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1st Place G-Braves vs 2nd Place Charlotte Friday

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

The Gwinnett Braves looked for a series victory, but settled for a split after falling 14-4 to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the series finale at Coolray Field on Thursday night. Starter Todd Redmond yielded four runs over 7.0 innings and exited in a 4-4 game, but the IronPigs scored 10 runs over the final two innings to win in a rout.

Early in the game, the G-Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to Ernesto Mejia’steam-leading 40th RBI of the season, coming on a first-inning single scoring Felix PieChristian Marrero then laced an RBI single into right field scoring Mejia. Marrero finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the losing cause for Gwinnett. Pie doubled twice, finishing 2-for-4 with two runs scored out of the leadoff spot. Wilson also went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and one run scored. Gwinnett tied the game, 4-4 in the seventh inning when Stefan Gartrell registered his second pinch hit of the season with an RBI single scoring Josh Wilson.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Charlotte Knights (30-25, 2nd IL South) vs Gwinnett (32-22, 1st IL South) 

Tyler Pastornicky returns to Gwinnett starting line-up after starring for the G-Braves during the 2011 season. He spent the entire 2012 season with the Atlanta Braves up until this point. The promotion of future phenom Andrelton Simmons forced Pastornicky down to Gwinnett and shifted Greg Paiml to Double-A Mississippi. Pastornicky will now take over as the everyday shortstop for Gwinnett moving forward.

The second place Knights are in two for two games in two days before heading to Charlotte for two more games against the G-Braves from June 3-4. Charlotte is hot as of late, winning seven of their last 10 games. The two teams each have four wins against the other this season with 13 games remaining in 2012.

6.1.12 GBraves Game Notes

Friday, June 1 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

The International League South-leading Gwinnett Braves (32-22) continue their 10-game homestand on Friday with the first of a two-game set against the South Division’s second place team, the Charlotte Knights (29-25). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM at Coolray Field. G-Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens (3-2, 4.85) is set to oppose Charlotte left-hander Charlie Leesman (4-4, 2.39). The game will be broadcast on radio on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Friday night’s game is sponsored by 12 Stone and is “80’s Night”. A full 80’s playlist and clips from the best 80’s movies will be featured all night long at Coolray Field. After the game, stick around for Fox 5 Friday Fireworks, presented by WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta.

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 Melinda Pease

Charlotte Knights Batting Order:

1) Greg Golson – 2B

2) Tyler Kuhn – DH

3) Brent Morel – 3B

4) Dan Johnson – 1B

5) Hector Gimenez – C

6) Jordan Danks – CF

7) Jim Gallagher – LF

8) Dre Garcia – 2B

9) Ray Olmedo – SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango – CF

2) Tyler Pastornicky – SS

3) Stefan Gartrell – LF

4) Ernesto Mejia – DH

5) Joey Terdoslavich – 3B

6) Felix Pie – RF

7) Christian Marrero – 1B

8) Josh Wilson – 2B

9) Jose Yepez – C

By: Tony Piraro

Simmons Promoted to Atlanta, Pastornicky Demoted to Gwinnett

 

The future is now according to the Atlanta Braves most recent move. The Braves shortstop of the future Andrelton Simmons has been promoted to the Atlanta Braves from Double-A Mississippi as he’ll skip an appearance in Triple-A Gwinnett. With the promotion, the Braves rookie shortstop Tyler Pastornicky has been reassigned to Triple-A Gwinnett, where he played his 2011 season. Also, the G-Braves middle infielder Greg Paiml has been sent down to Double-A Mississippi to fill Simmons’ void at shortstop….The shortstop roulette shuffle continues within the Atlanta Braves organization.

Simmons is widely considered the best fielding shortstop in minor league baseball, and some scouts say he is already a better fielder than half of the shortstops at the Major League level. He reminds a lot of people of Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus.

Last season, Simmons won the Carolina League batting title in Single-A Lynchburg with a .311 batting average, forcing scouts to think of him as an all-around player. In 43 games with Mississippi this season, Simmons batted .292 with 28 runs scored, 50 hits, nine doubles, two triples, three home runs, 21 RBI, 10 stolen bases and an extraordinary 1:1 walk to strikeout ratio with 20 of each in Double-A.

 

Pastornicky, 22, made his Major League debut this season with the Braves as part of their Opening Day roster. The Bradenton, FL native hit .248 with six doubles, a triple, a home run, 12 RBIs and two stolen bases in 45 games with Atlanta.

Originally a fifth-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2008, Pastornicky was acquired via trade by Atlanta in July of 2010. He made his Triple-A debut with Gwinnett last season, hitting .365 with two doubles, a home run, nine RBIs and seven stolen bases in 27 games.

Paiml, 27, hit .212 with four doubles, seven RBIs and two stolen bases in 29 games for the G-Braves. The Tuscaloosa, AL native was acquired by the Braves from the Chicago White Sox in March and was in his first Triple-A season.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Seeking Sixth Straight Win Wednesday

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Following the “Memorial Day Miracle” on Monday night, the Gwinnett Braves took it easy on Tuesday as they defeated Lehigh Valley 4-0 from Coolray Field. Yohan Flande was brilliant for his second win of the season and first since April 14, working seven scoreless innings against the ‘Pigs. A three-run fourth inning was all the offense Gwinnett’s pitchers needed as they cruised to their 32nd win of the season in two hours and 12 minutes. With the victory, the G-Braves extended their win-streak to five games and the IronPigs extended their losing-streak to six games as they have fallen from second place in the IL North to fourth in a matter of days.

Stefan Gartrell posted the only multi-hit game for either side, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. After hitting just .165 in April, Gartrell is batting .340 in May, raising his season average to .263.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Wednesday night is another “Winning Wednesday” at Coolray Field, sponsored by Georgia Lottery. If the G-Braves are victorious, everyone in attendance will receive a special discount offer on future games. It’s also a Tyson® Chicken Wednesday presented by Tyson® Any’tizers® snacks.

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.

Lehigh Valley (28-24, 4th IL North) vs Gwinnett (32-20, 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 third place in the IL South alongside Scranton, the New York Yankees affiliate. 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.

Wednesday, May 29 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

The Gwinnett Braves (32-20) continue their 10-game homestand with the third of four games against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (28-24) on Wednesday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Right-hander Eric Junge (3-4, 4.44) is set to start for Gwinnett against Lehigh Valley left-hander Tom Cochran (2-1, 4.55). Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg is the manager of the Lehigh Valley ballclub and is looking to get his troops going on Wednesday as they have lost six straight games. The game will be broadcast on radio on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Lehigh Valley IronPigs Batting Order:

1) SS – Andres Blanco

2) 2B – Kevin Frandsen

3) CF – Domonic Brown

4) C – John Suomi

5) 1B – Cody Overbeck

6) RF – Steve Susdorf

7) CF – Derrick Mitchell

8) 3B – Tug Hulett

9) P – Tom Cochran

G-Braves Batting Order

1) CF – Luis Durango

2) RF – Felix Pie

3) RF – Stefan Garter

4) 1B – Ernesto Media

5) 3B – Joey Terdoslavich

6) SS – Josh Wilson

7) C – Shawn McGill

8) 2B – Greg Paiml

9) P – Eric Junge

By: Tony Piraro

Julio Teheran Set For Memorial Day Fireworks

5.28.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

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.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

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.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

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

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

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.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

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

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

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

G-Braves Looking to Remain Unbeaten vs Toledo

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

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.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

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

Anthony Varvaro Takes Hill for Game 2 of Doubleheader

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Luis Durango is also on a tear of his own this season, after driving in four runs in his last two games including a walk-off winner in Game 1 of the G-Braves doubleheader. The speedster stole three bases in Wednesday’s game pushing his season total to 18 stolen bases in 20 attempts for the IL lead.

Toledo Mudhens (20-14, 1st IL West) vs Gwinnett (21-13, 1st IL South) 

Anthony Varvaro (0-0, 4.00) will be opposing Toledo right-hander Brooks Brown (1-0, 6.16) in the second game of a double-dip that will see the Toledo as the home team.

Friday, May 11:

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

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

Be sure to catch to the voice of the G-Braves Tony Schiavone as he broadcasts the game live on 550 AM, WDUN.com or 102.9 FM if you can’t make it out to the ballpark. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Toledo Mudhens Batting Order:

1) Justin Henry, CF

2) Matt Young, RF

3) Ryan Strieby, 1B

4) Brad Eldred, DH

5) Eric Patterson, 2B

6) Jeff Frazier, LF

7) Audy Ciriaco, 3B

8) Bryan Holaday, C

9) Argenis Diaz, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Stefan Gartrell, DH

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Christian Marrero, RF

7) Josh Wilson, 2B

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Greg Paiml, SS

By: Tony Piraro

Jair Jurrjens Starting for the G-Braves Sunday

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Saturday night started an 11-game homestand in 10 days for the Gwinnett Braves, but unfortunately it did not start the way the G-Braves had envisioned with an 11-2 loss. Sunday afternoon will conclude a quick two-game set between Charlotte and Gwinnett before Buffalo comes to Coolray Field beginning Monday. Right-hander Jair Jurrjens (0-0, 1.29) will make his second start for the G-Braves on Sunday and will be opposing Charlotte righty Terry Doyle (1-2, 4.13) for a 2:05 p.m. first pitch from Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Stefan Gartrell is on fire right now for the G-Braves, as he has raised his batting average from .165 to .211 in a matter of days. The power-hitting righty has blasted a long ball in three of the teams’ last four games and will be seeking his fourth home run in five games today.

Starters: Charlotte Knights (15-14, 2nd) vs Gwinnett (18-10, 1st) Sunday, May 6 @ 2:05 p.m. @ Coolray Field

The Charlotte Knights are leading the season series, 4-3, with the G-Braves in the first seven games the two teams have played this season. This two-game series will mark the third series of seven between Gwinnett and Charlotte during the 2012 season. The next time these two will play one another will be part of a 4-game home-and-home series to start June. On June 1-2 the G-Braves will be playing hosting to the Knights once again for two games from Georgia. Then, June 3-4 the G-Braves will head to Charlotte for another 2-game set with the Knights on the back end of their home-and-home series’.

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) Tyler Kuhn, 2B

2) Greg Golson, RF

3) Dan Johnson, DH

4) Hector Gimenez, C

5) Jordan Danks, CF

6) Jim Gallagher, LF

7) Ray Olmedo, 3B

8) Kyle Shelton, LF

9) Ozzie Martinez, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, RF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Stefan Gartrell, LF

4) Ernesto Mejia, DH

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Christian Marrero, 1B

7) Josh Wilson, 2B

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Greg Paiml, SS

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Notes for 4.30.12 at Toledo

It’s hard to believe the first month of the 2012 season is already ending tonight.  No matter what happens on April’s final night, the month is already a fantastic success for the Gwinnett Braves.  With yesterday’s 2-1 win in 10 innings, the G-Braves captured their 17th victory in 24 games and maintained a 4.0-game lead on Charlotte for first in the IL South.

The big story coming in, the first start for right-hander Jair Jurrjens since being optioned to Triple-A, turned out to be a big story after the game as well.  J.J. gave the G-Braves 7.0 innings of one-run baseball, allowing just four singles and three walks while striking out four.  He wasn’t overpowering, but he was efficient, needing 93 pitches (54 strikes) to get through a fairly potent Toledo offense.

After Jurrjens’ exit, the G-Pen was just about unhittable again.  Left-hander Dusty Hughes lowered his ERA to a microscopic 0.71 with a scoreless eighth, and right-hander Jaye Chapman had another impressive outing with 2.0 scoreless innings to secure his first win of the season.  As has been the case more than once this month, the Gwinnett offense was minimal but opportunistic as Greg Paiml led off the 10th with a double, took third on a bunt by Luis Durango and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jose Constanza.

Tonight, the G-Braves look to end April with  their third series sweep in the finale of the series at Toledo.  Right-hander Julio Teheran (2-1, 3.78) is 8-1 in 14 career Triple-A road starts, but struggled in his first venture away from Coolray Field this season (April 7 at Durham, 1.2 IP, 3 ER).  Hopefully he’ll look better than last time out, when he gave up four runs on seven hits (including a pair of HR) over 4.1 innings in a loss to Charlotte on April 25.  On a more positive note, Teheran dominated Toledo in his one start against them last year, throwing 8.0-innings of scoreless, three-hit baseball in a 2-0 win on June 9, 2011.

More about J.J., Teheran and the rest of the G-Braves in tonight’s Game Notes:  4.30.12 GBraves Game Notes

First pitch at Fifth Third Field is scheduled for 6:30 PM tonight, catch the broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 55o AM / 102.9 FM and WDUN.com.

-DL

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