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G-Braves Begin Final Series of First Half Tonight

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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.

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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.

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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 Look to Continue Their Roll Tuesday

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7.3.12 G-Braves Game Notes

The Gwinnett Braves won their second thriller in as many nights with a 3-2 victory over the Charlotte Knights in 12 innings on Monday night at Coolray Field. Tyler Pastornicky’s fielder’s choice to short scored Luis Durango from third base for the game-winning run. Before Monday, the G-Braves had not won back-to-back games on separate days since May 28 and 29.

Durango led off the 12th inning with a single up the middle off Charlotte reliever Gregory Infante (L, 4-1). Jose Constanza sacrificed Durango to second, putting the winning run in scoring position. Following a wild pitch from Infante that advanced Durango to third base, Pastornicky smacked a high chopper that drawn-in shortstop Ozzie Martinez couldn’t get out of his glove in time for a play at the plate. Durango scored easily, giving the G-Braves the win and sending the rest of the team in a chase around the diamond to greet Pastornicky.

Pastornicky’s game-winning RBI capped a 3-for-6 game that included his 14th double of the year and one RBI. He’s the ninth-different Gwinnett hitter to drive in the game-winning run in the club’s 10th last at-bat win of the season.

Yohan Flande was masterful over a season-high 8.0 innings in the start.The southpaw left the game with the no decision, but pitched well enough to win as he surrendered just two runs, one earned on four hits. His lone mistake of the evening came in the fourth inning when he allowed Dan Johnson to smash his 21st home run of the season. Flande walked none and struck out three, throwing 108 pitches, 69 for strikes.

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

The Gwinnett Braves (39-47) play the final game of the four-game series against the Charlotte Knights (49-37) on Tuesday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Right-hander Julio Teheran (5-5, 4.50) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves against Charlotte left-hander Charlie Leesman (7-6, 2.45). 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) 

Tuesday night is another “2 for 1 Tuesday” at Coolray Field. Visit www.gwinnettbraves.com/Tuesday to print your coupon. Some seating level restrictions apply (limit 6 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.

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Charlotte Knights Batting Order:

1) Tyler Kuhn, LF

2) Drew Garcia, 2B

3) Dan Johnson, 1B

4) Hector Gimenez, DH

5) Josh Phegley, C

6) Jim Gallagher, RF

7) Ray Olmedo, 3B

8) Ozzie Martinez, SS

9) Justin Greene, CF

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jose Constanza, LF

3) Tyler Pastornicky, 2B

4) Felix Pie, RF

5) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

6) Stefan Gartrell, LF

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) Ruben Gotay, 3B

9) J.C. Boscan, C

By: Tony Piraro

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.

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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.

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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

Felix Pie, G-Braves Snap 15-Game Skid

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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:

http://gwinnett.braves.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120701&content_id=34304062&vkey=news_t431&fext=.jsp&sid=t431

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.

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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

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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

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

G-Braves Swept by Indianapolis, 4-2

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LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. – A two-out, two-run double by Indianapolis right fielder Brandon Boggs led the Indians to a 4-2 win and a series sweep over the Gwinnett Braves on Thursday afternoon at Coolray Field. Todd Redmond made the start for Gwinnett after being optioned to the club from Atlanta earlier in the day and suffered the loss with four earned runs over 6.0 innings.

Ruben Gotay led the G-Braves with a 2-for-4 effort including a game-tying two-run home run, his first of the season, in the fourth inning. However, Boggs snapped the 2-2 tie two innings later, lofting a double just inside the right-field line to plate Starling Marte and Jeff Larish for the game-winning runs.

The G-Braves (37-38), losers of 18 of their last 23 games, drop under the .500 mark for the first time since the club was 2-3 on April 9. Gwinnett falls to a season-worst 5.5 games behind Charlotte for first place in the International League South Division. The Knights (42-32) play Columbus at 7:15 PM Thursday night.

Brian Friday started the offense for Indianapolis, leading off the third inning with a double. After he was advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt by his pitcher Rudy Owens, Friday was then driven home on a Gorkys Hernandez groundout to give the Indians an early 1-0 lead. That lead grew to 2-0 an inning later as Marte and Larish laced back-to-back doubles to produce a run.

Ernesto Mejia doubled to lead off the fourth inning for Gwinnett, his second of two hits on the day. Following a Stefan Gartrell strikeout, Gotay followed with a two-run shot down the left field line that just made it over the fence in fair territory. The game-tying blast was Gotay’s first home run since August 7, 2011 with Gwinnett against Charlotte.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

Redmond (L, 6-5) couldn’t keep the game tied, however. The right-hander allowed four runs on six hits, walked two and struck out nine in his first outing since a four-day stint with the Atlanta Braves. He threw 104 pitches, 66 for strikes over 6.0 innings. RelieversCory Gearrin and Dusty Hughes worked the rest of the game for Gwinnett, combining to allow a hit while striking out four over 3.0 scoreless innings.

Owens (W, 6-2) was very efficient for the Indians, using just 89 pitches to get through 6.0 innings of two-run baseball. The left-hander allowed those two runs on six hits and struck out four, while walking just one hitter en route to the victory. Evan Meek and Bryan Morris each worked scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth innings. Closer Tim Wood (S, 8) shut the door in the ninth inning for the Indians as he struck out one and yielded one hit in his scoreless inning.

Gotay (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs) and Mejia (2-for-5, double, run) had the only multi-hit games for the G-Braves. Boggs finished 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for the Indians.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

The Gwinnett Braves get back on the road for an eight-game road trip that will begin on Friday night at Syracuse, first pitch against the Chiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium scheduled for 7:00 PM. The G-Braves are expected to start left-hander Yohan Flande (3-5, 3.95), while the Chiefs will counter with right-hander Tanner Roark (3-9, 5.74). The game will be broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

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

Redmond Returns to Gwinnett, Set for Start Today

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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

Good Afternoon From Coolray Field

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Today 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. 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.

Gwinnett has lost 16 of their last 21 contests and now is looking at a .500 record (37-37) for the first time this season. After being a season-high 12 games over the .500 mark through the month of May, the G-Braves reign has come to an end. Gwinnett was in first place of the International League South Division for 55 days before the Charlotte Knights overtook them two weeks ago. The Chicago White Sox Triple-A affiliate has been on a tear as of late, boosting their lead to 5.0 games ahead of Gwinnett. The G-Braves are also trailing the Lehigh Valley IronPigs by 5.5 games for the lone wild card spot in the IL.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

No matter what the case may be for the G-Braves recent struggles, it’s still June. The season has just reached the halfway point and now it’s all down hill for the G-Braves and the International League. With 68 games remaining in the regular season, there is still plenty of time for Gwinnett to catch up to the frontrunner.

Currently the G-Braves are on a five-game losing streak that includes three straight losses to the IL West leading Indianapolis Indians (42-29). The Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate is clearly the most entertaining and fundamentally sound ball club to enter Coolray Field this season. I have not been impressed by a team, more than the Indians this season. However, Wally Backman’s bunch from Buffalo was a close second for how well-coached the Bisons are in 2012.

Regardless, the G-Braves still have 10 games remaining with the first place Charlotte Knights this season, so panic is nowhere near setting in. Today the G-Braves host the Indians in the final game of Gwinnett’s nine-game homestand, then its onto the road once again for an eight-game road trip against Scranton (New York Yankees) and Syracuse (Washington) before heading back to Coolray Field for six consecutive games against the IL South leading Knights. The G-Braves destiny is definitely in their own hands this campaign, only they can determine how far this team will go. Stay tuned to The G-Blog.

By: Tony Piraro

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