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Gwinnett Looking To Halt Skid Wednesday

5.9.12 GBraves Game Notes

Photo courtesy of Melinda Pease

Saturday night began an 11-game homestand in 10 days for the Gwinnett Braves. Game No. 5 from Coolray Field is set for Wednesday night and it should be a good one between Gwinnett and Buffalo.

Tuesday the G-Braves were shutout by the Bisons, 3-0. Buffalo scored one run in each of the first three innings of the game and would not look back from there. Add the fact that Matt Harvey, the No. 2 prospect in the New York Mets system, was on the bump and the G-Braves were looking at a near improbable comeback situation.

The G-Braves have lost five of their last six games, but are still resting comfortably in first place of the International League South Division at 19-12. The next closest team in the division is Charlotte at 15-16 who is four games behind your G-Braves. Gwinnett does not own the best record in the league anymore after their latest skid, however they are just one game behind the IL-leading Pawtucket Red Sox (20-13).

Buffalo (19-13) is surging after going 7-3 in their last 10 games and staring up in the standings at the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate, trailing by just a single game. The Bisons are loaded with pitching talent and will have their No. 4 overall prospect on the mound Wednesday, as he follows the No. 2 prospect last night.

Stefan Gartrell was named the International League Batter of the Week as he continues his torrid pace. The slugger is batting over .400 in his last seven games, including four home runs, nine RBI and an .850 slugging percentage. Gartrell rose his batting average from .165 to .216 in a matter of days.

Currently Jose Constanza is on a 9-game hit streak that he will be looking to extend on Wednesday against Jeurys Familia. On the season, the G-Braves left fielder is hitting a team-high .352 with 13 RBI and five stolen bases.

Buffalo Bisons (19-13, 2nd IL North) vs Gwinnett (19-21, 1st IL South) 

One of the top pitching prospects in baseball Jeurys Familia (2-1, 5.06) is set to take the mound Wednesday against G-Braves southpaw Yohan Flande (1-1, 2.96) for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Familia is the New York Mets No. 4 overall prospect according to Baseball America.

Wednesday, May 8 – First Pitch 7:05 p.m. @ Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA

The host of the 2012 IL All-Star Game, Buffalo Bisons, are in town for their first match-up with the G-Braves this season. The two teams will battle in their first of two four-game series’ this season, with the initial meeting in Georgia. The two teams will play one another in another four-game set, the next time from Buffalo following the G-Braves current 11-game homestand. The season-series finale is set to take place from Tuesday May 15 through Friday May 18 in New York.

It is “Winning Wednesday” but be sure to catch to the voice of the G-Braves Tony Schiavone as he broadcasts the game live on 550 AM, WDUN.com or 102.9 FM if you can’t make it out to the ballpark. 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.

Buffalo Bisons Batting Order:

1) Bobby Scales, 2B

2) Fred Lewis, LF

3) Valentino Pascucci, RF

4) Zach Lutz, 1B

5) Matt Tuiasosopo, CF

6) Brad Emaus, 3B

7) Oswaldo Navarro, SS

8) Jean Luc Blaquiere, C

9) Jeurys Familia, P

G-Braves Batting Order

1) Jose Constanza, LF

2) Luis Durango, CF

3) Stefan Gartrell, RF

4) Ernesto Mejia, 1B

5) Drew Sutton, 2B

6) Joey Terdoslavich, 3B

7) Josh Wilson, SS

8) J.C. Boscan, C

9) Yohan Flande, P

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Notes for 5.4.12 at Columbus

The Gwinnett Braves (18-9) close out the eight-game road trip tonight, looking for a series split with the Columbus Clippers (15-12) after falling in a 12-8 slugfest last night.  Josh Wilson, J.C. Boscan and Stefan Gartrell all homered for the G-Braves, but left-hander Yohan Flande was shelled for seven runs (six earned) in his first loss of the year and the bullpen surrendered five more runs to put the game out of reach.

Wilson ans Boscan went back-to-back for solo homers off right-hander Kevin Slowey in the second inning, becoming the first G-Braves’ tandem to do so this year.  Gartrell, meanwhile, stayed red hot with his third home run of the series.  He’s hitting .421 (8-for-19) with the three blasts and eight RBI on a five-game hitting streak.  Ernesto Mejia also contributed, going 1-for-5 with a two-run double to extend his team RBI lead to 17.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  5.4.12 GBraves Game Notes

Right-hander Todd Redmond (2-2, 3.04) looks to quiet down the Columbus bats in his team-leading sixth start tonight.  He’ll go up against Clippers’ right-hander Corey Kluber (3-1, 2.67).  First pitch from Huntington Park is scheduled for 7:05 PM, listen to the broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM and WDUN.com.

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G-Braves Notes for 5.3.12 at Columbus

The rain finally took a break last night in Columbus as the G-Braves were able to finish Tuesday’s suspended game and get game two in as well against the Clippers.  J.C. Boscan, Luis Durango and Jose Constanza all recorded RBI hits in a four-run fourth that led Gwinnett to a 7-4 win in game one, but game two saw the G-Braves tie a season high with four errors in a 3-2 loss in seven innings.  Stefan Gartrell had himself a day, going 5-for-9 with two home runs (his second and third on the year) and three RBI, while pitching proved to be strong once again.  Right-hander Buddy Carlyle improved to 2-0 with his relief win in game one, while right-hander Eric Junge went the full 6.0 innings in a tough-luck loss in game two.  Junge (L, 3-2), yielded three runs but just one earned, extending his quality start streak to three while seeing his winning streak snapped at three.

Tonight, the G-Braves attempt to secure at least a series split against the Clippers with left-hander Yohan Flande (1-0, 0.90) on the mound.  Flande saw his 19.2-inning scoreless streak end in his last outing on April 27 at Toledo, but will look to start a new streak as he faces the top hitting team in the International League (Columbus is hitting .283 this season).  Right-hander Kevin Slowey (1-2, 4.85) will start for the Clippers.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  5.3.12 GBraves Game Notes

Join Tony Schiavone for just the one game this evening on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM and WDUN.com.

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G-Braves Game Notes for 4.28.12 at Toledo

The Gwinnett Braves started off the eight-game trip with a 3-2 win over the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field last night.  Left-hander Yohan Flande finally proved human as he allowed two runs in the fifth inning to snap his 19.2-inning scoreless streak, but a 3-for-4, two-RBI performance from Jose Constanza led the G-Braves to the win anyways.  Constanza’s RBI single in the seventh scored Greg Paiml for the winning tally.  Right-hander Adam Russell (W, 3-0) minimized the damage for Flande in the fifth and earned the win as a result, while right-hander Anthony Varvaro (H, 2) and left-hander Dusty Hughes (S, 3) combined on 3.0 scoreless innings.

With pitching continuing to be the main story of the G-Braves, we’ll get a look at right-hander Todd Redmond tonight in game two of the series.  Redmond has lost each of his last two outings but hasn’t had a lot of offensive support to work with.  He’s 10th amongst all International league pitchers with a 2.61 ERA and ranks third in strikeouts with 27.  The ‘Hens are countering with left-hander Shawn Teufel (1-0, 3.18) today and pushing back lefty Andy Oliver to tomorrow.

Much more worth reading in tonight’s Game Notes:  4.28.12 GBraves Game Notes

Note that tonight’s game is a 6:00 PM start time, so tune in a little earlier to WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM to catch the action with Tony Schiavone.  As always, you can listen online as well at WDUN.com.

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G-Braves Game Notes for 4.27.12

After taking two of three on a brief three-game homestand against Charlotte, the Gwinnett Braves are back on the road for a two-city, eight-game road trip.  First up, it’s a meeting with the IL West Division-leading Toledo Mud Hens (14-6) at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH.  The G-Braves come in with an IL South-best 14-7 record, so the four-game series sets up to be a battle of two of the International League’s best clubs.

Left-hander Yohan Flande takes the baseball for game one tonight, looking to extend upon his 15.2-inning scoreless streak.  Each of Flande’s three starts for the G-Braves have resulted in shutout victories, but this time around he’ll be facing a potent Toledo offense that leads the league in runs scored (120) while ranking ranks second in both batting average (.281) and home runs (26).

Jordan Parraz (.457 over his last 10 games) and the G-Braves will hope to feast offensively against Mud Hens’ lefty Ramon Garcia tonight.  Garcia was shelled for eight runs, six earned, over 4.0 innings in a loss to Columbus his last time out.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM, tune in to the radio broadcast with Tony Schiavone on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM and online as well at WDUN.com.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  4.27.12 GBraves Game Notes

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G-Braves Pitchers Ready To Shoulder The Load

(Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts)

The Gwinnett Braves (13-7) currently reside in first place of the International League South Division. A huge part of their early success thus far in 2012 can be attributed to their top-notch pitching staff. Presently, the G-Braves have the No. 1 overall pitching in the International League.

Gwinnett possess the top team ERA (2.56), shutouts (5), innings pitched (186.0), least total runs allowed (66) and least earned runs allowed (53) in the 14-team league. The G-Braves are also ranked third in the IL in wins (13), second in least losses (7), fifth in saves (6), fourth in least hits allowed (160), second in least home runs allowed (7) and third in strikeouts (171).

Marty Reed’s staff as a whole has been exceptional this season, but more importantly, they have been consistent. Every arm from top to bottom has made giant contributions to the G-Braves’ success. Already, one player has already been called up to the big club and he is in the form of Cory Gearrin. The righty reliever worked as a set-up man and part-time closer for Gwinnett, where he allowed no runs in 12.1 innings of work and recorded two saves.

Yohan Flande leads the pitchers with a 0.00 ERA through three starts, totaling 15.2 innings. The lefty has been dominant this season, as well as, being a pleasant surprise to the rotation. Flande has allowed just five hits total this season and struck out 16 batters, while walking seven.

Obviously, the reigning IL Pitcher of the Year and IL Rookie of the Year, Julio Teheran has been his usual self for the most part. Barring one start where he was on extended rest due to the Tim Hudson rehab appearances, Teheran has been solid. The ace of the staff is 2-1 with a 3.78 ERA and has struck out 13 batters through 16.1 innings of work. Teheran is rated the No. 1 pitching prospect in baseball according to numerous sources including Baseball America and MLB.com.

The veteran of the staff, Todd Redmond has been consistently good as always. He is 1-2 on the year with a 2.61 ERA but has been dealing with a lot of tough luck. For instance, in his last start at Coolray Field, the righty allowed just one earned run and still took the loss. Currently, Redmond is second in the IL in strikeouts (27) with just 20.2 innings under his belt and he has only walked six batters this season. When his luck starts to turns for the better, watch out.

The bullpen consists of six remarkable Gwinnett pitchers who have an ERA below 3.00 in 2012. Anthony Varvaro has yet to allow a run in his short time with the club, after coming off a Major League rehab assignment. Dusty Hughes has an incredible 0.87 ERA through 10 innings of work, alongside a 1.05 WHIP. The southpaw is also tied with Gearrin for the team-lead in saves with two.  Jaye Chapman has a miniscule ERA at 1.74 so far, including a 0.87 WHIP and 11 strikeouts to just three walks through 10.1 innings pitched. Veteran of the bullpen Buddy Carlyle has been dominant so far in Triple-A. The righty owns a 1.80 ERA and has struck out 12 batters in 15.0 innings thus far. Right-hander Jason Rice possesses a 2.25 ERA this season through eight innings on the mound for the G-Braves. The former White Sox, Padre and Tampa Bay Ray Adam Russell has transitioned beautifully to the Gwinnett bullpen. The 6-foot, 8-inch righty is currently registering a 2.89 ERA, alongside a save and 11 strikeouts through nine and one-third innings of work.

The scary part is that this G-Braves team is leading the league in pitching and in first place before the bats have yet to awaken. Once the team is running on all cylinders, this G-Brave team is going to be more fun to watch than they already are. One fact remains unquestionable, the Atlanta Braves have a stockpile of hard throwers who are ready to get big league hitters out on a consistent basis whenever their time may arise.

By: Tony Piraro

G-Braves Notes for 4.21.12 at Charlotte

In case you missed it, the Gwinnett Braves won for the 11th time in their last 12 games last night, blanking Charlotte 3-0 in the opener of a three-game series at Knights Stadium.  Last night was the fifth shutout victory for the G-Braves already this season (5-0 in shutout decisions), leaving the club just six away from last year’s shutout mark (11 shutouts in 143 games).

Left-hander Yohan Flande pitched 6.2 scoreless innings and struck out eight last night, extending his scoreless streak to 15.2-consecutive innings to start the year.  Flande, a candidate for IL Pitcher of the Week on Monday, now leads the International League in ERA (0.00) and opponent average (.090).  Offensively, Drew Sutton extended his hitting streak to a team-best nine games with a game-winning two-run double in the eighth.  Sutton has provided the game-winning RBI with a double twice this week, including Monday’s 4-3 win over Norfolk with a walk-off double in the 12th.

More in Tonight’s Game Notes:  4.21.12 GBraves Game Notes

The G-Braves will look to keep things rolling in Fort Mill, SC tonight.  Right-hander Todd Redmond (1-1, 1.80) will look to get back on the winning track after losing his last outing despite only two runs (one earned) in 5.0 innings.  The always-reliable Redmond makes his team-leading fourth start tonight, first pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PM.  Catch the game on WDUN 550 AM/102.9 FM and WDUN.com with Tony Schiavone.

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Homestand Highlights, Upcoming G-Braves Schedule

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

The Gwinnett Braves opened their season at Coolray Field with flying colors. The G-Braves were able to withstand pre-game ceremonies, Japanese debuts, Major League rehab assignments and of couse, rain and weather delays. Nevertheless, Gwinnett was able to capitalize off their home field advantage in the first eight home games of the 2012 regular season, going 7-1 at Coolray Field. Gwinnett is also tied with LeHigh Valley (PHI) for an International League-best 11 wins. Most importantly however, the G-Braves are atop the IL South Division, resting comfotably in first place as they commute to Charlotte this weekend. Continue to follow us at the G-Blog all season long for anything Braves…

Home Opener: Thursday, April 12 vs Durham Bulls, 1-0 @ Coolray Field

G-Braves Stampede Bulls 7-1 in Home Opener (click on link to read recap from game)

Julio Teheran won his first game of the season as the G-Braves finally defeated Durham after losing three of their first four games of the season in North Carolina a week earlier. Tommie Aaron’s No. 23 was re-retired on the right field wall at Coolray Field prior to the game.

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

Home Game No. 2: Friday, April 13 vs Durham Bulls, 2-0 @ Coolray Field

 
Yohan Flande was nearly untouchable for Gwinnett, working five scoreless frames for his first win of the season. Joey Terdoslavich blasted off for his first home run of the season at Coolray Field as the G-Braves won their sixth consecutive game.
 
 
(Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess) 
 
Home Game No. 3: Saturday, April 14 vs Durham Bulls, 3-0 @ Coolray Field
 

Six-Run Third Propels G-Braves Past Durham, 12-7 

The G-Braves and Bulls combined to collect 22 hits and 19 total runs in the slugfest. Regardless, the G-Braves came out on top as Christian Marrero led the way with a 3-for-4 night alongside his three RBI. Eric Junge scooped up his first victory of the 2012 regular season as well.

(Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden)

Home Game No. 4: Sunday, April 15 vs Durham Bulls, 3-1 @ Coolray Field

Durham Snaps G-Braves’ Win-Streak at Six 

The G-Braves six-game win streak was snapped by the Durham Bulls on Sunday. This was the only game of the homestand that Gwinnett ended up losing and that could have been prevented as well. Most of the damage was done in the fifth inning when unearned runs were scored off Todd Redmond, who took his first loss of the season.

(Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess)

Home Game No. 5: Monday, April 16 vs Norfolk Tides, 4-1 @ Coolray Field

Late-Inning Heroics Squeak G-Braves Past Tides

The first game of the Norfolk series was the best game of the G-Braves eight-game homestand. It was a struggle for either team in this game to score a run. However, the Tides pushed a run across in the top of the 12th inning with thoughts of stealing the first game of the four-game series. The G-Braves were quick to respond in their half of the 12th as J.C. Boscan drove home the tying run and Drew Sutton drove in the winning run as Gwinnett remained undefeated against Norfolk in 2012.

(Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden)

Home Game No. 6: Tuesday, April 17 vs Norfolk Tides, 5-1 @ Coolray Field

Teheran, G-Braves Roll Tides, 6-0

Julio Teheran was more impressive in his second start at home as he secured his second straight win of the season with five and two-third scoreless innings of work, as the G-Braves shutout Norfolk. Jose Yepez was the offense as he drove home three runs with his base-clearing double.

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

Home Game No. 7: Wednesday, April 18 vs Norfolk Tides, 6-1 @ Coolray Field

Hudson Victorious as G-Braves Breeze by Norfolk

The Tim Hudson Major League rehab assignment went swimmingly, however it didn’t start out that way. The Atlanta ace loaded the bases in the first inning before an out was recorded. However, he got out of that jam and went on to retire the next 13 straight batters. Hudson worked five innings for the win and allowed one run, but it was unearned. Ernesto Mejia devastated the Tides with a three-run double in the G-Braves half of the first inning.

(Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess)

Home Game No. 8: Thursday, April 19 vs Norfolk Tides, 7-1 @ Coolray Field

Parraz, Mejia Power G-Braves to Sweep of Norfolk

Amidst the U.S. professional debut of Japanese star Tsuyoshi Wada for the Norfolk Tides, the G-Braves opened the floodgates against the southpaw and his critics. Gwinnett’s offense exploded for six runs off the lefty before he exited the game in line for his first professional loss in America. Ernesto Mejia once again was the offensive story with a double, two-run homer and three RBI as the G-Braves swept Norfolk and remained unbeaten against the Tides (7-0) in 2012.

(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)

International League South Division Standings as of 4.20.12

1. (11-4) Gwinnett Braves, — Games Back

2. (8-7) Charlotte Knights, 3.0 Games Back

3. (6-9) Durham Bulls, 5.0 Games Back

4. (5-10) Norfolk Tides, 6.0 Games Back

Upcoming G-Braves Schedule

April 20-22: @Charlotte, 3 games with the IL South Division Knights

April 23: Off Day

April 24-26: Coolray Field, 3 games with the IL South Division Charlotte Knights

April 27-30: @Toledo, 4 games with the IL West Division Mudhens

-Tony Piraro

G-Braves Notes for 4.20.12 at Charlotte

It’s back on the road for the first-place Gwinnett Braves, but only for a brief three-game set in Fort Hill, SC.  Manager Dave Brundage and company will take on the only IL South opponent they have not yet faced, the Charlotte Knights.  We’ll be seeing a lot of the Knights this week, as they come to Coolray Field for a three-game series starting on Tuesday.

Left-hander Yohan Flande (1-0) is slated to make his third start for the G-Braves tonight.  Flande finally allowed hits for the first time in his last outing (three in total against Durham), but still has yet to allow so much as an unearned run over his three games, 9.0 innings.  He’ll go up against fellow southpaw, Eric Stults (1-0, 1.64) for the Knights.

There’s plenty more worth reading about in tonight’s G-Braves Game Notes, including the current eight-game hitting streaks of Jose Constanza and Drew Sutton, Ernesto Mejia’s 13-game on-base streak, stats galore on the 7-1 homestand and much more.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  4.20.12 GBraves Game Notes

Tony Schiavone’s got the call on WDUN 550 AM / 102.9 FM with the first pitch at 7:15 PM.  Streaming audio is online as well at WDUN.com.

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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

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