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G-Braves Seeking Series Win Against Charlotte

(Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts)

The Gwinnett Braves were routed by the Charlotte Knights on Wednesday night, as the Chicago White Sox affiliate pounded out 17 hits en route to the 8-2 victory. This season, Charlotte has taken three out of the five games the two teams have played against one another. With a victory Thursday night by Gwinnett however, they would tie the season series, 3-3, thus far.

Julio Teheran endured his worst performance of the year, working just four and one-third innings for the loss. The righty allowed four runs off seven hits and struck out a season-low one batter as he moves his record to 2-1 following Wednesday’s loss.

Ernesto Mejia (pictured above) has a 16-game on-base streak going for him. The big first baseman has reached base in every game he’s played this season and will be looking to extend his streak to 17 consecutive on Thursday. Josh Wilson, who moved up to the No. 7 slot in the batting order for Thursday, has five hits in his last two games as the shortstop continues to find his rhythm.

Currently, the G-Braves possess one of the best records in the International League with 13 wins and seven losses. The only team’s with better records are the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate, Pawtucket Red Sox who are 15-6 and the Toledo Mudhens (Gwinnett’s next opponent) who are 14-6 on the season as they represent the Detroit Tigers.

Gwinnett still leads the IL South Division, but the margin has slimmed after the Knights have taken three of five games from the G-Braves in the last week. Gwinnett now leads Charlotte by just two games in the standings and an 8-game road trip looms on the Gwinnett horizon following Thursday’s game. Norfolk and Durham have a combined 27 total losses between them already and are no closer than five and a half games out of first place in the IL South Division. The Durham Bulls actually won the division last season, but reside in last place early on this year with their league-leading 15 losses.

Starters: Charlotte Knights (11-9, 2nd) vs Gwinnett (13-7, 1st) Thursday, April 26 @ 7:05 p.m. @ Coolray Field

Righty Eric Junge (2-1, 4.50) will be seeking his third win this year as he will oppose Charlotte southpaw Eric Stults (1-0, 1.13). 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. 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.

Charlotte Knights Batting Order:

1) Greg Golson, RF

2) Jim Gallagher, LF

3) Conor Jackson, 3B

4) Dan Johnson, DH

5) Hector Gimenez, 1B

6) Josh Phegley, C

7) Jordan Danks, CF

8) Ray Olmedo, SS

9) Jose Castro, 2B

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Drew Sutton, 2B

3) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

4) Stefan Gartrell, LF

5) Joey Terdoslavich, DH

6) Jordan Parraz, RF

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Greg Paiml, 2B

By: Tony Piraro

Homestand Highlights, Upcoming G-Braves Schedule

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

The Gwinnett Braves opened their season at Coolray Field with flying colors. The G-Braves were able to withstand pre-game ceremonies, Japanese debuts, Major League rehab assignments and of couse, rain and weather delays. Nevertheless, Gwinnett was able to capitalize off their home field advantage in the first eight home games of the 2012 regular season, going 7-1 at Coolray Field. Gwinnett is also tied with LeHigh Valley (PHI) for an International League-best 11 wins. Most importantly however, the G-Braves are atop the IL South Division, resting comfotably in first place as they commute to Charlotte this weekend. Continue to follow us at the G-Blog all season long for anything Braves…

Home Opener: Thursday, April 12 vs Durham Bulls, 1-0 @ Coolray Field

G-Braves Stampede Bulls 7-1 in Home Opener (click on link to read recap from game)

Julio Teheran won his first game of the season as the G-Braves finally defeated Durham after losing three of their first four games of the season in North Carolina a week earlier. Tommie Aaron’s No. 23 was re-retired on the right field wall at Coolray Field prior to the game.

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

Home Game No. 2: Friday, April 13 vs Durham Bulls, 2-0 @ Coolray Field

 
Yohan Flande was nearly untouchable for Gwinnett, working five scoreless frames for his first win of the season. Joey Terdoslavich blasted off for his first home run of the season at Coolray Field as the G-Braves won their sixth consecutive game.
 
 
(Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess) 
 
Home Game No. 3: Saturday, April 14 vs Durham Bulls, 3-0 @ Coolray Field
 

Six-Run Third Propels G-Braves Past Durham, 12-7 

The G-Braves and Bulls combined to collect 22 hits and 19 total runs in the slugfest. Regardless, the G-Braves came out on top as Christian Marrero led the way with a 3-for-4 night alongside his three RBI. Eric Junge scooped up his first victory of the 2012 regular season as well.

(Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden)

Home Game No. 4: Sunday, April 15 vs Durham Bulls, 3-1 @ Coolray Field

Durham Snaps G-Braves’ Win-Streak at Six 

The G-Braves six-game win streak was snapped by the Durham Bulls on Sunday. This was the only game of the homestand that Gwinnett ended up losing and that could have been prevented as well. Most of the damage was done in the fifth inning when unearned runs were scored off Todd Redmond, who took his first loss of the season.

(Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess)

Home Game No. 5: Monday, April 16 vs Norfolk Tides, 4-1 @ Coolray Field

Late-Inning Heroics Squeak G-Braves Past Tides

The first game of the Norfolk series was the best game of the G-Braves eight-game homestand. It was a struggle for either team in this game to score a run. However, the Tides pushed a run across in the top of the 12th inning with thoughts of stealing the first game of the four-game series. The G-Braves were quick to respond in their half of the 12th as J.C. Boscan drove home the tying run and Drew Sutton drove in the winning run as Gwinnett remained undefeated against Norfolk in 2012.

(Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden)

Home Game No. 6: Tuesday, April 17 vs Norfolk Tides, 5-1 @ Coolray Field

Teheran, G-Braves Roll Tides, 6-0

Julio Teheran was more impressive in his second start at home as he secured his second straight win of the season with five and two-third scoreless innings of work, as the G-Braves shutout Norfolk. Jose Yepez was the offense as he drove home three runs with his base-clearing double.

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

Home Game No. 7: Wednesday, April 18 vs Norfolk Tides, 6-1 @ Coolray Field

Hudson Victorious as G-Braves Breeze by Norfolk

The Tim Hudson Major League rehab assignment went swimmingly, however it didn’t start out that way. The Atlanta ace loaded the bases in the first inning before an out was recorded. However, he got out of that jam and went on to retire the next 13 straight batters. Hudson worked five innings for the win and allowed one run, but it was unearned. Ernesto Mejia devastated the Tides with a three-run double in the G-Braves half of the first inning.

(Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess)

Home Game No. 8: Thursday, April 19 vs Norfolk Tides, 7-1 @ Coolray Field

Parraz, Mejia Power G-Braves to Sweep of Norfolk

Amidst the U.S. professional debut of Japanese star Tsuyoshi Wada for the Norfolk Tides, the G-Braves opened the floodgates against the southpaw and his critics. Gwinnett’s offense exploded for six runs off the lefty before he exited the game in line for his first professional loss in America. Ernesto Mejia once again was the offensive story with a double, two-run homer and three RBI as the G-Braves swept Norfolk and remained unbeaten against the Tides (7-0) in 2012.

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

International League South Division Standings as of 4.20.12

1. (11-4) Gwinnett Braves, — Games Back

2. (8-7) Charlotte Knights, 3.0 Games Back

3. (6-9) Durham Bulls, 5.0 Games Back

4. (5-10) Norfolk Tides, 6.0 Games Back

Upcoming G-Braves Schedule

April 20-22: @Charlotte, 3 games with the IL South Division Knights

April 23: Off Day

April 24-26: Coolray Field, 3 games with the IL South Division Charlotte Knights

April 27-30: @Toledo, 4 games with the IL West Division Mudhens

-Tony Piraro

Japanese Pitcher Set To Make U.S. Debut Thursday

(Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess)

Southpaw Tsuyoshi Wada will be making his American debut amidst a Major League rehab assignment for the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday at Coolray Field. It will be a 12:05 p.m. first pitch in the four-game series finale between the Gwinnett Braves and Norfolk Tides. This season, the G-Braves are 6-0 against the the Tides and will be seeking their second sweep of Norfolk in the last week.

Last night, making his first Major League rehab start for Gwinnett since 2009, Atlanta Braves’ right-hander Tim Hudson led the G-Braves to a 4-1 victory over the Norfolk Tides on Wednesday night at Coolray Field. Hudson looked sharp, allowing one unearned run over five innings and at one point in the game retiring 13 consecutive hitters. Ernesto Mejia delivered the big blow of the night with a bases-clearing double in the bottom half of the first inning.

Starting Line-up: Norfolk (5-9, 4th) vs Gwinnett (10-4, 1st) – Thursday, April 19 @ 12:05 p.m. @ Coolray Field

Eric Junge (1-1, 7.20) will be making his third start of the season for the G-Braves on Thursday. In his last start, the righty worked five innings of two-run baseball en route to his first victory of the 2012 season. Junge will be opposing Tsuyoshi Wada who will be making his Triple-A debut as he continues his rehab assignment for the Baltimore Orioles. Presently, Gwinnett pitchers have held the Norfolk Tides to just eight hits over their last two games against the G-Braves in Lawrenceville, GA.

Thursday is “$3 Thursday” which includes $3 food and drink specials all game long. All general admission berm seating is also just $3 on Thursdays. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Norfolk Tides Batting Order:

1) Xavier Avery, CF

2) Matt Antonelli, 3B

3) Ryan Adams, 2B

4) Jai Miller, RF

5) Joe Mahoney, 1B

6) Scott Beerer, LF

7) Josh Barfield, DH

8) John Hester, C

9) Blake Davis, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, CF

2) Drew Sutton, 3B

3) Stefan Gartrell, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Jordan Parraz, DH

6) Jose Yepez, C

7) Christian Marrero, LF

8) Josh Wilson, SS

9) Greg Paiml, 2B

-Tony Piraro

First Place G-Braves Seeking Fifth Straight Win

4.13.12 GBraves Game Notes

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

Last night, the Gwinnett Braves opened their 2012 home schedule with a 7-1 win over the Durham Bulls in front of 4,699 fans at Coolray Field. Jose Constanza and J.C. Boscan each drove in two RBI apiece, while right-hander Julio Teheran logged five scoreless, three-hit innings to pick up his first victory as the G-Braves moved to 5-3 on the season.

The reigning IL Pitcher of the Year and 2011 Rookie of the Year, Teheran (1-0) lived up to the billing, working five innings of scoreless baseball. In addition to four strikeouts over five scoreless innings, the right-hander also picked off two base-runners from first. With his first win of the season, Teheran lowered his ERA from 16.20 to 4.05.

Gwinnett scored a run in the bottom of the first and never trailed in the contest. Luis Durango walked to lead-off the bottom half of the first, then advanced to second after stealing his fifth base of the young season. Following a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt by Jose Constanza to advance Durango to third base, Drew Sutton laced a single into right field to give Gwinnett an early 1-0 lead.

The G-Braves took full advantage of another lead-off walk that was issued by Bulls starting pitcher Jhonny Nunez in the fourth inning. After Ernesto Mejia reached base, Gwinnett followed with back-to-back singles by Joey Terdoslavich and Jordan Parraz to load the bases. Following a lineout by Josh Wilson, Boscan ripped a two-run single to give the G-Braves a 3-0 lead. The next batter, Durango, grounded into a fielder’s choice, adding another run to the G-Braves lead, 4-0, as they headed to the fifth inning.

Parraz led off the sixth inning with his second hit of the night, and Wilson followed with a base hit of his own. Following back-to-back strikeouts, Constanza drilled a ball into right-center for his second triple in two games, giving the G-Braves a 6-0 lead.

Starting Line-up for Durham (5-3, T-1st) vs Gwinnett (5-3, T-1st) on April 13 @ 7:05 p.m. from Coolray Field

Right-hander Eric Junge (0-1, 10.80) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves, while the Bulls counter with right-handed ace Chris Archer (1-0, 1.50). Friday the 13th’s game features a special appearance by Veggie Tales and Fox 5 Friday Fireworks following the action. Listen to the game on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Durham Bulls Batting Order:

1) Will Rhymes, 3B

2) Tim Beckham, SS

3) Brandon Guyer, RF

4) Matt Mangini, DH

5) Leslie Anderson, LF

6) Juan Miranda, 1B

7) Jesus Feliciano, CF

8) Nevin Ashley, C

9) Shawn O’Malley, 2B

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jose Constanza, LF

3) Drew Sutton, 2B

4) Stefan Gartrell, DH

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Christian Marrero, 1B

7) Jordan Parraz, RF

8) Josh Wilson, SS

9) J.C. Boscan, C

-Tony Piraro

Game Notes for 4.8.12 at Durham

The G-Braves close out their four-game series at Durham today on Easter Sunday, looking for a series split.  Right-hander Eric Junge (8-9, 5.12 ERA with Triple-A Salt Lake last year) will make his G-Braves debut against the Bulls at 5:05 PM.

Today’s Game Notes:  4.8.12 GBraves Game Notes

-DL

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