Posted: Tuesday, June 18th 2013 at 11:01pm
G-Braves, Martin blank Syracuse, 2-0
BUFFALO, N.Y. -– Cody Martin’s first Triple-A start will be one he will never forget. Neither will the Gwinnett Braves.
Martin tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing only two hits as the Gwinnett Braves (29-44) blanked the Buffalo Bisons (36-34), 2-0 on Tuesday night in game two of the four game series at Coca-Cola Field. The G-Braves snapped a five-game losing streak with the win, their sixth shutout of the season.
Called up from Double-A Mississippi earlier in the day, Martin (W, 1-0) also struck out seven and walked only one in his stellar 94-pitch, 58-strike outing.
He was nearly matched by Buffalo starter Dave Bush (L, 7-4), who until the top of the seventh inning, had not allowed a hit. But in that half inning, Bush walked Todd Cunningham, and then after a ground ball hit to second by Joey Terdoslavich forced Cunningham out at second, he hit Ernesto Mejia with a pitch, putting runners on first and second. Brandon Boggs then collected Gwinnett’s first hit, a double down the right field line scoring Terdoslavich from second for a 1-0 lead.
The other Gwinnett run came in the top of the eighth when Matt Pagnozzi (3) led off with a solo homer to right off of former G-Braves’ pitcher Buddy Carlyle.
The G-Braves’ bullpen combo of Joe Beimel and Wirfin Obispo were instrumental in the win as well. Beimel worked 1 inning of relief with one hit and two walks. Obispo (S, 1) worked 1 inning for his first save of the season. He now has worked 15 consecutive innings without allowing a run, spanning 11 outings.
Bush went 6 1/3 innings with one hit and one earned run. He walked two and struck out five. Carlyle went 1 2/3 innings with two hits, one earned run and one strikeout. Brad Lincoln pitched 1 inning with one walk and one strikeout.
Offensively for Gwinnett, Pagnozzi was 1-for-3 with the homer, Boggs was 1-for-4, and Cunningham was 1-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to five games.
For Buffalo, Anthony Gose, Mauro Gomez and Ryan Goins each had one hit.
The Gwinnett Braves and Buffalo Bisons continue the four-game series on Wednesday night in Buffalo. Gwinnett will start left-hander Yohan Flande (3-6, 5.82). Left-hander Ricky Romero (0-1, 8.22) gets the start for the Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Tony Schiavone will have the call on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.
The next G-Braves’ home game is on Friday, a 7:05 p.m. start against the Syracuse Chiefs. 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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