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Evan Longoria at Coolray Field Thursday, Friday

Photo courtesy of Frank Mitman – Digital Photographic Imaging

One of the best players in Major League Baseball, Evan Longoria will be stopping by Coolray Field tonight and Friday for as part of the Tampa Bay Rays rehab assignment with the Durham Bulls. Thursday night, one of MLB’s best fielders and hitters will be opposing the Braves man of the hour, Randall Delgado. The G-Braves right-hander has been rumored in trade talks the last 48 hours, but will start amidst the rumors tonight for Gwinnett at 7:05 p.m. from Coolray Field.

For the season, prior to tearing his hamstring, the Gold Glove third baseman was batting .329 with four home runs, 19 RBI, 15 walks and 15 runs scored in 82 at-bats with the Rays. He was on pace to have another fantastic, all-star worthy season, as his three-year averages would suggest; .274 batting average, 29 home runs, 107 RBI, 75 walks, 10 stolen bases and 91 runs scored.

“Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was told Wednesday that, at this point, he likely cannot make his hamstring injury any worse at this point, so he will head to Durham to begin a minor-leaguie rehab assignment Thursday, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Manager Joe Maddon told reporters that Longoria would work as strictly as a designated hitter and will likely need just three to four games to get back in shape, though his return will depend on when Longoria feels ready,” CBS sports reports.

Photo courtesy of Frank Mitman – Digital Photographic Imaging

The Gwinnett Braves (47-59) and Durham Bulls (50-56) will play the third game of their four-game series at Coolray Field on Thursday night. The G-Braves will have right-hander Randall Delgado (0-1, 10.80) on the mound, while the Bulls counter with left-hander Cesar Ramos (3-2, 2.36) for a 7:05 PM scheduled first pitch. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

Kick off the weekend right with $3 food and drink specials, including special $3 berm seating all game long on $3 Thursday presented by Dave FM. 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

Drew Sutton Catching Some Rays With Tampa Bay

 

Former Gwinnett Brave second baseman Drew Sutton is now living it up in the big leagues after being traded by the Braves organization four days ago. Originally, Sutton was dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash. However, the Pirates didn’t hold onto him for very long, as the Buccos then shipped the switch hitter to Tampa Bay that same night. For the season, Sutton had the fourth highest batting average (.270) and was fourth on the G-Braves in hits (37) before parting ways from the Atlanta organization.

Rays manager Joe Maddon didn’t waiste anytime with Sutton’s skill-set. Tampa Bay not only sent Sutton straight to the big league club, but in his second game suiting up for the Rays Maddon started Drew Sutton at second base. The former G-Brave did not disappoint, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in his 2012 Major League debut. The following night against the Toronto Blue Jays, Sutton repeated his performance with another 2-for-4 game, alongside two RBI. On the season, Sutton is batting .500 with three RBI and a run scored for the Rays.

The switch hitter has done a great deal of traveling in the last five days, however it has been well worth it. After Cory Gearrin’s call-up to the big leagues with the Atlanta Braves, Sutton is just the second Gwinnett Brave this season to make an appearance in the Major League’s and he certainly won’t be the last. The first place G-Braves are boasting a wealth of talent and it’s only a matter of time before more Gwinnett players are ready for their ascension.

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Look To Keep Momentum Going Saturday

4.14.12 G-Braves Game Notes

(Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess)

Christian Marrero (pictured above) and the G-Braves are seeking their sixth straight win tonight, as they play host to the Durham Bulls. Marrero reached base four times last night and is presently second on the G-Braves in batting average (.360), hits (9), total bases (14), slugging percentage (.560), on-base percentage (.429) and OPS (1.691).

Currently, your G-Braves reside alone in first place of the IL South Division with a 6-3 record this season. The Bulls are right behind Gwinnett with a 5-4 mark, after losing two straight to the G-Braves at Coolray Field.

If you woke up late today, then you missed the American Cancer Society 5K/Family Fun Run that was being hosted here, at Coolray Field. If you missed the early morning festivities, be sure you’re at the park when the gates open at 6:00 p.m. tonight because there is a fleece blanket giveaway upon your entrance.

Gwinnett’s offense is really starting to heat up as of late. After a rousing 7-run comeback win in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game at Norfolk to complete their sweep of the Tides, the G-Braves have begun the season unbeaten (2-0) at home.

Since joining the team on Wednesday, Jose Constanza has been setting the International League on fire. He had the game-tying hit on Wednesday, alongside his three triples in three games thus far. Constanza is leading the team in most offensive categories, including his .455 batting average.

Luis Durango already has six stolen bases this season, as he leads his team with twice as many as the next player. Durango is also leading the team in total bases (16) and hits (13), alongside his stellar defense in centerfield.  

Starting Line-up for Durham (5-4, 2nd) vs Gwinnett (6-3, 1st) on Saturday, April 14 @ 7:05 p.m. from Coolray Field

Southpaw Yohan Flande (0-0, 0.00) will make his second start for the G-Braves this season, as he will oppose the Bulls righty Matt Torra (1-0, 4.76).

Durham Bulls Batting Order:

1) Will Rhymes, 2B

2) Tim Beckham, SS

3) Brandon Guyer, LF

4) Matt Mangini, 1B

5) Leslie Anderson, DH

6) Jeff Salazar, RF

7) Shawn O’Malley, 3B

8) Craig Alberanz, C

9) Kyle Hudson, CF

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jose Constanza, LF

3) Drew Sutton, 2B

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

6) Christian Marrero, DH 

7) Jordan Parraz, RF

8) Josh Wilson, SS

9) Jose Yepez, C

-Tony Piraro

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

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