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2013 Spring Training – Weekly Update

Ernesto Mejia is 1-for-6 in four games in Grapefruit League.

Ernesto Mejia is 1-for-6 in four games in Grapefruit League.

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.

-JD

2013 Spring Training – Competing to Make the Team

Ernesto Mejia led the G-Braves with 24 home runs in 2012.

Ernesto Mejia led the G-Braves with 24 home runs in 2012.

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.

Jose Constanza led the IL in hitting with a .314 batting average.

Jose Constanza led the IL in hitting with a .314 batting average in 2012.

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.

Gwinnett Looking to Snap 14-Game Losing Skid

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

6.30.12 GBraves Game Notes

For the second night in a row, Gwinnett Braves’ starting pitching gave up nine runs and, as a result, the G-Braves suffered their 14th loss in a row with an 11-4 drubbing at the hands of the Empire State Yankees Friday night at Frontier Field. Gwinnett’s 14th-straight defeat extends the franchise record for most consecutive losses, which was originally set by the 2006 Richmond Braves with their 12-game skid.

This year’s G-Braves have lost 26 of their last 31 games dating back to May 30, including 24 of 29 contests this month. It was the final game of a 0-8 road trip to upstate New York for Gwinnett, moving them to a season-high 10 games in back of Charlotte for first place in the International League South standings.

Some lone bright-spots for the G-Braves this season was Ernesto Mejia and Cory Gearrin both being named to the Triple-A All-Star team for the game on July 10, in Buffalo, New York at 7:05 p.m. ET. Luis Durango currently leads the IL in stolen bases (28) and is one shy of leading all of Triple-A baseball in swipes with 29. Felix Pie is currently on a 12-game hit streak, which is good enough for the second-best mark this season by a G-Braves. Mejia had the longest with a 13-game streak, which was one hit shy of the franchise record 14-game streak by Barbaro Canizares. Also, Jose Constanza currently possesses a seven-game hit streak for Gwinnett since rejoining the team from Atlanta.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Saturday, June 30 G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (37-46) return home Saturday night in game one of a four-game series against the Charlotte Knights. The G-Braves will have right-hander Eric Junge (1-3, 4.24) on the mound against the Knights right-hander Charlie Shirek (7-4, 3.71) in a 7:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch at Coolray Field. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550 in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play by play.

Charlotte Knights (47-36, 1st IL South) vs Gwinnett (37-46, 4th IL South) 

The homestand begins with “Braves All-Star Weekend” presented by Springer Mountain Farms, featuring appearances by former Braves Dave Justice and Javy Lopez on Saturday alongside Dale Murphy and Ryan Klesko on Sunday, July 1. Join us Saturday night for Braves All-Star Weekend, with former Braves Dave Justice and Javy Lopez at the ballpark for a meet-and-greet, plus a 90-minute autograph session after the start of the game. Limit 1 item per person, first come first serve basis. Also, the first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a pennant flag courtesy of Springer Mountain Farms.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Charlotte Knights Batting Order:

1) Tyler Kuhn, LF

2) Drew Garcia, 2B

3) Dan Johnson, 1B

4) Conor Jackson, RF

5) Dallas McPherson, 3B

6) Hector Gimenez, DH

7) Josh Phegley, C

8) Ozzie Martinez, SS

9) Justin Greene, CF

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, DH

5) Stefan Gartrell, LF

6) Christian Marrero, 1B

7) Ruben Gotay, 3B

8) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

9) J.C. Boscan, C

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.

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Notes for 6.5.12 at Lehigh Valley

Yesterday, Gotay was just somebody that the G-Braves used to know. Today, he’s back on the Gwinnett infield after a trade with Toronto. (Gwinnett Braves Archives)

The G-Braves couldn’t follow up Julio Teheran’s Sunday evening gem last night as they fell 3-2 to Charlotte and settled for a split of the two-game series.  The Knights scored all three of their runs off starter Eric Junge in the fifth inning, sending the veteran right-hander to his team-leading fifth loss despite his team-best seventh quality start.  The Gwinnett offense continues to struggle as the club was shut out over the first eight innings, seven pitched by Charlotte starter Charlie Shirek.  A two-run single by red-hot Christian Marrero cut the deficit to one, but Knights’ closer Brian Bruney struck out former Knight Stefan Gartrell to strand the tying run.

The road trip rolls on for Dave Brundage’s crew as they begin a four-game series at Lehigh Valley.  The two clubs recently split a four-game series at Coolray Field, with the G-Braves taking the first two games (including the 9-8 comeback thriller on Memorial Day) and the IronPigs recovering to win the last two.  It’s right-hander Todd Redmond on the mound for Gwinnett tonight, looking to keep up his impressive numbers.  “Red” enters the game 5-3 with the league’s sixth-best ERA of 2.76.  He yielded four runs over 7.0 innings in his last start, also against Lehigh Valley, a game that resulted in a no-decision and an eventual 14-4 loss.  Left-hander Tom Cochran (2-1, 4.70) throws for the ‘Pigs tonight.  First pitch is at 7:05 PM.

In roster-related news, we wish third baseman Joey Terdoslavich well as he looks to right his season in Double-A Mississippi.  Joey T was sent to the M-Braves today after struggling at the plate (.180 average) and on defense (IL high 22 errors).  There’s no doubt the defending Atlanta Braves Minor League Player of the Year has tremendous talent, but the jump from Advanced-A to Triple-A can be a big one for anyone.  It may not be this year, but I’m certain we’ll see Terdoslavich come through Gwinnett again.

Replacing Joey on the roster is a familiar name, infielder Ruben Gotay.  Gotay was acquired from Toronto for cash considerations today, and the Braves assigned him directly to Gwinnett.  Gotay hit .253 with three homers and 25 RBIs in 72 games with the G-Braves last year.  He had been hitting .346 with 14 RBIs in 22 games with Triple-A Las Vegas prior to the trade.

More on Junge, Marrero, Redmond, Gotay and others in tonight’s G-Braves Game Notes:  6.5.12 GBraves Game Notes

-DL

Medlen Set To Start For Gwinnett Saturday

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

The opener of a four-game home-and-home series between the top two teams in the International League South Division went to second-place Charlotte on Friday night at Coolray Field. The Knights put up 10 runs on the strength of three home runs to defeat the South-leading Gwinnett Braves, 10-3. Charlotte’s win trimmed the G-Braves’ lead in the division to 1.5 games.

Starter Jair Jurrjens (L, 3-3) surrendered 10 runs, six earned, on 12 hits in a losing effort. Former IL MVP Dan Johnson blasted solo home runs off Jurrjens in the third and fifth innings, and Hector Gimenez homered as well in the fifth against the G-Braves’ right-hander.

The G-Braves jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Tyler Pastornicky singled in his first plate appearance with Gwinnett, took second on a single by Stefan Gartrell, stole third and scored on an RBI single by Felix Pie.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Charlotte Knights (31-25, 2nd IL South) vs Gwinnett (32-23, 1st IL South) 

The Atlanta Braves want to turn Kris Medlen into a starting pitcher, so they have reassigned the big leaguer to Triple-A Gwinnett to stretch him out. The right-hander has been with the Braves since the 2009 season as a middle reliever and an occasional spot-starter. In fact, during the 2010 season Medlen started 14 games for Atlanta and registered a 6-2 record with a 3.68 ERA. The Braves are hoping that the righty can continue that success over the course of an entire Major League season.

This season with the Atlanta Braves, Medlen is 1-1 with a 3.49 ERA amidst 28.1 innings of work. The righty has surrendered 11 runs on 27 hits while he has struck out 17 batters while walking just seven. Since it’s just his first start the G-Braves will be very cautious with him. Medlen is predicted to throw either four innings or 60 pitches, whichever happens first.

Saturday, June 2 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

The International League South-leading Gwinnett Braves (32-23) conclude their 10-game homestand on Saturday in the series finale against the Charlotte Knights (31-25). Right-hander Kris Medlen (0-0, 0.00) will make his first start since being optioned to Gwinnett by Atlanta. He’ll be opposed by Charlotte right-hander Terry Doyle (4-3, 3.05). First pitch at Coolray Field is scheduled for 7:05 PM. The game will be broadcast on radio on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling play-by-play.

The first 2,000 fans attending Saturday night’s game will receive a Chopper Coin Bank presented by Delta Community Credit Union. Chopper and the G-Braves will also celebrate a belated “Groundhogs Day” at Coolray Field. 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 – CF

2) Drew Garcia – 2B

3) Dan Johnson – DH

4) Brent Morel – 3B

5) Jordan Danks – RF

6) Josh Phegley – C

7) Jim Gallagher – 1B

8) Justin Green – LF

9) Ozzie Martinez – SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango – CF

2) Tyler Pastornicky – SS

3) Stefan Gartrell – DH

4) Ernesto Mejia – 1B

5) Felix Pie – RF

6) Joey Terdoslavich – 3B

7) Collin DeLome – LF

8) Jose Yepez – C

9) Lance Zawadzki – 2B

By: Tony Piraro

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

G-Braves Want to Begin New Streak Thursday

5.31.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The Gwinnett Braves saw their five-game winning streak snapped as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs won 6-3 on Wednesday night at Coolray Field. Dusty Hughes entered the game with the score tied 3-3 in the eighth, but ended up with the loss as the IronPigs scored three times in the frame. With the win, Lehigh Valley snapped a six-game losing streak.

Ernesto Mejia has been on fire as of late as he led the way for Gwinnett Wednesday, finishing the night 3-for-5 with his team-leading 14th double and two RBIs. Mejia tied the score at 1-1 in the first inning with his double scoring Durango, then gave the G-Braves a temporary 2-1 lead in the third with an RBI single scoring Felix Pie. He reached for a third and final time on an infield single that helped set up Durango’s tying run in the seventh. Durango went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, while Pie went 2-for-5 with a run scored.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Lehigh Valley (29-24, 4th IL North) vs Gwinnett (32-21, 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 in fourth place in the IL North. Currently, the G-Braves are 19-9 on the season at Coolray Field and 7-3 in their last 10 games as they look to begin another win-streak on Thursday. Luis Durango and Stefan Gartrell both will have Thursday evening off to rest.

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

The International League South-leading Gwinnett Braves (32-21) continue their 10-game homestand with the series finale against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (29-24) on Thursday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Right-hander Todd Redmond (5-3, 2.47) is set to start for Gwinnett against Lehigh Valley right-hander Tyler Cloyd (4-1, 2.15). The game will be broadcast on radio on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Thursday is another “$3 Thursday” with $3 food and drink specials all game long. All general admission berm seating is also just $3 on Thursdays this season at Coolray Field.

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

Lehigh Valley IronPigs Batting Order:

1) CF – Kyle Hudson

2) 2B – Kevin Frandsen

3) CF – Domonic Brown

4) DH – John Suomi

5) 1B – Cody Overbeck

6) RF – Steve Susdorf

7) C – Tuffy Gosewisch

8) SS – Andres Blanco

9) P – Tyler Cloyd

G-Braves Batting Order

1) CF – Felix Pie

2) RF – Collin DeLome

3) 1B – Ernesto Media

4) LF – Christian Marrero

5) 3B – Joey Terdoslavich

6) C – Jose Yepez

7) SS – Josh Wilson

8) 2B – Lance Zawadzki

9) P – Todd Redmond

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

G-Braves Look To Keep Rolling Tuesday

5.29.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

The Gwinnett Braves entered the ninth on Memorial Day trailing Lehigh Valley 8-3, but scored a miraculous six runs in the frame to defeat the IronPigs, 9-8 on Monday night at Coolray Field. Lance Zawadzki sent the Memorial Day crowd of 6,426 home happy as he delivered the crushing blow, a three-run walk-off home run to right field. The G-Braves will be looking to extend their win-streak to five games on Tuesday night.

Down 8-3 entering the ninth and as much as 8-0 at one point in the game, the G-Braves found a way to chip at the deficit. Ernesto Mejia doubled to drive in Christian Marrerofor the first run of the inning, Joey Terdoslavich added an RBI single scoring Stefan Gartrell and Jose Yepez singled through the left side of the diamond to score Mejia, cutting the deficit to two. With Gwinnett trailing 8-6 and down to their last out, the table was set for Zawadzki. The second baseman belted a 0-1 pitch from IronPigs’ reliever Michael Schwimer onto the right-field berm for his first home run of the season, capping the six-run comeback and giving the G-Braves their fifth walk-off win of the season.

Zawadzki finished 3-for-5 with five RBIs on the night, the most by a G-Brave in a single game this season. His home run, along with a two-run single in the sixth, helped Gwinnett match their largest come-from-behind victory of the season. The club also rallied from an eight-run deficit to beat Norfolk, 14-12 in 11 innings, on April 11 in Norfolk, VA. Marrero also belted a pinch-hit solo home run off Lehigh Valley starter Dave Bush to help the G-Braves get rolling in the sixth.

The Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A affiliate, Lehigh Valley (28-23) 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.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Lehigh Valley (28-23, T-3rd IL North) vs Gwinnett (31-20, 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.

Tuesday, May 28 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

The International League South-leading G-Braves (31-20) continue their 10-game homestand with the second of four games against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (28-23) on Tuesday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Left-hander Yohan Flande (1-3, 3.97) is slated to start for Gwinnett against Lehigh Valley left-hander Pat Misch (3-6, 5.44). 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 – Tuffy Gosewisch

5) LF – Michael Spidale

6) 1B – Cody Overbeck

7) RF – Derrick Mitchell

8) 3B – Tim Kennelly

9) P – Pat Misch

G-Braves Batting Order

1) CF – Luis Durango

2) LF – Collin DeLome

3) RF – Stefan Garter

4) 1B – Ernesto Mejia

5) 3B – Joey Terdoslavich

6) C – Jose Yepez

7) SS – Josh Wilson

8) 2B – Lance Zawadzki

9) P – Yohan Flande

By: Tony Piraro

Zawadzki’s Walk-off Completes Miracle Comeback

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

16 hours after one of the most improbable comeback’s in Gwinnett Braves history, shock and disbelief is still surrounding Coolray Field. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs were up 8-0 at one point in the game on Memorial Day and led the G-Braves 8-3 heading to the bottom of the ninth inning. There is no way a Ryne Sandberg led ‘Pigs team would ever blow a five-run lead with just three outs remaining, right? Well, Lance Zawadzki emphatically disagreed with that question, as he blasted a two-out, three-run walk-off home run for the G-Braves 31st victory of the season.

Ernesto Mejia doubled in Christian Marrero for the first run of the ninth inning, and Joey Terdoslavich added an RBI single scoring Stefan Gartrell. Then Jose Yepez singled through the left side of the diamond to score Mejia, cutting the deficit to two. With Gwinnett trailing 8-6 and down to their last out, the table was set for Zawadzki. The second baseman belted a 0-1 pitch from IronPigs’ reliever Michael Schwimer onto the right-field berm for his first home run of the season, capping the six-run comeback and giving the G-Braves their fifth walk-off win of the season.

Zawadzki finished 3-for-5 with five RBIs on the night, the most by a G-Brave in a single game this season. His home run, along with a two-run single in the sixth, helped Gwinnett match their largest come-from-behind victory of the season. The club also rallied from an eight-run deficit to beat Norfolk, 14-12 in 11 innings, on April 11 in Norfolk, VA. Marrero also belted a pinch-hit solo home run off Lehigh Valley starter Dave Bush to help the G-Braves get rolling in the sixth.

The six-run scoring barrage wasn’t even the biggest comeback of the season for the G-Braves in their final at-bat. Just days into the 2012 season, Gwinnett found themselves down seven runs entering the ninth inning on April 11, in Norfolk. Somehow, the visiting G-Braves scored seven runs as Jose Constanza delivered the game-tying hit in the ninth alongside the game-winning hit in the 12th inning.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Five Gwinnett Braves have recorded a walk-off winner this season, all different players:

Drew Sutton roped an extra inning, game-winning double against Norfolk in the early part of the season for the G-Braves first of five walk-off winners.

Stefan Gartrell blasted a walk-off home run against Buffalo in the 12th inning for the first win of the season for Gwinnett against Wally Backman’s Bisons’.

The very next game Luis Durango stole the show as he roped a two-out RBI single that defeated Toledo in the first game of a doubleheader from Coolray Field.

Later in the series against Toledo, in which the G-Braves won four of the five games against the Mud Hens, Jose Yepez lifted a sacrifice fly ball that scored the game-winning run from third base in the first game of the second doubleheader in the series.

And now, all the attention surrounds G-Braves’ newcomer Zawadzki who finished 3-for-5 with five RBIs on the night, the most by a G-Brave in a single game this season. His home run, along with a two-run single in the sixth, helped Gwinnett match their largest come-from-behind victory of the season and left the people of Gwinnett county in a frenzy. Marrero also belted a pinch-hit solo home run off Lehigh Valley starter Dave Bush to help the G-Braves get rolling in the sixth. It was the G-Braves first pinch-hit home run of the 2012 season.

The International League South-leading G-Braves (31-20) continue their 10-game homestand with the second of four games against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (28-23) on Tuesday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Left-hander Yohan Flande (1-3, 3.97) is slated to start for Gwinnett against Lehigh Valley left-hander Pat Misch (3-6, 5.44). The game will be broadcast on radio on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

By: Tony Piraro

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