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G-Braves Seeking Series Split Tonight vs Norfolk

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Ernesto Mejia’s two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth led the Gwinnett Braves to a 6-4 victory over the Durham Bulls in the series finale on Sunday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The G-Braves entered the ninth trailing the Bulls 4-3 and three outs away from being swept in the four-game series. The Bulls’ closer Dan De La Rosa immediately got into trouble as he walked Josh Wilson and with one out, walked Brian Friday. G-Braves’ leadoff batter Luis Durango beat out a ground ball to short to load to bases with one out. Wilson then scored from third on a passed ball by catcher Chris Gimenez to tie the game, 4-4. After Josh Kroeger popped-up to short for the second out of the inning, Mejia delivered the clutch single, plating Friday and Durango with the decisive runs.

The comeback win for the G-Braves came after they allowed Durham to come back from a two-run deficit, taking a late lead 4-3.

With the game scoreless in the top of the fourth, Gwinnett got on the board first. Durham starting pitcher Cesar Ramos walked Stefan Gartrell to begin the inning and a groundout to first by Jose Yepez moved Gartrell to second. Terry Tiffee then singled to right, scoring Gartrell from third to give the G-Braves an early 1-0 lead.

Durham rallied in the bottom of the fourth, as former Braves’ infielder Brooks Conrad lined a two-out double to left off Gwinnett starter Sean Gilmartin and scored when Evan Longoria singled to left. The game was tied 1-1 after four.

In the top of the fifth, Rusty Ryal led off with a single to right and moved to third on a single by Friday. A bunt single by Durango scored Ryal from third giving the G-Braves a 2-1 lead. Then with one out, Mejia cracked a single that scored Friday from second moving the Gwinnett lead to 3-1.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Monday, August 6th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (52-64) return home to begin an eight game homestand Monday night with the first of four against the Norfolk Tides (58-58). The G-Braves will have right-hander Randall Delgado (2-1, 4.32) on the mound against Norfolk left-hander Dana Eveland (3-4, 3.13). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville. Listen to the broadcast on AM 550/FM 102.9 WDUN in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play by play.

Norfolk Tides (2nd IL South) vs Gwinnett (4th IL North) 

The 11Alive News will be hosting a live Olympic broadcast from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, so come to Coolray Field at 4:30 PM to be on live television. Give reaction to the events and participate in Olympic Trivia! Paid admission is required for participants. It will be Kids Eat Free Monday, with 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

Durham Bulls Batting Order:

1)  L.J. Hoes, LF

2) Xavier Avery, CF

3) Bill Hall, 2B

4) Joe Mahoney, 1B

5) Ronny Paulino, C

6) Luis Exposito, DH

7) Brandon Waring, 3B

8) Jamie Hoffman, RF

9) Blake Davis, SS

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jack Wilson, SS

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Terry Tiffee, DH

6) Josh Kroeger, LF

7) Jose Yepez, C

8) Ruben Gotay, 3B

9) Brian Friday, 2B

By: Tony Piraro

Pie Looks to Keep G-Braves Offense on His Back

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8.8.12 GBraves Game Notes

Felix Pie went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, leading the Gwinnett Braves to a 6-4 win over the Norfolk Tides on Tuesday night at Coolray Field. The G-Braves scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 5-2 lead and never trailed the rest of the way, moving to within 6.0 games of the Tides for second place in the International League South Division with the victory.

Norfolk jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second against Gwinnett starter Yohan Flande. The left-hander allowed Luis Exposito to reach on a fielder’s choice, and Brandon Waring doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Jamie Hoffmann’s sacrifice fly scored Exposito, and Blake Davis followed with a single scoring Waring for a 2-0 Tides lead.

Gwinnett cut the deficit to 2-1 in the third inning against Tides’ starter Jake Arrieta as Jose Constanza reached on his second walk of the game and scored on Pie’s double down the left-field line.

The G-Braves got to Arrieta again in the fourth, putting together the game-deciding four-run frame. Stefan Gartrell led off the inning with a double and advanced to third base on a passed ball. He’d score to tie the game as the very next batter, Terry Tiffee, singled to left-center. Josh Kroeger reached on a fielder’s choice and took third on a single by Rusty Ryal, then scored on J.C. Boscan’s sharp single to left field to give Gwinnett a 3-2 lead. Following a Constanza single, Pie came through in the clutch once again with a two-run single to left-center scoring Ryal and Boscan for a 5-2 advantage.

Norfolk responded with a run in the fifth off Flande, but Gwinnett recovered that run in their half of the fifth as Gartrell reached on an error, took third on a double by Tiffee and scored on a groundout by Kroeger.

The Tides threatened to come back from the 6-3 deficit, scoring a run against Dusty Hughes in the seventh on a single by Joe Mahoney. However, Hughes (H, 6), Andy Russell (H, 2) and Anthony Varvaro (S, 4) would combine to allow just that run over the final 4.0 innings in relief of Flande. The left-hander (W, 6-8) was solid yet again for the G-Braves, allowing three runs on seven hits over 5.0 innings. He walked two and struck out three, throwing 91 pitches, 55 for strikes.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Wednesday, August 8th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (53-65) play game three of the four-game series against the Norfolk Tides (59-59) on Wednesday evening at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Right-hander Miguel Batista (1-0, 1.80) is slated to start for the G-Braves, while the Tides counter with right-hander Steve Johnson (4-8, 2.86). Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Norfolk Tides (2nd IL South) vs Gwinnett (4th IL North) 

Attend the G-Braves game on Winning Wednesday for a chance to win big. If the G-Braves are victorious, everyone in attendance will receive a special discount on future game tickets, courtesy of Georgia Lottery. Baseball Bingo is back for the second time this year as the first 1,500 fans through the gates will be able to participate to win prizes. Motor over to Coolray Field for Bike Night, featuring a pre-game ride around the field and motorcycle vendors on the concourse. 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

Norfolk Tides Batting Order:

1) L.J. Hoes

2) Xavier Avery, CF

3) Ryan Adams, 2B

4) Ronny Paulino, DH

5) Bill Hall, 3B

6) Luis Exposito, C

7) Brandon Waring, 1B

8) Jaime Hoffmann, RF

9) Blake Davis, SS

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Josh Wilson, SS

4) Felix Pie, RF

3) Ernesto Mejia, DH

5) Stefan Gartrell, LF

6) Terry Tiffee, 3B

7) Josh Kroeger, 1B

8) Brian Friday, 2B

9) J.C. Boscan, C

By: Tony Piraro

2 For 1 Tuesday as G-Braves Host Orioles Affiliate

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8.7.12 GBraves Game Notes

The Norfolk Tides scored five runs after the fifth inning to take the opener of a four-game series, 7-4 over the Gwinnett Braves on Monday night at Coolray Field. Randall Delgado allowed three runs over 5.2 innings in the losing effort for Gwinnett, while Norfolk starter Dana Eveland yielded only two unearned runs over 6.0 innings for the victory.

With the loss, Gwinnett’s first in eight meetings with Norfolk this season, the G-Braves find themselves 7.0 games behind the Tides for second place in the International League South Division.

Gwinnett opened the scoring with two runs in the first inning against Eveland. Luis Durango and Jack Wilson led off with back-to-back singles, and both took off on a double steal attempt. Wilson was caught at second but ruled safe as Tides’ second baseman Ryan Adams was charged with a missed catch error. Both runners advanced into scoring position on the play, though neither was credited with a steal. Stefan Gartrell grounded out to score Durango for the first run, and the G-Braves boosted their lead to 2-0 on another double steal attempt. Jose Yepez was caught stealing second base, but stayed in the rundown long enough for Wilson to cross the plate.

Norfolk responded to tie the game in the third inning. Brandon Waring doubled to lead off the inning against Delgado, and Jamie Hoffman connected on a two-run homer to deep left field to even the score at 2-2.

The Tides took the lead in the sixth inning as the first three hitters reached to load the bases. Delgado forced Luis Exposito into a double play, but L.J. Hoes scored as a result, giving Norfolk a 3-2 lead. Billy Bullock relieved Delgado with two outs in the inning and loaded the bases again with a walk, but struck out Blake Davis to end the threat.

Bullock would not be as fortunate the next inning, allowing two runs on three hits. Adams and hoes each reached on one-out singles and an RBI double by Joe Mahoney and sacrifice fly by Ronny Paulino raised the lead to 5-2. Buddy Carlyle came on in relief of Bullock and worked 1.2 scoreless innings, holding the deficit at three. Peter Moylan appeared for the G-Braves in the ninth and gave up two more runs to the Tides. Adams and Hoes again singled to start the inning, and a fielder’s choice by Paulino and single by Exposito drove them each in to make it 7-2.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Tuesday, August 7th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (52-65) play game two of the four-game series against the Norfolk Tides (59-58) on Tuesday evening at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Left-hander Yohan Flande (5-8, 3.96) is slated to start for the G-Braves, while the Tides counter with right-hander Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.63). Listen to the broadcast on AM 550/FM 102.9 WDUN in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play by play.

Norfolk Tides (2nd IL South) vs Gwinnett (4th IL North) 

Save up to 50% off tickets on 2 For 1 Tuesday by visiting GwinnettBraves.com/Tuesday. Print your coupon from home and present it at the Box Office to redeem. 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 Chris Roughgarden

Durham Bulls Batting Order:

1) L.J. Hoes, LF

2) Xavier Avery, CF

3) Bill Hall, 2B

4) Joe Mahoney, 1B

5) Ronny Paulino, C

6) Luis Exposito, DH

7) Brandon Waring, 3B

8) Jamie Hoffmann, RF

9) Blake Davis, SS

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Jose Constanza, CF

2) Jack Wilson, DH

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, DH

6) Terry Tiffee, 3B

7) Josh Kroeger, LF

8) Rusty Ryal, 2B

9) J.C. Boscan, C

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Homestand Highlights: August 6-13

The Gwinnett Braves return home to Coolray Field for an eight-game homestand that will begin on Monday, August 6 and conclude on Monday, August 13. The G-Braves will host the International League South’s second place club, the Norfolk Tides (August 6-9) for the first four games, then will welcome former G-BraveTodd Redmond back to town with his new team, the Louisville Bats (August 10-13) for a four-game series.

Gwinnett outfielder Stefan Gartrell is on fire at the plate, having hit .395 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in July. His steady teammate and 2012 All-Star Ernesto Mejia leads the team in most offensive categories including home runs (22) and RBIs (75). Jose Constanza and his IL-best .324 batting average is back with Gwinnett after a brief call-up to Atlanta. Constanza broke the Gwinnett Braves franchise record with a 22-game hitting streak the last time he was in Lawrenceville. Gwinnett’s starting rotation hasn’t looked more dominant than it has lately with the added presence of Randall Delgado, who is coming off a 10-strikeout win against the IL South leading Charlotte Knights. Atlanta’s first round pick from 2011, left-hander Sean Gilmartin made his Triple-A debut with Gwinnett on the road trip and is currently slated to make his home debut on Friday, August 10 vs. Louisville.

The upcoming homestand features plenty of discounts and activities, including “Bike Night” on August 8, WAGA Fox 5 Friday Fireworks and “Beach Night” on August 10 and “Outdoor Night” featuring a Tailgate Stool giveaway sponsored by Charter Business and Telemundo on August 11.

Here’s a look at the homestand:

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Monday, August 6
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
National Anthem performed by: Breanna Smith
Features:

  • Kids Eat Free Monday – All kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, a bag of chips and a small soda.
  • 11Alive Olympic Broadcast – 11Alive will be hosting a live Olympic broadcast from 5 to 6 PM. Come at 4:30 PM and have a chance to be on live TV, giving reaction to the events and even participating in Olympic Trivia! Paid admission is required for participants.

Tuesday, August 7
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
National Anthem performed by: Natalie Francingues
Features:

    • 2 for 1 Tuesday – Save up to 50% off tickets by visiting GwinnettBraves.com/Tuesday. Print your coupon from home and present it at the Box Office to redeem!

Wednesday, August 8
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM

      National Anthem performed by: Hayley Oliver
      Presenting Sponsors: Save-A-Lot
      • Winning Wednesday – Attend our Wednesday game for a chance to win big. If the G-Braves are victorious, everyone in attendance will receive a special discount offer on future game tickets presented by Georgia Lottery.
      • Baseball Bingo – The first 1,500 fans through the gates will be able to participate to win prizes.
      • Bike Night – Motor on over to Coolray Field for a pre-game ride around the field and enjoy the motorcycle vendors on the concourse. All participants in the ride around the field must have an Infield Box ticket. Please call 678-277-0350 for more details.

Thursday, August 9
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM

        National Anthem performed by: Destiny Roberts
        Presenting Sponsors: Tyson® Any’Tizers® Snacks
        • $3 Thursday – Kick-off the weekend right with $3 food and drink specials all game long. All general admission berm seating is also just $3 on Thursdays.

Friday, August 10
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM

          Presenting Sponsors: 12Stone Church
          • Beach Night – Put on your hula skirts and coconuts to join us for Beach Night. The Gwinnett Braves will get tropical with beachy music, movie clips and plenty of fun music to keep you dancing all game.
          • Fox 5 Friday Fireworks – Join us for a spectacular fireworks display that will light up the sky immediately following the G-Braves game.

Saturday, August 11
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM

            National Anthem performed by: Charter Business
            Presenting Sponsors: Charter Business & Telemundo
            • Outdoor Night/Family Campout – Join the G-Braves for Outdoors Night, as we welcome families to campout on the field after the game. Call the Group Sales office (678) 277-0340 for more details. All participants must fill out a form.
            • Tailgate Stool Giveaway – First 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a G-Braves tailgate stool.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Sunday, August 12
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 5:05 PM

              Presenting Sponsors: Univision
              • Family Sunday – Bring your ball and glove for a pre-game catch in the outfield starting when the gates open and lasting for 20 minutes. All kids 12 and under will get to run the bases following the game.
              • Summer Safety – The Gwinnett Braves will be recognizing organizations that fund or run safety programs for children.

Monday, August 13
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM

                • Kids Eat Free Monday – 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.

By: Tony Piraro

Gearrin Promoted, Constanza Back to Gwinnett

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Gwinnett Braves closer Cory Gearrin has once again been promoted to the Atlanta Braves amidst mass injuries to the pitching staff. Meanwhile, the Gwinnett franchise record holder with his 22-game hit streak, Jose Constanza is back and ready to provide the G-Braves offense with a spark.

However, the Gwinnett offense doesn’t need much of anything lately, as Stefan Gartrell and Ernesto Mejia have carried the team on their collective back. Gartrell is one of the hottest hitters in the International League for July, hitting .395 with six home runs and 14 RBI. For the season, the steady Mejia is leading the team in most offensive categories, including home runs (22) and RBI (75). Felix Pie is coming off the most impressive game by a G-Brave hitter in 2012, bashing the first grand slam of the season for a Gwinnett player, as he registered a team-high six RBI in one game against Durham.

For as explosive as the Gwinnett offense is becoming, in the same respect the G-Braves bullpen is not as deep as it once was in 2012. Jaye Chapman was just dealt to the Chicago Cubs, alongside the promotion of Gearrin to Atlanta, two of the most consistent arms in the G-Braves bullpen are now history. Anthony Varvaro takes over as the best arm in the Gwinnett bullpen, aside from his left-handed counterpart Dusty Hughes. Both will have expanded roles moving forward into the final month of the IL regular season.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

With injuries to Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens, who were both placed on the DL this week for the Braves, Atlanta is presently deprived of pitching depth. Thus the move of Chapman and Arodys Vizcaino to Chicago (NL) for Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson, as Atlanta needed a left-hander with rotation and bullpen versatility.

After recording the best record in the IL in the first month of the season, then falling into an IL-worst 15-game losing skid, the G-Braves have kept their heads up as the worst seems to be over. The offense, defense and pitching is getting better and they have only become more consistent in the second half of the season. Regardless of record, Gwinnett is making strides in many departments, namely developing their youngsters as Sean Gilmartin made his Triple-A debut this past week. The future is bright with the Atlanta Braves organization, however they have a chance at winning now, so they will take every precaution along the way to make sure they do just that.

By: Tony Piraro

Video: Former G-Braves Flourishing in Atlanta

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Craig Kimbrel

The best closer in baseball title belongs to the former Gwinnett Braves farmhand Craig Kimbrel. This season with the Braves, the right-hander has recorded 30 saves (2nd in MLB) alongside an insane 1.35 ERA and 0.65 WHIP. He has struck out an impressive 67 batters in just 40.0 innings of work, while we has walked just 10 hitters all season.

The days of playing at Coolray Field on a regular basis are long gone for Kimbrel. The right-hander consistently registers between 97-99 mph on the radar gun, as is quickly becoming one of the most respected relievers in all of baseball. This former Gwinnett Brave is creating a path to greatness.

Freddie Freeman

Forever connected will Kimbrel and Freddie Freeman be in the minds of Braves fans. They both came up to Atlanta together after stellar Gwinnett career’s, and both set the league on fire upon their emergences. Freeman just lost the National League Rookie of the Year voting to his teammate, but was happy for Kimbrel nevertheless.

This season the first baseman is coming into his own, hitting .270 with 13 home runs, 61 RBI and 22 doubles with Atlanta. Not only is his offense on the rise, but his defense has never been better. Freeman, when on the field, has been one of the more consistent Braves this season. With time, he will grow into one of the most feared hitters in baseball.

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

Jason Heyward

The Braves prized product is finally producing in the way the Braves imagined when they drafted the 22-year old. This season Heyward has taken the next step in his career, further enhancing his growth in the game. Heyward is batting .270 with 15 home runs, 49 RBI, 18 doubles and 15 stolen bases alongside fantastic defense in right field.

He has become a full-time player in 2012, starting almost every game against left-handers as well. There is no question the future is still indeed very bright for Heyward, as he continues to scratch the surface of his immense talent.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Mike Minor

Most fans probably assumed that the fourth name would be Tommy Hanson, however Mike Minor has been far more impressive at certain points this year. The southpaw had a rough start to 2012, but he has resurrected his season as he surges to the finish. The lefty is churning out quality starts as if they were going out of style. Minor has worked 6.0 innings or more in each of his last four starts, including striking out nine while he walked none in his sixth win this season during his last start against the Phillies.

The left-hander has trimmed his ERA to a respectable 5.17, alongside a 6-7 record with 98 strikeouts in 113.0 innings of work, yielding 42 free passes. The future ace of the Atlanta Braves rotation? Possibly. He could surprise you as most of these former G-Braves standouts have already done with early success in their young MLB careers.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

By: Tony Piraro

Braves 2011 First Round Pick Joins Gwinnett

Left-hander Sean Gilmartin, Atlanta’s first round pick in the 2011 June free agent draft, has joined the Gwinnett Braves. The Atlanta Braves announced Gilmartin’s promotion from Double-A Mississippi to Gwinnett on Friday, July 27.

Gilmartin, 22, will make his Triple-A debut with the G-Braves after opening the season with Mississippi. In 20 games, all starts for the M-Braves, he compiled a 5-8 record and 3.54 ERA (47 ER in 119.1 IP). The southpaw struck out 86 batters while walking only 26 and held Southern League opponents to a .248 average (111-for-448).

His solid Double-A debut included back-to-back complete games on May 3 at Mobile (loss, 6.0 IP, 2 ER) and May 8 against Pensacola (win, 7.0 IP, 1 ER). Gilmartin threw a career-high 9.0 innings in a no-decision on July 6 vs. Jackson, striking out seven while allowing only a run on four hits. For that effort, he was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week on July 8.

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

Gilmartin was drafted 28th overall in 2011 by the Braves out of Florida State University. He went a combined 2-2 with a 3.09 ERA in six starts between the Gulf Coast League and Class-A Rome in 2011. The Thousand Oaks, CA native began the year as the No. 5 ranked prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization according to Baseball America.

Gilmartin, wearing No. 56, will join the rest of his Gwinnett teammates on Friday night as they take on Durham in the finale of a four-game series. Left-hander Yohan Flande (4-7, 4.44) is scheduled to start for the G-Bravss, while the Bulls counter with right-hander Jim Paduch (5-8, 5.27) for a 7:05 PM scheduled first pitch. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. The television broadcast will air on CSS.

Join the G-Braves in celebrating the 2012 Summer Olympics with Olympic Games Night on Friday night. The first 1,500 fans will walk away with a Cowbell presented by CSS. Post-game fireworks sponsored by WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta will follow the game. 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 & Dave Lezotte

Yankees Looking for Season Sweep vs G-Braves

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7.23.12 GBraves Game Notes

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees took their third game in a row from the Gwinnett Braves, winning 4-3 on Sunday at Coolray Field. Corban Joseph’s ninth inning solo home run off Andy Russell gave the Yankees the lead for good as they improved to 7-0 against Gwinnett in 2012.

For the third time in three games, the Yankees scored the first run of the ballgame in their first at-bat. Chris Dickerson led off the game with a single against left-hander Yohan Flande, then stole second base and came around to score on a Kevin Russo RBI single.

Gwinnett finally answered back in the seventh inning as Ernesto Mejia led off the inning with a single. Following a two-out Ruben Gotay single, Jose Yepez came through with a clutch two-run double down the right field line, cutting the G-Braves deficit to 3-2. Yepez finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBIs, raising his batting average to .272 on the season.

The G-Braves tied the game 3-3 in the eighth when Jose Constanza began the rally with a leadoff single, then advanced to third base on an errant pickoff throw by left-hander Justin Thomas. The same at-bat, speedster Luis Durango singled up the middle for his 36th RBI of the season. Durango would later steal his second base of the game, raising his International League leading total to 35 on the season.

Walks to Mejia and Stefan Gartrell loaded the bases as Gwinnett threatened to take their first lead of the night in the eighth, but Ryota Igarashi struck out Josh Wilson and Gotay swinging to end the threat. Scranton wasted little time recapturing the lead in the ninth as Joseph capped his big night with a two-out solo home run to right field. With the game-winning blast, Joseph finished 2-for-5 with a team-high two RBIs.

Russell (L, 0-1) gave up the winning run on one hit over 1.0 inning of work.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Monday, July 23rd G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (46-57) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (57-45) play their series and season finale on Monday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. The G-Braves will have right-hander Eric Junge (5-8, 4.62) on the mound, while the Yankees counter with left-hander Mike O’Connor (2-3, 3.39). Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Scranton Yankees (2nd IL North) vs Gwinnett (3rd IL South) 

All kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, bag of chips and a small soda on Kids Eat Free Monday. 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 Chris Roughgarden

Empire State Yankees Batting Order:

1) Chris Dickerson, CF

2) Kevin Russo, LF

3) Corban Joseph, 2B

4) Jack Cust, DH

5) Brandon Laird, 3B

6) Kosuke Fukudome, LF

7) Cole Garner, RF

8) Gustavo Molina, C

9) Ramiro Pena, SS

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jack Wilson, DH

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, LF

6) Josh Wilson, SS

7) Jose Yepez, C

8) Ruben Gotay, 3B

9) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

By: Tony Piraro

Breaking: Jose Constanza Promoted to Atlanta Braves

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The man, Jose Constanzawho just broke Gwinnett’s franchise record hit-streak at 22 total games, surpassing both Barbaro Canizares and Felix Pie, is now on his way to the Atlanta Braves….again. This is nothing new for the Braves left fielder, as this is the third time this season Constanza will drop by Atlanta. With the recent injury to Matt Diazan opening has arisen and Atlanta is in desperate need of a bat. Who better than the Gwinnett all-time hit-streak leader himself?

This season Constanza has been the catalyst to the Gwinnett Braves offense, as he leads the International League in hitting with a .324 batting average. The speedster has registered 91 hits, 43 runs scored, nine doubles, four triples, one home run, 23 RBI, 111 total bases, 29 walks and 11 stolen bases, alongside his team-leading .386 on-base percentage.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Constanza is batting .250 with the Atlanta Braves this season, including eight hits and four runs scored in 32 at-bats. The value of Constanza is not only recognized in the batters box, but he is an exceptional defender that has saved his pitching staff countless runs this season.

The Braves players are making a play to win it all this season, the future is important, but so too is winning a World Series this season, in the final year of arguably the greatest third baseman of all-time in the form of Chipper Jones. Constanza will provide a much-needed spark to the offense and pitching staff, but his contributions will not be measured by his stats, but by the Braves win-loss record with him in the line-up.

By: Tony Piraro

Family Sunday as G-Braves Host Yankees

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees scored eight runs in the first inning and never trailed, defeating the Gwinnett Braves, 13-8 on Saturday night at Coolray Field. Cole Garner crushed a grand slam as part of the big first frame and Brandon Laird added a homer and four RBIs of his own as the Yankees pounded out 15 total hits. With the loss, the G-Braves are a season-high 10 games under the .500 mark.

The Yankees jumped out to an early lead for the second straight night, plating eight runs before Gwinnett hitters grabbed their bats. Starter Brent Leach (L, 0-1) failed to get out of the first inning in his G-Braves debut, allowing seven runs on three hits and four walks in just a third of an inning. The left-hander yielded a leadoff walk to Chris Dickerson, single to Kevin Russo and RBI double to Corban Joseph as Scranton jumped out to a 1-0 lead. Following a walk to Jack Cust to load the bases, Leach allowed back-to-back bases loaded walks to Laird and Francisco Cervelli for a 3-0 Yankees advantage. Garner followed with the grand slam to left, opening up a 7-0 lead and chasing Leach from the game.

Buddy Carlyle relieved Leach and served up back-to-back triples to Dickerson and Russo as the Yankees took an 8-0 lead. Carlyle settled down to work 3.2 stellar innings, surrendering just one run on three hits while striking out four.

The G-Braves were held scoreless by Scranton right-hander Ramon Ortiz over the first four innings, but finally solved the veteran in the fifth with a six-run frame. Ruben Gotayled off the inning with a double, and Lance Zawadzki reached on an infield pop-up that was dropped by the third baseman Russo for an error. Following a groundout, Luis Durango singled home the first run of the game for Gwinnett. Felix Pie added a sacrifice fly scoring Zawadzki, and Ernesto Mejia tallied his International League leading 67th RBI with a single. The inning was broken open when Stefan Gartrell blasted a three-run home run off the brick wall in left, cutting the deficit to 8-6.

Only one of the six runs was earned to Ortiz (W, 8-3), who worked 5.0 innings with eight hits allowed, one walk and one strikeout.

Sunday, July 22nd G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (46-56) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (56-45) play game three of the four-game series on Sunday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 5:05 PM. The G-Braves will have left-hander Yohan Flande (4-7, 4.46) on the mound, while the Yankees counter with right-hander Adam Warren (5-6, 3.86). Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA.

Scranton Yankees (2nd IL North) vs Gwinnett (3rd IL South) 

Bring your ball and glove for a pre-game catch on the outfield grass at Coolray Field onFamily Sunday. All kids 12 and under will get to run the bases following the game. The Gwinnett Braves will also observe Cancer Awareness night as they recognize organizations that bring awareness to cancer prevention and detection or raise funds for cancer research. 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 Daniel Hamby

Empire State Yankees Batting Order:

1) Chris Dickerson, CF

2) Kevin Russo, LF

3) Corban Joseph, 2B

4) Jack Cust, DH

5) Brandon Laird, 3B

6) Francisco Cervelli, C

7) Cole Garner, RF

8) Ramiro Pena, SS

9) Matt Antonelli, 1B

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, DH

6) Josh Wilson, SS

7) Ruben Gotay, 3B

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

By: Tony Piraro
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