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Delgado, G-Braves steamroll Bulls, 8-1

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LAWRENCEVILLE -– The Gwinnett Braves defeated the Durham Bulls 8-1 on Thursday night in the third game of a four-game series at Coolray Field. Luis Durango, Stefan Gartrell and Jack Wilson each recorded three-hit games as the G-Braves' offense gave starter Randall Delgado all the support he needed. With the win, Gwinnett moves to within 2.0 games of the Bulls for third place in the International League South Division.

For the seventh-straight game on the homestand, the visitors scored the first run. Henry Wrigley broke a string of three-straight scoreless innings thrown by Delgado as he crushed a solo home run in the fourth, giving the Bulls a 1-0 lead.

The lead wouldn't last long as Terry Tiffee tattooed a solo home run the next half inning to tie the game, 1-1. His towering drive over the left-field retaining wall came against left-hander Cesar Ramos and was his first since joining the G-Braves.

Gwinnett took the lead with a run in the fifth and never trailed the rest of the way. Wilson, continuing his rehab assignment for the Atlanta Braves, singled home J.C. Boscan to put the G-Braves ahead, 2-1.

Facing reliever Bryan Augenstein an inning later, Gwinnett tacked four more runs on to the lead. A single by Gartrell and back-to-back walks to Ruben Gotay and Boscan loaded the bases. Durango then came through with a two-run single up the middle, and Wilson kept the momentum going with a two-run double down the left-field line to increase the advantage to 6-1.

Gartrell capped his 3-for-4 night, his fourth-straight multi-hit game, with a double in the seventh. That hit moved Ernesto Mejia, who reached after being hit by a pitch, to third. Wilson grounded out to plate Mejia for his third RBI of the game, and Tiffee added a single to center scoring Gartrell for an 8-1 lead.

Delgado (W, 1-1) worked 5.2 innings of one-run baseball, scattering six hits and three walks while striking out five. He threw an efficient 110 pitches, 60 for strikes before exiting with two on in the sixth. Cole McCurry (H, 1) stranded both inherited runners and worked 1.1 scoreless innings. Anthony Varvaro and Andy Russell each threw scoreless innings to finish off the Bulls.

Ramos (L, 3-3) made the start for Durham and lasted 5.0 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Augenstein gave up four runs on three hits over just 1.0 inning. Back-up catcher Craig Albernaz worked 2.0 innings, yielding two more runs on two hits.

The main attraction entering the game for the Bulls was the arrival of Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria on a rehab assignment. The 2008 American League Rookie of the Year went 0-for-3 with a walk in his third game with Durham this season. Longoria is expected to play for the Bulls once again on Friday night.

Longoria’s teammates went just 7-for-31, with only Chris Gimenez recording a multi-hit game at 2-for-4. Wrigley tallied the lone RBI with his 10th home run of the season, finishing 1-for-4.

Durango (3-for-4, run, 2 RBIs), Jack Wilson (3-for-5, double, 3 RBIs) and Tiffee (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs) all had multi-hit, multi-RBI nights for the G-Braves.

The Gwinnett Braves (48-59) and Durham Bulls (50-57) will play the finale of the four-game series at Coolray Field on Friday night. The G-Braves will have left-hander Yohan Flande (4-7, 4.44) on the mound, while the Bulls counter with right-hander Jim Paduch (5-8, 5.27) for a 7:05 PM scheduled first pitch. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM in Gainesville, GA with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play. The television broadcast will air on CSS.

Join the G-Braves in celebrating the 2012 Summer Olympics with Olympic Games Night on Friday night. The first 1,500 fans will walk away with a Cowbell presented by CSS. Post-game fireworks sponsored by WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta will follow the game.
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