Posted: Sunday, April 8th 2012 at 10:08pm
G-Braves undone by Durham in 7-4 loss
DURHAM, N.C. -- The Durham Bulls erupted for six runs in the first two innings off of Gwinnett starting pitcher Eric Junge and never looked back, beating the G-Braves 7-4 in the finale of the four game series at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.
The Bulls took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first against Junge, but in the top of the second, Gwinnett DH Ernesto Mejia answered with a solo homer to center to tie the game at 1-1. It was the first Triple-A homer of Mejia’s career.
In the bottom of the second, the Bulls sent nine men to the plate and scored five runs for a lead they would never lose. Durham added a run in the bottom of the sixth as shortstop Shawn O’Malley hit a solo homer off of G-Braves left-handed reliever Jose Lugo. The blast gave the Bulls 7-1 lead.
The G-Braves made a run in the top of the seventh as first baseman Christian Marrero hit a two-run homer to right scoring third baseman Joey Terdoslavich ahead of him. Marrero finished 3-for-4 with three RBI on the night.
Gwinnett added one more in the top of the ninth on three consecutive doubles by Terdoslavich, Marrero and Josh Wilson, but right-handed reliever Dane De La Rosa (S, 1) came in from the bullpen to end the threat.
Junge (L, 0-1) finished with six earned runs over 5.0 innings in his Gwinnett debut. Bulls’ right-hander Chris Archer (W, 1-0) picked up the win with one run on two hits over 6.0 innings.
The G-Braves begin a three-game series Monday night in Norfolk, Va., against the Tides, the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Taking the mound in game one for Gwinnett will be left-hander Yohan Flande (0-0). The Tides will pitch right-hander Jason Berken (0-0). Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550 and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play by play.
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