Posted: Monday, July 29th 2013 at 2:52pm
Flande leads G-Braves over Charlotte, 8-3
FORT MILL, S.C. -– Left-hander Yohan Flande pitched the seventh complete game of his minor league career and the first nine-inning complete game of the season for the Gwinnett Braves (47-63) in an 8-3 win over the Charlotte Knights (50-60) on Monday afternoon. His brilliant effort led the G-Braves to a split of the four-game series at Knights Stadium.
Flande (W, 6-6) threw 103 pitches, 72 of which were strikes in nailing down his team-leading sixth win of the year. He allowed three runs – two earned – on eight hits, walked none and struck out five.
It was the second overall complete game for a G-Braves pitcher this season. Right-hander Cody Martin went the entire way in a seven-inning game on June 23 at Coolray Field, a 5-1 win against Syracuse in game one of a doubleheader.
The G-Braves got on the board first with two runs in the top of the second against Charlotte starter Jason Berken. With two outs, Joe Leonard was hit by a pitch and Sean Kazmar followed with a triple to right to make it 1-0. Jose Yepez then beat out an infield single to short, scoring Kazmar from third for a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, the Knights scored their first run of the day as Tyler Greene opened the inning by reaching first on an error by the shortstop Kazmar. A double to left by Michael Earley moved Greene to third, and Steve Tolleson plated Greene with a sacrifice fly to right to cut the Gwinnett lead to 2-1.
Gwinnett extended the lead to 4-1 in the top of the fourth against Berken. Stefan Gartrell led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a double to right by Leonard. Kazmar then delivered a double to the gap in right-center scoring both Gartrell and Leonard.
The G-Braves tacked on more in the top of the eighth, this time against reliever Santos Rodriguez. Ernesto Mejia led off with a walk, Brandon Boggs followed with a single and Gartrell walked to load the bases. Leonard hit a grounder to third, forcing out Mejia at home and keeping the bases loaded. Kazmar walked to push across Boggs for a 5-1 lead and Yepez drove in Gartrell from third with a sacrifice fly to center to raise the lead to 6-1.
In the top of the ninth, facing reliever Taylor Thompson, Alden Carrithers (3) delivered a one-out solo homer to right to make it 7-1. After two outs, Boggs doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a double off the wall in left by Gartrell to make it 8-1.
In the bottom of the ninth, Flande gave up three hits including a two-run single to Andy Wilkins, but stayed in the game to get the next two batters without further damage.
Berken (L, 9-10) went 7 innings with eight hits and four earned runs. He walked one and struck out five. Rodriguez worked 1 inning with one hit, two earned runs and three walks. Thompson went 1 inning with three hits, two earned runs and two strikeouts.
At the plate, Kazmar had his best game of the season, going 2-for-3 with a double, triple and four RBIs. Boggs was 3-for-5, Gartrell was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Phil Gosselin was 2-for-5.
Charlotte was led by Earley, who went 2-for-4. Wilkins went 1-for-4 with two RBIs.
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