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Constanza Making Huge Splash With Atlanta

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The fifth Gwinnett Brave player to make an appearance in the big leagues this season is Jose Constanza. The former Gwinnett outfielder has been up with the Atlanta Braves before and his presence is always felt. Constanza is batting .400 with four hits in his first 10 at-bats, including two runs scored and one RBI for the Braves this season. However, since re-joining the team two days ago, he is 4-for-7 with two runs scored and an RBI in his two starts.

The Dominican has fired up the Atlanta offense as the Braves had lost eight straight games before the former G-Braves left fielder started a game. Now the Braves have won two straight games since Constanza entered the starting line-up against St. Louis.

For the season with the G-Braves, Constanza batted .288 with 40 hits, 22 runs scored, five doubles, four triples, 15 RBI, eight stolen bases and 53 total bases in just 36 games.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

The highlight of the season for Constanza occurred in April after he was demoted from Atlanta following three games and three pinch-hit appearances with the Major League club. In his first game with Gwinnett, Constanza arrived in Norfolk for the final game of the series and made an immediate impact. He actually drove in the tying run in the ninth inning that completed a seven-run ninth inning comeback. Then, the left fielder delivered the game-winning triple in the 12th inning for an unprecedented Gwinnett victory.

So far, Constanza joins four former 2012 G-Braves players in Major League Baseball; Drew Sutton (Tampa Bay Rays), Cory Gearrin (Atlanta Braves) and J.C. Boscan (Atlanta Braves). Mauro Gomez was traded during the off-season from the Braves 40-man roster, but he did make an appearance with the Boston Red Sox this season.

Jose Constanza is the fifth but certainly won’t be the last Gwinnett Brave to experience big league baseball. The future is very bright inside the Braves organization, especially when you boast a first place club like Gwinnett (32-21) does presently. One way or another, the cream always rises to the top and a handful of G-Braves are pushing the envelope as I speak. Who will be next? Only time and Atlanta’s needs will tell.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

By: Tony Piraro

J.C. Boscan Filling In For McCann With Atlanta

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Yet another Gwinnett Brave has made the ascension to the big leagues during the 2012 season. G-Braves catcher J.C. Boscan was called up on Saturday afternoon by the Atlanta Braves as Brian McCann is dealing with some injuries. Needless to say, Boscan was in the Atlanta Braves starting line-up upon his arrival.

Low and behold, Boscan’s first Major League at-bat of the season came against none other than the Washington Nationals flamethrower Stephen Strasburg. The Nats righty actually allowed an RBI groundout to Boscan in his first plate appearance. Sunday night, Boscan found himself facing another ace of most staff’s in baseball in the form of Gio Gonzalez.

G-Braves second baseman Drew Sutton was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates last week, then in turn was dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays later that night. Joe Maddon waisted little time playing Sutton, as he got the start in his second game with the Rays. The former G-Brave didn’t disappoint going 2-for-4 in his first two games, while accumulating three RBI over that span. Currently, Sutton is batting .500 with Tampa Bay (6-for-12) so far this season and recorded hits over the weekend against Jon Lester and Josh Beckett.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Cory Gearrin was the first Gwinnett Brave to receive the call to the big leagues this season. The G-Braves closer who leads the team with six saves was called up for the demotion of Jair Jurrjens, but was sent back down after the Braves activated Tim Hudson.

The fourth G-Brave to play in the Major League’s this season is by default from a Gwinnett perspective. Mauro Gomez was traded by the Atlanta Braves organization to the Boston Red Sox prior to the start of the season. Gomez didn’t waist much time in Triple-A Pawtucket, as he was called up to Boston for two games. The former Gwinnett slugger received just two at-bats and failed to get a hit in both plate appearances.

The first place G-Braves are boasting a wealth of talent and it’s only a matter of time before more Gwinnett players are ready for their ascension to the big leagues. These four players are just the beginning of what should be a long list moving forward.

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Trying To Get Back On Track Friday

5.25.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The first place Gwinnett Braves (27-20) are coming off a 3-5 record on their latest road trip and began their 10-game homestand with a loss to Rochester on Thursday night. The Red Wings now lead the season series 3-2. However, first place is the most important aspect of the equation and the G-Braves have a two and a half game lead over the Charlotte Knights.

The G-Brvaes are in a stretch of nine games in their next nine days from Coolray Field. With 98 games left in the regular season, Gwinnett is indeed approaching the “dog days of summer” in good position.

Yohan Flande pitched brilliantly on Thursday night, working seven innings of one-run ball en route to the no decision. However, the southpaw has unfortunately not won a ballgame since April 14, as he has been stuck on one win since.

Ernesto Mejia extended his hit-streak to 12 games on Thursday, which is a season-high for any G-Brave hitter. The last Gwinnett Brave to record a hit-streak of 12 games was Tyler Pastornicky during his 2011 campaign with the G-Braves.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The G-Braves offense has been struggling most of this season, but they are showing signs of getting out of the slump recently. The signs however, have been showcased inconsistently which touches a trend around baseball….pitchers are dominating. The bats have yet to wake up across professional baseball, so it may take Gwinnett a bit longer to find their rhythm. Thursday night the G-Braves collected eight hits in total, but Josh Wilson and Luis Durango accounted for six of the eight hits.

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 (20-26, 6th IL North) vs Gwinnett (27-20, 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, before Rochester upended Gwinnett 3-1 on Thursday.

Friday, May 25 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

G-Braves right-hander Eric Junge (3-4, 3.64) will oppose Rochester southpaw Matt Maloney (0-0, 0.00) in a game that is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. John Smoltz is in the house Friday as he will be signing his book Starting and Closing. 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) J.R. Towles, 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) Josh Wilson, SS

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Lance Zawadski, 2B

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Looking To Extend Win-Streak Monday

5.14.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

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 (23-13) couldn’t be feeling much better about themselves these days.

Currently, the G-Braves are 5-4 on the homestand after splitting a two-game set with the Charlotte Knights, losing three of four to Buffalo and winning all three against Toledo so far. In 2012, the G-Braves are a perfect 6-0 against the Toledo Mud Hens as they get set to do battle in a Monday double-dip. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. and the second game will begin approximately 30 minutes after the first game has concluded.

The newest G-Brave Felix Pie will be making his Braves debut Monday night as he is slotted in the No. 5 spot in the batting order and set to start in right field. Pie was a former top prospect for the Chicago Cubs from 2003-2007, before jumping ship to the Baltimore Orioles organization. There, he played three seasons at the Major League level with the AL East Orioles. He batted a career-high .274 in 2010, his second season with the ballclub.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The first place IL South G-Braves stole the first game of a twinbill, 3-2, from the first place IL West Mud Hens on Friday night. Luis Durango cracked the game-winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning as both teams were stuck in a tie. With the RBI, the speedster has four in his last three games and is also leading the International League in stolen bases with 18 in 20 attempts. Jair Jurrjens (2-0) went the distance for the complete game win, while allowing just two runs.

In Game 2 Friday night, Gwinnett took advantage of Toledo pitching mistakes from the outset and never looked back. After scoring a few runs in the first inning, a bases loaded walk to Christian Marrero in the fourth inning opened up the floodgates. Anthony Varvaro made the spot-start and Erik Cordier grabbed the win as the G-Braves pitching was stellar for both games of the doubleheader. Joey Terdoslavich and Marrero each had multiple-RBI games in the second contest as they led the Gwinnett offensive charge.

Stefan Gartrell was named the International League Batter of the Week on Monday and he continued his torrid pace over the last three games. The slugger has five home runs in his last nine games, including 12 hits, six runs scored, 12 RBI, an .850 slugging percentage and a walk-off home run to beat Buffalo on Thursday afternoon. Gartrell rose his batting average from .165 to .216 in a matter of days and is only looking to keep climbing from there.

Toledo Mudhens (20-16, 2nd IL West) vs Gwinnett (23-13, 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.

It will be interesting to see what the Toledo Mud Hens have in store for the G-Braves on Monday. The No. 1 overall prospect in the Detroit Tigers system, Jacob Turner, will be taking the mound against the G-Braves in his Triple-A debut at Coolray Field. Turner was just promoted from Single-A Lakeland as he completely skipped Double-A. In all liklihood this will be a spot-start for the righty and will be demoted to Double-A following the game. However, with a dominant performance he could prove his organization right and stick around for awhile. Either way, it should be exciting to witness Monday night.

Monday, May 14:  Game 1 – First Pitch 5:05 p.m. @ Coolray Field

Game 2 – First pitch approximately 30 minutes after the first game has ended 

Both games are scheduled to last seven innings. The International League South Division-leading G-Braves (23-13) will likely start right-hander Eric Junge (3-3, 3.09) in game one and left-hander Yohan Flande (1-2, 2.93) in game two. Toledo is slated to start the Detroit Tigers No. 1 prospect in the form of right-hander Jacob Turner (0-0, 0.00) alongside 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.

Sunday’s Mother’s Day Diamond Dig has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 27, following Gwinnett’s 2:05 PM game against Rochester.

Monday is another Kids Eat Free night at Coolray Field, where 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.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Toledo Mudhens Batting Order:

1) Quintin Berry, CF

2) Justin Henry, 3B

3) Ryan Strieby, DH

4) Brad Eldred, 1B

5) Eric Patterson, LF

6) Andy Ciriaco, SS

7) Matt Young, RF

8) Omir Santos, C

9) Brent Dlugach, 2B

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Drew Sutton, 2B

4) Ernesto Mejia, DH

5) Felix Pie, RF

6) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

7) Christian Marrero, 1B

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Greg Paiml, SS

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Seeking Fourth Straight Win

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

It is day No. 8 of this 11-game homestand in 10 days and we are all still standing, especially your first place Gwinnett Braves (22-13). Even with the untimely losing skid that lasted into the Buffalo series, the G-Braves have seemingly righted the ship. After losing their sixth game in seven contests in Game 3 of the Buffalo series, something started to click and the G-Braves have won three straight games and are looking reinvigorated at the plate.

Friday the Gwinnett Braves begin their five-game series with the Toledo Mudhens (20-15) from Coolray Field. It was originally scheduled to be a four-game set, but a rain postponed game in Ohio last week caused the International League to create a doubleheader this week from Coolray Field since the two teams will not see each other the rest of this season…barring a playoff match-up.

The first place IL South G-Braves stole the first game of a twinbill, 3-2, from the first place IL West Mud Hens on Friday night. Luis Durango cracked the game-winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning as both teams were stuck in a tie. With the RBI, the speedster has four in his last three games and is also leading the International League in stolen bases with 18 in 20 attempts. Jair Jurrjens (2-0) went the distance for the complete game win, while allowing just two runs.

In Game 2 Friday night, Gwinnett took advantage of Toledo pitching mistakes from the outset and never looked back. After scoring a few runs in the first inning, a bases loaded walk to Christian Marrero in the fourth inning opened up the floodgates. Anthony Varvaro made the spot-start and Erik Cordier grabbed the win as the G-Braves pitching was stellar for both games of the doubleheader. Joey Terdoslavich and Marrero each had multiple-RBI games in the second contest as they led the Gwinnett offensive charge.

Stefan Gartrell was named the International League Batter of the Week on Monday and he continued his torrid pace over the last three games. The slugger has five home runs in his last nine games, including 12 hits, six runs scored, 12 RBI, an .850 slugging percentage and a walk-off home run to beat Buffalo on Thursday afternoon. Gartrell rose his batting average from .165 to .216 in a matter of days and is only looking to keep climbing from there.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Toledo Mudhens (20-15, 2nd IL West) vs Gwinnett (22-13, 1st IL South) 

The No. 3 prospect in minor league baseball according to Baseball America Julio Teheran (2-1, 2.81) will be opposing Toledo southpaw Fu-Te Ni (2-0, 1.23) in what should be a phenomenal match-up. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Saturday night from Coolray Field. It’s Brian McCann Bobblehead Giveaway with the first 2,000 fans in attendance receiving a free bobblehead.

Friday, May 11:  First Pitch 7:05 a.m. @ Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA

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.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

Toledo Mudhens Batting Order:

1) Justin Henry, CF

2) Matt Young, RF

3) Ryan Strieby, 1B

4) Brad Eldred, DH

5) Eric Patterson, LF

6) Andy Ciriaco, 3B

7) Brent Dlugach, 2B

8) Bryan Holaday, C

9) Argenis Diaz, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Drew Sutton, 2B

3) Stefan Gartrell, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Christian Marrero, LF

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) Jose Yepez, DH

9) J.C. Boscan, C

By: Tony Piraro

Jair Jurrjens Set To Start Game 1 of Doubleheader

5.11.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Friday the Gwinnett Braves begin their five-game series with the Toledo Mudhens from Coolray Field. It was originally scheduled to be a four-game set, but a rain postponed game in Ohio last week caused the International League to create a doubleheader this week from Coolray Field since the two teams will not see each other the rest of this season…barring a playoff match-up.

The first place IL South G-Braves will host the first place IL West Mudhens in the first game of a double-dip on Friday for a 5:00 p.m. first pitch. Then, Toledo will actually become the home team for the second game on Friday night, which will begin approximately 30 minutes after the first game has concluded.

Thursday the G-Braves were on the verge of being swept by the Buffalo Bisons (20-14) before some major heroics by Stefan Gartrell and company. Gwinnett was on the verge of taking the ballgame, 3-1, in the ninth inning following a would-be game-winning two-out, two-run double by Luis Durango in the bottom of the eighth inning. However, Thursday’s closer Cory Gearrin could not stave off Buffalo as they scored twice to knot the game up once again and force extra innings. However, the G-Braves wouldn’t extend the game for long as Gartrell blasted them to victory in the 10th with a walk-off shot.

The G-Braves have now won two of their last six games, but are still resting comfortably in first place of the International League South Division at 20-13. Gwinnett does not own the best record in the league anymore after their latest skid, however they are just two games behind the IL-leading Pawtucket Red Sox (22-13).

Toledo comes into town winners of six of their last 10 games including an identical first place record as Gwinnett at 20-13. The last time these two teams met in Toledo last week, the G-Braves won all three games while the fourth was obviously postponed until tonight.

Stefan Gartrell was named the International League Batter of the Week as he continues his torrid pace. The slugger is batting over .400 in his last seven games, including five home runs, 12 RBI and an .850 slugging percentage. Gartrell rose his batting average from .165 to .216 in a matter of days.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Currently Jose Constanza is on an 11-game hit streak that he will be looking to extend in both games on Friday night. Luis Durango is also on a tear of his own this season. 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 (20-13, 1st IL West) vs Gwinnett (20-13, 1st IL South) 

Jair Jurrjens (1-0, 1.80) will be facing the organization that originally drafted him in the form of the Detroit Tigers. The righty will be opposing Toledo southpaw Adam Wilk (2-1, 1.06) in what should be a phenomenal match-up in the first of two games from Coolray Field on Friday night.

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, DH

4) Brad Eldred, 1B

5) Eric Patterson, LF

6) Omir Santos, C

7) Audy Ciriaco, 3B

8) Brent Dlugach, 2B

9) Argenis Diaz, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jose Constanza, LF

3) Stefan Gartrell, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Drew Sutton, 2B

6) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Shawn McGill, DH

By: Tony Piraro

Good Morning from Coolray Field

5.10.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Thursday is “Education Day” with a 10:35 a.m. start time from Coolray Field, so be at the ballpark early for some coffee, donuts and morning baseball. Saturday night began an 11-game homestand in 10 days for the Gwinnett Braves. Game No. 6 from Coolray Field is set for Thursday morning and it should be a good one between Gwinnett and Buffalo.

Wednesday the G-Braves fell to Buffalo yet again, 4-1, after fighting through a tie ballgame for most of the evening. The Bisons won their third straight against Gwinnett after scoring three runs and breaking the 1-1 tie in the seventh inning. Jeurys Familia was outstanding for the New York Mets affiliate, as he moved his record to 3-1 on the season. Yohan Flande was handed his second loss of the season for Gwinnett.

The G-Braves have now lost six of their last seven games, but are still resting comfortably in first place of the International League South Division at 19-13. Gwinnett does not own the best record in the league anymore after their latest skid, however they are just two games behind the IL-leading Pawtucket Red Sox (21-13).

Buffalo (20-13) is surging after going 7-3 in their last 10 games and staring up in the standings at the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate, trailing by just a single game. The Bisons possess the second best record in the IL and are loaded with pitching talent in 2012. The G-Braves have already faced the Mets No. 2 and No. 4 stud pitching prospects in their system in the current series and wound up losing to both of them.

Stefan Gartrell was named the International League Batter of the Week as he continues his torrid pace. The slugger is batting over .400 in his last seven games, including four home runs, 10 RBI and an .850 slugging percentage. Gartrell rose his batting average from .165 to .216 in a matter of days.

Currently Jose Constanza is on a 10-game hit streak that he will be looking to extend on Thursday against Jeremy Hefner. On the season, the G-Braves left fielder is hitting a team-high .348 with 13 RBI and five stolen bases. Luis Durango is also on a tear of his own this season. The speedster stole three bases in Wednesday’s game pushing his season total to 18 stolen bases in 19 attempts for the lead in the IL.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Buffalo Bisons (20-13, 2nd IL North) vs Gwinnett (19-13, 1st IL South) 

Todd Redmond (2-3, 3.69) is on the mound for the G-Braves Thursday morning from Coolray Field, as he will be trying to avoid the sweep for Gwinnett. Redmond will be opposing Buffalo right-hander Jeremy Hefner (3-1, 1.64) on getaway day. It will be a special 10:35 a.m. first pitch from Lawrenceville as we celebrate Education Day for all school children.

Thursday, May 9 – First Pitch 10:35 a.m. @ Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA

The host of the 2012 IL All-Star Game, Buffalo Bisons, are in town for their first match-up with the G-Braves this season. The two teams will battle in their first of two four-game series’ this season, with the initial meeting in Georgia. The two teams will play one another in another four-game set, the next time from Buffalo following the G-Braves current 11-game homestand. The season-series finale is set to take place from Tuesday May 15 through Friday May 18 in New York.

Thursday is “Education Day” but 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.

Buffalo Bisons Batting Order:

1) Fred Lewis, LF

2) Brad Emaus, 2B

3) Josh Satin, 1B

4) Valentino Pascucci, RF

5) Zach Lutz, 3B

6) Dustin Martin, CF

7) Lucas May, C

8) Omar Quintanilla, SS

9) Jeremy Hefner, P

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Stefan Gartrell, RF

4) Drew Sutton, 2B

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Christian Marrero, 1B

7) Greg Paiml, SS

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Todd Redmond, P

By: Tony Piraro

Gwinnett Looking To Halt Skid Wednesday

5.9.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

Saturday night began an 11-game homestand in 10 days for the Gwinnett Braves. Game No. 5 from Coolray Field is set for Wednesday night and it should be a good one between Gwinnett and Buffalo.

Tuesday the G-Braves were shutout by the Bisons, 3-0. Buffalo scored one run in each of the first three innings of the game and would not look back from there. Add the fact that Matt Harvey, the No. 2 prospect in the New York Mets system, was on the bump and the G-Braves were looking at a near improbable comeback situation.

The G-Braves have lost five of their last six games, but are still resting comfortably in first place of the International League South Division at 19-12. The next closest team in the division is Charlotte at 15-16 who is four games behind your G-Braves. Gwinnett does not own the best record in the league anymore after their latest skid, however they are just one game behind the IL-leading Pawtucket Red Sox (20-13).

Buffalo (19-13) is surging after going 7-3 in their last 10 games and staring up in the standings at the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate, trailing by just a single game. The Bisons are loaded with pitching talent and will have their No. 4 overall prospect on the mound Wednesday, as he follows the No. 2 prospect last night.

Stefan Gartrell was named the International League Batter of the Week as he continues his torrid pace. The slugger is batting over .400 in his last seven games, including four home runs, nine RBI and an .850 slugging percentage. Gartrell rose his batting average from .165 to .216 in a matter of days.

Currently Jose Constanza is on a 9-game hit streak that he will be looking to extend on Wednesday against Jeurys Familia. On the season, the G-Braves left fielder is hitting a team-high .352 with 13 RBI and five stolen bases.

Buffalo Bisons (19-13, 2nd IL North) vs Gwinnett (19-21, 1st IL South) 

One of the top pitching prospects in baseball Jeurys Familia (2-1, 5.06) is set to take the mound Wednesday against G-Braves southpaw Yohan Flande (1-1, 2.96) for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Familia is the New York Mets No. 4 overall prospect according to Baseball America.

Wednesday, May 8 – First Pitch 7:05 p.m. @ Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA

The host of the 2012 IL All-Star Game, Buffalo Bisons, are in town for their first match-up with the G-Braves this season. The two teams will battle in their first of two four-game series’ this season, with the initial meeting in Georgia. The two teams will play one another in another four-game set, the next time from Buffalo following the G-Braves current 11-game homestand. The season-series finale is set to take place from Tuesday May 15 through Friday May 18 in New York.

It is “Winning Wednesday” but 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.

Buffalo Bisons Batting Order:

1) Bobby Scales, 2B

2) Fred Lewis, LF

3) Valentino Pascucci, RF

4) Zach Lutz, 1B

5) Matt Tuiasosopo, CF

6) Brad Emaus, 3B

7) Oswaldo Navarro, SS

8) Jean Luc Blaquiere, C

9) Jeurys Familia, P

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Stefan Gartrell, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Drew Sutton, 2B

6) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Yohan Flande, P

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Julio Teheran Set To Start Monday Night

5.7.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Saturday night began an 11-game homestand in 10 days for the Gwinnett Braves, but it did not start the way Gwinnett like with a loss to Charlotte. Sunday the G-Braves concluded their two-game series with the Knights with a 6-2 victory, pushing the season series to a 4-4 tie. Jair Jurrjens was stellar, working eight innings of two-run baseball en route to his first win with the G-BRaves in 2012.

The former New York Met 1986 World Series winner, Wally Backman, is managing the Mets Triple-A affiliate as he continues his New York legacy. The skipper will be managing in the National League format tonight as both teams are farm clubs of NL teams. Therefore, for the first time this season from Coolray Field, both pitchers will be batting in this four-game series.

Stefan Gartrell was named the International League Batter of the Week today as he continues his torrid pace. The slugger is batting .400 in his last five games, including three home runs, eight RBI and an .850 slugging percentage. Gartrell rose his batting average from .165 to .211 in a matter of days.

Buffalo Bisons (17-13, 3rd in IL North) vs Gwinnett (19-10, 1st in IL South) 

The top pitching prospect in baseball Julio Teheran (2-1, 3.66) will take the mound for the G-Braves against Buffalo right-hander Chris Schwinden (2-2, 2.05). Teheran’s last start was cut short due to rain, as he continues to seek his third win of the season. The G-Braves ace was originally scheduled to face the New York Mets No. 4 prospect in Matt Harvey, but he has been pushed back to Tuesday.

Monday, May 7 – First Pitch 7:05 p.m. @ Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA

The host of the 2012 IL All-Star Game, Buffalo Bisons, are in town for their first match-up with the G-Braves this season. The two teams will battle in their first of two four-game series’ this season, with the initial meeting in Georgia. The two teams will play one another in a four-game set from Buffalo following the G-Braves current 11-game homestand. The season-series finale is set to take place from Tuesday May 15 through Friday May 18 in New York between Buffalo and Gwinnett.

It is “Kids Eat Free Monday” so 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.

Buffalo Bisons Batting Order:

1) Bobby Scales, 2B

2) Dustin Martin, CF

3) Valentino Pascucci, RF

4) Josh Satin, 1B

5) Matt Tuiasosopo

6) Fred Lewis, LF

7) Rob Johnson, C

8) Omar Quintanilla, SS

9) Chris Schwinden, P

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Drew Sutton, 2B

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Jordan Parraz, RF

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Julio Teheran, P

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

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