Posted: Friday, May 31st 2013 at 11:42pm
G-Braves felled 2-0 on the road
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -–The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (25-29) did not need much offensively Friday night at Coca-Cola Park, scoring two runs in the bottom of the third and beating the Gwinnett Braves (24-32) 2-0 in game one of the four game series.
Braves starter Tim Corcoran (L, 3-4) pitched well enough to win, but the Iron Pigs’ pitching staff hamstrung the Braves’ offense all night. Since scoring a season-high ten runs on Wednesday night in Syracuse, the Braves have been held scoreless on consecutive nights.
The Iron Pigs scored the two runs of the game in the bottom of the third inning. Jermaine Mitchell led off with a double. Leandro Castro then laid down a bunt toward third. Corcoran fielded the ball, but threw wildly to first, allowing Mitchell to score and Castro to advance to second base on the error. Cody Asche pushed Castro to third with a ground out to second and Darin Ruf plated him with a sac fly to center, making it 2-0.
Both staffs would toss six scoreless frames the rest of way. However, the Braves did threaten in the top of the ninth inning, as Ernesto Mejia doubled and Joey Terdoslavich singled, placing runners on the corners with two outs. Nevertheless it was not to be on this night, as the Braves would leave the tying runs on base paths with a game-ending strikeout by Brandon Boggs.
Corcoran suffered the loss, tossing 6.1 innings, allowing five hits, two runs, one earned, while walking three and striking out four. Cory Rasmus, in his first outing since being optioned back from Atlanta, worked a scoreless eighth inning, striking out two.
Lehigh Valley starter Zach Minor (W, 3-3) went 5.0 innings for the win. He gave up four hits, two walks and struck out two. J.C. Ramirez and Mauricio Robles combined to pitch 3.0 scoreless innings, setting up Jake Dinkman (S, 8) for the save opportunity. The left-hander delivered, converting his eighth save of the season.
At the plate, Terdoslavich and Jose Constanza were each 2-for-4 for Gwinnett.
Asche was 2-for-4 for Lehigh Valley, as he was the only Iron Pigs’ player with more than one hit.
Gwinnett and Lehigh Valley will square off Saturday night in game two of the four game series in Allentown, PA. Right-hander Omar Poveda (3-3, 2.84) will pitch for Gwinnett. Right-hander B.J. Rosenberg (1-4 4.10) gets the start for Lehigh Valley. Tony Schiavone will have the call on WDUN 550 AM/102.9 FM). First pitch set for 6:35 p.m.
The G-Braves’ next home game is June 4, 6:05 p.m. against the Rochester Red Wings. Tickets for all Gwinnett Braves home games are on sale now at the Coolray Field Box Office. Call 678-277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com for more information.
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