponsored by WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta will follow the game. 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 & Dave Lezotte

Randall Delgado vs Evan Longoria Tonight

7.26.12 GBraves Game Notes

Reid Brignac and Henry Wrigley each drove in four RBIs as the Durham Bulls outslugged the Gwinnett Braves, 16-8, on Wednesday night at Coolray Field. Brignac, Leslie Anderson and Rich Thompson all homered to help the Bulls take a 3.0-game lead over the G-Braves for third place in the International League South Division.

For the sixth-straight game on the homestand, Gwinnett fell behind early. Durham scored four runs against starter Jose Lugo in the first inning, chasing the left-hander with just two outs. Thompson, who went 3-for-6 the previous night, began a 4-for-6 effort with a solo home run to lead off the game. Lugo then walked the next three hitters to load the bases. Following a double-play ball that scored a run, Chris Gimenez and Brignac recorded back-to-back RBI singles to open a 4-0 lead.

Lugo yielded all four runs as earned on four hits and three walks. Buddy Carlyle entered the game and pitched 4.1 innings, surrendering three more runs on four hits while walking two and striking out two.

Durham added three runs in the second inning, boosting their lead to 7-0. Thompson reached first on his second of three hits in the game, took second on a groundout, stole third base and scored on Wrigley’s RBI single. The Bulls plated their final two runs of the frame when Anderson smashed a two-run home run off Carlyle.

Gwinnett finally answered back with a run in the second when Ruben Gotay singled home Josh Wilson, cutting the Gwinnett deficit to six runs. Stefan Gartrell blasted his 15th home run of the season in the third, a solo shot, cutting the Bulls’ lead to 7-2 after three innings.

After a scoreless Durham half of the fourth, the G-Braves bats struck for five runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 7-7. Terry Tiffee led off the inning with a walk, thenJose Yepez singled and Gotay followed by driving in Tiffee on a single. With two runners on, Luis Durango lifted a ball into deep center field for a two-run triple, cutting the deficit to 7-5. Jack Wilson drove in the fourth run of the inning with his sacrifice fly that scored Durango from third. Felix Pie singled and scored three batters later when Ernesto Mejiadoubled him home for his IL-leading 72nd RBI of the season.

Lance Pendleton (W, 6-4) started the game for Durham and lasted 5.2 innings in the slugfest. The right-hander allowed eight earned runs on 10 hits, walked three and struck out three.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Thursday, July 26th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (47-59) and Durham Bulls (50-56) will play the third game of their four-game series at Coolray Field on Thursday night. The G-Braves will have right-hander Randall Delgado (0-1, 10.80) on the mound, while the Bulls counter with left-hander Cesar Ramos (3-2, 2.36) for a 7:05 PM scheduled first pitch. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Durham Bulls (3rd IL South) vs Gwinnett (4th IL North) 

Kick off the weekend right with $3 food and drink specials, including special $3 berm seating all game long on $3 Thursday presented by Dave FM. 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 Kyle Hess

Durham Bulls Batting Order:

1) Will Rhymes, 3B

2) Tim Beckham, SS

3) Evan Longoria, DH

4) Stephen Vogt, C

5) Henry Wrigley, 1B

6) Leslie Anderson, LF

7) Reid Brignac, SS

8) Chris Gimenez, RF

9) Jesus Feliciano, CF

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jack Wilson, DH

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, LF

6) Josh Wilson, SS

7) Terry Tiffee, 3B

8) Ruben Gotay, 2B

9) J.C. Boscan, C

By: Tony Piraro

Evan Longoria at Coolray Field Thursday, Friday

Photo courtesy of Frank Mitman – Digital Photographic Imaging

One of the best players in Major League Baseball, Evan Longoria will be stopping by Coolray Field tonight and Friday for as part of the Tampa Bay Rays rehab assignment with the Durham Bulls. Thursday night, one of MLB’s best fielders and hitters will be opposing the Braves man of the hour, Randall Delgado. The G-Braves right-hander has been rumored in trade talks the last 48 hours, but will start amidst the rumors tonight for Gwinnett at 7:05 p.m. from Coolray Field.

For the season, prior to tearing his hamstring, the Gold Glove third baseman was batting .329 with four home runs, 19 RBI, 15 walks and 15 runs scored in 82 at-bats with the Rays. He was on pace to have another fantastic, all-star worthy season, as his three-year averages would suggest; .274 batting average, 29 home runs, 107 RBI, 75 walks, 10 stolen bases and 91 runs scored.

“Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was told Wednesday that, at this point, he likely cannot make his hamstring injury any worse at this point, so he will head to Durham to begin a minor-leaguie rehab assignment Thursday, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Manager Joe Maddon told reporters that Longoria would work as strictly as a designated hitter and will likely need just three to four games to get back in shape, though his return will depend on when Longoria feels ready,” CBS sports reports.

Photo courtesy of Frank Mitman – Digital Photographic Imaging

The Gwinnett Braves (47-59) and Durham Bulls (50-56) will play the third game of their four-game series at Coolray Field on Thursday night. The G-Braves will have right-hander Randall Delgado (0-1, 10.80) on the mound, while the Bulls counter with left-hander Cesar Ramos (3-2, 2.36) for a 7:05 PM scheduled first pitch. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Kick off the weekend right with $3 food and drink specials, including special $3 berm seating all game long on $3 Thursday presented by Dave FM. 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

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