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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

J.C. Boscan Filling In For McCann With Atlanta

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

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

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

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

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

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

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

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

By: Tony Piraro

Jair Jurrjens Ready To Roll Rochester Sunday

5.27.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The first place Gwinnett Braves (29-20) bats exploded Friday for 13 runs on 15 hits. A night prior Gwinnett accumulated eight total hits with Josh Wilson and Luis Durango accounting for six of them.

However, the G-Braves accumulated just six hits in the game on Saturday and still won, but scored four total runs in their defeat of the Rochester Red Wings, 4-2, from Coolray Field. Greg Paiml was the player of the game with two hits and three RBI alongside some stellar defense at shortstop as he led the G-Braves charge. The reigning International League Pitcher of the Week, Todd Redmond (W, 5-3) was solid in his 7.0 innings of work.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Ernesto Mejia snapped his hit-streak at 13 games on Thursday, which is a season-high for any G-Brave hitter. The last Gwinnett Brave to record a hit-streak of similar measures was the 12-game streak by Tyler Pastornicky during his 2011 campaign with the G-Braves. Meanwhile, Barbaro Canizares owns the all-time hit streak mark in Gwinnett history with a 14-game streak.

Gwinnett is boasting both International League Players of the Week for the past week. Pitcher Todd Redmond received the IL Pitcher of the Week award, while Mejia walked away with the IL Batter of the Week. Both join teammate Stefan Gartrell as this years G-Braves recipients of the award this season. All three will be looking to shoulder the load as Gwinnett looks to start another impressive streak at home from Coolray Field.

Rochester Red Wings (20-28, 6th IL North) vs Gwinnett (29-20, 1st IL South) 

The Red Wings are in town for a four-game set as they continue their stretch of eight straight games against one another. The two teams split their four-game set in Rochester just days ago but Gwinnett has taken two of three at Coolray Field for the 4-3 season advantage entering their final game of the regular season on Sunday.

Sunday, May 27 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

Jair Jurrjens (2-2, 6.10) will try and get things going in the right direction for the G-Braves as he opposes Rochester spot-starter righty Brendan Wise (0-1, 6.35). The G-Braves will be looking to extend their win-streak to three games for a 2:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch from Coolray Field. The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Rochester Red Wings Batting Order:

1) Tsuyoshi Nishioka, DH

2) Pedro Florimon, SS

3) Danny Valencia, 3B

4) Wilkin Ramirez, RF

5) Sean Burroughs, 1B

6) Clete Thomas, CF

7) Michael Hollimon, 2B

8) Ray Chang, 2B

9) J.R. Towles, C

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Felix Pie, RF

3) Stefan Gartrell, LF

4) Ernesto Mejia, DH

5) Christian Marrero, 1B

6) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

7) Shawn McGill, C

8) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

9) Greg Paiml, SS

By: Tony Piraro

Interview With G-Braves Stefan Gartrell

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

On Walk-off Home Run against Buffalo:

“I was happy I put the ball in play,” said Gartrell. “I was really happy I put the ball in the air and hit it hard. After I hit it, I knew it was gone. It was a lot of fun to come around third base and look at all my teammates just going crazy and going ‘Aghhhhhh!’ so that was fun.”

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Knowing the Buffalo pitcher did not want to throw him a fastball:

“When a guy throws you four straight off-speed pitches and then he shakes, that usually means the catcher wants a fastball since he’s called for so much off-speed,” Gartrell said. “It looked like he (pitcher) didn’t want to bounce it because Constanza was at third base. So he left it a little higher than the other ones and I was able to hit it.”

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

On hitting behind Luis Durango and Jose Constanza this year:

“(Chuckles) It’s funny. Since May, I’ve got a bunch of two-strike hits and two-strike RBI because of those two. I’ll literally take until they get to second or third base because they’re going to go eventually,” said Gartrell. “The pitcher is worrying about them and trying to throw so hard that they’ll throw balls up and away. I get walked a lot because of it. It’s funny, when they’re on base they get a lot of things going. It’s cool to have that type of speed with their high on-base percentages. They work the pitcher and find ways. They are the 1-2 (in the batting order) and they’re the fastest guys in the league, it’s kind of crazy. I’m like, ‘Okay, I’ll wait for you to steal second, then I’ll get an RBI.’ It’s fun.”

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On hitting in front of Ernesto Mejia:

“If a guy wants to try to pitch around me and not deal with me, then having Mejia behind me….People say I’m a power hitter and I have a lot of pop, but this dude (Mejia) is rediculously strong. To have a guy like that where they have to worry about both of us at some point,” said Gartrell. “Going back to the walk-off on a 2-2 pitch, he left it up because he didn’t want to throw another ball or risk facing Mejia. Stuff like that happens, I’m not getting just fastballs, but I am getting more pitches over the plate because they’re going to want to pitch to me. They’d rather give up a solo homer versus say a three-run home run.”

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On listening to everyone’s opinion when struggling:

“You know where the advice is coming from. You know they want you do good. It comes from a good place so it’s not like, ‘Hey, I’m not going to listen to anybody, I got this.’ Gartrell said. “I’m not fooling myself like that. I like to be known as a humble person. But at the same time, you have to understand becuase they are not you, their methods may be different. What they saw may not be what works for me. What type of person, what type of hitter, what type of player they are or were doesn’t always work for how I am. The reason I am here is because I have always been a very aggressive hitter, to a point to where it’s overaggressive. If I become passive, or take too many pitches then there goes my aggressive swing which goes into my power. I just have to go back to my roots. Shorten up, make good contact and see what happens. The more I simplified it and not tried to crush every single ball, the more home runs came which was funny, so I like that aspect of it.”

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

On hitting coach Jaime Dismuke:

“Jaime was the one who said, ‘Dude, you’re fine.’ No matter what. Even if I was like, ‘No, I am not fine.’ He’s like, ‘you’re fine.’ Sometimes I’m like, ‘Jaime what do you see?’ and he says, ‘nothing.’ Then I think, there has to be something wrong. It’s just a matter of getting back to my roots as a hitter.”

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On being the first G-Brave player to be named IL Player of the Week in 2012:

“The funniest part is that I was probably the worst hitter in the league the first month (laughing). Then the first week of the second month, they’re like, ‘you’re the best player for the first week of May,’ which is…..sad (chuckling). Really? It took me a whole month? But that is baseball,” said Gartrell. “I just needed April to be over with. I would like to think I was just in a slump, but then things clicked. I started shortening up my swing. I guess it took me until May to figure that out. I was really glad because it gave me a lot more confidence. I try really hard to make sure my confidence doesn’t go up and down no matter how well or how bad I’m doing. Instead of folding up everything, packing up my tent and getting out of here, I made sure I just kept swinging and at some point it was going to click and that’s what happened.”

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

….For more on Stefan Gartrell and my interview with him, be sure to grab a Tomahawk Talk when you visit Coolray Field for the G-Braves next 10-game hometsand which is set to begin on Thursday, May 24 at 7:05 p.m. against Rochester.  

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Looking To Extend Win-Streak Monday

5.14.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

What a way to end a homestand than with a doubleheader the night before the team leaves for an eight-game road trip? It is the final day of this enormous 11-game homestand from Coolray Field and your first place Gwinnett Braves (23-13) couldn’t be feeling much better about themselves these days.

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

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

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

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

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

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

Toledo Mudhens (20-16, 2nd IL West) vs Gwinnett (23-13, 1st IL South) 

The No. 2 hitter in Toledo’s line-up for Monday’s game and the leadoff man for the three previous games, Justin Henry, has been on fire lately for the Mud Hens. The third baseman has reached base nine times in three games and will be looking to do more damage in two more games from Coolray tonight.

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

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

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

Both games are scheduled to last seven innings. The International League South Division-leading G-Braves (23-13) will likely start right-hander Eric Junge (3-3, 3.09) in game one and left-hander Yohan Flande (1-2, 2.93) in game two. Toledo is slated to start the Detroit Tigers No. 1 prospect in the form of right-hander Jacob Turner (0-0, 0.00) alongside left-hander Casey Crosby (3-2, 4.55). Both games will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

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

Monday is another Kids Eat Free night at Coolray Field, where all kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, a bag of chips and a small soda.

Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Toledo Mudhens Batting Order:

1) Quintin Berry, CF

2) Justin Henry, 3B

3) Ryan Strieby, DH

4) Brad Eldred, 1B

5) Eric Patterson, LF

6) Andy Ciriaco, SS

7) Matt Young, RF

8) Omir Santos, C

9) Brent Dlugach, 2B

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Drew Sutton, 2B

4) Ernesto Mejia, DH

5) Felix Pie, RF

6) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

7) Christian Marrero, 1B

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Greg Paiml, SS

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Hitters Becoming Offensive

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Gwinnett Braves pitching has unquestionably carried the team for the most part of this season. However, as we sit here on May 12 and look at the first place G-Braves surrounding peripherals, you can clearly see the offense is beginning to not only pick up the slack, but they are starting to win games by themselves.

In the last three games over the past two days, Gwinnett has won two of the three contests with walk-off hits in their final at-bats of the game. Stefan Gartrell blasted a walk-off homer in the 12th inning versus Buffalo on Thursday. Luis Durango followed Gartrell’s heroics with a walk-off game-winning single the very next game against Toledo in the first game of a doubleheader.

Currently the G-Braves offense has five hitters batting over .300 in their last 10 games, and Ernesto Mejia is just under that trend with a .281 batting average over his last 32 at-bats. The Gwinnett first baseman has registered nine hits, four runs scored, a home run and six RBI in just over a weeks worth of work.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

Christian Marrero will shoulder a bulk of the load after the injury to Jordan Parraz and has filled in admirably as of late. The lefty first baseman/outfielder is batting .400 in his last 10 games which includes six hits in 15 at-bats alongside three runs scored, one long-ball and four RBI.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The part-time leadoff man/second hitter Jose Constanza has been on fire all year since his demotion from the Atlanta Braves. For the 2012 season, Constanza is leading the team in batting average (.340), runs scored (18), triples (3), on-base percentage (.420), slugging percentage (.437) and OPS (.857). In his last 10 games, the left fielder is tearing the cover off the ball at a .382 clip including 13 hits and nine runs scored.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The reigning IL Batter of the Week Stefan Gartrell has been on a tear of late, batting .353 in his last 10 games. The G-Braves slugger has recorded six runs scored, 12 hits, four home runs and 10 RBI as he headlines the latest offensive surge.

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Luis Durango has been excelling from the top-spot in the G-Braves starting line-up. For the season, the speedster is leading the IL in stolen bases with 18 in 20 attempts. He is leading Gwinnett in at-bats (131) and hits (36) alongside batting .303 in his last 10 games. Durango has 10 hits, six RBI and four runs scored in his previous 33 at-bats including a .412 batting average over his last five games. Durango and Constanza are truly the catalysts of the G-Brave offensive attack in 2012.

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Last but certainly not least is second baseman Drew Sutton who is hitting .300 over his last 30 at-bats. The switch hitter has collected nine hits and three runs scored over that span alongside some sparkling defense.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

The G-Braves possess the second best record in the IL (22-13) this season and look to build upon their glistening mark over the next few months. With both the offense and defense running on all cylinders, this certainly is a team to be reckon with all season. Right now, the Pawtucket Red Sox (23-13) own the best record in the league by one game over Gwinnett. The G-Braves will meet up with the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate for the first time this season from June 9 through June 12 at Pawtucket.

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Seeking Fourth Straight Win

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

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

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

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

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

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

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

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

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

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

Be sure to catch to the voice of the G-Braves Tony Schiavone as he broadcasts the game live on 550 AM, WDUN.com or 102.9 FM if you can’t make it out to the ballpark. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

Toledo Mudhens Batting Order:

1) Justin Henry, CF

2) Matt Young, RF

3) Ryan Strieby, 1B

4) Brad Eldred, DH

5) Eric Patterson, LF

6) Andy Ciriaco, 3B

7) Brent Dlugach, 2B

8) Bryan Holaday, C

9) Argenis Diaz, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Drew Sutton, 2B

3) Stefan Gartrell, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Christian Marrero, LF

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) Jose Yepez, DH

9) J.C. Boscan, C

By: Tony Piraro

Good Morning from Coolray Field

5.10.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

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

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

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

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

Thursday is “Education Day” but be sure to catch to the voice of the G-Braves Tony Schiavone as he broadcasts the game live on 550 AM, WDUN.com or 102.9 FM if you can’t make it out to the ballpark. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Buffalo Bisons Batting Order:

1) Fred Lewis, LF

2) Brad Emaus, 2B

3) Josh Satin, 1B

4) Valentino Pascucci, RF

5) Zach Lutz, 3B

6) Dustin Martin, CF

7) Lucas May, C

8) Omar Quintanilla, SS

9) Jeremy Hefner, P

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Stefan Gartrell, RF

4) Drew Sutton, 2B

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Christian Marrero, 1B

7) Greg Paiml, SS

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Todd Redmond, P

By: Tony Piraro

Stefan Gartrell Named IL Batter of the Week

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Gwinnett Braves outfielder/designated hitter Stefan Gartrell has been named the International League Batter of the Week for April 30-May 6, 2012. Gartrell is the first G-Braves player to win the IL’s weekly award this season. LeHigh Valley’s Scott Elarton was named the IL Pitcher of the Week.

Stefan Gartrell has been on fire as of late, batting .400 over his last five games, including three home runs and eight RBI. He registered an .850 slugging percentage, as he becomes the first G-Braves hitter to receive the award since Mauro Gomez did so during the week of August 29, 2011. Gartrell was batting .165 as of last week, and has risen his average to .211 in a matter of days.

The last time Gartrell won the Batter of the Week award in minor league baseball was for the week of June 22, 2009. The slugger was then in the Southern League playing for the Chicago White Sox Double-A affiliate, Birmingham Barons.

Gartrell and the Gwinnett Braves (19-10) host the Buffalo Bisons (17-13) for the start of a four-game series at Coolray Field on Monday. G-Braves right-hander Julio Teheran (2-1, 3.66) will oppose Buffalo righty Chris Schwinden (2-2, 2.05), first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Monday is “Kids Eat Free Monday” where all kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, 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

Sunday Fun Day is Bark in the Park at Coolray Field

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Sunday’s have always been entertaining at Coolray Field, but today it’s about to get a lot “friskier” as we welcome all our four legged friends to a G-Braves game. Come one, come all dogs in the surrounding communities to Coolray Field with their owners to have a bark, or play some catch on the field. Either way, Sunday Fun Day is definitely living up to the hype this weekend in Lawrenceville.

Bring your dog to the game for Bark in the Park! Make sure he doesn’t forget his glove to catch foul balls too! But remember it is lawn seating only.

Also, Sunday means playing catch on the field of Coolray Field so bring your ball and glove for a pregame catch in the outfield starting when the gates open for 20 minutes. All kids 12 & under will get to run the bases following the game. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. and the gates will open promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Your first place G-Braves (18-10) are set to host the second place Charlotte Knights (15-14) of the IL South Division. The former Atlanta Brave right-hander Jair Jurrjens will be making the start for Gwinnett on Sunday afternoon against the Knights Terry Doyle.

No matter what, whether you’re an animal lover or a baseball nut, we have something for every fan in the stands at Coolray Field. Be here early to get your chance to play like a big leaguer on the G-Braves playing field.

By: Tony Piraro

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