Thursday, April 16, 2009
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After a brief break, the GBlog is back. The G-Braves home opener is tomorrow night against Norfolk and we'll have plenty of coverage from the game.
First the plug. The cover of tomorrow's Daily Post will feature a special full four-page wrap that gives readers photos and highlights of the new $64 million stadium. This is inside and out and will give you stuff to find if you have tickets and a preview of stuff you will see if you make it to the game. It looks nice. Check it out.
Back to baseball. After winning its series with Charlotte to open the season, the Braves have struggled since heading north to Durham. Through three games of the four game series Gwinnett has scored three total runs (all coming in yesterday's 5-3, 13 inning loss) and lost all three games. The pitching continues to dominate, but the offense lags beind. Gwinnett scored 19 runs in one game against Charlotte and matched that total in its other six games combined, including two shutouts to start the series with Durham.
Through two starts, top pitching prospect Tommy Hanson has a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings with 17 strikeouts. He is 0-1 on the year. Kris Medlen started his first game Wednesday night , giving up no runs through five innings and striking out six. In 8 2/3 innings this season the right-hander has allowed only one hit.
Neither Hanson or Medlen start in the home opener. That honor goes to Charlie Morton, the only member of the G-Braves staff to throw in front of a crowd at Gwinnett Stadium. Morton threw the other half of the simulated game with Tom Glavine during the open house last week.
Cathing Morton in the opener should be Parkview grad Clint Sammons whose stint in Atlanta ended with the return of David Ross from the DL in Thursday's noon loss to the Marlins. Sammons did not play for Atlanta.
In other pitching news James Parr was called up to Atlanta on Thursday after reliever Jorge Campillo went on the 15-day DL with shoulder tendinitis.
The opener starts at 7 p.m., but the parking lot opens at 3:30 p.m. for tailgaters and the gates open at 4:30 p.m.. The team is suggesting fans be in their seats by 5:45 p.m. for the pregame that includes Hall of Famer Pete Van Wieren and singer Bill Gentry. We'll be there early with the GBlog up and running, plus a scheduled appearance on 550-AM's pregame show. The weather looks good, too.