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LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – After dropping their tenth straight home game with an 8-5 loss in game one of the doubleheader, the Gwinnett Braves (17-29) took care of business in the nightcap, winning for the first time at home since April 22 with a 5-2 victory over the Louisville Bats (22-23) on Monday night.
The Bats came out swinging in the first game, scoring eight runs on 11 hits off of G-Braves’ pitching. Starter Sean Gilmartin (L, 2-3) yielded seven earned runs on nine hits over 4.0 innings, losing for the third straight start.
Louisville got to Gilmartin quickly, scoring twice in the first inning. Neftali Soto did the damage with a two-run homer, his fourth of the season.
However, the G-Braves answered in the bottom half of the frame, scoring three runs on three hits against Bats starter Pedro Villarreal. It was the first time the Gwinnett offense scored three runs in the first inning since April 16. In the frame, Joey Terdoslavich doubled and scored on an RBI single by Ernesto Mejia, cutting the deficit to 2-1. Brandon Boggs gave the G-Braves the lead with a two-run homer to right-center field, his second with Gwinnett and fourth of the season.
Following the outburst by the G-Braves, the Bats took over. Louisville scored in each of the first five innings, taking an 8-3 lead into the bottom of the fifth. Henry Rodriguez ended Gilmartin’s rough evening as he crushed a two-run homer in the fourth inning.
Gwinnett tacked on runs in the fifth and seventh innings, cutting the deficit to 8-5. It would not be enough, however, as reliever Curtis Partch (W, 1-1) tossed 2.2 innings with one run allowed to secure the victory. Villarreal was effective over 4.1 innings as he allowed four runs, but he did not make it through the fifth to qualify for the win.
In the nightcap, the G-Braves got behind early as Billy Hamilton reached on an infield single, moved to third on a base hit by Neftali Soto and scored as Soto was caught in a rundown, making it 1-0 Bats.
The G-Braves went to work in the bottom of the second, scoring two runs thanks to the wildness of Bats starter Daniel Corcino (L, 2-7). After recording the first two outs of the frame, Corcino hit Jose Yepez with a pitch and gave up back-to-back singles to Sean Kazmar and Tim Corcoran, loading the bases. With the bases jammed, Jose Constanza and Todd Cunningham drew consecutive RBI walks, making it 2-1 Gwinnett.
In the third, Terdoslavich smacked his eighth homer of the season, extending the lead to 3-1. The offense added two more runs in the fifth, both scoring on a double by Kazmar to push the lead to 5-1.
It would be more than enough for Corcoran (W, 2-3), who started and tossed 5.1 innings of one-run baseball. The right-hander scattered eight hits and struck out a season-high seven batters for his first win since April 7. Kameron Loe (S, 1) preserved the victory, allowing one run on two hits over 1.2 innings.
Terdoslavich went a combined 3-for-7 in the doubleheader including two doubles, a home run and two RBI. Constanza added two hits total, going 1-for-3 in both games to extend his International League-leading hitting streak to 17 games.
Hamilton paced the Bats, going 4-for-7 on the night with three runs and an RBI. Soto added four hits and three RBI for Louisville.
The Gwinnett Braves wrap up the four-game series against the Louisville Bats on Tuesday at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 6:05 PM. Right-hander Omar Poveda (3-2, 2.35) will start for the G-Braves, while the Bats will counter with right-hander Chad Reineke (3-3, 4.10).
Thu: Sean Gilmartin (2-0, 2.40 ERA) vs. Brett Marshall (0-2, 7.36 ERA)
Fri: Yohan Flande (1-1, 4.43 ERA) vs. Graham Stoneburner (1-1, 3.00 ERA)
Sat: Tim Corcoran (1-2, 3.12 ERA) vs Dellin Betances (1-2, 7.58 ERA)
Sun: Omar Poveda (2-1, 1.93 ERA) vs. Chien-Ming Wang (2-1, 0.95 ERA) or Chris Bootcheck (3-0, 0.38 ERA)
The Gwinnett Braves have lost their last four games, as they were swept by the Indianapolis Indians (20-7). The Braves ran into a buzz saw, losing to the hottest team in the International League. The Indians are currently on a six-game winning streak and own the best record in the league.
The Braves are glad to be home after an eight-game road trip. Welcoming them back to Coolray Field will be catcher Brian McCann, as he will continue his rehab with the Gwinnett Braves this weekend. The six-time MLB All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger Award winner has been licking his chops to get back to Atlanta, working hard to get through his rehab assignment. In four games with the Single-A Rome Braves, he is hitting .357 (5-for-14) with three homers and 7 RBI.
The offensive attack is led by Ernesto Mejia. His eight home runs lead the league, while he is second RBI (23) and total bases (53). Last season, he hit .258 (8-for-31) with eight runs, one homer and five RBI against Scranton… Joey Terdoslavich has been no slouch, hitting .318 (34-for-107) with four home runs and 16 RBI. He leads the league in doubles (13), extra-base hits (18) and total bases (61)…
Sean Gilmartin will take the ball in the opener. He is 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA in five starts. Among starters, he is second on the squad in innings (30) and ERA. He will make his first career start against the RailRiders… Yohan Flande will make his fourth start (7th appearance) of the season Friday. He is 1-1 with a 4.43 ERA. In his career he has faced Scranton/ WB four times, posting a 0-0 record with a 3.54 ERA (20.1 IP/ 8 ER) and 15 strikeouts… Tim Corcoran pitches Saturday. In five starts, he is 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA. Dating back to 2005, Corcoran has tossed 1.2 innings against the RailRiders, giving up zero runs and striking out two… Poveda will toss in the finale. The right-hander is seventh in the league in ERA (1.93). He is 2-1 on the season and has tossed 32.2 innings in five starts. He will make his first start against Scranton…
Braves concluded the month of April with a 12-15 record. They are currently 6.5 games back of the South Division front-runner Durham Bulls and 5.5 games behind of the wildcard leading Norfolk Tides. The G-Braves are 4-6 in their last 10 games and 6-4 at home…
Thomas Neal leads the RailRiders charge, hitting .339 (21-for062) with six doubles and 14 RBI. He is eighth in the league in hitting… He is tied for eighth place with teammate David Adams. He is hitting .339 (20-for 59) with two homers and six RBI… Melky Mesa leads the squad in homers with three, but is second the IL in strikeouts with 35…
Baseball America’s No. 6 ranked Yankees prospect Marshall will get the ball in Game 1. The right-hander has struggled in 2013, posting a 0-2 record with a 7.36 ERA… Saturday’s hurler, Stoneburner has been solid despite logging in 12.0 innings in three starts. He is 1-1 with 3.00 ERA. This will be his first start against the G-Braves… Another Yankee farmhand that has struggled is Game 3 starter, Dellin Betances. The righty is 1-2 with a 7.58 ERA. Even though he has made 25 starts in his career for Scranton, this will be his first against Gwinnett. Sunday starter has not been decided, but both Wang and Bootcheck will prove to be tough. Each pitcher is sporting a sub 1.00 ERA. In 43 combined innings, the right-handers have allowed three earned runs in 2013.
The Low Down
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took seven of eight games against the Braves in 2012. In 2013, the RailRiders are in third place in the East Division. They are currently three games back of the Wild Card race and Division lead. They are currently on a four-game winning streak.
The Gwinnett Braves (8-10) failed to make it three in a row, dropping game three of the four-game set to the Charlotte Knights, 4-3 on Sunday afternoon in front of 6,676 at Coolray Field. The largest crowd of the 2013 season came out to see first baseman Freddie Freeman, as he took the field
in his final rehab start for the Gwinnett Braves.
Freeman went 0-for-2 with an HBP before leaving in the seventh to get on a plane and head to Denver, CO to meet the rest of his Atlanta teammates.
The G-Braves ended their current two-game winning streak, as Dusty Hughes (0-2) gave up the game-winner in the seventh inning. After giving up a single and retiring the next hitter, Hughes gave up two walks and HBP to allow a run to cross the plate, making it 5-4 Knights.
Offensively, the Braves could not get going against the Knights bullpen, as they threw five innings of shutout baseball. Deunte Heath (1-0) picked up the victory, while Ramon Troncoso recorded the save.
League Leaders: Tyler Pastornicky leads the league in hits (26)… Joe Terdoslavich leads the league in doubles (11), at bats (74) and total bases (46)… Ernesto Mejia rounds up the league leaders, as he leads the IL in homers (7) and RBI (20)…
Tonight’s matchup features Yohan Flande (0-0, 5.23) and Simon Castro (0-2, 6.88)
Starting Lineups Below
G-Braves Report-The Braves return home after dropping six of seven on the road… After their best start in franchise history, the Braves could not keep it going on the road, as the pitching staff allowed 49 runs in seven games… The drought has moved the Braves to third place in the South Division.
Hitters-Ernesto Mejia has been on fire of late, hitting four home runs in seven games. He currently leads the International League in home runs (6), RBI (12) and total bases (32). He is hitting well above the .300 mark, checking in with a .316 (12-for-38) batting average after 11 games… Tyler Pastornicky leads all G- Braves in batting, hitting .400 (18-for-45). His 18 knocks lead and is tied for first in doubles (5) through 11 games… Sean Kazmar checks in with a .310 batting average, one home run and 11 RBI. His RBI mark is second in the league behind Mejia.
Pitchers-The staff struggled on the road, giving up 49 runs on the trip… Omar Poveda was the only starting pitcher to get through five innings during the road trip. He tossed six scoreless on 4/8 and five innings of four-run ball on 8/13. He was not a part of either decision. He leads the squad in innings (11) and WHIP (0.82)… Reliever Andrew Russell had a rough week, blowing one save and losing twice. On the season, the Aussie is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA… Today starter, Daniel Rodriguez has not had a good start to 2012. In two appearances, he is 0-1 with a 48.60 ERA.
G-Bites- The Braves are currently sixth in the League in hitting with a .271 (60-for-361) batting average. They are second in the league in homers (12)… However, they are 11th in ERA (4.98) and have allowed the second most runs in the league (60). Free passes have hurt the staff, as they have issued 49 in 11 games…
Norfolk Update-The Tides have been playing good ball of late. After dropping their first three contests, the Tides have won six of their last eight. They are currently on a three-game winning streak… The Tides swept the mini two-game set against the G-Braves this weekend…
Hitting-Russ Canzler is leading the Tides attack, the infielder is hitting .333 (14-for-42) with three homers and 10 RBI. He leads the Tides in every offensive category and is second in the IL with seven extra base hits, behind the G-Braves Mejia… Danny Valencia is off to a solid start, hitting .316 (12-for-38) with three doubles and six RBI…
Pitchers- The G-Braves were stifled last night by Norfolk’s top arm, Josh Stinson, as he hurled 6.2 innings of one-run ball, collecting his first win of the season. On the year, he is 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA. He has fanned 10 batters over 11.2 innings. He is fifth in the IL in ERA… Former G-Brave Jairo Asencio has been sharp in 2013, converting three of three save opportunities. He has tossed four scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out five. He leads the IL in saves…
Rolling With the TidesThe Tides have been playing well of late, winning three in a row. However, they will hit the road for an 11-game road trip starting tonight. So far in the early season, the Tides are 1-1 on the road, as they have played the bulk of their games at home.
Probable Pitching Matchups:
Monday: RHP Omar Poveda (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 0.00)
Tuesday: LHP Sean Gilmartin (1-0, 1.80) vs. LHP Alex Torres (0-0, 0.00)
Wednesday: RHP David Hale (1-0, 3.60) vs. RHP Chris Archer (1-0, 1.80)
About the G-Braves:
The Gwinnett Braves are off to their best start in franchise history after sweeping the Charlotte Knights this weekend. The G-Braves came out of the gates hot, utilizing strong pitching and timely hitting to fend off the Knights. The staff allowed nine earned runs through 36 innings, while the hitters combined to hit .277 (31-for-112) with four home runs and 17 RBI.
Hitters: Tyler Pastornicky is 11th in the IL in hitting (.429) and is tied for ninth in hits (9). Last season, he hit .268 (41-for-153) with one home run and 20 RBI in 38 Triple-A Games. The infielder hit his only Triple-A home run against the Durham Bulls last year…. Jordan Parraz and Ernesto Mejia enter the weekday series tied for fourth in home runs (2). In 2012, Mejia hit 24 home runs… Catcher Jose Yepez led all returning G-Braves with a .340 (16-for-47) batting average against Durham in 2012…
Pitchers: The bullpen has been spot on in the early season, locking down four saves in four opportunities. The braves remain without a consistent closer, so four different players have tallied a save… Last season, Yohan Flande led all returning G-Braves with a 2-1 record and 1.78 ERA against the Bulls. He struck out 19 in five appearances (25.1 IP) against Durham.
Cheat Sheet: The G-Braves won the season series in 2012, 11-10 and lead the all-time series 44-41… The G-Braves roster carries four top prospects in the Atlanta Braves organization according to Baseball America, Sean Gilmartin (No.4), Todd Cunningham (No. 12), David Hale (No. 16) and Joe Terdoslavich (No. 19)… 2012 IL Champion Jose Constanza is off to slow start, hitting .100 (1-for-10) with four punch outs…
About the Bulls:
Durham is off to a solid start as well, winning three of their first four. The Bulls have done with strong pitching. Through four games, they lead the league in ERA (2.16) and runs allowed (8).
Hitters: Heralded prospect Wil Myers is off to a solid start, hitting .333 (4-for-12) with two doubles and three RBI… However, he is second on the team in strikeouts (4)… Former No.1 overall draft pick, Tim Beckham returns for another season with the Bulls. He is off to slow start, hitting .143 (2-for-14) with a team-high six strikeouts… The Bulls have been limited to one home run in four games, Brandon Guyer is the only player that has gone deep.
Pitchers: Chris Archer dazzled in his season debut, tossing five innings of one-run ball and striking out five. He is scheduled to throw game two of the series. Last year, he went 2-1 with a 5.74 ERA against the G-Braves… Jake Odorizzi makes his season debut on Monday night. Last season, he went 11-3 with a 2.93 ERA for the Omaha Storm Chasers. He was one of the prospects traded by the Kansas City Royals to the Tampa Rays for Wade Davis and James Shields.
Bull Clips: The Bulls feature a prospect-heavy roster according to Baseball America. Seven of the top 30 Tampa Bay prospects wear a Bulls jersey, Myers (No.1), Archer (No.2), Hak-Ju Lee (No.4), Odorizzi (No.5), Alex Colome (No.6), Beckham (No. 10) and Mike Montgomery (No.15)…
Did You Know: The G-Braves went the whole 2012 season without a multi-homer game at Coolray Field. However, in the opening series, the G-Braves have had two players accomplish the feat, Mejia on Saturday and Parraz on Sunday.
The Gwinnett Braves (3-0) are off to their best start in franchise history after sweeping a twin bill form the Charlotte Knights (0-3) on Saturday night.
The G-Braves got started early, as Ernesto Mejia capped a four-run first inning with a three-run home run in Game 1. The first baseman was not done, as he homered again to left field, helping the G-Braves win the first game of the twinbill, 6-4.
In Game 2, David Carpenter tossed 3.2 innings of shutout ball, holding down the Knights offense through five innings. The Knights would get on the board on a solo shot by Seth Loman, but it was not enough as the G-Braves prevailed behind strong pitching from Carpenter and Yohan Flande. Sean Kazmar’s two-run single in the second inning proved to be the game-winner, as the G-Braves took Game 2, 2-1.
Today, the Braves finish off their home stand as Tim Corcoran (0-0) makes his season debut against Simon Castro (0-0).
Corcoran is entering his 14th professional season. In 429 MiLB appearances (56 starts), he is 58-52 with a 4.26 ERA. From 2005-2007, the right-hander made 40 appearances (17 starts) for the Tampa Bay Rays. He went 5-9 with a 4.97 ERA in 130.1 innings. Last season, he went 7-4 with a 2.50 ERA with the Delfines of the Mexican League.
His opposition will be Castro. The 6-foot, 5-inch, 230-pound right-hander has been one of the top prospects in the White Sox organization since being traded for Carlos Quentin in 2011. The key acquisition in the Quinton trade has been solid, last season he went a combined 7-5 with 88 strikeouts in 117 innings through three different levels. This will be his sixth career start for the Knights, as he went 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA last season.
The Braves will try and make it four straight today. The lineups are below and Coolray is ready to rock at 2:05 p.m.
Charlotte Knights Starting Lineup
Gwinnett Starting Lineup
Spring Training is underway and the Atlanta Braves have got off to a slow start, losing three of their first four games. With new faces around camp and early departures for the World Baseball Classic, the Braves are not worried about win-loss records, but concerned with building a continuity to prepare for an exciting summer of baseball.
With several regulars leaving for the WBC, it has allowed for former 2012 G-Braves to make an impact in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Twelve of 15 Braves that wore the G-Braves uniform in 2012 have seen the field this spring.
Joe Terdoslavich made a big splash, hitting a solo-homer on Feb.22 against the Detroit Tigers. His home run was the lone run for the Braves, as they were stymied by seven different pitchers in a 2-1 loss.
Tyler Pastornicky has flourished since Andrelton Simmons left to Taiwan to prepare for the WBC. In his last two games, Pastornicky has picked up two hits and an RBI.
The other three positions players, Ernesto Mejia, Jordan Parraz and Jose Yepez have one hit each through the first four games. Jose Constanza, who is having visa issues in the Dominican Republic, is yet to report to camp.
On the hill, the race for five went from luke-warm to steamy. Sean Gilmartin and Julio Teheran matched each other on Sunday afternoon with two scoreless frames. Both hurlers picked up two strikeouts and allowed one base runner each. Gilmartin gave up a single, while Teheran walked one.
If the race for five was not enough, the bullpen battles are starting to get hot. Cory Gearrin has tossed two scoreless frames, allowing one hit and recording two strikeouts, while Dusty Hughes hurled a perfect frame with one strikeout.
Lefties Ryan Buchter, Yohan Flande and Daniel Rodriguez have struggled through the first few days of camp. Buchter has allowed two runs on three hits in one inning. Flande has given up six runs on seven hits in two innings of baseball. Rodriguez’ control issues continue to give him trouble, walking three and giving up three runs in his lone appearance.
The players return to action today at 1:05 p.m. at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, FL against the Washington Nationals.
The 2013 Gwinnett Braves will see a lot of turnover as a majority of the team has moved on to different clubs. However, there is a great deal of players still connected to the Braves organization. Here’s a look at some 2012 G-Braves heading to Atlanta’s Major League camp this year.
Former International League hitting champion Jose Constanza remains in the fold. The 5’9” outfielder remains on the Braves 40-man roster after leading the IL in hitting with a .314 batting average. Since being acquired through free agency in 2010, Constanza has been a solid pick up. In 174 games, he hit .318 (212-for-667) with two home runs and 52 RBI. He reports to MLB Spring Training fighting for one of the final Braves’ roster spots.
Constanza will not be alone fighting for a roster spot, as Ernesto Mejia looks to lock up one of the bench spots. The infielder came into his own last season, hitting .296 (152-for-514) with 24 home runs and 92 RBI. He was awarded the IL Rookie of the year and was added to the Braves’ 40-man roster at the end of the season.
While Constanza and Mejia head to camp as part of the 40-man roster, three former G-Braves will look to come out of nowhere and steal a spot on the roster.
Joe Terdoslavich, Jordan Parraz and Jose Yepez will push the veterans for a bench spot. Terdoslavich struggled in his first stint with the G-Braves in 2012, hitting .180 with four home runs and 20 RBI. He committed 22 errors in 53 games, but he turned it around after being sent down to Double-A Mississippi. He finished his second full season (third with organization) hitting .315 with five home runs and 51 RBI.
Parraz was solid as a utility outfielder last season. In 34 games, he hit .288 (34-for-118) with six doubles, two home runs and 19 RBI. His 2012 campaign was significantly shortened by a pair of hand injuries.
Yepez will head to his second straight Spring Training, as he hopes to win the backup spot on the MLB roster while Brian McCann is out with an injury. Yepez played in 79 games for the G-Braves, hitting .264 with three home runs and 30 RBI.
With the Atlanta Braves offseason deal of Randall Delgado, an immediate spot in the rotation has opened up. Both Sean Gilmartin and Julio Teheran will go to Spring Training battling for the fifth and final spot in the rotation.
Teheran, who was IL Player of the Year and Atlanta Braves Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2011, is the front-runner for the rotation spot. In two seasons with the G-Braves, Teheran is second all-time in wins (22) and boasts the club’s best ERA (3.75).
Teheran will have to be careful, as Gilmartin is eager to win the final spot after completing his first full season with the organization. In 20 starts with Double-A Mississippi, he went 5-8 with a 3.54 ERA, while going 1-2 with a 4.78 ERA in seven starts for Gwinnett.
While Teheran and Gilmartin battle for a rotation spot, Cory Gearrin, Dusty Hughes and Anthony Varvaro will try to fit in the Atlanta bullpen. Gearrin has been outstanding, appearing in an all-time high 126 games for the G-Braves. Last season, he went 3-3 with a 2.30 ERA and 9 saves in 39 games for Gwinnett. He was even better in Atlanta, hurling 20 innings, allowing four runs (1.80 ERA) in 22 games for the Braves.
Hughes looks to crack the MLB team for the first time in his career. Having big league experience with the Kansas City Royals, Hughes knows what it takes to make the big team. The lefty had a solid 2012 in Gwinnett, posting a 3-2 record with a 3.31 ERA.
Varvaro rounds out the list of Spring Training invitees. He pitched well for Gwinnett before moving up to the big leagues. In 44.1 innings, the right-hander posted an 0-2 record with 2.23 ERA.
Ryan Buchter, Yohan Flande and Daniel Rodriguez also received invitations to camp. They will get an opportunity to win one of the 12 spots on the staff, but will have a tough hill to climb as all three have no MLB experience. Flande will go in with the most upside, as he spent all of last two seasons with the G-Braves. In 2012, he was 6-11 with a 4.21 ERA.
The bullpen may be a bit crowded with the acquisition of Jordan Walden from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but these six arms are up for the task.
While plenty of former G-Braves will look to make an impression on the Braves as full practices start tomorrow, there’s plenty of new faces in camp this year. The next edition of the G-Blog will take a look at those new players, some of which could be heading to Gwinnett in 2013.
Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden
Gwinnett Braves first baseman Ernesto Mejia has been named the International League Rookie of the Year as well as the Postseason All-Star first baseman for the 2012 season, announced on Tuesday, August 28 by the league office. Mejia is the third-straight G-Brave to win the award for the IL’s top rookie, joining first baseman Freddie Freeman (2010) and pitcher Julio Teheran (2011).
Mejia, 26, established himself as one of the premier hitters for power and average in the IL this season. Entering play on Tuesday, the Guanare, Venezuela native ranked first in the circuit in RBI (91), hits (148) and total bases (253), second in slugging percentage (.517) and at-bats (489), tied for second in home runs (24), third in extra-base hits (56), fourth in OPS (.871), fifth in runs scored (72) and tied for sixth in both doubles (31) and games played (126). His season accolades include the IL’s Batter of the Week award on May 21 and his first Triple-A All-Star Game selection.
Mejia’s numbers are not only among the league’s best, they are also challenging Gwinnett Braves’ franchise records. Mejia’s 91 RBIs are tied alongside Stefan Gartrell (2011) for the most in one season since the team’s arrival to Lawrenceville in 2009. He’s currently one home run shy of tying Gartrell’s record of 25 blasts, also set in 2011. His 148 hits are six away from matching Mauro Gomez’s 2011 record, while his 31 doubles are four away from Freeman’s record of 35 set in 2010.
For the rest of the International League’s 2012 Postseason awards, visit ilbaseball.com.
Mejia and the rest of the Gwinnett Braves continue the final homestand of the 2012 season on Tuesday, August 28 against the Pawtucket Red Sox. The game time, originally scheduled for 7:05 PM, has been moved to 2:05 PM as a result of rain expected from Hurricane Isaac. The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM in Gainesville, Georgia, while the television broadcast will air on CSS.
Please note that game times for all remaining Gwinnett Braves home games, including Fan Appreciation Night on Thursday, August 30, may change due to Hurricane Isaac. Check in at gwinnettbraves.com for updated information on game times. For tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340.
By: Tony Piraro & Dave Lezotte
Photo courtesy of Karl Moore
For the second-straight night, Syracuse needed just one pitcher to shut down the Gwinnett Braves. Right-hander Jeff Mandel threw the second-straight complete game shutout against the G-Braves in as many nights, leading the Chiefs to a 7-0 win at Coolray Field. Mandel’s six hitter, his first nine-inning effort this season, ensured a split of the four-game series.
Syracuse left-hander John Lannan threw 9.0 scoreless, three-hit innings on Saturday night, and Mandel (W, 5-5) continued the trend on Sunday, scattering six hits over 9.0 innings while striking out four. He walked none in a 102-pitch, 69-strike outing.
After escaping major damage in the second inning, Gwinnett starter Yohan Flande was not able to make it past the third. The left-hander surrendered four runs on five hits in the frame, including five-straight one-out hits. Josh Johnson and Chris Marrero reached on back-to-back singles, and Carlos Rivero singled to left-center, scoring them both. Jesus Valdez singled to score Rivero, and Sandy Leon added a double plating Valdez for a 4-0 lead.
Flande (L, 7-9) allowed four earned runs on six hits, walked three and struck out two over just 2.2 innings of work. Cole McCurry relieved Flande with two outs in the third inning and worked 3.1 scoreless innings. McCurry struck out three and walked none, departing after Stefan Gartrell singled in his pinch-hit at-bat for the pitcher in the sixth.
Ryan Buchter entered the game for the G-Braves in the seventh and allowed three more runs over 1.1 innings. Rivero singled home Johnson to raise the lead to 5-0 in the seventh, and a two-run triple by Eury Perez ensured the final score of 7-0 in the eighth. Anthony Varvaro relieved the left-hander, pitching 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball with one strikeout.
Monday, August 27th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:
The Gwinnett Braves (61-75) welcome the Pawtucket Red Sox (73-63) to town on Monday night as the two teams begin the final four-game series of the season at Coolray Field. First pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. The Gwinnett starting pitcher has yet to be announced, while the PawSox will start right-hander Nelson Figueroa (10-5, 4.40). The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. The television broadcast will air on CSS.
Pawtucket (2nd IL North) vs Gwinnett (4th IL South)
Monday night is Kids Eat Free Monday as all kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, a bag of chips and a small soda. It’s also the fifth night of “Drive Me Crazy” as the G-Braves gather donations of canned foods, clothes, sports equipment, toys and more to restock local shelters and storage centers. 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.
Pawtucket Red Sox Batting Order:
1) Nate Spears, 1B
2) Ivan DeJesus, 2B
3) Jeremy Hazelbaker, DH
4) Tony Thomas, LF
5) Danny Valencia, 3B
6) Dan Butler, C
7) Jason Repko, CF
8) Jon Hee, SS
9) Che-Hsuan Lin, RF
G-Braves Batting Order:
1) Jose Constanza, LF
2) Jack Wilson, SS
3) Lyle Overbay, DH
4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B
5) Josh Kroeger, RF
6) Rusty Ryal, 3B
7) Brian Friday, 2B
8) J.C. Boscan, C
9) Luis Durango, CF