Posted: Thursday, May 29th 2014 at 11:38pm
Gwinnett Doubles Up Pawtucket, 6-3
By staff reports
PAWTUCKET, RI –The Gwinnett Braves (29-23) beat the Pawtucket Red Sox (27-28) by a 6-3 score Thursday night in the finale of the four game series at McCoy Stadium.
With the win, the G-Braves moved to within 1.5 games of front-running Durham in the International League South standings as the Bulls lost 1-0 at Toledo.
Gwinnett got off to a solid start, scoring a run in the top of the first off of Pawtucket starter Jeremy Kehrt. Tyler Pastornicky laced a one-out double to right to start the rally. Phil Gosselin laid down a bunt single, and an errant throw by Kehrt allowed Pastornicky to score on the play making it 1-0.
In the top of the seventh, Mark Hamilton led off with a double to right off of Red Sox reliever Jose Valdez. Todd Cunningham followed with a sac bunt, and an errant throw by Valdez allowed Cunningham to reach and score Hamilton to make it 2-0. Valdez walked Joey Terdoslavich to put two men on for Edward Salcedo. The third baseman then delivered a long three-run homer to left-center to push the G-Braves lead to 5-0.
In the top of the eighth, former Gwinnett pitcher Chris Resop came in to pitch for the Red Sox, and Gosselin (1) smacked his first offering deep to left for a solo homer, extending the Gwinnett lead to 6-0.
Gwinnett starter Zach Stewart delivered another solid start, but got into trouble with one out in the eighth. Shannon Wilkerson and Travis Henry delivered back-to-back singles and Mike McCoy walked to load the bases. The G-Braves brought Atahualpa Severino in from the bullpen and he gave up a bases-clearing, three-run double to Garin Cecchini, cutting the lead to 6-3. Severino would work his way out of trouble and hold the lead for the G-Braves, while Pedro Beato pitched a scoreless ninth to preserve the win.
Stewart (W, 3-2) went 7.2 innings, allowing six hits, three earned runs with two walks and three strikeouts. Severino worked 0.2 of an inning with two hits and one strikeout. Beato (S, 2) picked up his second save in a scoreless bottom of the ninth with one hit.
Kehrt (L, 0-4) worked 5.0 innings with four hits and one earned run while striking out four. Valdez went 2.0 innings, gave up two hits, four runs (three earned) while walking two and striking out one.
Salcedo paced the G-Braves, as he went 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs. Gosselin extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 2-for-4 night including his first homerun of the season. Pastornicky, in his first game since being optioned from Atlanta, went 2-for-4 with a double, and Constanza was 1-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
For the Red Sox, Wilkerson and Henry were each 2-for-4.
The G-Braves continue the road trip Friday night with game one of a four game series at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY. RHP Cody Martin (3-3, 2.89) will start for Gwinnett. The Red Wings will pitch LHP Kris Johnson (4-2, 2.11). 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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