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From Gwinnett to the Show: Pedro Ciriaco

Infielder Pedro Ciriaco batted .234 with a double, a home run and seven RBIs in 20 games for the Gwinnett Braves before his promotion to the Atlanta Braves on May 2.

Infielder Pedro Ciriaco batted .234 with a double, a home run and seven RBIs in 20 games for the Gwinnett Braves before his promotion to the Atlanta Braves on May 2. (Karl Moore)

Infielder Pedro Ciriaco nearly made the Atlanta Braves’ Opening Day roster out of Spring Training this season, but the April 5 trade that sent right-handed closer Craig Kimbrel to the San Diego Padres for center fielder Cameron Maybin bumped Ciriaco to the Gwinnett Braves.

He instead became the first player from the G-Braves’ Opening Day roster to get promoted to the Atlanta Braves in 2015. After he made several spectacular defensive plays at third base and shortstop to go with a .234 batting average (18-for-77), a double, a home run and seven RBIs, which tied for second-most on the team in April.

Atlanta called up the 29-year-old on May 2, and he has batted .214 (3-for-14) in 10 games with two starts.

“It’s going pretty good,” Ciriaco said of his experience with the Braves this season . “I’ve got the opportunity to be here, and I love it. We’ve got a good ballclub, and you just try to help them win games.”

Two of Ciriaco’s Major League hits this season have been as a pinch hitter (.333 pinch-hitting batting average) and each have gone for extra bases. His first hit of the year was a two-run double off of Washington Nationals’ right-handed starter Doug Fister on May 9 in an 8-6 road loss. He hit an eighth-inning triple in his next appearance May 13 against Cincinnati Reds’ right-handed starter Raisel Iglesias. Ciriaco came around to score the Braves’ only run of the game in a 5-1 defeat at Cincinnati.

(Taylor Botta)

Ciriaco played 13 games at third base and five at shortstop this season for Gwinnett. (Taylor Botta)

Ciriaco has spent parts of eight seasons in the Major Leagues with five different teams. He entered 2015 with a .270 career batting average in 188 MLB games. He said he has especially focused on how to be consistent at the big-league level after his latest callup.

“Every time I get a chance to play I try to play good defense…help our pitching staff out and try to win more games,” he said.

Ciriaco’s playing time has been limited in Atlanta compared to Gwinnett, where he played in 20 of Gwinnett’s first 21 games. It has been a change of pace, but it has also made him focus on every chance he gets at the plate or in the field.

“It’s a little bit different, but you just have to adjust and when you get the opportunity to play take advantage that I have here and continue to make things happen every chance I get to play,” he said.


First Place G-Braves Seeking Fifth Straight Win

4.13.12 GBraves Game Notes

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

Last night, the Gwinnett Braves opened their 2012 home schedule with a 7-1 win over the Durham Bulls in front of 4,699 fans at Coolray Field. Jose Constanza and J.C. Boscan each drove in two RBI apiece, while right-hander Julio Teheran logged five scoreless, three-hit innings to pick up his first victory as the G-Braves moved to 5-3 on the season.

The reigning IL Pitcher of the Year and 2011 Rookie of the Year, Teheran (1-0) lived up to the billing, working five innings of scoreless baseball. In addition to four strikeouts over five scoreless innings, the right-hander also picked off two base-runners from first. With his first win of the season, Teheran lowered his ERA from 16.20 to 4.05.

Gwinnett scored a run in the bottom of the first and never trailed in the contest. Luis Durango walked to lead-off the bottom half of the first, then advanced to second after stealing his fifth base of the young season. Following a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt by Jose Constanza to advance Durango to third base, Drew Sutton laced a single into right field to give Gwinnett an early 1-0 lead.

The G-Braves took full advantage of another lead-off walk that was issued by Bulls starting pitcher Jhonny Nunez in the fourth inning. After Ernesto Mejia reached base, Gwinnett followed with back-to-back singles by Joey Terdoslavich and Jordan Parraz to load the bases. Following a lineout by Josh Wilson, Boscan ripped a two-run single to give the G-Braves a 3-0 lead. The next batter, Durango, grounded into a fielder’s choice, adding another run to the G-Braves lead, 4-0, as they headed to the fifth inning.

Parraz led off the sixth inning with his second hit of the night, and Wilson followed with a base hit of his own. Following back-to-back strikeouts, Constanza drilled a ball into right-center for his second triple in two games, giving the G-Braves a 6-0 lead.

Starting Line-up for Durham (5-3, T-1st) vs Gwinnett (5-3, T-1st) on April 13 @ 7:05 p.m. from Coolray Field

Right-hander Eric Junge (0-1, 10.80) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves, while the Bulls counter with right-handed ace Chris Archer (1-0, 1.50). Friday the 13th’s game features a special appearance by Veggie Tales and Fox 5 Friday Fireworks following the action. Listen to the game on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Durham Bulls Batting Order:

1) Will Rhymes, 3B

2) Tim Beckham, SS

3) Brandon Guyer, RF

4) Matt Mangini, DH

5) Leslie Anderson, LF

6) Juan Miranda, 1B

7) Jesus Feliciano, CF

8) Nevin Ashley, C

9) Shawn O’Malley, 2B

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jose Constanza, LF

3) Drew Sutton, 2B

4) Stefan Gartrell, DH

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Christian Marrero, 1B

7) Jordan Parraz, RF

8) Josh Wilson, SS

9) J.C. Boscan, C

-Tony Piraro

Opening Night, Tommie Aaron Tribute and Starting Line-up’s

4.12.12 GBraves Game Notes

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

What a beautiful day for baseball? The weather may be a little chilly, but the second place G-Braves are sure to keep you warm. Prior to the first pitch of tonight’s game, which is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. local time, be sure to be inside Coolray Field to witness the re-retirement ceremony of Tommie Aaron.

The older brother of Hank Aaron had his No. 23 retired by the Richmond Braves when they were still stationed in Virginia. Tommie is actually the only Triple-A Brave to have his number retired in organizational history. However, once the Braves left Richmond in 2008, Aaron’s No. 23 was no longer honored.

Therefore, tonight from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, the Gwinnett Braves will honor the former legend by re-retiring the No. 23 before the G-Braves play host to the Durham Bulls.

Currently, the G-Braves are coming off a huge win in Norfolk on Wednesday afternoon to complete their sweep of the Orioles Triple-A affiliate. The Tides were actually leading Gwinnett by seven runs heading to the ninth inning when the G-Braves bats exploded. Gwinnett scored seven runs in their last at-bats to tie the game, then added a few more runs in extra innings to grab the victory, 14-12. With the win, the G-Braves move their record to 4-3 on the season, placing them in second place behind Durham.

Home Opener Starting Line-up for Thursday, April 12 from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia

Durham Bulls RHP: Jhonny Nunez (0-0, 2.75) vs G-Braves RHP: Julio Teheran (0-0, 16.20)

Durham Bulls Batting Order:

1. 2B, Will Rhymes

2. SS, Tim Beckham

3. RF, Jeff Salazar

4. 3B, Matt Mangini

5. DH, Leslie Anderson

6. 1B, Juan Miranda

7. CF, Jesus Feliciano

8. C, Nevin Ashley

9. LF, Kyle Hudson

G-Braves Batting Order:

1. CF, Luis Durango

2. LF, Jose Constanza

3. 2B, Drew Sutton

4. DH, Stefan Gartrell

5. 1B, Ernesto Mejia

6. 3B, Joey Terdoslavich

7. RF, Jordan Parraz

8. SS, Josh Wilson

9. C, J.C. Boscan

-Tony Piraro

Catching Up With The G-Braves Skipper, Dave Brundage

Brundage Pregame Interview for Thur 04-05-12

The G-Braves lost their first game of the regular season Thursday night, 4-3, after a hard fought extra-inning affair. The reigning International League South Division Champion Durham Bulls took an early 2-0 lead, but the G-Braves worked their way back into the game late.

The Tampa Bays Rays prized prospect Alex Cobb struck out eight Gwinnett hitters through five innings of work. He allowed one earned run off six hits and left the game in line for the win. 

For the G-Braves, Todd Redmond was nearly as sharp, working four innings of two-run (one earned) ball. The G-Braves righty struck out five Bulls through four innings, en route to the no decision.

Gwinnett tied the game in the eighth inning on a one-out double by Stefan Gartrell. Neither team would score again until the 12th inning. Gwinnett plated one in the top half of the frame, but Durham answered back with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning to grab the win, 4-3.

With the loss, the G-Braves move their 2012 record to 0-1, but will be looking for their first victory of the season Friday night when Erik Cordier (0-0, 0.00) takes the mound for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch from Durham, North Carolina.

The G-Braves loss Thursday night was their first-ever defeat on Opening Day since moving to Gwinnett from Richmond, VA in 2009.

If you missed Tony Schiavone and Judd Hickinbotham’s interview with the G-Braves manager Dave Brundage before Thursday’s game, have no fear, we have it here for your listening pleasure. Be sure to stay tuned to the G-Blog all season long for anything concerning the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

-Tony Piraro


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