Posted: Wednesday, August 14th 2013 at 9:00pm
Flande, G-Braves hold off Bulls
By staff reports
LAWRENCEVILLE -– The Gwinnett Braves have struggled against the Durham Bulls in 2013, dropping 11 of 16 games. However, Yohan Flande has had Durham’s number, winning all three of his starts against them this year. His dominance continued on Wednesday, as the left-hander hurled 7.0 innings with two unearned runs on three hits and seven strikeouts to lead the G-Braves to a 6-2 win over the Bulls at Coolray Field.
Flande (W, 8-7), is now 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA in six appearances, three starts against the Bulls this year. He got a huge lift from the offense as the G-Braves scored six runs on six hits in the bottom of the third inning against Durham starter Mike Montgomery.
Jose Constanza started things off with a one-out single. He scored on an RBI triple by Todd Cunningham, and a sacrifice fly by Brandon Boggs scored Cunningham to make it 2-0. With two outs and the bases cleared, Gwinnett went back to work as Ernesto Mejia and Phil Gosselin connected on back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second. After a walk to Stefan Gartrell, Joe Leonard plated two with a single to center. Jose Yepez followed with a two-run double to left, extending the lead to 6-0.
The Bulls (76-49) scored their only two runs of the game in the top of the seventh. Leslie Anderson reached first base on fielding error by shortstop Luis Nunez with one out. Shelley Duncan followed with a double down the left line, putting two runners in scoring position with one out. Kevin Kiermaier delivered an RBI single, while Craig Albernaz drove in Duncan with an RBI groundout to third base, cutting the lead to 6-2.
That would be as close as the Bulls would get, as Flande got Cole Figueroa to fly out to end the seventh inning. Ryan Buchter and Mark Lamm each tossed a scoreless inning to end the game. Buchter worked 1.0 inning with two walks and one strikeout and Lamm finished with 1.0 inning and two strikeouts.
Montgomery (L, 7-6) suffered the loss, tossing 4.0 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits with two strikeouts.
Gosselin paced the Gwinnett offense, going 2-for-4 with a run scored to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Mejia and Constanza both went 2-for-4, and Leonard and Yepez each plated two RBIs.
Kiermaier and Albernaz both finished 1-for-4 with an RBI for Durham.
The Gwinnett Braves (54-72) and Durham Bulls return to action on Thursday night at 6:05 PM as they play game three of their four game series. Left-hander Sean Gilmartin (3-7, 5.88) will get the ball for the G-Braves as he matches up against right-hander Merrill Kelly (6-3, 3.45) of the Bulls. The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.
Thursday night is another “$ Thursday” at Coolray Field featuring $3 food and beverage specials all game long! All Lawn Seats are also just $3. To purchase tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com.
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