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2013 Spring Training – Familiar Faces, New Places

Stephen Gartrell (left) slugs home run, while J.C. Boscan (right) walks off the field.

Stefan Gartrell (left) slugs home run, while J.C. Boscan (right) takes the field.

With the off-season almost in the books, a new crop of G-Braves is forming at Atlanta Braves Spring Training in Lake Buena Vista, FL.  We’ve already taken a look at some of the potential returnees from last year’s club as well as some of the new faces that could impact Atlanta or Gwinnett’s roster.  For this post, we’ll check in with 2012 G-Braves who are no longer with the Braves organization.

Catcher J.C. Boscan signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Cubs this off-season. The longest tenured G-Brave spent four seasons with Gwinnett. In 210 games, the right-handed hitting backstop hit .210 with eight home runs and 54 RBI. He is fifth in Gwinnett Braves history in games and fourth in at bats (689) dating back to 2009.

While Boscan spent four years with Gwinnett, shortstop Josh Wilson’s tenure was short-lived, as the slick-fielding infielder wore the G-Braves uniform for one season. Wilson signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the off-season. He spent all of 2012 with the G-Braves after spending a part of the last four seasons in the big leagues. In 122 games with Gwinnett, Wilson hit .241 with five home runs and 43 RBI.

The outfield lost three notable players in Luis Durango, Stefan Gartrell and Felix Pie.

Durango signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Royals. He played all of 2012 with Gwinnett, finishing the season fourth on the team in RBI (45), third in batting average (.289), second in triples (5) and first in stolen bases (46). Durango’s 46 stolen bases led the International League and are second all-time in Gwinnett Braves history.

Pie was another welcomed addition to the club last season, hitting .285 with six home runs and 51 RBI. He led the squad in triples (7) and was a perfect 16-for-16 in stolen bases. Pie signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Gartrell’s tenure with the G-Braves may be the most celebrated from a hitter’s standpoint. In two seasons, the outfielder has made his stamp in the Gwinnett record books. He is second all-time in doubles (50), RBI (146) and runs (134), while coming in third in hits (217), games (238) and at bats (849). His 45 home runs top the charts. Gartrell signed with the Chicago White Sox in the off-season and receive an invitation to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee.  The White Sox originally drafted Gartrell in the 31st round of the 2006 draft, but shipped him to Atlanta in a 2011 trade.

On the mound, the G-Braves saw a few hurlers leave for free agency, while two others were involved in big trades this off-season.
Buddy Carlyle moved on to Canada, signing a free agent deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. The right-handed pitcher made his mark with the G-Braves in 2009, posting a 3-1 record with a 1.76 ERA. Last season, he went 5-4 with a 3.43 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 76 innings.

Jair Jurrjens moved on and signed a contract with the Baltimore Orioles. Jurrjens made 17 career starts for the G-Braves from 2010-2012. In 17 games, he went 6-7 with a 4.93 ERA while striking 51 batters in 91.1 innings.

Jair Jurrjens went 4-6 with 4.98 ERA in 14 starts for the G-Braves in 2012.

Jair Jurrjens went 4-6 with 4.98 ERA in 14 starts for the G-Braves in 2012.

Tommy Hanson made one rehab start for the G-Braves last season and was the opening day starter for the G-Braves’ inaugural season in 2009. The right-hander was shipped off to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for reliever Jordan Walden. Hanson was always outstanding with Gwinnett, recording a 4-3 record with a 1.39 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 71.1 innings of work.

Finally, Randall Delgado was a part of one of the blockbuster trades this off-season, as the Braves traded him and four others to the Diamondbacks in exchange for outfielder Justin Upton and infielder Chris Johnson. Delgado, rated one of the top prospects in the Braves organization, spent two stints with the G-Braves in 2011 and 2012. In 12 starts, he went 6-5 with a 4.09 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 66 innings.

The lists of other G-Braves that have found a new home are as followed:

Lyle Overbay- Boston Red Sox (Free Agent)
Rusty Ryal- Los Angeles Dodgers (Free Agent)
Miguel Batista- Colorado Rockies (Free Agent)
Erik Cordier- Pittsburgh Pirates (Free Agent)
Peter Moylan- Los Angeles Dodgers (Free Agent)
Adam Russell- Baltimore Orioles (Free Agent)

First-year Gwinnett Braves manager Randy Ready will lead the 2013 edition of the Gwinnett Braves for the first time on Thursday, April 4 as the club opens the season at Coolray Field with a 7:05 PM game against Charlotte.  For tickets, merchandise and more information, visit GwinnettBraves.com.

-JD

Boston Red Sox Affiliate at Coolray Field for Final Homestand of Regular Season

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

For the second-straight night, Syracuse needed just one pitcher to shut down the Gwinnett Braves. Right-hander Jeff Mandel threw the second-straight complete game shutout against the G-Braves in as many nights, leading the Chiefs to a 7-0 win at Coolray Field. Mandel’s six hitter, his first nine-inning effort this season, ensured a split of the four-game series.

Syracuse left-hander John Lannan threw 9.0 scoreless, three-hit innings on Saturday night, and Mandel (W, 5-5) continued the trend on Sunday, scattering six hits over 9.0 innings while striking out four. He walked none in a 102-pitch, 69-strike outing.

After escaping major damage in the second inning, Gwinnett starter Yohan Flande was not able to make it past the third. The left-hander surrendered four runs on five hits in the frame, including five-straight one-out hits. Josh Johnson and Chris Marrero reached on back-to-back singles, and Carlos Rivero singled to left-center, scoring them both. Jesus Valdez singled to score Rivero, and Sandy Leon added a double plating Valdez for a 4-0 lead.

Flande (L, 7-9) allowed four earned runs on six hits, walked three and struck out two over just 2.2 innings of work. Cole McCurry relieved Flande with two outs in the third inning and worked 3.1 scoreless innings. McCurry struck out three and walked none, departing after Stefan Gartrell singled in his pinch-hit at-bat for the pitcher in the sixth.

Ryan Buchter entered the game for the G-Braves in the seventh and allowed three more runs over 1.1 innings. Rivero singled home Johnson to raise the lead to 5-0 in the seventh, and a two-run triple by Eury Perez ensured the final score of 7-0 in the eighth. Anthony Varvaro relieved the left-hander, pitching 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball with one strikeout.

Monday, August 27th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (61-75) welcome the Pawtucket Red Sox (73-63) to town on Monday night as the two teams begin the final four-game series of the season at Coolray Field. First pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. The Gwinnett starting pitcher has yet to be announced, while the PawSox will start right-hander Nelson Figueroa (10-5, 4.40). The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. The television broadcast will air on CSS.

Pawtucket (2nd IL North) vs Gwinnett (4th IL South) 

Monday night 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 the fifth night of “Drive Me Crazy” as the G-Braves gather donations of canned foods, clothes, sports equipment, toys and more to restock local shelters and storage centers. 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.

Pawtucket Red Sox Batting Order:

1) Nate Spears, 1B

2) Ivan DeJesus, 2B

3) Jeremy Hazelbaker, DH

4) Tony Thomas, LF

5) Danny Valencia, 3B

6) Dan Butler, C

7) Jason Repko, CF

8) Jon Hee, SS

9) Che-Hsuan Lin, RF

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Jack Wilson, SS

3) Lyle Overbay, DH

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Josh Kroeger, RF

6) Rusty Ryal, 3B

7) Brian Friday, 2B

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Luis Durango, CF

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Offense, Ryal Rolling Toward End

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Four Gwinnett pitchers including starter Randall Delgado combined on a seven-hit shutout as the Braves defeated the Syracuse Chiefs, 6-0 on Friday night at Coolray Field. A season-high 9,372 fans packed the park as the G-Braves won for the second-straight night to start the final eight-game homestand.

Delgado worked 4.0 scoreless innings with four hits and three walks allowed, striking out seven in a no-decision. Dusty Hughes (W, 3-2) grabbed his third win of the season with 3.0 scoreless, two-hit innings and four strikeouts. Peter Moylan threw a scoreless eighth and Andy Russell added a scoreless non-save ninth to finish off Gwinnett’s ninth shutout win of the year.

Offensively, Rusty Ryal continued his torrid series with a 3-for-4 night, including an RBI double in the third inning. Lyle Overbay went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, driving in two RBIs as well.

The G-Braves started the scoring early, crossing the plate in each of the first four innings.Jose Constanza led off the first with a single and advanced to second on a passed ball before scoring on a Terry Tiffee RBI single to give Gwinnett a 1-0 lead.

Gwinnett added three more runs in their half of the second, highlighted by a Constanza two-run double that scored Ryal and Delgado. The G-Braves extended the lead to 4-0 as Overbay doubled home Constanza with two outs.

Felix Pie reached base to start the third on a fielding error charged to Chiefs’ first baseman Mark Teahen. Following a fielder’s choice off the bat of Jose Yepez, Ryal once again came through in the clutch with a run-scoring double that raised the Gwinnett lead to 5-0.

Chiefs starter Yunesky Maya (L, 11-9) lasted just 3.0 innings, surrendering five runs, four earned on eight hits. The right-hander struck out two and walked one, throwing 58 pitches.

Mitch Atkins replaced Maya in the fourth inning and allowed an RBI single to Pie scoring Overbay. After Pie’s hit made it 6-0 G-Braves, Atkins settled in for two more innings of scoreless relief. He pitched 3.0 innings in total, yielding an unearned run on three hits. Pat Lehman added 2.0 scoreless innings for Syracuse.

In addition to multi-hit efforts from Ryal and Overbay, Constanza also went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI in the leadoff spot. Constanza’s two-hit effort came a night removed from seeing his International League best 38-game on-base streak snapped by the Chiefs.

Saturday, August 25th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (61-73) take on the Syracuse Chiefs (63-71) in game three of the four-game series on Saturday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. The G-Braves will start right-hander Julio Teheran (7-7, 5.48) against Syracuse left-hander John Lannan (7-11, 4.89). Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM in Gainesville, Georgia. The game will also air on CSS.

Syracuse (5th IL North) vs Gwinnett (4th IL South) 

Come out to Coolray Field on Saturday night and place your bid on a Gwinnett Braves game-worn jersey with the G-Braves Jersey Auction. Each jersey worn during the game will be auctioned off to benefit the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation. It’s also the third night of “Drive Me Crazy” as the G-Braves gather donations of canned foods, clothes, sports equipment, toys and more to restock local shelters and storage centers. 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.

Syracuse Chiefs Batting Order:

1) Eury Perez, LF

2) Corey Brown, CF

3) Jim Negrych, 2B

4) Chris Marrero, 1B

5) Jesus Valdez, LF

6) Sandy Leon, C

7) Zach Walters, SS

8) Jarrett Hoffpauir, 3B

9) John Lannan, SP

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jack Wilson, SS

3) Lyle Overbay, 1B

4) Stefan Gartrell, RF

5) Terry Tiffee, 3B

6) Rusty Ryal, 2B

7) Brian Friday, 2B

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Julio Teheran, SP

By: Tony Piraro

Washington Nationals Affiliate in for Racecar Night

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

8.23.12 GBraves Game Notes

The Norfolk Tides concluded their two-game series sweep of Gwinnett with an 8-0 drubbing of the G-Braves on Tuesday afternoon at Coolray Field. Dana Eveland worked 7.0 scoreless, three-hit innings in the start for Norfolk, and Jamie Hoffmann’s three-run homer in the second provided all the offense he’d need.

Eveland (W, 5-4) scattered three hits – all singles – over his seven frames, walked none and struck out five in an 89-pitch outing. Starter turned reliever Brian Matusz worked a scoreless eighth inning and Pat Egan added a scoreless ninth inning.

Norfolk started the scoring with three runs in the second inning off Gwinnett starterYohan Flande. Brandon Waring and Steve Tolleson reached on one-out singles and Hoffmann followed with a three-run home run to left. Hoffmann’s ninth blast of the year made it 3-0, Tides.

The Tides added two more runs in their half of the fourth. Joe Mahoney led off with a single and both Waring and Hoffmann reached on walks. L.J. Hoes boosted the lead to 5-0 with a single scoring Mahoney and Waring.

Flande (L, 6-9) worked 6.0 innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits. The left-hander struck out four while yielding three walks in a losing effort.

Norfolk plated two more runs in their half of the seventh against Dusty Hughes. The left-hander loaded the bases on a hit batter, single and walk. He then issued a bases-loaded walk to Tolleson scoring Ryan Flaherty and another free pass to Hoffmann, scoring Paulino. Peter Moylan relieved Hughes and retired Hoes to end the inning.

The Tides’ lead grew to 8-0 with a final run in the ninth. Cory Gearrin loaded the bases on two walks and a single, then walked Ryan Adams to force in Paulino. Gearrin ended the inning strong, however, striking out Flaherty looking to leave the bases full.

Jose Constanza went 1-for-4 in the leadoff spot to extend his International League leading on-base streak to 38 games. He, Luis Durango and Josh Wilson had the only hits for Gwinnett on the day.

Thursday, August 23rd G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (59-73) have an off day on Wednesday before welcoming the Syracuse Chiefs to town for four games, beginning with a 7:05 PM first pitch on Thursday night at Coolray Field. The G-Braves will start left-hander Sean Gilmartin (1-1, 3.20) against Syracuse left-hander Zach Duke (14-5, 3.50). Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM in Gainesville, Georgia.

Syracuse (5th IL North) vs Gwinnett (4th IL South) 

Thursday night is “Back to School” recognition night, as the G-Braves honor organizations that support education or after school/mentoring programs. Thursday night’s festivities also include “Racecar Night” and the first night of “Drive Me Crazy.”For more details, visit gwinnettbraves.com. 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.

Syracuse Chiefs Batting Order:

1) Eury Perez, LF

2) Corey Brown, CF

3) Jarrett Hoffpauir, 2B

4) Chris Marrero, 1B

5) Carlos Rivero

6) Sandy Leon, C

7) Zach Walters, SS

8) Brett Carroll, RF

9) Zach Duke, SP

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Lyle Overbay, 1B

4) Stefan Gartrell, RF

5) Jose Yepez, C

6) Rusty Ryal, 3B

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) Brian Friday, 2B

9) Sean Gilmartin, SP

By: Tony Piraro

Delgado Starting as G-Braves Seek Series Win Tonight

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Atlanta Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson, pitching on a rehab assignment, threw 5.0 scoreless innings to lead the Gwinnett Braves to a 5-2 victory over the Louisville Bats on Sunday at Coolray Field. Ernesto MejiaRusty Ryal and Brian Friday all homered off Bats’ starter and former G-Brave Todd Redmond in a five-run fourth inning.

Hanson (W, 1-0) allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out five in his first start for Gwinnett since May 31, 2009. The right-hander threw 78 pitches, 48 for strikes in his first game action since being placed on Atlanta’s disabled list on July 31 with lower back stiffness.

“My back felt better, that was the main thing,” said Hanson. “I didn’t have much time to prepare for this start, but I still went out and made pitches. My off-speed stuff was really good. I felt really good with my curveball and slider. I feel good about the way I threw today. I’m looking forward to my next start.”

It was a scoreless game until the bottom of the fourth inning as Hanson and Redmond were caught in a pitcher’s duel. However, Gwinnett opened the floodgates as Josh Kroeger drew a walk and Mejia followed with a two-run blast that cleared the centerfield batter’s eye for a 2-0 lead. Stefan Gartrell stayed hot at the plate with a single, and Ryal followed with a two-run shot of his own, his first with Gwinnett, to give the G-Braves a 4-0 lead. Two hitters later, Friday laced a solo home run to left for the third Gwinnett homer of the frame and a 5-0 advantage.

The three-homer frame was the first in Gwinnett Braves history. The last instance of three home runs in a single inning by a Braves’ Triple-A club came on May 13, 2008, when the Richmond Braves slugged three homers in the sixth inning as part of a 7-1 win at Indianapolis.

Yohan Flande worked 2.0 scoreless innings in relief of Hanson, making his first relief appearance since April 5. The left-hander allowed just one hit and struck out one.

Louisville added two runs in their half of the eighth inning off Peter Moylan to cut the lead to 5-2. Felix Perez capped a 2-for-4 game with a two-run single off Moylan scoring Cody Puckett and Didi Gregorius. Anthony Varvaro closed the door on the Bats with a perfect frame in the ninth inning for his fifth save of the season.

Redmond (L, 8-9), making his first start at Coolray Field since a trade that sent him to the Cincinnati organization, allowed five earned runs on seven hits over 6.0 innings. The longtime G-Brave yielded three homers, walked one and struck out four. Kanekoa Texeira and Nick Masset combined to work 2.0 scoreless innings following the departure of Redmond.

Mejia finished 1-for-4 with his team-leading 24th home run and his International League best 84th and 85th RBIs. Ryal went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Friday finished 2-for-3 with one RBI.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Monday, August 13th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (55-68) take on the Louisville Bats (48-75) in the series finale on Monday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Right-hander Randall Delgado (2-2, 4.43) will start for the G-Braves against right-hander Pedro Villarreal (3-9, 4.12) of the Bats. The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

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

All kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, a bag of chips and a small soda on Kids Eat Free Monday.  Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Louisville Bats Batting Order:

1) Denis Phipps, CF

2) Didi Gregorius, SS

3) Henry Rodriguez, 3B

4) Neftali Soto, 1B

5) Dioner Navarro, C

6) Felix Perez, RF

7) Chris Valaika, 2B

8) Cody Puckett, LF

9) Pedro Villareal, SP

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Josh Kroeger, RF

3) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

4) Stefan Gartrell, LF

5) Terry Tiffee, 3B

6) Jose Yepez, C

7) Rusty Ryal, LF

8) Brian Friday, 3B

9) Randall Delgado, SP

By: Tony Piraro

Tommy Hanson Starting for G-Braves Today

Photo courtesy of the 2009 Gwinnett Braves staff photographers

Left-hander Sean Gilmartin earned his first Triple-A victory with 6.2 impressive innings as the Gwinnett Braves defeated the Louisville Bats, 8-2 on Saturday night at Coolray Field. Stefan Gartrell led the offensive attack with a 2-for-3 game including his 18th home run and three RBIs. Josh Kroeger added a pinch-hit three-run homer in the eighth to put the game out of reach.

Gilmartin (W, 1-1), the Atlanta Braves’ first-round pick in 2011, made his Coolray Field debut on Saturday after starting his Triple-A career with two road outings. The left-hander was outstanding, limiting the Bats to just two runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out three. The Florida State University product threw 96 pitches, 61 for strikes and exited to cheers from the 7,747 fans in attendance.

The G-Braves gave Gilmartin an early lead to work with, scoring a run in the first inning.Luis Durango led off the game with a walk from Louisville starter and former Parkview High School standout Tim Gustafson. Durango stole second base for his International League leading 41st theft of the season, then scored on an awkward defensive play by the Bats. Ernesto Mejia reached on a dropped third strike, and catcher Corky Miller’s throw was dropped by first baseman Neftali Soto for an error, allowing Durango to come home.

Louisville tied the game at 1-1 against Gilmartin in the third inning. Miller led off the inning with a walk, reaching base for the first of three times on the night, then was driven home on an RBI single by Denis Phipps.

Gwinnett took the lead for good in the fourth. Mejia led off the frame with a double that was scorched into the left-center gap. Gartrell followed with a two-run blast to left-center, giving the G-Braves a 3-1 lead.

Gartrell drove home Felix Pie with a double in the sixth, raising the lead to 4-1. Gilmartin gave that run back to Louisville in the top of the seventh as Miller blasted a solo shot to left. After a walk to Phipps and a single by Willie Harris, the Gwinnett starter’s night was done.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Sunday, August 12th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (53-68) take on the Louisville Bats (48-73) in game three of the four-game series on Sunday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 5:05 PM. Atlanta Braves’ right-hander Tommy Hanson (12-5, 4.29 with Atlanta) is expected to make a rehab start for Gwinnett. Former G-Braves right-hander Todd Redmond (8-8, 3.36) will start for the Bats. The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, Georgia.

Louisville Bats (3rd IL West) vs Gwinnett (4th IL North) 

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

Louisville Bats Batting Order:

1) Didi Gregorius, SS

2) Henry Rodriguez, SS

3) Felix Perez, RF

4) Neftali Soto, 1B

5) Mike Costanzo, 3B

6) Denis Phipps, CF

7) Willie Harris, LF

8) Corky Miller, C

9) Todd Redmond, SP

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Josh Kroeger, RF

3) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

4) Stefan Gartrell, LF

5) Terry Tiffee, 3B

6) Rusty Ryal, LF

7) J.C. Boscan, C

8) Brian Friday, SS

9) Tommy Hanson, SP

By: Tony Piraro

No. 1 Draft Pick Starting Tonight for Gwinnett

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The Atlanta Braves 2011 MLB Draft No. 1 overall pick Sean Gilmartin is set to make his Coolray Field debut on Saturday night for the Gwinnett Braves. The southpaw is 0-1 with a 3.95 ERA in his first professional season of his career. Gilmartin will face the local boy for Louisville, right-hander Tim Gustafson in a 7:05 p.m. first pitch in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

The G-Braves lost to the Louisville Bats, 3-2, in the opener of a four-game series on Friday night at Coolray Field. Jair Jurrjens was solid for 6.0 innings of two-run baseball, but exited the game with a no decision. Neftali Soto led the way for Louisville, going 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

Gwinnett held leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but Louisville battled back and took a 3-2 lead against Anthony Varvaro in the top of the eighth. Didi Gregorius reached base on an error by first baseman Ernesto Mejia and scored on a single up the middle by Henry Rodriguez. Varvaro (L, 0-2) yielded just that unearned run on two hits over an inning, but it was enough to suffer the loss.

The G-Braves scored in the first inning as Felix Pie doubled to left-center, took third on a fielding error by Bats’ center-fielder Denis Phipps, and scored on Mejia’s sacrifice fly to right.

Louisville tied the score in the top of the second against Jurrjens as Soto crushed a solo blast over the G-Braves’ bullpen for his 14th home run of the season.

Gwinnett responded to retake the lead in the third inning. Luis Durango singled and Pie walked, and both moved into scoring position on a double steal. Durango’s Triple-A leading 40th stolen base put him at third, where he’d walk home on a single by Terry Tiffee.

Again, however, the Bats tied the score against Jurrjens. Louisville starting pitcher Chad Reineke, 2-for-3 at the plate on Friday, led off the sixth with a single. Rodriguez reached on a fielding error by second baseman Rusty Ryal and Soto followed with a single to score Reineke. Soto’s second RBI of the game tied the score at 2-2.

Only one of two runs scored against Jurrjens was earned. The right-hander, starting on a rehab assignment for the Atlanta Braves, scattered four hits over 6.0 innings, walked none and struck out two. Jurrjens threw 78 pitches, 52 for strikes in an efficient outing.

Saturday, August 11th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (53-68) take on the Louisville Bats (48-73) in game two of the four-game series on Saturday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Left-hander Sean Gilmartin (0-1, 3.95) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves against right-hander Tim Gustafson (4-3, 4.30) of the Bats. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Louisville Bats (3rd IL West) vs Gwinnett (4th IL North) 

Saturday night is Outdoor Night at Coolray Field, featuring a Tailgate Stool Giveaway for the first 2,000 fans through the gates sponsored by Charter Business. Atlanta’s RV Summer Sale also continues, visit gwinnettbraves.com for more details. 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.

Louisville Bats Batting Order:

1) Denis Phipps, CF

2) Willie Harris, 2B

3) Henry Rodriguez, SS

4) Neftali Soto, 1B

5) Chris Valaika, 3B

6) Felix Perez, RF

7) Cody Puckett, LF

8) Corky Miller, C

9) Tim Gustafson, SP

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Felix Pie, RF

3) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

4) Stefan Gartrell, LF

5) Ruben Gotay, 3B

6) Jose Yepez, C

7) Rusty Ryal, LF

8) Josh Wilson, SS

9) Sean Gilmartin, SP

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Welcome Bats, Todd Redmond to Town

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

8.10.12 GBraves Game Notes

Gwinnett starter Julio Teheran surrendered six runs over four innings and the bullpen allowed four more runs as the Braves fell 10-2 to the Norfolk Tides on Thursday night at Coolray Field. Norfolk entered the series 0-7 against the G-Braves this season, but won the series, 3-1.

L.J. Hoes went 4-for-6 in the leadoff spot for Norfolk, while Bill Hall and Brandon Waring each plated three RBIs in the rout.

Norfolk broke a scoreless tie with a three-run second inning against Teheran and never trailed from there. Ronny Paulino led off with a single and moved to third on a ground-rule double by Luis Exposito. Both scored one batter later as Waring launched his second home run of the series and 10th of the season, a shot just clearing the right-center fence.

Joe Mahoney singled and scored on a Jack Wilson throwing error to raise the lead to 4-0 in the third inning, and an RBI single by Hoes and sacrifice fly by Hall made it 6-0 in the fourth.

Teheran (L, 6-7) lost for the second-straight outing as a result of five earned runs on eight hits including the Waring home run. He walked one and struck out three, throwing 85 pitches, 62 for strikes.

Buddy Carlyle relieved the right-hander and worked a perfect fifth inning with two strikeouts. However, the Tides tacked on two earned runs against Carlyle in the sixth. Hoes roped a two-out single to start the rally and Xavier Avery followed with a single of his own. Hall drove in both runners on a double down the right-field line, raising the lead to 8-0. Carlyle lasted 2.0 innings, allowing two runs on three hits.

Norfolk starter Jason Berken threw scoreless baseball over the first six frames before allowing a pair of runs in the seventh. Josh Kroeger continued his hot hitting with a double, then came home as Ruben Gotay lifted a double into the left-center gap. Brian Friday then scored Gotay with a single up the middle, cutting the deficit to 8-2. Luis Durango and Gotay were the only two G-Braves to register multi-hit nights. Durango went 2-for-3 in the leadoff spot, while Gotay went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Friday, August 10th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (53-67) begin a four-game series against the Louisville Bats (47-73) on Friday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Right-hander Jair Jurrjens (3-4, 5.18), currently on the Atlanta disabled list, is scheduled to make a rehab start for the G-Braves. The Bats will counter with right-hander Chad Reineke (5-7, 4.35). Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, Georgia.

Louisville Bats (3rd IL West) vs Gwinnett (4th IL North) 

Put on your hula skirts and join the G-Braves for Beach Night on Friday. Coolray Field will get tropical with beachy music, movie clips and plenty of fun music to keep you dancing all game. Fox 5 Friday Fireworks follow the 7:05 PM 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.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Louisville Bats Batting Order:

1) Didi Gregorius, SS

2) Henry Rodriguez, 2B

3) Mike Costanzo, 3B

4) Neftali Soto, 1B

5) Felix Perez, LF

6) Denis Phipps, CF

7) Bill Rhinehart, RF

8) Brian Peacock, C

9) Chad Reineke, SP

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Felix Pie, RF

3) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

4) Terry Tiffee, 3B

5) Josh Kroeger, LF

6) Jose Yepez, C

7) Rusty Ryal, 2B

8) Brian Friday, SS

9) Jair Jurrjens, SP

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Seeking Series Split Tonight vs Norfolk

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

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

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

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

The 11Alive News will be hosting a live Olympic broadcast from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, so come to Coolray Field at 4:30 PM to be on live television. Give reaction to the events and participate in Olympic Trivia! Paid admission is required for participants. It will be Kids Eat Free Monday, with all kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, a bag of chips and a small soda.  Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Durham Bulls Batting Order:

1)  L.J. Hoes, LF

2) Xavier Avery, CF

3) Bill Hall, 2B

4) Joe Mahoney, 1B

5) Ronny Paulino, C

6) Luis Exposito, DH

7) Brandon Waring, 3B

8) Jamie Hoffman, RF

9) Blake Davis, SS

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jack Wilson, SS

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Terry Tiffee, DH

6) Josh Kroeger, LF

7) Jose Yepez, C

8) Ruben Gotay, 3B

9) Brian Friday, 2B

By: Tony Piraro

Pie Looks to Keep G-Braves Offense on His Back

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

8.8.12 GBraves Game Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

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

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

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

Attend the G-Braves game on Winning Wednesday for a chance to win big. If the G-Braves are victorious, everyone in attendance will receive a special discount on future game tickets, courtesy of Georgia Lottery. Baseball Bingo is back for the second time this year as the first 1,500 fans through the gates will be able to participate to win prizes. Motor over to Coolray Field for Bike Night, featuring a pre-game ride around the field and motorcycle vendors on the concourse. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Norfolk Tides Batting Order:

1) L.J. Hoes

2) Xavier Avery, CF

3) Ryan Adams, 2B

4) Ronny Paulino, DH

5) Bill Hall, 3B

6) Luis Exposito, C

7) Brandon Waring, 1B

8) Jaime Hoffmann, RF

9) Blake Davis, SS

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Josh Wilson, SS

4) Felix Pie, RF

3) Ernesto Mejia, DH

5) Stefan Gartrell, LF

6) Terry Tiffee, 3B

7) Josh Kroeger, 1B

8) Brian Friday, 2B

9) J.C. Boscan, C

By: Tony Piraro
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