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G-Braves Begin Final Series of First Half Tonight

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

7.6.12 GBraves Game Notes

The G-Braves have won four of their last five games following their franchise record 15-straight losses. However, in the month of July Gwinnett possesses a sterling record of 4-1 heading toward the break. Tonight the G-Braves begin a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays Triple-A affiliate and reigning International League South Division Champions. Currently, the Bulls are just one game ahead of Gwinnett in the standings, as the G-Braves trail first-place Charlotte by eight games after taking four of six from them in the previous six days.

The G-Braves and Knights split a Thursday night doubleheader at Knights’ Stadium. In game one, the G-Braves ran their winning streak to four with a come-from-behind 4-3 win as part of the July 3 postponed game from Coolray Field. However, the Knights ended the four-game streak in game two with an 8-0 shutout of Gwinnett.

Jose Constanza currently owns a 12-game hit streak, which is good enough to be the third longest streak of the season for a Gwinnett hitter. However, his teammate Felix Pie tied for the longest hit-streak in Gwinnett franchise history at 14 games, tying former G-Brave Barbaro Canizares, but Pie had it snapped the other night against Charlotte when he went 0-for-5. Ernesto Mejia registered the second longest hit-streak of the season with a 12-game tally. The All-Star also had a streak to start the season, as he reached base safely in his first 17 games of the 2012 campaign, which has been seconded by none of his teammates thus far.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Tuesday, July 3rd G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (41-48) return to Coolray Field Friday night for game one of a three-game series against the Durham Bulls (42-47) to conclude the first half of the season prior to the 2012 All-Star break. Right-hander Todd Redmond (6-5, 3.23) is scheduled for the G-Braves against the Bulls right-hander Matt Torra (7-6, 4.43) with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Durham Bulls (3rd IL South) vs Gwinnett (4th IL South) 

Stick around after the game for our Independence Day Show following the Bulls and G-Braves contest. It will be the biggest and longest Fox 5 Friday Fireworks spectacular of the year! Celebrate Fourth of July with the G-Braves, as every fan in the stands will receive Free Thundersticks presented by 12 Stone.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Durham Bulls Batting Order:

1) Rich Thompson, CF

2) Jesus Feliciano, RF

3) Henry Wrigley, 1B

4) Brandon Allen, LF

5) Leslie Anderson, DH

6) Chris Gimenez, C

7) Reid Brignac, SS

8) Matt Mangini, 3B

9) Cole Figueroa, 2B

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, DH

5) Christian Marrero, 1B

6) Ruben Gotay, 3B

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves, Knights Suspended by Rain Tuesday

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Rain has forced the suspension of Tuesday night’s series finale between the Gwinnett Braves and Charlotte Knights at Coolray Field. The game was scoreless when a storm stopped the action heading into the bottom of the second inning. The game will be resumed at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, SC on Thursday, July 5 at 5:15 p.m. A seven-inning contest will follow the continued game.

Tickets for Tuesday’s game can be exchanged for tickets to any remaining 2012 regular-season game by visiting the Coolray Field Box Office.

Julio Teheran made the start for Gwinnett on Tuesday prior to the rain. The right-hander worked a scoreless first inning before the weather cut short play in the second inning. Unfortunately for the G-Braves ace, his next start is now TBA.

The G-Braves (39-47) and Knights (48-38) will play a regularly-scheduled nine-inning game at Knights Stadium on Wednesday night, first pitch scheduled for 7:15 PM. Left-hander Jose Lugo (1-4, 5.77) is expected to start for Gwinnett against right-hander Deunte Heath (4-2, 1.70) of Charlotte. The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

The Gwinnett Braves return to Coolray Field on Friday, July 6 as they open a three-game series against the Durham Bulls. Tickets for all remaining 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

G-Braves Looking to Start Win-Streak Monday

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The Gwinnett Braves snapped their franchise-record 15-game losing streak with a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over the first place Charlotte Knights on Sunday at Coolray Field. Felix Pie was the hero in a two-run ninth, delivering a walk-off single to right scoring Tyler Pastornicky to give the G-Braves their first win since June 15.

The G-Braves were heading toward their 16th straight loss before fortunes turned in the ninth against Charlotte left-hander Donnie Veal. Facing a 5-4 deficit, Luis Durango led off with a bunt single and then advanced to second on Jose Constanza’s sacrifice bunt. Pastornicky followed with a clutch double off a sliding Justin Greene in left-center, scoring Durango from second to tie the score at 4-4. The next batter, Pie, laced a 1-1 pitch from Veal (L, 3-2) to right field to score Pastornicky and send the home dugout racing on to the field in celebration.

Gwinnett had lost 27 of their previous 32 games dating back to May 30, including 25 of 30 contests in June before recording their sixth walk-off win of the year on Sunday. The G-Braves are now 1-1 on the four-game series, bringing them to within 10.0 games of Charlotte for first place in the International League South Division.

Some bright-spots for the G-Braves this season was Ernesto Mejia and Cory Gearrin both being named to the Triple-A All-Star team for the game on July 11, in Buffalo, New York at 7:05 p.m. ET. Luis Durango currently leads the IL in stolen bases (28) and is one shy of leading all of Triple-A baseball in swipes with 29. Felix Pie is currently tied for the franchise record with Barbaro Canizares his 14-game hit streak. Also, Jose Constanza currently possesses an eight-game hit streak for Gwinnett, alongside a team-high five-game multiple hit streak.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Monday, July 2nd G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (38-47) play game three of the four-game series against the Charlotte Knights (47-37) on Monday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Left-hander Yohan Flande (3-6, 3.84) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves against right-hander Matt Zaleski (3-2, 4.48) of the Knights. The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Charlotte Knights (1st IL South) vs Gwinnett (4th IL South) 

Monday is “Kids Eat Free” night at Coolray Field, 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.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Charlotte Knights Batting Order:

1) Ray Olmedo, 3B

2) Drew Garcia, 2B

3) Dan Johnson, 1B

4) Conor Jackson, LF

5) Hector Gimenez, DH

6) Josh Phegley, C

7) Jim Gallagher, RF

8) Ozzie Martinez, SS

9) Justin Greene, CF

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Tyler Pastornicky, 2B

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Christian Marrero, DH

6) Ruben Gotay, 3B

7) Jose Yepez, C

8) Josh Wilson, SS

9) Luis Durango, CF

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Face “Mr. Perfect Game” Phil Humber

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7.1.12 GBraves Game Notes

It was more heartbreak for the struggling Gwinnett Braves in the opener of a four-game series against the Charlotte Knights on Saturday night at Coolray Field. The Knights broke a 1-1 tie on a passed ball charged to catcher J.C. Boscan in the eighth, then added three more runs in the frame against Cory Gearrin to capture a 5-3 win over the G-Braves. Boscan atoned with a two-run double in the ninth, but couldn’t prevent Gwinnett from extending their franchise-record losing streak to 15 games.

This year’s G-Braves have lost 27 of their last 32 games dating back to May 30, including 25 of 30 contests this month. It was the first game of a seven-game homestand in the next nine days, including six of the next nine against Charlotte. The loss move the G-Braves to a season-high 11 games in back of Charlotte for first place in the International League South standings.

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

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

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

The Gwinnett Braves (37-47) play game two of the four-game series against the Charlotte Knights (48-36) tomorrow night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 5:05 PM. Right-hander Todd Redmond (6-5, 3.13) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves against right-hander Matt Zaleski (3-2, 4.48) of the Knights. The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

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

Sunday is night two of Braves All-Star Weekend at Coolray Field, presented by Springer Mountain Farms. Former Atlanta Braves greats Dale Murphy and Ryan Kleskowill be on hand for special meet-and-greets and autograph opportunities. The first 1,000 fans will receive Gwinnett Braves pennants courtesy of Springer Mountain Farms. It’s also a Family Day at the ballpark including pre-game catch on the field and post-game base run for kids 12 and under. 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 Karl Moore

Charlotte Knights Batting Order:

1) Tyler Kuhn, LF

2) Ray Olmedo, 2B

3) Dan Johnson, 1B

4) Hector Gimenez, DH

5) Dallas McPherson, 3B

6) Josh Phegley, C

7) Justin Greene, CF

8) Ozzie Martinez, SS

9) Kyle Shelton, RF

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, DH

5) Stefan Gartrell, LF

6) Christian Marrero, 1B

7) Ruben Gotay, 3B

8) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

9) J.C. Boscan, C

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves’ Seven-Game Homestand Begins Tonight

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The Gwinnett Braves return home to Coolray Field for seven games in a nine-day stretch that will begin on Saturday, June 30 and conclude on Sunday, July 8. The G-Braves will host the International League South Division leading Charlotte Knights (June 30-July 3) for four games and another IL South foe, theDurham Bulls (July 6-8) for three games. The finale of the series on Sunday, July 8, originally scheduled for 5:05 PM, is now a 2:05 PM start.

After nearly two months of dominance, the G-Braves are currently fourth in the IL South Division after losing 12 straight games and 24 of their last 29 contests. However, two of the bright spots of the season were honored as Triple-A All-Star selections on Wednesday, June 27. Pitcher Cory Gearrin and first baseman Ernesto Mejia will both represent Gwinnett and the IL in the 25th Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 11 in Buffalo, NY. Gearrin, selected to the game by the IL office, has seven saves in eight chances alongside a perfect 3-0 record and masterful 1.31 ERA. Mejia, selected in part by online fan vote, is fifth in the IL in batting average at .305. He also ranks among the league’s best in RBIs (4th, 52), home runs (7th, 15) and slugging percentage (7th, .540) as well as several other categories.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The G-Braves are presently wrapping up an eight-game road trip (0-4 at Syracuse, 0-2 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre). Gwinnett will have four games to begin the homestand against Charlotte, then will head to Fort Mill, SC for a quick two-game set against the Knights. Afterward, the G-Braves will return home for the three-game series against Durham.

The homestand begins with “Braves All-Star Weekend” presented by Springer Mountain Farms, featuring appearances by former Braves Dave JusticeJavy LopezDale Murphy and Ryan Klesko on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. A special fireworks spectacular sponsored by WAGA Fox 5 highlights the Friday, July 6 game, and the Chopper Baseball Giveaway happens on Saturday, July 7.

Here’s a look at the rest of the homestand:

Saturday, June 30
Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
Presenting Sponsor: Springer Mountain Farms
National Anthem performed by: Lauren Mask
Features:

  • Braves All-Star Weekend, Sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms - Former Braves Dave Justice and Javy Lopez will be at the park to meet and greet, including a 90-minute autograph session after the start of the game. Limit 1 per person, first come first serve basis.
  • Pennant Flag Giveaway - The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a free pennant flag, courtesy of Springer Mountain Farms.

Sunday, July 1
Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 5:05 PM
Presenting Sponsors: Springer Mountain Farms and Univision
National Anthem performed by: Cannon Church
Features:

  • Braves All-Star Weekend, Sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms - Former Braves Dale Murphy and Ryan Klesko will be at the park to meet and greet, including a 90-minute autograph session after the start of the game. Limit 1 per person, first come first serve basis.
  • Pennant Flag Giveaway - The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a free pennant flag, courtesy of Springer Mountain Farms.
  • Salute to the Arts - The G-Braves will be recognizing organizations that support art programs and art education.
  • Family Sunday - Bring your ball and glove for a pre-game catch in the outfield! All kids 12 and under will get to run the bases following the game as well.

Monday, July 2
Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
National Anthem performed by: Brianna Evans
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.

Tuesday, July 3
Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
National Anthem performed by: Abbey Kochman
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!

Friday, July 6
Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
Presenting Sponsor: 12Stone
National Anthem and God Bless America performed by: Timothy Miller
Features:

  • Fox 5 Friday Fireworks - Stick around after the game for our Independence Day show following the game! It will be the biggest and longest firework spectacular of the year!
  • Red, White and Blue Thundersticks Giveaway - Celebrate Fourth of July with the G-Braves as every fan in the stands will receive free thundersticks.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Saturday, July 7
Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
Presenting Sponsor: Tyson® Any’Tizers® Snacks
National Anthem performed by: Rex Norton
Features:

  • Chopper Baseball Giveaway - The first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a free Chopper baseball

Sunday, July 8
Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 2:05 PM
Presenting Sponsor: Univision
National Anthem performed by: Georgia 811
Features:

  • Touch-a-Truck - Enjoy the opportunity to see your favorite machinery and vehicles up close! Stop by to check out the dump trucks, fire engines, police cars, and more!
  • Public Safety Night - The G-Braves will be recognizing local law enforcement, firefighters, and EMT’s before the game.
  • Youth Athletics - The G-Braves will be recognizing organizations that promote youth athletics and activities.
  • Family Sunday - Bring your ball and glove for a pre-game catch in the outfield! All kids 12 and under will get to run the bases following the game as well.

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

Ernesto Mejia, Cory Gearrin Named 2012 All-Star’s

The wait is nearly over for the 25th annual Triple-A All-Star Game, as the International League and Pacific Coast League have both selected their rosters for the game on Wednesday, July 11 in Buffalo, New York. The winner of the game will earn home field adavnatge for the Triple-A National Championship Game between the IL and PCL on September 18 in Durham, N.C.

Representing the International League and the Gwinnett Braves will be first baseman Ermesto Mejia and closer Cory Gearrin. Both players have been the unquestioned leaders of their respective offense and pitching staff this year .

This season, Mejia leads the G-Braves in most offensive categories including being in line for Gwinnett’s Triple Crown winner as the slugger leads the team in batting average (.311), home runs (15) and RBI (52). Alongside his stellar defense this season, making just two errors, Mejia also leads the G-Braves in runs scored (40), hits (87), doubles (20), total bases (154), on-base percentage (.369), slugging percentage (.550) and OPS (.919). Mejia recorded the longest hit-streak of the season at 13 games in the first half, and it was the second longest hit-streak in Gwinnett franchise history behind Barbaro Canizares 14-game streak.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Gearrin leads the pitching staff in most significant categories as well, including his impressive 1.34 ERA and seven saves in nine chances this season. The right-hander also boasts a spectacular 45 strikeouts to just 12 walks in 40.0 innings of work. Gearrin has a near flawless 0.89 WHIP alongside a perfect 3-0 record for the season, as he embraces his first all-star appearance in Triple-A baseball.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

A handful of G-Braves are well-deserving of an all-star nod, however there is not enough room for everyone. Here is the list of some players on the International League team to make the 2012 All-Star team:

Greg Golson, Josh Phegley, Charles Leesman and Dan Johnson from the IL South leading Charlotte Knights.  Jason Berken from the Norfolk Tides and Dane De La Rosa from the Durham Bulls of the IL South.

The Pacific Coast League All-Stars will be released Thursday. Stay tuned to The G-Blog….

By: Tony Piraro

Video: Call Me…Tyler Pastornicky’s Walk-up Music

The first day Tyler Pastornicky arrived at Coolray Field, he made one simple request: His walk-up song had to be, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen which was inspired by the Harvard baseball team (video above), as their viral video was motivation enough for Pastornicky to make the change.

The original official video…

The Harvard baseball team performed an epic video lisping that has since gone viral across the internet, including many imitators across YouTube and other social media sites.

Pastornicky has been on a tear since joining the Gwinnett Braves. The silky, smooth shortstop is batting .255 with 26 hits, 11 doubles, 12 RBI, 37 total bases, three stolen bases and a .636 slugging percentage in just 102 at-bats. Who knows? Maybe it was “Call Me Maybe” inspiring him in his first at-bats from Coolray Field in 2012.

In fact, Pastornicky recorded the most hits in one day by any G-Brave hitter this season (4) amidst a doubleheader when he was still walking up to “Call Me Maybe.” Maybe…the song was more powerful than he imagined.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Pastornicky has since changed his walk-up song, but not because he was doing poorly with it, or at-all ashamed of his comical genius. So many baseball players are so concerned with image and what makes them marketable now-a-days. Nevertheless, it’s nice to see a player like Pastornicky who can laugh at himself and just enjoy making people laugh.

By: Tony Piraro

Mejia Leading the Way for Struggling Gwinnett

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Ernesto Mejia is leading the way for the Gwinnett Braves this season, even as his team is entrapped currently in a 10-game losing skid, including dropping 22 of their last 27 contests. The first baseman has not let his team’s peeks and valley’s dictate the success of his season. For the 2012 season, Mejia would qualify for the Triple Crown of the G-Braves as he leads his team in the three major offensive categories; batting average (.312), home runs (15), RBI (53).

Last season while playing for the Double-A Mississippi Braves of the Southern League, Mejia burst onto the professional baseball landscape with an impressive .297 batting average, alongside 37 doubles, 26 home runs and 99 RBI. At 26 years old, the Venezuelan first baseman is just beginning to scratch the surface amidst his first season of Triple-A baseball.

Currently, Mejia is ranked fifth for first baseman in the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game voting. The game, which Mejia would like to attend, will be broadcast live on the MLB Network between the International League and Pacific Coast League on Tuesday, July 10 in Buffalo, New York.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

When asked if he should represent his team at the 2012 All-Star Game in Buffalo, the humble G-Brave superstar raved about his teammates, who he believes are just as deserving of a nod.

“Julio Teheran is doing well, very well just like last year. He has more experience this year and I think he should be one of those all-stars,” said Mejia. “Jordan Parraz was having a good year, but he is hurt right now, so he may have to wait a little more. Gartrell has a lot of RBI and home runs and has been helping the team a lot. Durango has a lot of stolen bases, he is leading the league (in stolen bases) so he deserves it too. We have a lot of good players.”

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Indeed a majority of Mejia’s teammates are worthy of all-star consideration, but nobody moreso than the man himself.

“We’re having a great season this year as a team. I’m doing good right now too and I’m working hard. It’s every players dream to go to the all-star game and I hope I can make it. I would go of course,” Mejia said. “I’m excited because it’s my first year in Triple-A. It would be awesome. This year I feel like I have more experience. Last year in Double-A I had a good season and winter ball, too.”

A great deal of Mejia’s success this season is attributed to the Braves and gettting in better shape, not only during the off-season, but more importantly during the season. Mejia has worked tirelessly to make sure his body will not wear down as the season moves along. Therefore, the manchild is working and preparing for the first time in his career, during the season.

“Last year, I didn’t workout a lot during the season because it made me tired. But this year, I’m working with Matt (Parvis) in the gym and I think that is what’s keeping me healthy and stronger,” said Mejia.

Even Mejia’s teammate and close personal friend Christian Marrero couldn’t help but speak highly of the man.

“Since the beginning of the year to now, he looks a lot better hitting wise. He’s making adjustments and helping the team out a lot. He’s having great at-bats and almost every at-bat is unbelievable,” said Marrero. “He gets the job done. Mejia and Gartrell have put the team on their backs.”

Photo corurtesy of Leslie Watts

No matter what the question may be to the success of Ernesto Mejia, the answer is that the man is a dedicated hardworker. His effort is measured through his consistent play on the field and the admiration of his teammates off the field, making him different from other stars of the game. Mejia gets it and it’s only a matter of time before Atlanta gets him in a big league uniform.

By: Tony Piraro

Triple-A All-Star Voting Ends Tonight

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Today is your last chance to vote for your favorite 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.

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.

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.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Other G-Braves that should be considered for an All-Star bid are outfielders Jose Constanza, Luis Durango and Stefan Gartrell and utility man Christian MarreroMeanwhile, the pitchers that deserve consideration are starters Todd Redmond and Yohan Flande, relievers Cory GearrinJaye Chapman, Buddy Carlyle, Jose Lugo, 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 today…Click here to Vote

By: Tony Piraro

Redmond Returns to Gwinnett, Set for Start Today

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Todd Redmond was reassigned back to Triple-A Gwinnett by the Atlanta Braves following their win in New York against the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon. The right-hander is having an outstanding season for the G-Braves, and widely considered his most consistent season in the minor leagues. Unfortunately, Redmond did not make an appearance for Atlanta after he was promoted to the big leagues for the first time in his professional career. Thursday, the righty will be seeking his team-leading seventh win and an all-star appearance amidst his final statement making opportunity before 2012 All-Star voting concludes on Friday.

Jose Morales went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and both Anderson Hernandez and Yamaico Navarro drove in two RBIs as the Indianapolis Indians routed the Gwinnett Braves, 10-2, on Wednesday night at Coolray Field. G-Braves’ starter Eric Junge suffered the loss with five runs, four earned over 4.0 innings.

Tyler Pastornicky (2-for-5, RBI), Lance Zawadzki (2-for-4, RBI) and Jose Constanza (2-for-5) all finished with multi-hit games for the G-Braves.

The G-Braves (37-37), losers of 17 of their last 22 games, drop to the .500 mark for the first time since the club was 3-3 on April 10. Gwinnett remains 5.0 games behind Charlotte for first place in the International League South Division. The Knights (42-32) lost their second straight game to Columbus, 5-3, on Wednesday night in 10 innings.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Thursday, June 21 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves conclude their nine-game homestand with the series finale against the Indianapolis Indians (43-29) on Thursday afternoon at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 12:05 PM. The G-Braves are expected to start right-hander Todd Redmond (6-4, 3.20), while the Indians counter with left-hander Rudy Owens (5-2, 2.34). The game will be broadcast on 1240 ESPN Radio in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. The television broadcast will air on CSS.

Indianapolis Indians (43-29, 1st IL West) vs Gwinnett (37-37, 2nd IL South) 

Thursday is Fun in the Sun Day Game with a special noon first pitch. Local day cares are welcome to join the Gwinnett Braves in all the fun and festivities. 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 Karl Moore

Indianapolis Indians Batting Order:

1) Gorkys Hernandez, LF

2) Chase d’Arnaud, 2B

3) Starling Marte, CF

4) Jeff Larish, 1B

5) Yamaico Navarro, SS

6) Brandon Boggs, RF

7) Tony Sanchez, C

8) Brian Friday, 3B

9) Rudy Owens, P

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jose Constanza, LF

3) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, RF

6) Ruben Gotay, 3B

7) Josh Wilson, 2B

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Eric Junge, P

By: Tony Piraro
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