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Felix Pie, G-Braves Snap 15-Game Skid

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. – 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. For the month of July, the Gwinnett Braves are unbeaten (1-0).

The G-Braves were in first place on June 5, when they hosted the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies Triple-A) for a 10-1 loss at Coolray Field. At the time, the Knights were 0.5 games behind Gwinnett for first. 25 days later on June 30, the G-Braves found themselves in last place of the International League South standings, starring up at first-place Charlotte (White Sox Triple-A), as they trailed them by a season-high 11.0 games. The losing skid saw Gwinnett invent new ways to lose, but for the time being they have found the light at the end of the tunnel with a much-needed win. Their next objective is to draw within striking distance of Norfolk and Durham who lead the G-Braves in the standings by 2.0 and 4.0 games respectively.

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.

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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.

It was a back-and-forth game for most of the day as Charlotte took leads of 2-0, 4-2 and 5-4 on the strength of three home runs. G-Braves starter Todd Redmond served up a two-run blast to Dan Johnson in the first inning, another two-run shot to Kyle Shelton in the fourth and a solo homer to Dallas McPherson that snapped a 4-4 tie in the sixth. Redmond did not factor in the decision despite allowing five runs, three earned on seven hits, including a season high-tying three home runs over 5.2 innings.

The G-Braves offense proved resilient, however, as they tied the score at 2-2 in the third inning and 4-4 in the fifth. Pie’s first hit of the day, an RBI double in the first inning, scored Constanza to cut the deficit to 2-1. Pie’s 10th double of the year extended his hitting streak to 14 games, matching the Gwinnett franchise record set by Barbaro Canizares in late 2010….

For the rest of the G-Braves recap from Sunday’s walk-off win, go to gwinnettbraves.com or click this link:

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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 Desperate for Win on Wednesday Night

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6.20.12 G-Braves Game Notes

A two-out double by Gorkys Hernandez broke a 1-1 tie in the ninth as the Indianapolis Indians defeated the Gwinnett Braves, 2-1, on Tuesday night at Coolray Field. Jair Jurrjens pitched a scoreless inning in his final start for Gwinnett before his start for Atlanta in Boston on Friday. Luis DurangoTyler Pastornicky andFelix Pie all recorded multi-hit games, but couldn’t help Gwinnett scratch across more than a run.

The G-Braves, losers of 16 of their last 21 games, remain 5.0 games behind Charlotte for first place in the International League South Division. The Knights (42-31) were routed by Columbus, 13-2, on Tuesday night.

Jurrjens made the start and worked just 1.0 inning in his final tune-up for the big leagues. The right-hander struck out two and walked two, throwing 20 pitches, nine for strikes. Buddy Carlyle relieved the starter and was masterful for 4.0 innings of scoreless baseball. The right-hander struck out seven, a new single-game season high for a Gwinnett reliever, yielded two hits and walked one.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Wednesday, June 20 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (37-36) continue their nine-game homestand with the third game of the four-game series against the Indianapolis Indians (42-29) on Wednesday night at Coolray Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM. The G-Braves will start Eric Junge (4-6, 4.48) against right-hander Daniel Cabrera (2-3, 4.81) of the Indians. 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 television broadcast will air on CSS.

Indianapolis Indians (42-29, 1st IL West) vs Gwinnett (37-36, 2nd IL South) 

Attend the game on “Winning Wednesday” for a chance to win big, courtesy of the Georgia Lottery. If the G-Braves are victorious, everyone in attendance will receive a special discount offer on future game tickets. The G-Braves will also be recognizing youth All-Stars from around Gwinnett County before Wednesday’s game. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

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Indianapolis Indians Batting Order:

1) Gorkys Hernandez, LF

2) Anderson Hernandez, 2B

3) Starling Marte, CF

4) Jeff Clement, 1B

5) Yamaico Navarro, 2B

6) Brandon Boggs, RF

7) Jose Morales, C

8) Brian Friday, 3B

9) Daniel Cabrera, P

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, CF

2) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

3) Stefan Gartrell, LF

4) Christian Marrero, 1B

5) Felix Pie, RF

6) Ruben Gotay, 3B

7) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Eric Junge, P

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Fighting to Get Back to Winning Ways

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The Gwinnett Braves began their nine-game homestand in eight days on Thursday night with a loss to Columbus. The G-Braves ended up losing the series to Columbus 3-2 and fell to Indianapolis 5-4 on Monday night from Coolray Field, bring their record to 2-4 on the current homestand, following a 3-7 mark on their previous 10-game road trip.

6.19.12 G-Braves Game Notes

Monday the G-Braves welcomed the International League West leading Indianapolis Indians to Lawrenceville for four games. The Pittsburgh Pirates Triple-A affiliate is currently in first place in the IL West with an impressive 41-29 record. They lead the next closest team in the division, Columbus, by a staggering 8.5 games which is easily the biggest first place lead in the league.

Ernesto Mejia jacked his 13th home run of the season, alongside his team-leading 49th RBI of the season in Gwinnett’s defeat Monday. Mejia finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a double, a home run, two RBI and six total bases. Jose Lugo made the spot-start for the depleted pitching staff of Gwinnett and was solid for 6.1 innings of work amidst a 116-pitch effort, his season-high. The G-Braves kept it close and had an opportunity at the end of the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the tying run on second base and the winning run on first. However, an incredible defensive play by Navarrro at second base prevented Jose Constanza’s would-be RBI single that would of tied the game, 5-5.

Currently, Josh Wilson is batting a team-high .417 in his last 10 games with 10 hits in 24 at-bats, alongside five runs scored, three RBI and one home run. Luis Durango is hitting at a .368 clip in his last 10 games, alongside a team-leading 14 hits, seven runs scored, four RBI and a host of stolen bases for the IL leader. Tyler Pastornicky is on fire in his last 40 at-bats, batting .325 with 13 hits, three runs scored and a team-high eight RBI.  

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The Indianapolis Indians are stacked with former Major League pitching talent such as; Rick VandenHurk, JoJo Reyes, Daniel Cabrera, Daniel McCutchen and Jeff Karstens just to name a few. Indianapolis will be one of the G-Braves toughest tests so far this season at home.

Tuesday, June 19 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

The second place Gwinnett Braves continue the homestand with a four-game series against the IL West leading Indianapolis Indians on Tuesday night at Coolray Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM with G-Braves TBA (0-0, 0.00) set to make the spot-start against Indianapolis southpaw Jeff Lockey (5-3, 3.27). 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 game will also air on CSS.

Indianapolis Indians (41-29, 1st IL West) vs Gwinnett (37-35, 2nd IL South) 

Tuesday night is another “2-for-1 Tuesday” at Coolray Field. Visit gwinnettbraves.com to print your coupon. Some seating level restrictions apply (limit six tickets per group). 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

Indianapolis Indians Batting Order:

1) Chase d’Arnaud, SS

2) Gorkys Hernandez, LF

3) Starling Marte, CF

4) Jeff Clement, 1B

5) Yamaico Navarro, 2B

6) Jeff Larish, RF

7) Eric Fryer, C

8) Brian Friday, 3B

9) Jeff Locke, P

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

3) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

4) Stefan Gartrell, LF

5) Felix Pie, RF

6) Josh Wilson, 2B

7) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) TBA, P

By: Tony Piraro

First Place Indians Provide Huge Test for Gwinnett

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The Gwinnett Braves began their nine-game homestand in eight days on Thursday night with a loss to Columbus. The G-Braves wound up losing the series 3-2 after sweeping the doubleheader from the Clippers, then dropped the next two contests. On Father’s Day the G-Braves were trailing by just one run for most of the game until late in the ballgame when the Gwinnett bullpen surrendered three runs. Columbus won the season-series with the G-Braves 5-3 after taking two of three from Gwinnett in Ohio earlier this month.

Monday the G-Braves welcome the International League West leading Indianapolis Indians to Lawrenceville for four games to conclude Gwinnett’s current nine-game homestand. The Pittsburgh Pirates Triple-A affiliate is currently in first place in the IL West with an impressive 40-29 record. They lead the next closest team in the division, Columbus, by a staggering 7.5 games which is easily the biggest first place lead in the league.

The Indianapolis Indians are stacked with former Major League pitching talent such as; Rick VandenHurk, JoJo Reyes, Daniel Cabrera, Daniel McCutchen and Jeff Karstens just to name a few. Indianapolis will be one of the G-Braves toughest tests so far this season at home.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Sunday, June 17 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

The second place Gwinnett Braves continue the homestand with a four-game series against the IL West leading Indianapolis Indians on Monday night at Coolray Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM with G-Braves southpaw Jose Lugo (1-1, 3.30) set to make the spot-start against Indianapolis right-hander Rick VandenHurk (4-0, 1.14). 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 game will also air on CSS.

Indianapolis Indians (40-29, 1st IL West) vs Gwinnett (37-34, 2nd IL South) 

Monday is Kids Eat Free Monday, as all kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, a bag of chips and a small soda. It’s also Splash Day at Coolray Field as the G-Braves recognize local swim teams. 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) Chase d’Arnaud, SS

2) Gorkys Hernandez, LF

3) Starling Marte, CF

4) Jeff Clement, 1B

5) Yamaico Navarro, 2B

6) Brandon Boggs, RF

7) Tony Sanchez, C

8) Anderson Hernandez, 3B

9) Rick VandenHurk, P

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Felix Pie, RF

6) Ruben Gotay, 3B

7) Josh Wilson, 2B

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Jose Lugo, P

By: Tony Piraro

Spend Father’s Day at Coolray Field

Photo courtesy of the Gwinnett Braves

The Gwinnett Braves began their nine-game homestand in eight days on Thursday night with a loss to Columbus. However, Gwinnett managed to stay composed as they swept the doubleheader on Friday, 4-0 and 8-3. However, Gwinnett fell to Columbus on Saturday night, 6-1, in front of 7,000+ fans at Coolray Field. Julio Teheran took the loss, his third of the season, after he lasted just four innings. Tyler Pastornicky and Luis Durango have been on fire as of late for the Gwinnett offense, as they look to create more problems for Clipper pitching on Sunday. Currently, the five-game series between the two teams is tied 2-2 with just one game left in the regular season between the two teams.

The G-Braves will host the Columbus Clippers (June 14-17) for one more game before the International League West leading Indianapolis Indians (June 18-21) visit Lawrenceville for four games to conclude Gwinnett’s current nine-game homestand.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Sunday, June 17 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

The Gwinnett Braves (37-33) wrap up the five-game series against the Columbus Clippers (32-37) on Sunday at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 2:05 PM. Left-hander Yohan Flande (3-4, 3.90) will start for the G-Braves, while the Clippers counter with right-hander Zach McAllister (4-2, 2.98). The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

6.17.12 GBraves Game Notes

Columbus Clipper (32-37, 2nd IL West) vs Gwinnett (37-33, 2nd IL South) 

Sunday is Father’s Day at Coolray Field, featuring plenty of family-friendly activities including pre-game catch on the field and a post-game base run for kids 12 and under. The Chipper Jones Father’s Day Package remains on sale at the Coolray Field Box Office. For just $150, the package includes four Infield Box tickets for Saturday, June 17 at Coolray Field (Father’s Day) and six additional Infield Box Anytime Tickets for the remainder of the 2012 season. It also includes one Upper Box ticket for Chipper Jones’s final game at Turner Field, September 30 vs. the New York Mets. An option to add up to three additional Upper Box tickets at a discounted rate is an added bonus.The Non-Profit Partnership Series also continues Sunday with the “Heart Month” theme. The G-Braves will recognize organizations that bring awareness and/or raise funds for heart related diseases and illnesses or promote a healthy diet and fitness programs for children. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Columbus Clippers Batting Order:

1) Ezequiel Carrera, CF

2) Jason Donald, DH

3) Cord Phelps, 2B

4) Matt LaPorta, 1B

5) Jared Goedert, 3B

6) Russ Canzler, LF

7) Chad Huffman, RF

8) Matt Pagnozzi, C

9) Gregorio Petit, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, DH

6) Felix Pie, RF

7) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

8) Jose Yepez, C

9) Josh Wilson, 3B

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves, Teheran Set for Takeoff Saturday

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Gwinnett Braves began their nine-game homestand in eight days on Thursday night with a loss to Columbus. However, Gwinnett managed to stay composed as they swept the doubleheader on Friday, 4-0 and 8-3. Todd Redmond went the distance for the complete-game victory in the first game and then Eric Junge was victorious in the second game for the G-Braves after an offensive explosion. Gwinnett moved their record to 37-32 on the season with the back-to-back wins over Columbus.

Luis Durango and Tyler Pastornicky led the offense with a combined total of nine hits between them. Pastornicky finished the second game with four hits and five RBI. Durango went 3-for-3 in the first game with two runs scored and he added two more stolen bases to his International League leading 26 steals in 33 attempts for the season.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The G-Braves will host the Columbus Clippers (June 14-17) for two more games before the International League West leading Indianapolis Indians (June 18-21) visit Lawrenceville for four games to conclude Gwinnett’s current nine-game homestand.

Friday, June 15 Starting Line-up from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia:

The Gwinnett Braves (37-32) and Columbus Clippers (31-37) will play the fourth game of their five-game series on Saturday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Right-hander Julio Teheran (5-2, 3.15) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves, while the Clippers counter with right-hander Zach McAllister (4-2, 2.98). The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

6.16.12 GBraves Game Notes

Teheran last appeared in a game on Sunday afternoon for the Atlanta Braves. The No. 2 prospect in minor league baseball was promoted to make a spot-start for Tim Hudson against the Toronto Blue Jays from Turner Field. The G-Braves ace right-hander was untouchable the first four innings on Sunday, but surrendered four runs in the fifth and exited the game with the no decision. Regardless, the 2012 Triple-A All-Star candidate is hungry to get back to his winning ways. Teheran’s last victory came the start before his Braves spot-start, against the Charlotte Knights on June 3. Gwinnett’s ace went the distance for his first career complete-game victory, as he allowed just one run all game.

Columbus Clipper (31-37, 2nd IL West) vs Gwinnett (37-32, 2nd IL South) 

Saturday is Golf Night at Coolray Field, featuring a Rally Towel Giveaway for the first 1,500 fans through the gates, courtesy of AT&T Real Yellow Pages. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

The Chipper Jones Father’s Day Package remains on sale at the Coolray Field Box Office. For just $150, the package includes four Infield Box tickets for Saturday, June 17 at Coolray Field (Father’s Day) and six additional Infield Box Anytime Tickets for the remainder of the 2012 season. It also includes one Upper Box ticket for Chipper Jones’s final game at Turner Field, September 30 vs. the New York Mets. An option to add up to three additional Upper Box tickets at a discounted rate is an added bonus. To purchase, call (678) 277-0340.

Columbus Clippers Batting Order:

1) Ezequiel Carrera, CF

2) Jason Donald, 3B

3) Cord Phelps, 2B

4) Matt LaPorta, 1B

5) Tim Fedroff, LF

6) Russ Canzler, DH

7) Trevor Crowe, RF

8) Luke Carlin, C

9) Gregorio Petit, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

4) Ernesto Mejia, DH

5) Felix Pie, RF

6) Christian Marrero, 1B

7) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

8) Ruben Gotay, 3B

9) J.C. Boscan – C

By: Tony Piraro

Interview: G-Braves 2012 All-Star Candidates

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The Gwinnett Braves have been one of the best team’s in the International League this season, as the pitching staff has led the way. At one point in the season, the G-Braves staff was ranked No. 1 in the IL. The bats have come a long way as well, with Ernesto Mejia and Stefan Gartrell doing a great deal of the heavy lifting. However, with just over two months left in the regular season, the G-Braves find themselves in second place of the IL South and primed in a perfect position to make a run at the league title.

The 2012 All-Star voting concludes on Friday, June 22 so vote early and often for your favorite G-Braves players. Visit MiLB.com today or simply click this link to get your ballot started: http://www.milb.com/milb/events/asg/y2012/ballot/

I had a chance to sit down with a bunch of G-Braves players prior to their 10-game road trip last week to hear their thoughts and opinions on who is having an all-star type season. Respectfully, a majority of the G-Braves are worthy of consideration, however only a handful will make the team. That is why you, the fans, need to get over to MiLB.com and make your opinions known. Voting for the 2012 All-Star Game in Buffalo, New York concludes Friday, June 22. Click here to vote now.

Ernesto Mejia:

“We’re having a great season this year as a team. 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 players (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. He was doing really good. 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 so he deserves it too. We have a lot of good players. I’m doing really good right now too and I’m just 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. 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 back in winter ball too. In winter ball, the league is very tough. Sometimes its harder there because we have a lot of big league guys. That has helped me a lot and I’ve been working a lot more this year. 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.”

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

Julio Teheran:

“The pitchers. I think everyone here can make it. I want to, but I know I’m not having my best season,” said Teheran. “I’m not trying to complain (about this season) and I continue working. I’ll try to make it (the all-star team) if I can. I made it last year, but I couldn’t go because I was in the Future Stars Game, which was a good experience for me. The Future’s (Game) was good. It was exciting for me. I want to go (2012 ASG in Buffalo). That would make me feel good.”

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

Luis Durango:

“I think this is a very good team. I like all the pitching and position players (for the All-Star Game). I like the team,” Durango said. “Nesto is having a good year. I like him, he’s a good player. I’d like that for him (making the team). What’s working for me is the stolen bases (23, 1st) and the little at-bats which has been good for me.”

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Dave Brundage:

“Gartrell’s had a heck of a month. Mejia has been absolutely on fire. Looking around, Durango leads the league in stolen bases,” said Brundage. “From an offensive standpoint, obviously Constanza was worthy of consideration when he was here. He did a great job in the leadoff spot and the No. 2 hole. What a tandem those two are and what a force they are in our line-up. We’ve been up there in the league leaders for pitching throughout. Cory Gearrin has solidified the front end of the bullpen and a lot of pitchers are deserving. You look at Redmond and how consistent he is, you hope he gets considered along the way. Just from a pitching standpoint, pitching is why we are where we are today. Yet, we don’t have tremendous numbers when they’re sizing up numbers, but you can look up and down our staff. Flande goes back-to-back shutouts and now he’s in the bullpen. It just goes to show you the strength of our ballclub lies with our pitching. Playing the game the right way with our speed, a little power, a lot of our guys our worthy of making an all-star team. At the same time, we do things as a team that’s where we are today.”

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Jaime Dismuke:

“Mejia. Constanza, but he’s not here. He’s doing bigger and better things right now,” Dismuke said. “Gartrell and Durango. This was my first year seeing Ernie (Mejia) and he’s solid, both offensively and defensively. He’s big and he moves well, that’s the surprising thing. Gartrell has done it in the past. He’s hit 20+ home runs the last three years in this league. At the end of the season, you’re going to look up (at the scoreboard) and he’s going to have the same numbers he had in the past. He started out slow, but he’s picked it up. Durango, you know speed kills. Speed never slumps and he does a good job from both sides of the plate. So, those are my choices right there.”

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Christian Marrero:

“I would say Mejia. 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 and I would say the same for Gartrell. He started off slow, but what he’s doing now is great for the team. Hitting balls hard and having great at-bats, him (Gartrell) and Mejia have put the team on their backs. Louis too, he nearly has 30 stolen bases already. He’s the one that sets the tone for us. Without him, those guys (Gartrell/Mejia) wouldn’t be able to have as many RBI. I just try to be ready if they put me in the line-up. If I’m out there, I’m going to give it 100-percent. If I’m not in the line-up, when it’s my time to pinch-hit, I make sure I’m ready and try to help the team out as much as I can. I’m comfortable everywhere. I’m feeling great in the outfield and at first base too. As long as I’m in the line-up, I’m happy. Redmond is getting hot right now. He’s doing really well. For relievers, I’d say the whole bullpen. Anybody could go from the bullpen. Cory (Gearrin) has been unbelievable, lights out. Buddy (Carlyle) too and Russell. And Chappy (Jaye Chapman), that’s why I say the whole bullpen (laughing).”

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Marty Reed:

“I think Redmond belongs on it. I’d say Julio (Teheran) belongs on it. He’s had some dominating games,” Reed said. “Cory Gearrin, without a doubt. Chappy (Jaye Chapman) should get in. If Varvaro had been here for awhile, he’d be a guy. I don’t know where we rank in pitching, third or fourth, there’s got to be a reason why our guys should have a good opportunity to get on that team. He (Flande) has put together some good starts too. There are going to be a lot of guys that are a coin flip because you’re also talking about how many other teams? If each team has two, then you’ve got too many pitchers. I think we’ve got probably five or six guys that deserve it and it could be any one of them. For me, Redmond is a lock in terms of consistency. Julio, in terms of a starter. There may be some guys who have had a better year, but his track record and he has had some dominating starts. Five guys would be pretty good.”

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By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Doubleheader Tonight at Coolray Field

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Gwinnett Braves began their nine-game homestand in eight days on Thursday night with a loss to Columbus. Jair Jurrjens made one mistake in the game and it wound up costing him and the G-Braves when Russ Canzler blasted a grand slam in the sixth for the Clippers 4-0 victory. The G-Braves will host the Columbus Clippers (June 14-17) for five games and the International League West leading Indianapolis Indians (June 18-21) for four games.

Gwinnett (35-32) and Columbus (31-35) will play a doubleheader at Coolray Field on Friday night, first pitch of game one scheduled for 5:05 PM. The doubleheader will consist of two seven-inning contests separated by a half-hour break, with Gwinnett to act as the home team in game one and the road team in game two.

6.15.12 GBraves Game Notes

Right-handers Todd Redmond (5-4, 3.52) and Eric Junge (3-6, 4.54) will start for the G-Braves, while the Clippers counter with left-hander Chris Seddon (7-3, 3.59) and right-hander David Huff (3-2, 3.74). Both games will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Friday is Planes, Trains and Automobiles Night at Coolray Field, so come out and enjoy our transportation theme night including various prize drawings from gas cards to Marta passes. Friday also features Fox 5 Friday Fireworks. Stick around after the game for another spectacular post-game fireworks display, courtesy of WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

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

After leading the IL South for most of the first two months of the season, the G-Braves currently reside in second place in the division, trailing first place Charlotte by 3.5 games. Gwinnett began the month of June at 2-8 as part of their recent downward trend, but received catcher J.C. Boscan and outfielder Jose Constanza back from Atlanta on Sunday and followed with an 11-8 victory at Pawtucket on Monday night. In more transactions, Anthony Varvaro was promoted to the Atlanta Braves, meanwhile Cory Gearrin returns to Gwinnett and will reassume closer duties upon arrival.

Columbus Clipper (31-35, 2nd IL West) vs Gwinnett (35-32, 2nd IL South) 

The Chipper Jones Father’s Day Package remains on sale at the Coolray Field Box Office. For just $150, the package includes four Infield Box tickets for Saturday, June 17 at Coolray Field (Father’s Day) and six additional Infield Box Anytime Tickets for the remainder of the 2012 season. It also includes one Upper Box ticket for Chipper Jones’s final game at Turner Field, September 30 vs. the New York Mets. An option to add up to three additional Upper Box tickets at a discounted rate is an added bonus. To purchase, call (678) 277-0340.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Columbus Clippers Batting Order:

1) Ezequiel Carrera, CF

2) Cord Phelps, 2B

3) Jason Donald, LF

4) Jared Goedert, 1B

5) Trevor Crowe, RF

6) Andy LaRoche, 3B

7) Russ Canzler, DH

8) Matt Pagnozzi, C

9) Gregorio Petit, SS

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) Jose Yepez, C
7) Ruben Gotay, DH
8) Josh Wilson, 3B
9) Lance Zawadzki, 2B
By: Tony Piraro

Jurrjens, G-Braves Set for Dudes vs Foods Night

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The Gwinnett Braves return home to Coolray Field for an eight-day, nine-game homestand that will begin on Thursday, June 14 and conclude on Thursday, June 21. The G-Braves will host the Columbus Clippers (June 14-17) for five games and the International League West leading Indianapolis Indians (June 18-21) for four games.

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 to eat an 8-by-8 oversized version of the Knucksie. 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!

After leading the IL South for most of the first two months of the season, the G-Braves currently reside in second place in the division, trailing first place Charlotte by 2.5 games. Gwinnett began the month of June at 2-8 as part of their recent downward trend, but received catcher J.C. Boscan and outfielder Jose Constanza back from Atlanta on Sunday and followed with an 11-8 victory at Pawtucket on Monday night. In more transactions, Anthony Varvaro was promoted to the Atlanta Braves, meanwhile Cory Gearrin returns to Gwinnett and will reassume closer duties upon arrival.

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

The G-Braves (35-31) enjoyed a day of rest Wednesday before beginning a nine-game homestand in eight days with Columbus (30-35) to kick it off on Thursday. Gwinnett right-hander Jair Jurrjens (3-3, 5.26) will oppose the Clippers right-hander Corey Kluber (4-6, 4.14) in the first game of the series, first pitch scheduled for 7:50 p.m. at Coolray Field. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550 in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Columbus Clipper (30-35, 2nd IL West) vs Gwinnett (35-31, 2nd IL South) 

6.14.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

The Chipper Jones Father’s Day Package remains on sale at the Coolray Field Box Office. For just $150, the package includes four Infield Box tickets for Saturday, June 17 at Coolray Field (Father’s Day) and six additional Infield Box Anytime Tickets for the remainder of the 2012 season. It also includes one Upper Box ticket for Chipper Jones’s final game at Turner Field, September 30 vs. the New York Mets. An option to add up to three additional Upper Box tickets at a discounted rate is an added bonus. To purchase, call (678) 277-0340.

Columbus Clippers Batting Order:

1) Ezequiel Carrera, CF

2) Cord Phelps, 2B

3) Jason Donald, SS

4) Jared Goedert, DH

5) Tim Fedroff, LF

6) Chad Huffman, RF

7) Russ Canzler, 1B

8) Andy LaRoche, 3B

9) Matt Pagnozzi, C

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Tyler Pastornicky, SS

4) Ernesto Mejia, DH

5) Christian Marrero, 1B

6) Felix Pie, RF

7) Lance Zawadzki, 2B

8) Ruben Gotay, 3B

9) J.C. Boscan, C

By: Tony Piraro
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