Posted: Thursday, July 11th 2013 at 8:34am
G-Braves' offense strong enough to fend off Tides, 10-8
LAWRENCEVILLE -– In a game that featured 18 runs on 25 hits, the Gwinnett Braves (40-54) held off the Norfolk Tides (49-44), 10-8 on Wednesday night at Cooray Field. Alden Carrithers doubled and drove in three runs and Brandon Boggs added two RBIs to lead the G-Braves in a back-and-forth battle.
In his last start against the Tides on June 29, right-hander Cody Martin tossed a season-high seven innings, scattering three hits and allowing two earned runs while striking out a season-high 11. His previous success against Norfolk did not carry over to Wednesday night, as he was roughed up for five runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. Martin tied a career high with six walks in the no-decision.
He got a big lift early from the Gwinnett offense, as they scored five runs to establish a 5-0 lead.
In the top of the first inning, Norfolk starter Eddie Gamboa walked two and hit a batter to load the bases with two outs. Carrithers punched a 1-0 knuckleball down the left-field line for a two-run double, giving Gwinnett a 2-0 advantage.
Gwinnett added three more runs on three hits in the bottom of the second inning. Luis Nunez doubled and advanced to third on a single by Matt Pagnozzi. With runners on the corners, Jose Constanza drove in Nunez with an RBI groundout and Todd Cunningham singled home Pagnozzi. Boggs extended the lead to 5-0, grounding out to score Cunningham.
The Tides answered, however, scoring two in the third and three in the fourth against Martin. In the third, Norfolk connected on four-straight hits, Danny Valencia delivered an RBI double and Zelous Wheeler drew a bases loaded walk, cutting the lead to 5-2. The Tides would draw even in the fourth. Jason Pridie walked and Henry Urrutia singled before Alex Liddi smacked a three-run homer to left off of Martin.
Each team would score three runs over the next two innings, heading to the bottom of the seventh tied at 8-8. The G-Braves broke the tie in the eighth inning against reliever Andy Loomis (L, 2-3). Nunez and Pagnozzi hit back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Constanza reached on a bunt single and Nunez scored on a throwing error by reliever Mike Belfiore. Cunningham moved both runners into scoring position with a bunt, and Boggs delivered an RBI sacrifice fly, making it 10-8.
Loomis took the loss with four runs on four hits over 1 1/3 innings. Gwinnett reliever Mark Lamm (W, 1-0) recorded his first Triple-A win, hurling 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Cory Rasmus (S, 10) tossed a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his team-leading 10th save of the season.
Eight of the nine Gwinnett hitters had at least one hit on the night, with Pagnozzi recording a team-high three hits (3-for-4). Nunez went 2-for-5. Carrithers and Boggs had the only multi-RBI efforts.
Urrutia led all players with a 5-for-5 night, scoring three runs and picking up one RBI. Liddi added two hits and a game-high five RBIs for Norfolk.
Thursday is “Belk Day Care Day” at Coolray Field as the Gwinnett Braves welcome day care groups from around the area for a special 12:05 p.m. game. The contest is sponsored by Belk. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box Office at 678-277-0340 or by purchasing online at gwinnettbraves.com.
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