Posted: Saturday, August 3rd 2013 at 10:38pm
G-Braves stay winless in Durham
By staff reports
DURHAM, N.C. – The Durham Bulls (73-42) continued their march toward the International League South Division crown with a convincing 11-3 rout of the Gwinnett Braves (48-66) on Saturday night in game one of the two-game series at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
After a scoreless top of the first inning, the Bulls stuck four runs on the board in the bottom of the first off of Gwinnett starter Kameron Loe (L, 4-3). With two outs and no one aboard, Chris Gimenez singled off the wall in left and Kevin Kiermaier followed with a single. Evan Frey drew a walk to load the bases, and Tim Beckham plated both Gimenez and Kiermaier with a bloop single to right to make it 2-0. Cole Figueroa followed with a single to right scoring Frey for a 3-0 lead.
The G-Braves pulled close in the top of the third against Durham starter Mike Montgomery (W, 6-5). Matt Pagnozzi led off with a walk and Greg Golson doubled to left, putting runners on second and third. Atlanta’s Jordan Schafer, in his first rehab start of the year with Gwinnett, followed with a groundout to short that scored Pagnozzi to make it 3-1. Phil Gosselin then singled to center scoring Golson from second to cut the Durham lead to 3-2.
But that would be as close at the G-Braves would get as their defense would let them down an inning later. In the bottom of the fourth, Kiermaier walked and Frey then hit a ball to the mound. On the play, Loe committed a throwing error to first to put two on with no one out. Beckham hit a ball to shortstop Sean Kazmar, who threw the ball away at second in an attempt to start a double play. The wild throw allowed Kiermaier to score from second for a 4-2 lead. Jason Bourgeois singled to right scoring Frey to raise the Durham lead to 5-2.
In the top of the fifth, the G-Braves edged closer as Pagnozzi (6) led off with a long solo home run to left field to cut the Durham lead to 5-3.
However, the Bulls would have their biggest inning of the night in the bottom of the fifth against Gwinnett reliever Juan Cedeno. Mike Fontenot led off with a double to center. Gimenez bunted to the mound, Cedeno tried to throw out Fontenot at third, but could not, putting runners on the corners with no one out. Kiermaier punched an infield single scoring Fontenot to make it 6-3. Beckham doubled to left scoring Gimenez, Figueroa added a sacrifice fly scoring Kiermaier and Bourgeois ended the four-run inning with a single to right scoring Beckham.
The Bulls would end the scoring for the night by plating two unearned runs against G-Braves’ reliever Mark Lamm in the bottom of the seventh. An error by Gartrell on a fly ball to lead off the inning opened the door for a two-out, two-run double from Shelly Duncan later in that frame.
Loe went 4.0 innings with five runs, three earned on six hits. Cedeno went 1.0 inning with four hits, four earned runs and one strikeout. Lamm followed with 2.0 innings including three hits, two unearned runs and one strikeout. Joe Beimel finished the game for Gwinnett with 1.0 inning, one walk and two strikeouts.
For Gwinnett, Golson and Ernesto Mejia were both 2-for-4. Schafer finished 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI out of the leadoff spot in his first rehab game with the G-Braves.
Durham was led by Figueroa who was 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs. Beckham went 2-for-5 with three RBIs, while Bourgeois went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Duncan also plated a pair on 1-for-5 hitting.
The G-Braves and Bulls will play the final game of the two-game series on Sunday evening at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Gwinnett will start left-hander Yohan Flande (6-6, 4.68), while the Bulls will counter with right-hander Merrill Kelly (5-1, 2.63). Tony Schiavone will have the call on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM. First pitch is set for 5:05 PM.
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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