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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

2 For 1 Tuesday as G-Braves Host Orioles Affiliate

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

8.7.12 GBraves Game Notes

The Norfolk Tides scored five runs after the fifth inning to take the opener of a four-game series, 7-4 over the Gwinnett Braves on Monday night at Coolray Field. Randall Delgado allowed three runs over 5.2 innings in the losing effort for Gwinnett, while Norfolk starter Dana Eveland yielded only two unearned runs over 6.0 innings for the victory.

With the loss, Gwinnett’s first in eight meetings with Norfolk this season, the G-Braves find themselves 7.0 games behind the Tides for second place in the International League South Division.

Gwinnett opened the scoring with two runs in the first inning against Eveland. Luis Durango and Jack Wilson led off with back-to-back singles, and both took off on a double steal attempt. Wilson was caught at second but ruled safe as Tides’ second baseman Ryan Adams was charged with a missed catch error. Both runners advanced into scoring position on the play, though neither was credited with a steal. Stefan Gartrell grounded out to score Durango for the first run, and the G-Braves boosted their lead to 2-0 on another double steal attempt. Jose Yepez was caught stealing second base, but stayed in the rundown long enough for Wilson to cross the plate.

Norfolk responded to tie the game in the third inning. Brandon Waring doubled to lead off the inning against Delgado, and Jamie Hoffman connected on a two-run homer to deep left field to even the score at 2-2.

The Tides took the lead in the sixth inning as the first three hitters reached to load the bases. Delgado forced Luis Exposito into a double play, but L.J. Hoes scored as a result, giving Norfolk a 3-2 lead. Billy Bullock relieved Delgado with two outs in the inning and loaded the bases again with a walk, but struck out Blake Davis to end the threat.

Bullock would not be as fortunate the next inning, allowing two runs on three hits. Adams and hoes each reached on one-out singles and an RBI double by Joe Mahoney and sacrifice fly by Ronny Paulino raised the lead to 5-2. Buddy Carlyle came on in relief of Bullock and worked 1.2 scoreless innings, holding the deficit at three. Peter Moylan appeared for the G-Braves in the ninth and gave up two more runs to the Tides. Adams and Hoes again singled to start the inning, and a fielder’s choice by Paulino and single by Exposito drove them each in to make it 7-2.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

Tuesday, August 7th G-Braves Starting Line-up from Coolray Field:

The Gwinnett Braves (52-65) play game two of the four-game series against the Norfolk Tides (59-58) on Tuesday evening at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Left-hander Yohan Flande (5-8, 3.96) is slated to start for the G-Braves, while the Tides counter with right-hander Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.63). 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) 

Save up to 50% off tickets on 2 For 1 Tuesday by visiting GwinnettBraves.com/Tuesday. Print your coupon from home and present it at the Box Office to redeem. 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 Chris Roughgarden

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 Hoffmann, RF

9) Blake Davis, SS

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Jose Constanza, CF

2) Jack Wilson, DH

3) Felix Pie, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Stefan Gartrell, DH

6) Terry Tiffee, 3B

7) Josh Kroeger, LF

8) Rusty Ryal, 2B

9) J.C. Boscan, C

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Begin Eight-Game Homestand Tonight

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

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.

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.

Durham Bulls Batting Order:

1) Xavier Avery, CF

2) Ryan Adams, 2B

3) L.J. Hoes, LF

4) Joe Mahoney, 1B

5) Ronny Paulino, DH

6) Luis Exposito, C

7) Brandon Waring, 3B

8) Jamie Hoffman, RF

9) Blake Davis, SS

G-Braves Batting Order:

1) Luis Durango, CF

2) Jack Wilson, DH

3) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

4) Stefan Gartrell, LF

5) Jose Yepez, C

6) Josh Wilson, 2B

7) Josh Kroeger, RF

8) Rusty Ryal, LF

9) Brian Friday, 3B

By: Tony Piraro

Be on The 11Alive News Olympic Coverage Today

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. – From 5 to 6 PM today, August 6, Gwinnett Braves fans are invited to participate in 11Alive’s live coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games at Coolray Field. Olympic Trivia, reaction to the events and a contest for the most creative poster that has an Olympic and 11Alive theme will all be opportunities for G-Braves fans to win prizes and be on live TV!

Participation in the live broadcast requires a ticket for tonight’s 7:05 PM game against Norfolk.

The crowd will starts forming at 4:30 PM, so make sure to be at Coolray Field early.

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.

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.

For more details on 11Alive’s 2012 Olympic coverage, visit 11alive.com.

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Homestand Highlights: August 6-13

The Gwinnett Braves return home to Coolray Field for an eight-game homestand that will begin on Monday, August 6 and conclude on Monday, August 13. The G-Braves will host the International League South’s second place club, the Norfolk Tides (August 6-9) for the first four games, then will welcome former G-BraveTodd Redmond back to town with his new team, the Louisville Bats (August 10-13) for a four-game series.

Gwinnett outfielder Stefan Gartrell is on fire at the plate, having hit .395 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in July. His steady teammate and 2012 All-Star Ernesto Mejia leads the team in most offensive categories including home runs (22) and RBIs (75). Jose Constanza and his IL-best .324 batting average is back with Gwinnett after a brief call-up to Atlanta. Constanza broke the Gwinnett Braves franchise record with a 22-game hitting streak the last time he was in Lawrenceville. Gwinnett’s starting rotation hasn’t looked more dominant than it has lately with the added presence of Randall Delgado, who is coming off a 10-strikeout win against the IL South leading Charlotte Knights. Atlanta’s first round pick from 2011, left-hander Sean Gilmartin made his Triple-A debut with Gwinnett on the road trip and is currently slated to make his home debut on Friday, August 10 vs. Louisville.

The upcoming homestand features plenty of discounts and activities, including “Bike Night” on August 8, WAGA Fox 5 Friday Fireworks and “Beach Night” on August 10 and “Outdoor Night” featuring a Tailgate Stool giveaway sponsored by Charter Business and Telemundo on August 11.

Here’s a look at the homestand:

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Monday, August 6
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
National Anthem performed by: Breanna Smith
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.
  • 11Alive Olympic Broadcast – 11Alive will be hosting a live Olympic broadcast from 5 to 6 PM. Come at 4:30 PM and have a chance to be on live TV, giving reaction to the events and even participating in Olympic Trivia! Paid admission is required for participants.

Tuesday, August 7
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM
National Anthem performed by: Natalie Francingues
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!

Wednesday, August 8
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM

      National Anthem performed by: Hayley Oliver
      Presenting Sponsors: Save-A-Lot
      • Winning Wednesday – Attend our Wednesday game for a chance to win big. If the G-Braves are victorious, everyone in attendance will receive a special discount offer on future game tickets presented by Georgia Lottery.
      • Baseball Bingo – The first 1,500 fans through the gates will be able to participate to win prizes.
      • Bike Night – Motor on over to Coolray Field for a pre-game ride around the field and enjoy the motorcycle vendors on the concourse. All participants in the ride around the field must have an Infield Box ticket. Please call 678-277-0350 for more details.

Thursday, August 9
Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM

        National Anthem performed by: Destiny Roberts
        Presenting Sponsors: Tyson® Any’Tizers® Snacks
        • $3 Thursday – Kick-off the weekend right with $3 food and drink specials all game long. All general admission berm seating is also just $3 on Thursdays.

Friday, August 10
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM

          Presenting Sponsors: 12Stone Church
          • Beach Night – Put on your hula skirts and coconuts to join us for Beach Night. The Gwinnett Braves will get tropical with beachy music, movie clips and plenty of fun music to keep you dancing all game.
          • Fox 5 Friday Fireworks – Join us for a spectacular fireworks display that will light up the sky immediately following the G-Braves game.

Saturday, August 11
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM

            National Anthem performed by: Charter Business
            Presenting Sponsors: Charter Business & Telemundo
            • Outdoor Night/Family Campout – Join the G-Braves for Outdoors Night, as we welcome families to campout on the field after the game. Call the Group Sales office (678) 277-0340 for more details. All participants must fill out a form.
            • Tailgate Stool Giveaway – First 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a G-Braves tailgate stool.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

Sunday, August 12
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 5:05 PM

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

Monday, August 13
Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) vs. Gwinnett Braves, 7:05 PM

                • 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.

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

Trade Deadline Passes, Delgado Dominant in Win

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

FORT MILL, SC. – After two starts at Gwinnett since being optioned from Atlanta on July 15, there was still reason to be concerned about young Randall Delgado. Those fears were put to rest Tuesday afternoon at Knights Stadium, as the right-hander dominantly pitched the G-Braves to a 7-2 win over the Charlotte Knights in the four-game series finale.

Delgado (W, 2-1) worked six strong innings for his second straight win, as he scattered five hits while giving up one earned run and one walk. Delgado also struck out 10 batters, including seven of the last 11 men he faced on Tuesday. The 10 strikeouts were two behind his career-high of 12 while with Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League of May, 2009.

The Knights jumped on Delgado early as Drew Garcia poked a one-out infield single in the bottom of the first, moved to second on a single to right by Brent Morel and scored on a single by Dan Johnson. The Knights were up 1-0 after one inning, but that would be the only run Delgado would surrender in the game.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

The G-Braves took the lead in the top of the third off former Parkview High School star Anthony Carter. With one out, Brian Friday singled to left and moved to second on a groundout by J.C. Boscan. With two outs, Felix Pie singled to center scoring Friday from second to tie the game, 1-1. Pie then scored from first on a double to left by Josh Wilsonfor a 2-1 G-Braves lead.

Gwinnett padded the lead in the top of the fifth off reliever Brandon Kloess, when Boscan drew a two out walk, stole second base and scored on a single to center by Wilson, giving the G-Braves a 3-1 advantage.

Andy Russell relieved Delgado in the bottom of the seventh and allowed the Knights only other run. Former No. 1 pick of the Chicago White Sox, Jared Mitchell greeted Russell with a single to left, and then took third when Russell’s pick-off attempt shot past Gwinnett first baseman Terry Tiffee. Tyler Saladino plated Mitchell from third with a groundout to first, cutting the Gwinnett lead, 3-2.

In the top of the ninth however, the G-Braves put the game away. Reliever Donnie Veal walked Josh Kroeger and Ruben Gotay with one out, as he gave way to Daniel Moskos from the bullpen. Moskos walked Friday to load the bases, then allowed Kroeger to score from third on a wild pitch, amping the lead to 4-2. Pie then drove in both Gotay and Friday with a single to center, boosting the lead to 6-2. A wild pitch moved Pie to third and an infield single by Wilson plated him with the seventh and final run of the game.

Carter (L, 2-5) worked two innings of relief for the loss giving up four hits and two earned runs. He stuck out one. Brian Bruney, pitching on a rehab assignment from the White Sox started the game and worked the first inning only with one hit and one strikeout. Kloess pitched 1.2 innings with two hits, one earned run, two walks and one strikeout. Former Gwinnett pitcher Deunte Heath worked 2.0 scoreless innings with one walk and three strikeouts. Veal was credited with 1.2 innings pitched, one hit, two earned runs, two walks and one strikeout. Moskos gave up two hits and one earned run and one walk and had one strikeout in 0.2 innings pitched.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hamby

The G-Braves (51-61) and Knights (63-49) finish their 22-game schedule against one another with a season split, 11 wins each.

Russell worked the seventh with one hit and one earned run and Dusty Hughes worked a scoreless eighth with one strikeout. Anthony Varvaro closed the game out with a scoreless ninth, allowing one walk, alongside three strikeouts.

Pie and Wilson paced Gwinnett with three hits and three RBIs each and Stefan Gartrellwent 1-for-4 to increase his hitting streak to 11 games.

After an off day on Wednesday, the G-Braves open a four-game series in Durham, North Carolina against the Bulls. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Thursday night, asYohan Flande (5-7, 4.17) will start for Gwinnett against the Bulls TBA (0-0, 0.00). Listen to the broadcast on AM 550/FM 102.9 WDUN in Gainesville, Georgia 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 Sciavone & Tony Piraro

Trade: Braves Deal Chapman, Vizcaino to Cubs

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

The Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs have announced that the two clubs have completed a four-player trade, as of Monday, July 30. The Braves acquire left-handed pitcher Paul Maholm, outfielder Reed Johnson and cash considerationsfrom the Cubs in exchange for right-handed pitchers Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman.

Vizcaino, 21, appeared in 17 career Major League games, and in 2011 went 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA. He has the No. 1 arm in the organization and was ranked the Braves No. 2 overall prospect after successful Tommy John surgery this season, according to Baseball America.  The right-hander possesses a 19-15 record alongside a 2.91 ERA over four minor league seasons with Atlanta. Over his career, Vizcaino has struck out an impressive 279 hitters in 268.2 innings of work. He was acquired by the Braves originally, alongside Melky Cabrera through a trade with the New York Yankees that involved Javier Vazquez in December of 2009.

Given Vizcaino’s track record, he is going to be a special player. However, the loss of Chapman creates a void within the organization as Chappy was not only a unique talent, but a special person more importantly. The right-handed reliever was one of the nicest and classiest people you will come across in this game. The Alabama alum would do anything for anyone, and that included any player appearances or opportunities to give back to the fans, community or kids.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

Chapman was not only a solid piece to the G-Braves bullpen, alongside one of the best change-up’s in the organization, but he is a great person that will be dearly missed. Players with Chapman’s talent come around here and again, but a player with his attitude doesn’t exist in today’s game. The righty owns a career record of 17-22 with a 3.95 ERA, as he was signed by Atlanta after the Braves originally drafted him in the 16th round of the 2006 MLB Draft.

The 30-year old Maholm is 9-6 this season with a 3.74 ERA in 120.1 innings of work for Chicago. He has made 21 appearances this year, 20 for starts. He is currently 5-0 with a 1.00 ERA over his last seven starts with the Cubs, retaining a 7-0 record in those games. The southpaw owns a career Major League record of 62-79 with a 4.30 ERA in just over eight professional seasons. Maholm was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first round of the 2003 MLB Draft out of Mississippi State University.  He is signed through the 2012 season with a club option for 2013.

By: Tony Piraro

Gilmartin Quality in Debut, Grabs Tough Loss

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

FORT MILL, SC. – The Charlotte Knights squeezed past the Gwinnett Braves for the second straight game at Knights’ Stadium with a 4-3 win in game three of the four-game series. It was also the Triple-A debut of Braves left-hander Sean Gilmartin, and the Atlanta Braves No. 1 pick in the 2011 MLB Draft did not disappoint despite being tagged with the loss.

The Knights struck for two runs in the bottom of the first off Gilmartin, as Drew Garcia worked a one-out walk and moved to second on an infield single by Brent Morel. Garcia moved to third and then the red-hot hitting Connor Jackson followed with a double down the third base line scoring both Garcia and Johnson.

The Knight maintained the 2-0 lead until the bottom of the fifth. Tyler Saladino, playing in his first Triple-A game, led off the inning with an infield single and moved to second on a bunt single by Tyler Kuhn. On the play, Saladino broke for third, but the G-Braves first baseman Ernesto Mejia threw the ball away, enabling Saladino to score making it 3-0 and moving Kuhn to third. Kuhn then scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Garcia for a 4-0 Charlotte lead.

The top draft choice walked the next batter, Morel, but that would be the last baserunner he would allow, as he retired the last eight batters he faced. Gilmartin (L, 0-1) was credited with a quality start in his first G-Braves appearance. He worked 7.0 innings, with five hits, three earned runs, three walks and four strikeouts.

In the top of the eighth, against reliever Jhan Carlos Marinez, Josh Wilson led off with a single, then with two outs Stefan Gartrell (17) crushed a two-run homer to deep left cutting the Knights lead to 4-2.

Newly acquired infielder Brian Friday (1) hit his first carrer home run with Gwinnett, a solo shot, cutting the lead to 4-3 in the ninth. However, that would be the lone run the G-Braves would score against Charlotte reliever Brian Omogrosso. Omogrosso (S, 4) worked the ninth with one hit, one earned run and one strikeout, earning his fourth save of the season.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

Buddy Carlyle pitched a scoreless eighth inning with two hits, one walk and two strikeouts.

Charlie Shirek (W, 10-4) continued his dominance of the G-Braves. He worked 6.0 scoreless innings with six hits, one walk and four strikeouts. This season against Gwinnett, Shirek is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.38 in three starts and one relief appearance. Marinez went 2.0 innings with three hits and two earned runs, as he walked one and struck out two.

Gartrell, Mejia and Wilson were each 2-for-4 for the G-Braves, as Gartrell extended his hit-streak to 10 games, his longest of the year. It was also the third straight game in which Gartrell has homered and his sixth home run in the month of July.

Jackson and Kuhn were each 2-for-4 for Charlotte and Jackson has a 14-game hitting streak for the Knights, a career best.

The G-Braves (50-61) and Knights (63-48) conclude the four game and season series Tuesday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 12:05 p.m. at Knights’ Stadium. Right-hander Randall Delgado (1-1, 5.91) will start for Gwinnett against the Knights TBA (0-0, 0.00). Listen to the broadcast on 1240 ESPN Radio in Gainesville, Georgia 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 Schiavone & Tony Piraro

Teheran Starting Today, Sean Gilmartin Monday

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

7.29.12 GBraves Game Notes

Amidst mass trade rumors as we near the 2012 deadline on Tuesday, the Braves still have a plethora of talented, young arms who are poised for future success in Atlanta. The top three prospect arms in the organization are Julio TeheranRandall Delgado and Sean Gilmartin. Now, Gilmartin may not draw the attention that Teheran and Delgado possess, however the Braves No. 1 pick in the 2011 MLB Draft is on his way.

The No. 1 prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization will start today against the International League leaders, Charlotte Knights. The last time the Colombian native started in Charlotte against the Knights, he registered his first and only career complete game, 9.0 inning, victory. Teheran will look for much of the same on Sunday, as Charlotte has lost three straight, meanwhile Gwinnett has won their last three games.

The G-Braves (50-59) and Knights (61-48) continue their four-game series Sunday afternoon with the right-hander Teheran (6-5, 5.34) starting for Gwinnett against the Knights right-hander Scott Carroll (0-0, 6.75). First pitch is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. at Knights’ Stadium with the G-Braves seeking their fourth straight win. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550/FM 102.9 in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play by play.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Gilmartin will make his Triple-A debut on Monday, July 30 against the Charlotte Knights at Knights’ Stadium. The left-hander (0-0, 0.00) will take to the mound against Charlotte right-hander Charlie Shirek (9-4, 3.68) for a 7:15 p.m. scheduled first pitch from Fort Mill, South Carolina.

This season, the southpaw has a 5-8 record with a 3.54 record in 20 Double-A Mississippi starts. Nevertheless, it’s not about the win-loss record in minor league baseball. It is about consistency in your delivery and fundamental throwing, while strikeout to walk ratio and WHIP is far more important than an ERA in the minor leagues. Gilmartin has struck out 86 hitters, while walking just 26 in 119.1 innings of work with Mississippi this season. Next stop, Gwinnett.

By: Tony Piraro

Video: Truck Yeah…That’s My Walk-up Music

The original 26th round pick of the Minnesota Twins during the 1999 MLB amateur draft Terry Tiffee is impressing at the Triple-A level, exhibiting his third base skills. The 33-year old has plenty in the tank, as he has played just four Major League seasons, three with the Twins and one with the Los Angeles Dodgers. This season however, the third baseman is playing within the Atlanta Braves organization.

Tiffee has been playing minor league baseball since 2000 when he was a member of Quad Cities. Just a few weeks ago, the right-hander was playing Independent baseball in the Atlanta League where he was hitting .297 with 11 home runs and 46 RBI in just 69 games this season with Lancaster.

Atlanta waisted little time purchasing the contract of the 6-foot, 2-inch big bopper, signing him recently. Since joining the Gwinnett Braves, Tiffee has been a solid addition with a great prowess for pop. Tiffee already has nine hits in his first eight games with the team including a home run on Thursday against the Durham Bulls that is drawing comparisons to the long blast at Coolray Field in 2012 by the Braves Dan Uggla.

Thursday I also had the pleasure of meeting Tiffee in the G-Braves clubhouse. Prior to the game, he requested that we play Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah” for his walk-up music this season. Ironically, in his second at-bat of the game with McGraw echoing throughout Lawrenceville, Tiffee launched a ball that some feel still has not landed yet. Regardless, the third baseman is a welcomed addition to the G-Braves offense as he will be able to allow Ruben Gotay to play his natural position of second base. Either way, Tiffee is earning his playing time with each game, truck yeah!

By: Tony Piraro

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