Posted: Monday, May 12th 2014 at 4:17pm
IronPigs rally again to knock off G-Braves, 4-2
By staff reports
ALLENTOWN, Pa. –- For the second straight day, the Gwinnett Braves went to the bottom of the eighth inning with a 2-1 lead, but couldn’t hold off a late rally by the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. The Iron Pigs (19-18) scored three in the bottom of the eighth and slid past the G-Braves (20-17) by a 4-2 score on Monday afternoon in the finale of the four game series at Coca-Cola Park.
With a one run lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, Wirfin Obispo was called to record his team-leading fifth hold of the season. However, Obispo couldn’t hold off the Iron Pigs late charge. He started the frame with back-to back walks to Tyler Henson and Maikel Franco and then allowed a single to Darren Ruf, loading the bases with no outs. Jim Murphy delivered an infield single, tying the game at 2-2. Obispo then walked Koyie Hill with the bases loaded, pushing across Franco with the go-ahead run at 3-2. Gwinnett pulled Obispo in favor of Mark Lamm, the right-hander limited the damage, but allowed one more run to cross.
In the ninth inning with the score at 4-2, Justin DeFratus retired the side in order to preserve the victory for the Iron Pigs.
Despite losing, things got off to a great start for the G-Braves, scoring two runs in the first inning. Phil Gosselin started the game with a single to left off of Lehigh Valley starter Jonathan Pettibone. With two outs and Gosselin at second base, Mark Hamilton singled to right, scoring Gosselin for a 1-0 lead. Christian Bethancourt followed with an RBI triple to make it 2-0.
Unfortunately, Gwinnett would be held scoreless on three hits the rest of the way, spoiling a fine outing by G-Braves starting pitcher Cody Martin.
Martin recorded a quality start for Gwinnett, tossing 6.0 innings with three hits and one earned run. He walked two and struck out six. His lone blemish came in the fourth inning, as he allowed back-to-back singles to Henson and Franco to start the inning. With runners on the corners, Ruf drove in Henson with a sacrifice fly out, cutting the lead to 2-1.
Pedro Beato replaced Martin in the seventh and worked 1.0 inning with two hits. Obispo (L, 1-2) took the loss, allowing two hits, three runs and three walks without recording an out. Lamm went 1.0 inning with one strikeout.
Pettibone went 5.0 innings for the Iron Pigs. He gave up five hits and two earned runs while striking out one. Ken Giles (W, 1-0) picked up his first win of the season, as he worked the eighth with one hit and one strikeout. De Fratus (S, 2) pitched a scoreless ninth with one strikeout.
Gosselin was 2-for-4 to increase his hitting streak to five games. Todd Cunningham saw his eight-game hitting streak come to an end with a 0-for-1 day.
Susdorf paced Lehigh Valley by going 2-for-3 with one RBI.
The G-Braves will now begin a four game series Tuesday night in Buffalo, NY. LHP Daniel Rodriguez (3-3, 3.08) with start for Gwinnett, The Bisons will start LHP Sean Nolin (2-1, 2.34) First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call beginning at 6:50 p.m. on wdun.com, gwinnettbraves.com, Tune-In Radio and MiLB First Pitch
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