Photo: Karl L. Moore. Gwinnett Braves' Tyler Pastornicky throws around the slide of Indians' John Bowker (23) to turn a double play against Indianapolis during Saturday's game at Coolray Field.
Gwinnett Braves fans won't have to remember to bring sunscreen when they go to Sunday games at Coolray Field next summer.
To beat the afternoon sun, the G-Braves will play their 2012 Sunday games in July and August at 5:05 p.m. rather than the traditional 2:05 p.m. starts. Sunday games in April, May and June will remain at the earlier starting time.
The G-Braves had always drawn well for Sunday games until the second half of last season, when crowds dropped off as Georgia suffered through a blistering summer. A roof shades fans on the first-base side of Coolray Field, but the third base seats are directly in the sun.
The final Sunday home game last season was moved to the later start time as an experiment and general manager North Johnson was pleased with the result.
The G-Braves will play their first six Sunday games at 2:05 p.m. and the last five at 5:05 p.m.
The start time for Monday-Saturday night games remains at 7:05.
The G-Braves open their fourth International League season in Durham on April 5 and play eight games against the Bulls and Norfolk before the home opener on April 12. That is also against Durham and the Tides follow the Bulls to Coolray field in an eight-game opening homestand.
Gwinnett's South Division rivals -- Durham, Norfolk and Charlotte -- make three trips to Coolray Field again this season. The other 10 teams in the IL make one visit.
The G-Braves' final home game is Aug. 30 against Pawtucket. They conclude the regular season at Norfolk on Sept. 3.
There will be three day games during the week at Coolray Field. Education days are scheduled April 16 against Norfolk and May 10 against Buffalo, beginning at noon and 10:35 a.m. respectively. There will be a camp day against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on July 23 at noon.
The AAA All-Star Game will be in Buffalo on July 11. The IL takes a three-day break for the game.
The G-Braves have finished second in the South Division in each of their three seasons, making the playoffs as the wild-card team in 2009. Dave Brundage will return for his fourth season as Gwinnett manager in 2012.
The full 2012 schedule with start times, as well as ticket information, is available at GwinnettBraves.com.