The Gwinnett Braves snapped a three-game losing streak by scoring a season-high 11 runs against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Sunday afternoon at Coca-Cola Park to come away with the 11-7 victory. The G-Braves scored five in the sixth and added three more in the seventh to grab an 11-5 lead that they would not relinquish.
Gwinnett (25-33) started quickly, scoring two runs in the first inning when Joey Terdoslavich went yard with Tyler Pastornicky on base to stake the G-Braves to an early 2-0 advantage. Pastornicky had singled to start the game.
Similar to Saturday’s game when six-of-eight pitchers gave up runs, six-of-nine hurlers allowed runs in Sunday’s game.
Daniel Rodriguez (ND, 3.0 IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3 SO) started for Gwinnett, but had to be pulled in the fourth inning with an injury to his pitching arm. David Hale (1.0 IP, 2SO) came on and tossed a scoreless, hitless inning. Joe Beimel (W, 1-0) worked the fifth and picked up the win despite getting tagged for two runs (earned) on three hits, including a homerun in his inning of work. He also walked one. Kameron Loe (1.0 IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 1 BB) and Ryan Butcher (S, 3, 3.0 IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3SO, 1HR) followed Beimel to the hill.
Lehigh Valley starter BJ Rosenberg (L, 1-5) got hit hard in his 5.1 innings of work. He allowed eight runs, all earned, on eight hits, walked three and struck out three. Rosenberg also tossed two gopher balls. Phillippe Aumont (0.2 IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB) saw his ERA rise to 9.82 after his 0.2 innings of work. Maurice Robles (2.0 IP, 1H, 1BB, 2SO) and Greg Smith (1.0 IP, 1SO) combined to hold the G-Braves where they were over the final three innings, but the IronPigs couldn’t recover from the eight run barrage unleashed by Gwinnett in the sixth and seventh.
Seven G-Braves had hits in the win, with Terdoslavich and Brandon Boggs contributing multi-hit games. Terdoslavich was 3-for-5 with a homerun (9) and two runs batted in (38), while Boggs went 2-for-4 and also reached base via walk. Stefan Gartrell connected for his first homer of the season, had three RBI, scored twice and reached base on a walk.
Lehigh Valley was led by John Suomi, who went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI. Josh Fields (2 RBI), Darin Ruf and Leandro Castro (1 RBI) each had two hits.
Gwinnett and Lehigh Valley will meet Monday night in the finale of the four game series at Coca-Cola Park. Left-hander Yohan Flande (3-4, 4.25) will start for Gwinnett, while left-hander Raul Valdes (0-1 5.54) will start for Lehigh Valley. Tony Schiavone will have the call on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM.
The G-Braves’ next home game is Tuesday, June 4, 6:05 PM against the Rochester Red Wings.
The Gwinnett Braves are the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves and play in the South Division of the International League, one of two Triple-A leagues. Coolray Field is home to the G-Braves.
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