Posted: Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 5:04pm
Tides come back to whip G-Braves, 7-4
By staff reports
NORFOLK, VIRGINIA – Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth, the Norfolk Tides erupted for four runs against right-hander Cody Martin and defeated the Gwinnett Braves by a 7-4 score in the finale of the three-game series at Harbor Park.
The G-Braves (4-3) rolled out to an early lead in the top of the first. Jose Constanza led off with a single to center off Tides’ starter Kevin Gausman, and Todd Cunningham followed with a double to left moving Constanza to third. Tommy La Stella lifted a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Constanza for a 1-0 lead. Cunningham, who moved to third on the play, later scored on a groundout to third by Ernesto Mejia to raise the lead to 2-0.
Gwinnett added a run in the third inning against Gausman. Derrick Mitchell smacked a one-out double to left and Steve Lerud followed with a walk. Sean Kazmar then grounded to shortstop Ivan DeJesus, who flipped the ball to second baseman Jemile Weeks to start a double play. Weeks, however, threw the ball wildly to first allowing Mitchell to score for a 3-0 G-Braves’ lead.
Martin had a 3-0 lead and was cruising along until the bottom of the fourth. He struck out Henry Urrutia to lead off the inning, his fifth consecutive strikeout. But Brett Wallace singled and scored from first on a double to left by Johnny Monell, cutting Gwinnett’s lead to 3-1. DeJesus doubled to left scoring Monell to make it 3-2 and Xavier Paul tied the game at 3-3 with a double scoring DeJesus. One out later, a single by Quentin Berry scored Paul from second to give the Tides a 4-3 lead.
Norfolk (2-5) added a run in the bottom of the fifth against Gwinnett reliever Atahualpa Severino as Julio Borbon led off the inning with a walk, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch for a 5-3 lead.
The G-Braves edged closer in the top of the seventh as La Stella drew a bases loaded walk from Norfolk reliever Nick Additon to cut the deficit to 5-4.
But in the bottom of the seventh, the Tides scored twice against G-Braves reliever Mark Lamm. Urrutia slammed a bases loaded two-run double to left to increase the lead to 7-4.
Martin (L, 0-1) went 4.0 innings for the G-Braves with six hits, four earned runs and five strikeouts. Severino pitched 2.0 innings with one hit, one earned run, one walk and two strikeouts. Lamm worked the final 2.0 innings with two hits, two earned runs, three walks and three strikeouts.
Gausman pitched 4.0 innings for the Tides. He allowed four hits and two earned runs while walking three and striking out four. Additon (W, 1-0) went 4.0 innings with one hit, one unearned run, two walks and two strikeouts. Brad Brach (S, 1) pitched a scoreless ninth with one strikeout.
At the plate, Constanza was 2-for-5 for Gwinnett. La Stella was 0-for-1 with two RBIs.
Urrutia and Paul were each 2-for-4 to pace Norfolk.
Following a 4-3 road trip, the Gwinnett Braves head to Coolray Field for the 2014 Home Opener on Friday night at 7:05 PM. Game one of a three-game series against the Durham Bulls features LHP Daniel Rodriguez (1-0, 1.80) for the G-Braves against LHP Mike Montgomery (1-0, 0.00) for the Bulls. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call beginning at 6:50 PM on wdun.com, GwinnettBraves.com, TuneIn Radio and the MiLB First Pitch app.
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