Posted: Monday, June 9th 2014 at 10:14pm
Martin out-duels Johnson, G-Braves win 2-1
By staff reports
LAWRENCEVILLE -– Cody Martin entered Monday night’s contest having dropped three straight games, but the right-hander twirled a gem to lead the G-Braves to a 2-1 victory over the Rochester Red Wings (36-28) at Coolray Field.
Martin (W, 4-5) tossed 6.2 innings, allowed one run on eight hits, walked one and struck out five to end his slide and send Gwinnett to their second straight win over the Red Wings.
Gwinnett staked him to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning with four hits against left-hander Kris Johnson. Andy Simunic started the rally with a broken-bat single, and Phil Gosselin followed with an RBI triple scoring him from first base. Tyler Pastornicky added an RBI single scoring Gosselin to make it 2-0.
Martin’s only miscue came in the fourth inning. Red Wings’ designated hitter Brad Nelson cut the lead in half, smacking a solo home run to center field.
After the homer, Martin found his groove on the mound. He retired nine straight batters, five via the strikeout as he entered the seventh inning. He ran into trouble in that frame, giving up three hits to load the bases for the top of the order. After retiring Eric Farris on a fielder’s choice, Martin exited.
Left-hander Atahualpa Severino entered with the bases full and gave up a hard smash to James Beresford, but the ball was snagged in the air by third baseman Joe Leonard to keep the lead at 2-1.
Severino (H, 7) retired the side in order in the top of the eighth, striking out two to record his team-leading seventh hold of the season. Juan Jaime (S, 12) worked a perfect ninth inning for the save.
Johnson (L, 2-5) was the tough-luck loser in a complete-game effort. He gave up two runs on eight hits in 8.0 innings, walked none and struck out five. The loss was Johnson’s first since April 19 at Syracuse.
Gosselin led the Gwinnett offense, going 2-for-4 with a triple, run scored and RBI. Christian Bethancourt went 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to eight games with a single in the third inning.
Nelson went 1-for-3 with his third home run of the season for the Red Wings.
The Gwinnett Braves and the Rochester Red Wings conclude the four-game series on Tuesday night at Coolray Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM. Left-hander Daniel Rodriguez (4-6, 3.67) will start for the G-Braves, while the Red Wings will counter with right-hander Trevor May (5-4, 2.80). Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call beginning at 6:20 p.m. on wdun.com, GwinnettBraves.com, Tune-In Radio and the MiLB First Pitch app.
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