Posted: Friday, August 9th 2013 at 10:03pm
IronPigs pound out 16 hits in win over G-Braves
By staff reports
LAWRENCEVILLE -– In his first start in the state of Georgia since being selected by Philadelphia in the seventh round of the 2010 First Year Player Draft, former Georgia State University right-hander David Buchanan hurled seven innings of one-run baseball to lead the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to a 6-1 victory over the Gwinnett Braves on Monday night.
Buchanan (2-0), making just his second Triple-A start, held the G-Braves’ offense to one unearned run on six hits while striking out one to collect his second-straight victory.
Lehigh Valley (61-60) got off to a solid start against Gwinnett Braves’ starter Yohan Flande, scoring a run in the top of the second inning. Leandro Castro led off the frame with a single to left and scored on an RBI double by Cameron Rupp, making it 1-0.
The IronPigs increased the lead to 4-0, scoring single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. In the top of the fourth, Derrick Mitchell hit a solo homer with one out to raise the Lehigh Valley lead to 2-0. In the fifth and sixth innings, the IronPigs used a little small ball to score insurance runs. Steve Susdorf led off the fifth with a single, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Fields and scored on an RBI Double by Cody Overbeck. In the sixth, Mitchell singled, advanced on a bunt and scored on sacrifice fly by Freddy Galvis, extending the lead to 4-0.
Lehigh Valley put the game out of reach in the seventh inning, scoring two runs and extending their lead to 6-0. Back-to-back walks by reliever Juan Cedeno put runners on first and second with no outs for Overbeck, who promptly singled to make it 5-0. Rupp added the other RBI, collecting his second RBI double of the game.
The G-Braves (51-70) finally got on the board against Buchanan in the bottom of the seventh. Alden Carrithers reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on a two-out single by Joe Leonard. With runners on first and second, pinch hitter Greg Golson reached on an infield single. An errant throw by the third baseman Fields on the slow roller allowed Carrithers to score, making it 6-1. Jordan Schafer came up with a chance to make it interesting, but the Atlanta Braves outfielder grounded out to end the inning, leaving runners stranded at second and third.
Flande (L, 7-7) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on 10 hits in 5.0 innings. He struck out five, but saw his four-game winning streak snapped. Cedeno gave up three runs over 2.0 innings, and Joe Beimel and Andrew Russell each threw scoreless innings in relief for Gwinnett.
Offensively, the G-Braves were held to eight hits. Phil Gosselin went 2-for-3, while Ernesto Mejia went 2-for-4. Schafer went 0-for-4 in his eighth rehab game, while Atlanta Braves’ catcher Gerald Laird went 0-for-3 in his first rehab game.
Lehigh Valley picked up 16 hits on the evening, as six players recorded multi-hit games. Overbeck and Mitchell led the way, collecting a game-high three hits each, with Overbeck adding two RBIs. Rupp also recorded two RBIs on 2-for-5 hitting.
The Gwinnett Braves and Lehigh Valley IronPigs continue their four-game series on Saturday night at 7:05 PM. Right-hander Cody Martin (2-3, 2.96) will pitch for the G-Braves, as he will match up with left-hander Greg Smith (6-2, 2.50) of the IronPigs. The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.
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