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Zawadzki’s Walk-off Completes Miracle Comeback

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

16 hours after one of the most improbable comeback’s in Gwinnett Braves history, shock and disbelief is still surrounding Coolray Field. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs were up 8-0 at one point in the game on Memorial Day and led the G-Braves 8-3 heading to the bottom of the ninth inning. There is no way a Ryne Sandberg led ‘Pigs team would ever blow a five-run lead with just three outs remaining, right? Well, Lance Zawadzki emphatically disagreed with that question, as he blasted a two-out, three-run walk-off home run for the G-Braves 31st victory of the season.

Ernesto Mejia doubled in Christian Marrero for the first run of the ninth inning, and Joey Terdoslavich added an RBI single scoring Stefan Gartrell. Then Jose Yepez singled through the left side of the diamond to score Mejia, cutting the deficit to two. With Gwinnett trailing 8-6 and down to their last out, the table was set for Zawadzki. The second baseman belted a 0-1 pitch from IronPigs’ reliever Michael Schwimer onto the right-field berm for his first home run of the season, capping the six-run comeback and giving the G-Braves their fifth walk-off win of the season.

Zawadzki finished 3-for-5 with five RBIs on the night, the most by a G-Brave in a single game this season. His home run, along with a two-run single in the sixth, helped Gwinnett match their largest come-from-behind victory of the season. The club also rallied from an eight-run deficit to beat Norfolk, 14-12 in 11 innings, on April 11 in Norfolk, VA. Marrero also belted a pinch-hit solo home run off Lehigh Valley starter Dave Bush to help the G-Braves get rolling in the sixth.

The six-run scoring barrage wasn’t even the biggest comeback of the season for the G-Braves in their final at-bat. Just days into the 2012 season, Gwinnett found themselves down seven runs entering the ninth inning on April 11, in Norfolk. Somehow, the visiting G-Braves scored seven runs as Jose Constanza delivered the game-tying hit in the ninth alongside the game-winning hit in the 12th inning.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Five Gwinnett Braves have recorded a walk-off winner this season, all different players:

Drew Sutton roped an extra inning, game-winning double against Norfolk in the early part of the season for the G-Braves first of five walk-off winners.

Stefan Gartrell blasted a walk-off home run against Buffalo in the 12th inning for the first win of the season for Gwinnett against Wally Backman’s Bisons’.

The very next game Luis Durango stole the show as he roped a two-out RBI single that defeated Toledo in the first game of a doubleheader from Coolray Field.

Later in the series against Toledo, in which the G-Braves won four of the five games against the Mud Hens, Jose Yepez lifted a sacrifice fly ball that scored the game-winning run from third base in the first game of the second doubleheader in the series.

And now, all the attention surrounds G-Braves’ newcomer Zawadzki who finished 3-for-5 with five RBIs on the night, the most by a G-Brave in a single game this season. His home run, along with a two-run single in the sixth, helped Gwinnett match their largest come-from-behind victory of the season and left the people of Gwinnett county in a frenzy. Marrero also belted a pinch-hit solo home run off Lehigh Valley starter Dave Bush to help the G-Braves get rolling in the sixth. It was the G-Braves first pinch-hit home run of the 2012 season.

The International League South-leading G-Braves (31-20) continue their 10-game homestand with the second of four games against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (28-23) on Tuesday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Left-hander Yohan Flande (1-3, 3.97) is slated to start for Gwinnett against Lehigh Valley left-hander Pat Misch (3-6, 5.44). The game will be broadcast on radio on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

By: Tony Piraro

Wednesday’s Post-Game Interview With Tim Hudson

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

Tim Hudson was brilliant for the G-Braves in his Major League rehab assignment on Wednesday night from Coolray Field. The Atlanta Braves ace worked five innings, where he allowed just one unearned run on two hits, while he yielded three walks and struck out four hitters. At one point in the game, Hudson retired 13 consecutive Norfolk hitters en route to his first Triple-A victory of the season.

Hudson started the game off by loading the bases before recording the first out of the night. However, after a 1-2-3 double play, the righty seemed to settle in.

“I seemed to get into a groove following the first inning. I started locating a lot better and started getting better action with my sinker,” said Hudson. “J.C. (Boscan) called a great game. We have always worked well together.”

Following a leadoff triple to Xavier Avery and back-to-back walks, Hudson retired the next 13 batters he faced.

“I got a little shell-shocked with the leadoff triple on the second pitch of the game. But I was able to get the double play, so I got a little lucky right there. That is what you’re looking for in that situation when you have the bases loaded and nobody out. It was a step in the right direction. I don’t feel like I’m quite ready to go, but it was a positive step in the right direction,” said Hudson. “I feel good where I’m at physically. It’s more about executing pitches and figuring out a better way to get big league hitters out.”

Hudson on how he is feeling right now in his rehab process:

“I was able to get ahead (in the count) earlier, especially after that first inning. That triple and couple walks got me in a hole. For the most part, I was able to get ahead of some hitters. I got some swings and misses. I felt pretty good throwing some breaking stuff for strikes and I was able to throw some pretty good curveballs. I feel good where I am with most of my pitches. This is something to build from for the next time out and I can improve from here.”

The consistent right-hander is eager to get back with his teammates in Atlanta, but Hudson knows he still needs work.

“I always want to help the team win as much as I can. Obviously, where you’re on the DL (disabled list) you’re not doing much of anything except being a cheerleader when you’re in the dugout which is okay, but I love being out there,” said the veteran. “I’m a baseball player. I’m a big league pitcher. When I’m not out there pitching, I’m usually not in a good place, but it’s going to be nice to get back out there and help the team win.We (Atlanta) are playing some pretty good baseball right now and I want to be a part of it.”

Hudson on his current velocity:

“I’m a little down from where I want to be. I was mostly in the 89-90 (mph) range most of the night. That’s where I’ve been for the most part. I like to be sitting more on 90 mph and hitting 91-92 more, but I feel that will come once I get my volume of throws up, go deeper into games and get a little more work on the side, a little long-toss and it will improve.”

The Braves ace on pitching for Triple-A and how he is currently still in spring training mode:

“You don’t want to go out there and get embarrassed. Spring training is a little different because everybody is in spring training. These kids are trying to win ballgames,” said Hudson. “Some of them (G-Braves) are pretty locked in right now. They’ve been hitting for two months now so they’re not in spring training mode. From a sharpness standpoint, I’m still trying to fine tune some things to get big league hitters out. It’s on its way.”

Tim Hudson on Coolray Field:

“This is a great place, it’s an awesome facility. These kids are spoiled around here,” Hudson joked. “You have to give them some incentive to get to the big leagues, it’s too nice.”

Hudson is scheduled to make his next start for the Gwinnett Braves on Tuesday against the Charlotte Knights at Coolray Field.

-Tony Piraro

G-Braves Starting Line-Up For Wednesday’s Game

(Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden)

Tim Hudson will be making the start for the Gwinnett Braves tonight against the Norfolk Tides. It will be a 7:05 p.m. first pitch from Coolray Field on a “Winning Wednesday” presented by the Georgia Lottery. The Atlanta Braves ace is currently 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in two rehab starts with Single-A Rome thus far this spring.

Last night, Julio Teheran (W, 2-0) was masterful as he worked five and two-third scoreless innings en route to the shutout victory for the Gwinnett Braves, defeating Norfolk 6-0. Teheran allowed no runs on two hits and struck out a season-high seven batters, while walking two. Jose Yepez broke open a scoreless game with a bases-loaded three-run double in the fourth inning, finishing 2-for-3 for the first-place G-Braves.

Starting Line-up: Norfolk (5-8, 4th) vs Gwinnett (9-4, 1st) – Wednesday, April 18 @ 7:05 p.m. from Coolray Field

Tim Hudson (0-0, 0.00) will be making his third rehab start of the spring and first with the G-Braves. The Braves ace will be opposing Norfolk southpaw Dana Eveland (1-0, 2.84). The G-Braves are looking to remain unbeaten against the Tides thus far in 2012. Gwinnett has already won the first two games of the current series and swept the Tides last week in Norfolk.

Norfolk Tides Batting Order:

1) Xavier Avery, CF

2) Matt Antonelli, 3B

3) Ryan Adams, 2B

4) Jamie Hoffman, LF

5) Joe Mahoney, 1B

6) Scott Beerer, DH

7) Jai Miller, RF

8) Chris Robinson, C

9) Steve Tolleson, SS

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Drew Sutton, 2B

3) Stefan Gartrell, LF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Jordan Parraz, RF

7) Christian Marrero, DH

8) Josh Wilson, SS

9) J.C. Boscan, C

-Tony Piraro

Tim Hudson Expected To Start For Gwinnett Braves Wednesday

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. – The ace of the Atlanta Braves staff, Tim Hudson, is expected to make a rehab start for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves on Wednesday against the Norfolk Tides. It will be a 7:05 p.m. first pitch from Coolray Field on a “Winning Wednesday” presented by the Georgia Lottery. Tickets are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office and by calling (678) 277-0340.

Hudson has already made two rehab starts with the Single-A Rome Braves this season. The right-hander is 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA through seven innings of work. The Braves ace has struck out just one batter this spring, but will look to improve upon that in his third rehab start on Wednesday night.

The Columbus, Georgia native is a career 181-97 with a 3.40 ERA in 378 Major League games, including 89-58 with a 3.57 ERA in 195 games for the Atlanta Braves. He has rehabbed with Gwinnett once before, going 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in four starts in 2009. Tim Hudson, 36, underwent back surgery in November and is currently on the 15-day disabled list for the Braves.

Wednesday night will be the first Georgia Lottery “Winning Wednesday” of the 2012 season. Scratch-off tickets will be given away throughout the night, courtesy of Georgia Lottery. If the G-Braves are victorious, everyone in attendance will receive a special discount offer on future game tickets.

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

-Tony Piraro

G-Braves Look To Start New Streak Monday

4.16.12 G-Braves Game Notes

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

The first place G-Braves (7-4) couldn’t complete the four-game sweep of second place Durham (6-5) on Sunday afternoon. With the loss to the Bulls, the G-Braves snapped their season-high six-game win streak as well. However, Gwinnett will be looking to start a new streak on Monday against another division foe in the form of the Baltimore Orioles Triple-A affiliate. Last week the G-Braves swept the Tides in Norfolk, including an incredible seven-run ninth inning comeback for the sweep last Wednesday.

Todd Redmond took the tough loss (1-1) Sunday after allowing just two runs (one earned), both coming in the fifth inning. Nevertheless, the G-Braves were able to still win the series against an impressive Bulls team. Last season, Durham won the International League South Division

Starting Line-up: Norfolk (5-6, 3rd) vs Gwinnett (7-4, 1st) – Monday, April 16 @ 7:05 p.m. from Coolray Field

G-Braves Righty Erik Cordier (0-0, 6.75) will be making his third start of the season, as he will oppose Norfolk right-hander Brad Bergesen (0-1, 8.68).

Norfolk Tides Batting Order:

1) Xavier Avery, CF

2) Steve Tolleson, SS

3) Ryan Adams, DH

4) Josh Bell, 3B

5) Jamie Hoffman, LF

6) Joe Mahoney, 1B

7) Jai Miller, RF

8) Chris Robinson, C

9) Matt Antonelli, 2B

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jose Constanza, LF

3) Drew Sutton, 3B

4) Stefan Gartrell, RF

5) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

6) Joey Terdoslavich, DH

7) Josh Wilson, 2B

8) Greg Paiml, SS

9) J.C. Boscan, C

-Tony Piraro


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