Posted: Sunday, May 25th 2014 at 12:53am
G-Braves Edge Tides, 4-3
By staff reports
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Despite being out-hit 10-5 on Saturday night, the Gwinnett Braves (27-20) came from behind to clip the Norfolk Tides (18-30) 4-3 at Coolray Field.
Despite winning the third game of the series, the G-Braves could not reclaim first place in the International League South Division as the Durham Bulls won again at Columbus, 5-2.
Norfolk jumped out to the lead for the third straight game, scoring in the top of the first inning off starter Zach Stewart. After retiring the first two batters, Stewart gave up a single to Cord Phelps, a walk to Brett Wallace and an RBI single to Francisco Peguero, making it 1-0.
In the bottom of the third inning, Edward Salcedo (4) belted a fastball over the left field fence off Tides starter Nick Additon. His solo home run tied the game at 1-1.
The Tides took the lead again in the top of the fourth inning, scoring two runs on three hits. Peguero reached on a fielding error by Salcedo to start the inning, while hits by Xavier Paul and Buck Britton loaded the bases with no outs. Jonny Monell delivered an RBI single, while Quintin Berry drove in the second run of the inning with an RBI groundout.
The G-Braves cut the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of sixth with a little trickery. Ozzie Martinez started the inning with a triple; and with two outs scored as Brandon Boggs was caught stealing. Boggs stayed in a rundown long enough for Martinez to score.
Martinez was back at it in the bottom of the seventh. The G-Braves loaded the bases on two walks and single off reliever Josh Stinson, and Martinez delivered a two-run single to right field to give the G-Braves a 4-3 lead.
“I was relaxed,” said Martinez about his at-bat in the seventh. “I just wanted to stay with my approach middle away and get a good pitch hit and I got a hit to right.”
With the lead in hand, the G-Braves bullpen twirled two scoreless innings to claim the victory. Atahualapa Severino (W, 2-1) recorded the win, hurling 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. He came in for Stewart, who pitched a fine game. The right-hander went 6.1 innings, allowing three runs, two earned on eight hits. Stewart walked two and struck out five. Juan Jaime (S, 10) converted his 10th save in as many opportunities as he worked around two hits in the ninth.
Stinson (L, 0-2) was tagged for his second loss of the season. He gave up three runs on three hits in 4.0 innings. He relieved Additon, who tossed 4.0 innings of one-run baseball in a spot start for the Tides.
The G-Braves were held to five hits on the night. Martinez was the lone Brave with multi-hit night, as he went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs.
Britton, Monell and Ivan DeJesus each logged two hits for Norfolk.
The Gwinnett Braves and Norfolk Tides conclude the series on Sunday afternoon with a 2:05 PM first pitch at Coolray Field. Right-hander Cody Martin (3-2, 2.76) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves, while the Tides will counter with right-hander Kevin Gausman (0-2, 2.90). Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on wdun.com, GwinnettBraves.com, TuneIn Radio and the MiLB First Pitch app.
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