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G-Braves Doubleheader Postponed Until Friday

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

The Gwinnett Braves were scheduled to play a doubleheader in their first game back at Coolray Field after their most recent 10-game road trip that saw them register a record of 3-7. However, the Columbus Clippers’ flight arrangements failed, thus forcing the teams to cancel the second game of the double-dip for Thursday night. Now, the game has been rescheduled for Friday with the G-Braves and Clippers set for a twinbill that will begin at 5:05 p.m. for the first pitch of the first game. The second game of the doubleheader is scheduled to start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Friday is Planes, Trains and Automobiles Night so come out and enjoy our transportation theme night including various prize drawings from gas cards to Marta passes! We will be sure to have plenty of clips from your favorite Steve Martin and John Candy movie. And of course, don’t forget that every Friday is Fox 5 Friday Fireworks. Stick around after the game for another spectacular post-game fireworks display, courtesy of WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta!

The G-Braves will send Jair Jurrjens to the hill on Thursday in place of the right-hander who was originally scheduled to pitch in the first game of the doubleheader, Todd Redmond. Regardless, Redmond (5-4, 3.52) will take to the mound in the first game of the doubleheader against Columbus on Friday instead.

Replacing, Julio Teheran, the originally scheduled Game No. 2 starter, will be Eric Junge (3-6, 4.54) who will take the mound in the second game of the double-dip. For the time being, Teheran and Junge have swapped positions in the Gwinnett starting rotation.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Therefore, Thursday will be the first game of the G-Braves nine-game homestand, which is set to begin at approximately 7:50 p.m. The second and third game of the Clippers series is scheduled for Friday night, while the final two games of the season against Columbus are set for Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday’s special first pitch, which is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Start 9-Game Homestand Thursday

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The Gwinnett Braves (35-31)) begin a stretch of nine games in their next eight days, starting on Thursday night with a doubleheader against the Columbus Clippers (30-35) from Coolray Field. The G-Braves will play five games against the Clippers to conclude their season-series, as Columbus currently has the upper hand with a 2-1 season lead. Then the IL West leading Indianapolis Indians (38-27) will visit Lawrenceville for their first of two, four-game series’ against Gwinnett this season.

Gwinnett has lost 10 of their last 13 contests, including recording a 3-7 mark on their present 10-game road trip. Not only have the G-Braves been losing lately, but they have lost ground on their once-familiar first place lead in the IL South. With the G-Braves recent skid and Charlotte’s tremendous hot-streak, Gwinnett now finds themselves 3.5 games out of first place in the standings after once leading the division by 7.0 games, nearly a month ago.

Returning to Gwinnett after a cup of coffee in Atlanta are three main G-Brave contributors; Jose Constanza, J.C. Boscan and Julio Teheran. All three will return to action at Coolray Field when the G-Braves get back from their off day on Wednesday.

In their last 10 games, only two G-Braves are batting over .300, the obvious catalyst of the team Ernesto Mejia and one of the newer additions Lance Zawadzki. The seocond baaseman and hero of the “Memorial Day Miracle” is batting .321 with nine hits, five runs scored, five RBI and two home runs. Mejia continues his torrid pace as he is batting .324 with 11 hits, six runs scored, six RBI and four home runs in his last 10 games. The G-Braves slugger is also currently in fifth place for first basemen for the 2012 All-Star Game voting.

The road trip didn’t have many hightlights for Gwinnett pitching, however Anthony Varvaro and Jaye Chapman continue to emerge as reliable arms out of the bullpen. Varvaro has incredibly registered nine strikeouts in his last 3.2 innings of work, while Chapman has struck out seven through his previous 6.0 innings of one-run work. Both should be highly considered for 2012 All-Star bids. If you’re going to vote, don’t forget about starters Julio Teheran, Todd Redmond and Yohan Flande.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Gwinnett right-hander Todd Redmond (5-4, 3.52) will oppose the Clippers right-hander Corey Kluber (4-6, 4.14) in the first game of the doubleheader, first pitch scheduled for 5:05 p.m. at Coolray Field on Thursday. The second game of the double-dip will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550 in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Join us for our second annual eating contest for Dudes vs. Foods Night on Thursday. Only the bravest fans will dare to tackle the Super Knucksie! Participants will be chosen at the game. Thursday is also “$3 Thursday” so start the weekend right with $3 food and drink specials all game long presented by Dave FM. New for 2012, all general admission berm seating is also $3 on Thursdays!

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

By: Tony Piraro

Triple-A All-Star Voting Ends June 22

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Make sure you vote early and often for your favorite Gwinnett Braves, alongside the rest of the International League and Pacific Coast League 2012 All-Star candidates.

Click this link to vote now for 2012 Triple-A All-Stars. Simply click on the Gwinnett Braves logo and all of the G-Braves on the ballot will be highlighted for you. Or you can simply go to: http://www.milb.com/milb/events/asg/y2012/ballot/ to vote today.

Voting concludes Friday, June 22. There is a maximum of 25 votes per person, per day. Plenty of opportunity to get your favorite players in the 2012 ASG.

The 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 at the home of the Bisons’ in Buffalo, New York. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET between the IL All-Stars and the PCL All-Stars. The game will be televised live on the MLB Network.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Currently, two of your G-Braves are in contention for an All-Star bid. Ernesto Mejia is 5th among Triple-A first basemen, as the G-Brave slugger is leading Gwinnett in most offensive categories, including a team-high .317 batting average. Julio Teheran is 9th among starting pitchers and is back in Gwinnett after making a spot-start for the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Rest assured, Teheran is primed to make his second straight Triple-A all-star game.

Other G-Braves that should be considered for an All-Star bid are outfielders Jose Constanza, Luis Durango and Stefan Gartrell, utility man Christian Marrero and catcher Jose Yepez. Meanwhile, the pitchers that deserve consideration are starters Todd Redmond and Yohan Flande, relievers Cory Gearrin (who is playing for Atlanta currently), Jaye Chapman, Anthony Varvaro, Buddy Carlyle, Jose Luge, Adam Russell and Dusty Hughes.  

No matter who your favorite team or player is, the time to show your support is now. Your last chance to vote is June 22…Click here to Vote

By: Tony Piraro

Medlen Faces His Toughest Test Tonight

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

6.12.12 GBraves Game Notes

Kris Medlen (0-1, 4.91) is expected to make his third start in a Gwinnett Braves uniform this season, as he will oppose the International League’s top team in the form of the Pawtucket Red Sox (40-25). The Paw Sox were the first team to reach the No. 10, 20, 30 and 40-win plateu already this season and they possess a 2.5 game lead on Lehigh Valley for first place in the IL North. The G-Braves (35-30) currently reside in second place of the IL South after losing 10 of their last 13 games.

Medlen is stretching out to become a starting pitcher for the Atlanta Braves and Tuesday night in Rhode Island should be the start that the G-Braves let him loose. Through his two previous starts for the G-Braves this season, the right-hander has yielded nine hits, four runs and has struck out eight while walking just two.

Medlen’s first start for Gwinnett was against the IL South leading Charlotte Knights on June 2. The righty was only allowed 60 pitches or four innings, whichever happened first. Medlen threw 66 pitches and lost the game after he allowed four runs on five hits in 2.1 innings of work. In his second start, the right-hander was given a little more freedom, working five scoreless innings en route to a no decision in Pennsylvania against Lehigh Valley on June 7.

Tuesday night should be the start that G-Braves manager Dave Brundage takes off the training wheels for Kris Medlen. It should be a good tune-up regardless, as the Paw Sox possess a great deal of Major League ready talent.

Former G-Brave Mauro Gomez and his 13 home runs, 43 RBI, 121 total bases and .296 batting average await Medlen, alongside his teammate who is one of the top prospects in baseball, Lars Anderson. The big first baseman has eight home runs and 34 RBI, alongside his 88 total bases this season, ensuring that it will be a great test for the Atlanta right-hander.

Don’t forget that Jose Constanza, J.C. Boscan and Julio Teheran are all back in G-Braves gear again. The three were sent back to Gwinnett on Monday, following their recent promotions to Atlanta. All three provided a much-needed boost to one of the best team’s in Major League Baseball. The Braves couldn’t be happier with their contributions either, as Atlanata has rattled off six wins in their last seven games.

Hopefully, Gwinnett’s offense will give Medlen some early support, as they did for Monday night’s winning starter Yohan Flande. The G-Braves drilled a season-high five home runs in the game and knocked around 14 hits in their 11-8 dismantling of the IL’s top team.

Lance Zawadzki led the charge with a 3-for-5 night, including two home runs. Ernesto Mejia lifted off for his team-leading 12th home run of the season, while Josh Wilson banged out his third homer of the year and Felix Pie registered his first home of the season. Medlen will be looking for much of the same from the G-Braves offense on Tuesday night as they oppose former Major League veteran and current Paw Sox right-hander Brandon Duckworth (6-1, 4.22). First pitch of the series finale is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from McCoy Stadium.

By: Tony Piraro

Julio Teheran Makes His 2012 Atlanta Braves Debut

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The G-Braves ace Julio Teheran was called-up by the Atlanta Braves to make a spot-start for Tim Hudson on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field against the Toronto Blue Jays.  The No. 2 overall prospect in minor league baseball opposed the Blue Jays southpaw ace Ricky Romero. Before the game, Chipper Jones was activated from the 15-day disabled list and Jose Constanza and J.C. Boscan were both optioned back to Triple-A Gwinnett.  

Teheran lasted just 4.1 innings on Sunday, as Toronto’s potent offense got to the stud right-hander in the fifth inning. The Braves starter hadn’t allowed a run in his first four innings of work as Teheran looked sharp and determined to prove a point. However, the wheels came off in the fifth inning with the Braves leading 4-0, as Toronto struck for six total runs in the inning. Teheran allowed four of the six runs to cross the plate in the frame.

The reigning Atlanta Braves 2011 Minor League Pitcher of the Year walked away with the no decision after 4.1 innings pitched. Teheran surrendered four earned runs on four hits and struck out five while he walked just one batter amidst the 74-pitch effort.

Thw 21-year-old has so much room to improve, so there shouldn’t be a feeling of wanting to rush this kid to the big leagues. Julio Teheran’s time is coming in the not-to-distant future, but for now, you can’t rush the growing process which is vital to the future success of his career. Stay tuned to The G-Blog in the coming days for news on Julio’s next start….

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Notes for 6.7.12 at Lehigh Valley

Can Kris Medlen rebound from a shaky first start and help the G-Braves halt the slide? That’s the focus tonight at Lehigh Valley. (Melinda Pease/Gwinnett Braves)

Last night’s 5-1 loss to Lehigh Valley has the G-Braves now 1.5 games behind Charlotte for the South Division lead and wondering what went wrong.  After a tremendous 17-7 April and decent 15-15 May, Gwinnett has opened up June at 1-5.  The offense is hitting just .179 (33-for-184) with one home run and 14 RBIs this month, while the pitching staff is posting a collective 5.29 ERA (30 ER in 51.o IP).  It’s high time to turn things around.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  6.7.12 GBraves Game Notes

Kris Medlen hopes to be a huge part of that turnaround in his second start for the G-Braves tonight.  Medlen struggled through 2.1 innings in his first Triple-A start since the 2009 season his last time out against Charlotte, allowing four runs on five hits including one home run.  If he hopes to be on the fast track to the Atlanta rotation, he’s going to need a much better start this time out.  The G-Braves could use it, their only win in the last eight games remains Julio Teheran’s nine-inning complete-game masterpiece on June 3 at Charlotte.

Medlen (0-1, 15.43) is opposed by veteran right-hander Scott Elarton (5-2, 3.55) of Lehigh Valley tonight in game three of the four-game series in Allentown, PA.  If Elarton’s name sounds familiar, it’s because not long ago he was a pretty solid Major Leaguer.  He pitched 10 MLB seasons from 1998 to 2008 with the likes of Houston, Colorado, Cleveland and Kansas City.  Where’s he been since?  The 36-year-old threw in 16 games for IL South rival Charlotte in 2010, was off the radar in 2011 before being signed to a minor league contract by Philadelphia this season.

Two MLB vets go head to head starting at 7:05 PM tonight, listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM and WDUN.com.

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Atlanta Braves Minor League Report (June 2012)

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Atlanta Braves (31-25, 2nd place)

The big league club plays in arguably the toughest division in Major League Baseball, alongside the American League East. However, the Braves are having another solid season and are in line for one of the five playoff spots in the 2012 MLB Playoffs as they trail the Washington Nationals by 2 games in the NL East standings. Atlanta is succeeding with a host of players from their deep minor league system. Everyone knows about the quick ascentions of Craig Kimbrel and Freddie Freeman and a year earlier with Tommy Hanson and Jason Heyward, but how about the contributions from former Gwinnett Braves such as; Jose Constanza, J.C. Boscan and Randall Delgado this season? Enough can’t be said for the guys in Gwinnett who’ve already made their presence felt in Atlanta like; Tyler Pastornicky, Jair Jurrjens and Cory Gearrin. The Braves most highy-piblicized promotion this season came from Double-A Mississippi, when the Braves promoted Andrelton Simmons to Atlanta. Since entering the Major League fold, the highly touted shortstop has been brilliant both defensively and offensively. He was one of the top ranked shortstop prospects in minor league baseball and the No. 4 overall prospect in the Braves system according to Baseball America. The Braves are 19-5 this season when Chipper Jones is in the starting line-up, so look for more good times ahead as the living legend is eligible to return from the DL on Friday, amidst his final season in an illustrious Hall-of-Fame career.

Gwinnett Braves (33-27, 2nd place)

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The G-Braves have been struggling as of late, from both an offensive and pitching standpoint. In their last two games, Gwinnett has allowed 15 runs to their opposition, while the G-Braves offense has accumulated just five hits and two total runs over that span. For the month of May, Gwinnett registered a 15-15 record after securing the best mark in the International League (17-7) in April. The G-Braves are now 1.5 games behind the IL South leading Charlotte Knights after Gwinnett squandered a maximum first place lead in April of 7.0 games. Julio Teheran is the unquestionable ace of the staff and Todd Redmond has been the most consistent starter in 2012. In fact, Redmond was named the IL Pitcher of the Week the same week as teammate Ernesto Mejia was awarded the IL Batter of the Week. You can’t talk about the offense without mentioning the guy who got them going and the G-Braves 2011 MVP, Stefan Gartrell. Gartrell was named the IL Batter of the Week the first week of May after transforming his batting average from .165 on April 29 to .263 a month later on May 29. Luis Durango and Christian Marrero were also instrumental to the G-Braves offense through the month of May. Cory Gearrin has solidified the closer’s role in the bullpen and has six saves on the season. Jaye Chapman, Anthony Varvaro, Jose Lugo and Buddy Carlyle have excelled out of the bullpen this month for Gwinnett.

Mississippi Braves (26-34, 5th place) 

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

The Double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves has a great deal of star-power, but that has yet to be realized 100-percent with their 10-9 record in the month of May. Mississippi, as a team, does not have a great deal of power or speed, totaling just 18 home runs all season and not one player on the M-Braves has double-digit stolen bases. Mississippi is led by one of the best catching prospects in baseball in the form of Christian Bethancourt. This season, the do-it -all catcher is batting .257 with 29 hits, 10 RBI and 31 total bases. In 43 games with Mississippi this season, Simmons batted .292 with 28 runs scored, 50 hits, nine doubles, two triples, three home runs, 21 RBI, 10 stolen bases and an extraordinary 1:1 walk to strikeout ratio with 20 of each, prior to his promotion. Ian Gac and Evan Gattis supply a majority of the power for this team, as the two have combined for 10 home runs and 41 RBI in 2012. Todd Cunningham is their one-base guy, as he boasts a team-leading .325 batting including his team-high 54 hits and .371 on-base percentage. The former Independent League star Gary Moran has transitioned to affiliated ball brilliantsly this season after coming over from the River City Rascals of the Frontier League. This year, the big righty has a 1-4 record with a 3.00 ERA, alongside 41 strikeouts to just 19 walks in 57.0 innings of work. Zeke Spruill leads the team in wins with five and Mark Lamm is the team -leader in saves with six in eight opportunities.  Don’t forget the Braves first round pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, Sean Gilmartin who has 3-5 mark with a 3.39 ERA in 11 starts, including 52 stirikeouts and 17 walks in 69.0 innings pitched.

Lynchburg Hillcats (29-28, 1st place)

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Hillcats finished the month of May with a 15-14 record and have secured their first place lead from the first week of the season in April through current day. Lynchburg has always possessed a great deal of the Atlanta Braves top prospects, as this season is no different. In 2011, it was Joey Terdoslavich and Simmons leading the charge, this year it’s Chris Garcia who is tearing the cover off the ball with his .331 batting average alongside 14 doubles, five homers, 31 RBI and 89 total bases. Another future star is Matt Lipka who is hitting .260 in 2012 with 57 total bases and 11 stolen bases this year. Nick Ahmed leads the team in stolen bases with 18 already, and he is one of three Hillcats to have registered 10+ stolen bases thus far. The power threat of Lynchburg is Edward Salcedo who has seven bombs, 24 RBI and a team-high 84 total bases including 13 walks. J.R. Graham (pictured above) is one of the more unheralded starters in the Braves system, as he currently possesses a record of 6-1 with a 2.71 ERA in 11 starts. Cody Martin has five wins and is one victory away from being the third Hillcat to register six wins this season. Gus Schlosser is 6-3 with a 4.04 ERA in 2012 and has struck out 54 batters in 69.0 innings of work. The closer Juan Jaime is a perfect nine for nine in save opportunities this season for Lynchburg.
Rome Braves (16-43, 7th place)
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The Low-A Rome Braves have struggled more than any other team in Atlanta’s system this season with a total of 16 wins, combined through the first two months of the season. A few players have found a way to shine though, from a personal perspective in 2012. William Beckwith who Braves fans got a chance to see in the Braves Future Stars Game at Coolray Field on April 3, is mashing currently for Rome. The big bopper has a .318 batting average with five home runs and 19 RBI alongside 58 total bases. However, it is Kyle Kubitza who is making the biggest splash as he leads the team in total bases (82) with his nine doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 44 singles. Will Skinner is batting .266 with four homers and 17 RBI alongside his .359 on-base percentage and .444 slugging percentage. Jarrett Miller is currently unbeaten for Rome, with a 2-0 record including his 4.91 ERA. The pitcher to talk about on this team is David Filak who leads the Atlanta Braves organization in strikeouts with 63 in 55.0 inning pitched. Filak is 2-5 with a 4.58 ERA amidst 11 starts for the R-Braves. John Cornely has 36 punchouts in 21 .0 innings pitched thus far, including a 4.15 ERA amidst appearing in 18 games this season.
By: Tony Piraro

Julio Teheran Throws First Career Complete Game

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

The No. 2 prospect in minor league baseball, Julio Teheran threw his first career complete game on Sunday against the Charlotte Knights. The right-hander was in the zone, as he threw 107 pitches and yielded just one run en route to the nine-inning complete game victory. With the win, Teheran moved his record to 5-2 on the season with a stellar 3.15 ERA, as he seeks his second straight Triple-A All-Star Game appearance in 2012.

Teheran was a non-drafted free agent that was signed by the Atlanta Braves during the 2007 Major League off-season. He started with one stint in Rookie ball with Danville and then was promoted in 2009 to Rome, where he pitched 37.2 innings for Atlanta’s Single-A affiliate. After showcasing his raw ability in Rome, his next stop was Myrtle Beach in the summer of 2010. Teheran began to dominate hitters with the Pelicans, as his 2.98 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 63.1 innings of work spoke volumes across professional baseball.

Finally, last season with Gwinnett the 21-year-old righty entered stardom as he was awarded the International League’s Pitcher of the Year and 2011 IL Rookie of the Year, alongside an all-star bid. However, the young right-hander was unable to attend the 2011 Triple-A All-Star Game because he was also named to the MLB Future Star’s Game. Teheran was remarkable with the G-Braves last season to the tune of a 15-3 record and 2.55 ERA in 144.2 innings pitched. Truly, the next step for this youngster is the only one left to take…to Atlanta.

“I made the all-star team last season but was unable to go because of the Future Star’s Game, which was a good experience for me. I keep working hard and I hope to make it (2012 All-Star Team) this year,” said Teheran.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

Sunday’s victory against the Charlotte Knights was a huge indication of how far the Colombian has traveled, literally. Through his first few seasons in minor league baseball, Teheran was predominantly unknown. However, once he started getting a name for himself, the Braves limited his innings because he is their newest prized possession.

Regardless, after two career-high starts of eight innings, Teheran blew the doors off that mark as he finished what he started on June 3, in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The right-hander allowed just one run on seven hits and stuck out six without yielding a walk all afternoon.

It was indeed Teheran’s finest hour as a professional pitcher, but look for more to come from a young man with so much upside and room to improve. Julio Teheran is scheduled to make his next start against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Friday night from Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, PA. Make sure you take notice of this kid every opportunity you get, because his time in Gwinnett is only momentary.

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

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G-Braves Notes for 6.4.12 at Charlotte

Teheran’s previous career high for innings pitched was eight, something he had accomplished six times. With his first career CG last night, it’s now nine. (Leslie Watts/Gwinnett Braves)

The G-Blog went on hiatus yesterday as Tony and myself both took the day off to recover from a 10-game homestand.  We return today to have some fantastic news to report, in case you haven’t already heard (which you probably have).

After 84 career outings, 81 career starts without going the distance, 21-year-old right-hander Julio Teheran finally pitched his first complete game last night in a 5-1 win at Charlotte.  Yes, hard to imagine that the two-time Atlanta Braves top prospect, 2011 International League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Pitcher had exactly zero outings in which he went the distance prior to yesterday.  No rain-shortened complete games, no doubleheader CG’s, nothing.  But that changed last night as he allowed only a run (on a Jordan Danks solo homer) on seven hits over 9.0 frames.  He walked none and fanned six, throwing a season-high 109 pitches, 77 for strikes.

G-Braves’ pitching coach Marty Reed provided some great quotes in the MiLB.com story on Teheran’s outing last night

What’s next for Teheran?  How about a vote from you for the Triple-A All-Star Game?  While you’re at it, vote for all the rest of the G-Braves, especially Ernesto Mejia, Todd Redmond and Luis Durango.  Mejia drove in his team-leading 41st RBI last night and is hitting .314, good for third-best in the IL.  Redmond, who starts tomorrow at Lehigh Valley, carries the league’s sixth-best ERA of 2.76.  Durango, though his numbers have slowed down, still leads the circuit with 23 stolen bases in 29 attempts.  They’re all deserving of your vote, which is going on now at MiLB.com.

The G-Braves are off the four-game slide with last night’s win and look to extend upon their 1.5-game lead for first in the IL South as they close the series with second-place Charlotte tonight.  Right-hander Eric Junge (3-4, 4.20) has gone at least 6.0 innings in seven of his 10 starts for Gwinnett this season, there’s no reason to think that Junge won’t have his club in the game again tonight.  Charlotte counters with right-hander Charlie Shirek (5-3, 4.23), who has posted numbers similar to Junge in his 11 games, 10 starts.  First pitch at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, SC is scheduled for 7:15 PM, catch all the action with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM and WDUN.com.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  6.4.12 GBraves Game Notes

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