Posted: Tuesday, July 23rd 2013 at 10:14pm
Flande propels G-Braves to 4-1 win
LAWRENCEVILLE -– Yohan Flande has been asked to do just about everything this season for the Gwinnett Braves (45-59), from relieving to starting, even pinch-running. On Tuesday night, the left-hander made a spot start for the G-Braves, tossing 6.0 innings of one-run baseball to beat the Durham Bulls (65-39), 4-1.
Flande (W, 5-6), who tossed five pitches over one scoreless inning of relief on Sunday night, was just as good on Tuesday. He scattered four hits, allowed one unearned run and struck out two, collecting his first win since June 25 vs. Buffalo.
He got early support from the Gwinnett offense as they took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Tyler Pastornicky singled through the right side and came around to score on an RBI double by Ernesto Mejia.
In the top of the fourth inning, the G-Braves had a chance to work out of a jam with a potential inning-ending double play, but a mental mistake by second baseman Phil Gosselin led to Durham’s lone run. With one out and runners on the corners, Pastornicky got a routine ground ball off the bat off Ryan Roberts and turned it to Gosselin, who took the force play at second and didn’t throw to first, thinking it was the third out. Cole Figueroa scored as a result, tying the game at 1-1.
The G-Braves took the lead in the bottom half of the fourth inning, scoring two runs on two hits. Mejia reached on an error and Alden Carrithers singled with one out, putting runners on first and second for Joe Leonard. The third baseman battled Bulls’ starter Jake Odorizzi for eight pitches before hammering a two-run double off the wall in left, making it 3-1.
Gwinnett added another run in the bottom of the fifth. Todd Cunningham singled, advanced to second on sacrifice bunt by Pastornicky and scored on fielding error by first baseman Chris Gimenez, extending the lead to 4-1.
It would be more than enough for the G-Braves, as Joe Beimel and Cory Rasmus tossed three innings of scoreless relief. Beimel pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing one hit and striking out one, while Rasmus (S, 13) picked up the save, hurling 1 2/3 innings of one-hit relief.
Odorizzi (L, 7-4) suffered the loss, allowing four runs, three earned on seven hits in 4.0 innings.
Leonard led the Gwinnett attack, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Pastornicky and Mejia added two hits each. Gwinnett’s win was just their second in 10 meetings with Durham this season.
Figueroa continued his hot hitting against the G-Braves, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. On the season, he is hitting .366 (15-for-41) against Gwinnett.
The Gwinnett Braves will hit the road as they travel to Durham for a two-game series starting on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Atlanta Braves’ right-hander Brandon Beachy (1-3, 3.38) will make his seventh rehab start for Gwinnett, as he will face left-hander Mike Montgomery (4-3, 3.73) of the Bulls. The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.
The G-Braves’ next home game is Wednesday, July 31 against the Charlotte Knights, first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m. 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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