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Series Preview: Braves (4-0) at Bulls (3-1)

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.

-Jd-

Game Preview: G-Braves (1-0) vs. Knights (0-1)

The Gwinnett Braves took the opener last night, 5-4. Sean Gilmartin (1-0) was impressive, hurling five innings, scattering six hits and allowing one run. He picked up his first victory of the season and his second as a G-Brave.

Shortstop Tyler Pastornicky got off to a blazing start, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and a stolen base. The Sarosota, FL native looked sharp on the field as well, converting on all five of his chances.

Andrew Russell locked it down for the G-Braves, getting out of a jam in the eighth inning and going on to toss two scoreless frames. The Aussie struck out four of the six hitters he faced. He is now 3-for-5 in save opportunities with the G-Braves.

Tonight, the G-Braves and the Knights will make up Thursday night’s rainout with a doubleheader starting at 5:05 p.m. RHP David Hale (0-0) will square off against RHP Andre Rienzo (0-0) in Game 1, while LHP Daniel Rodriguez (0-0) takes the ball against RHP Tony Pena Jr. (0-0) in Game 2.

Hale was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the third round of the 2009 First Year Player Draft out of Princeton University. The former Tiger has bounced around from starter to reliever, however last season he flourished as full time starter in Double-A Mississippi. In 27 starts, Hale went 8-4 with a 3.77 ERA. He topped the Southern League in starts, while finishing fourth in strikeouts (124).

His opponent, Andre Rienzo has been a coveted Chicago (AL) prospect for a few years. Last season, the hard-throwing righty had to battle a 50-game suspension, forcing him to miss a 1/3 of the season. Upon his return, he dominated across three different levels, going 7-3 with a 2.53 ERA. He limited hitters to a combined .206 batting average. Baseball America ranks him the No. 7 prospect in the Sox organization.

In the night cap, Rodriguez will make his third affiliated appearance of his career. The left-hander spent seven years with the Saraperos de Saltillo of the Mexican League. After signing with the Braves on 8/14/12, Rodriguez made two appearances for the G-Braves, going 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA in six innings. He went 11-5 with a 2.54 ERA with Saltillo last year.

He will go up against Tony Pena Jr. The son of former big league catcher Tony Pena, has bounced around from organizations (ATL, KC, SF, BOS), landing with the White Sox organization in the offseason. Last season with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox’s, he went 1-9 with a 4.75 ERA. The right-hander began his career as a middle infielder for the Atlanta Braves organization in 2000.

Tonight should be a treat, as the G-Braves look to start the season 2-0 for the first time in Franchise history. Joe Leonard will receive his MiLB Gold Glove award in between games.

Last season, the G-Braves went 5-3 in doubleheaders, sweeping two, splitting one and getting swept once.

Game One Lineups are below:

Charlotte Knights Starting Lineup

Mitchell 8
Sanchez 4
Morel 5
Danks 9
Greene 6
Loman DH
Anderson C
Tolleson LF
Gallagher 3
Rienzo P

Gwinnett Braves Starting Lineup

Constanza 7
Pastornicky 6
Terdoslavich DH
Mejia 3
DeWitt 4
Cunningham 8
Leonard 5
Parraz 9
Yepez 2
Hale 1

Opening Day: G-Braves vs. Knights

The Gwinnett Braves opener was washed away by rain last night, so they will try it again tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field against the Charlotte Knights. Last night’s scheduled starters LHP Sean Gilmartin (Braves) and RHP Zach Stewart (Knights) are both on track to make their debuts tonight.

Last season, Gilmartin split the season between Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett. In seven starts for the G-Braves, Gilmartin went 1-2 with a 4.78 ERA. The former Florida State Seminole was the Atlanta Braves first round (28th overall) pick in 2011. Baseball America ranks him the No. 4 prospect in the Braves organization.

He will matchup against Stewart.

The 26-year-old right-hander was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the third round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas Tech University. Stewart breezed through the system, reaching as high as Triple-A Louisville by 2009. However, he and two other players were traded on August 1, 2009 to Toronto in exchange for Scott Rolen. Entering the 2010 season, Stewart was ranked the top prospect in the Blue Jays organization by Baseball America. He made his MLB debut on June 16, 2011, hurling seven innings of two-run baseball against Baltimore. Since then, Stewart has been traded twice (Chicago 2011 and Boston 2012) and claimed off of waivers once (Pittsburgh 2012). He was picked up by the White Sox on January 24, 2013. In 33 MLB appearances (14 starts), he is 3-10 with a 6.82 ERA.

Both pitchers look to get their squads off to a good start. Tonight line ups are listed below:

Charlotte Knights Line Up
Jared Mitchell 8
Carlos Sanchez 4
Brent Morel 5
Jordan Danks 9
Tyler Greene 6
Josh Phegley 2
Seth Loman 3
Steve Tolleson DH
Luis Durango 7
Zach Stewart 1

Gwinnett Braves Starting Line Up
Jose Constanza 7
Tyler Pastornicky 6
Joe Terdoslavich 9
Ernesto Mejia 3
Blake DeWitt 4
Todd Cunningham 8
Joe Leonard 5
Jordan Parraz DH
Matt Pagnozzi 2
Sean Gilmartin 1

Around the IL: Rain washed away all the matchups in the South Division, but 10 other teams took the field. Buffalo, Pawtucket, Syracuse, Columbus and Louisville all won their openers, while Lehigh Valley, Rochester, Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre, Indianapolis and Toledo all lost.

Notables: Louisville’s Mike Hessman slugged two home runs in the opener and Tony Cingrani punched out 14 in 6 IP in 4-3 victory over Toledo. Columbus’ Jeremy Hermida hit a Grand Slam in the 4-0 victory over Indianapolis.

-JD-

Ernesto Mejia Named IL Rookie of the Year

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

2012 International League All-Star Roster Announced

The 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game is set to take place on Wednesday, July 11 in Buffalo, New York at the home of the Bisons. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET and the game will be televised live on the MLB Network. The International League All-Star’s will play host to the Pacific Coast League All-Star’s in the 25th annual exhibition game. The winner of the game will earn home field adavnatge for the Triple-A National Championship Game on September 18 in Durham, N.C.  The PCL will release their All-Star roster later in the week.

For now, here is your 2012 IL All-Star roster:

Manager

Ryne Sandberg, Lehigh Valley

Gwinnett Braves (2)

Ernesto Mejia, 1B

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

Cory Gearrin, RHP 

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Charlotte Knights (IL-leading 4)

Charlie Leesman, LHP

Greg Golson, OF

Dan Johnson, 1B

Josh Phegley, C

Norfolk Tides (2)

Jason Berken, RHP

Miguel Socolovich, RHP

Durham Bulls (1)

Dane De La Rosa, RHP

Pawtucket (IL-leading 4)

Justin Germano, RHP

Ryan Lavarnway, C

Pedro Ciriaco, IF

Mauro Gomez, 1B

Buffalo (3)

Fernando Cabrera, RHP

Matt Harvey, RHP

Valentino Pascucci, OF

Scranton/WB (1)

Juan Cedeno, LHP

Lehigh Valley (2)

Tyler Cloyd, RHP

Kevin Frandsen, IF

Syracuse (2)

Zach Duke, LHP

Corey Brown, OF

Indianapolis (3)

Rudy Owens, LHP

Starling Marte, OF

Jordy Mercer, IF

Louisville (1)

Dioner Navarro, C

Columbus (3)

Russ Canzler, OF

Matt LaPorta, OF

Cord Phelps, IF

Toledo (1)

Chris Bootcheck, RHP

Rochester (1)

Pedro Florimon, IF

The Pacific Coast League All-Star’s will be named later in the week. Once they are revealed, I will publish them for you to see. The Home Run Derby participants will also be announced in the coming days. The G-Braves very own Stefan Gartrell won the 2011 All-Star Home Run Derby in Salt Lake City, Utah.

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Can’t Slow Down Indianapolis Offense

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. – The Gwinnett Braves led 2-1 after the first inning, but ultimately fell 5-4 to the Indianapolis Indians in the first game of a four-game series on Monday evening at Coolray Field. Jose Lugo made the spot start for Gwinnett and allowed five runs, four earned, over 6.1 innings in the loss. As a result of their 15th loss in the last 20 games and Charlotte’s 5-2 victory over Columbus, the G-Braves find themselves a season-worst 5.0 games behind the Knights (42-30) for first place in the International League South Division.

Ernesto Mejia went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, but it would not be enough for the G-Braves. He crushed his 13th home run of the season, a solo shot to left in the third inning off VandenHurk, to cut the deficit to 4-3. The Gwinnett slugger went 2-for-4 with six total bases, a double, a home run, two runs scored and his team-leading 49th RBI.

The IL West leading Indians jumped out to an early lead almost immediately. The second hitter of the game, Gorkys Hernandez, scalded a triple into the gap and then scored when the following hitter Starling Marte drove him home on a sacrifice fly.

Gwinnett wasted little time responding with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the first. Luis Durango singled for his first of two hits on the night, and two batters later, Mejia doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Felix Pie came through with a clutch two-run double that gave Gwinnett their only lead of the night at 2-1.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Lugo (L, 1-2) worked right into a jam in the top of the second. Georgia native Brandon Boggs led off with a double, then scored on an Anderson Hernandez single to tie the game. Pitcher Rick VandenHurk followed with a run-scoring single to put the Indians ahead, and four batters later, Marte drove in his second of three RBIs on the night when he singled home VandenHurk to raise the lead to….

To read the rest of Monday’s recap, simply click the link: Indianapolis Sneaks Past G-Braves, 5-4

Or visit the home of the Gwinnett Braves at: gwinnettbraves.com for everything G-Braves and more…

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

Tony Schiavone’s Pre-Game Interview With Jamie Dismuke

G-Braves Hitting Coach Jaime Dismuke Pre-Game Interview

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

Check out the voice of the Gwinnett Braves Tony Schiavone as he sits down with the G-Braves hitting coach Jaime Dismuke. Currently, the 1st-place G-Braves are tied for the 6th-best batting average in the International League. Regardless, the G-Braves have one of the more powerful offenses in Triple-A baseball. Gwinnett leads the IL in RBI (43), runs scored (44) and triples (4). Dismuke’s crew is also near the top of the league in total bases (105) and hits (72) this season.

-Tony Piraro

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