Posted: Monday, May 26th 2014 at 8:27am
Tides Rout G-Braves in Finale, 8-2
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – With a chance to win the series and finish the homestand with a winning mark, the Gwinnett Braves (27-21) were instead handcuffed by highly-touted pitching prospect Kevin Gausman as the Norfolk Tides (19-30) took the series finale 8-2 on Sunday.
Gausman (W, 1-2), who is rated the No. 2 overall prospect in the Baltimore Orioles organization by Baseball America, tossed 6.1 scoreless innings. He allowed four hits and struck out three to record his first win of the 2014 campaign.
For the fourth straight game, the Tides jumped out to an early lead.
In the second inning, Norfolk scored three runs on three hits against Gwinnett starter Cody Martin. Francisco Peguero reached on an error, and back-to-back hits by Brett Wallace and Buck Britton loaded the bases. Brian Ward walked to push the first run across, Julio Borbon grounded out to plate the second run and Jemile Weeks singled to make it 3-0.
Norfolk added to the lead in the fourth inning, scoring two runs on three hits. Quintin Berry started the inning with a triple and scored on an RBI single by Borbon. After two-out walks to Ivan DeJesus and Xavier Paul, Peguero scored Borbon with an infield single, extending the lead to 5-0.
Martin (L, 3-3) was removed after 4.0 innings. In his shortest outing since April 10 at Norfolk, the right-hander allowed five runs, two earned on a season-high seven hits. He walked three and struck out one.
After Martin’s exit, the Tides continued to pour it on against the Gwinnett bullpen. Ryan Buchter allowed two runs in the sixth inning, yielding a sacrifice fly to Paul and an RBI single to Peguero to make it 7-0. In the ninth, Berry doubled off Mitch Atkins and scored on an RBI single by Weeks, pushing the lead to 8-0.
Buchter tossed 2.0 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with one strikeout, while Atkins hurled 3.0 innings, allowing one run on three hits.
The G-Braves ended the shutout in the top of the ninth inning against reliever Evan Meek. Phil Gosselin started the inning with a one-out single and Mark Hamilton drove him in with an RBI double. Hamilton advanced to third on a balk and scored on an infield single by Christian Bethancourt. The rally stopped there, however, as Meek retired Ozzie Martinez to end the game.
Gosselin went 2-for-4 for the G-Braves, raising his batting average to .341 on the season. Bethancourt went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the losing cause.
Peguero and Weeks led the Tides, as they each finished 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs. Berry went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
The Gwinnett Braves open an eight-game road trip on Monday night in Pawtucket, RI. Game one of a four-game series vs. the Pawtucket Red Sox begins with a 6:15 PM start at McCoy Stadium. Left-hander Daniel Rodriguez (4-4, 3.12) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves, while the PawSox will counter with right-hander Anthony Ranaudo (4-3, 3.27). Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on wdun.com, GwinnettBraves.com, TuneIn Radio and the MiLB First Pitch app.
The G-Braves’ next home game at Coolray Field is Tuesday, June 3 at 6:35 PM vs. Columbus. For tickets, call the Coolray Field Ticket Office at 678-277-0340 or visit GwinnettBraves.com.
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