Posted: Sunday, June 15th 2014 at 10:36pm
G-Braves drop below the .500 mark for the first time since April
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -– The Indianapolis Indians (41-29) scored eight runs in the first two innings off of G-Braves starter Daniel Rodriguez and throttled the Gwinnett Braves (34-35) by a 9-4 score Sunday afternoon in the opener of the four game series at Victory Field.
With the loss, the G-Braves drop below .500 for the first time since they were 5-6 on April 14.
Gwinnett got off to a great start, scoring in the top of the first inning. Phil Gosselin led off the game with a single to left, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Tyler Pastornicky and advanced to third base on a ground out from Joey Terdoslavich. Joe Leonard plated Gosselin with a double to left center, giving the G-Braves the early 1-0 lead.
The lead did not last long, as the Indianapolis Indians scored four runs in the bottom of the first. Chase d’Arnaud led off with a double off the wall and scored on a single to left by Robert Andino, tying the game a 1-1. Brett Morel followed with a single to right, moving Andino to second and putting two runners on for the Indians’ cleanup hitter. Nevin Ashley broke the tie with a single to left, scoring Andino for a 2-1 Indians lead. Mel Rojas, Jr. singled to left to load the bases. Jaff Decker added a run with an RBI single, while Adalberto Santos drove in the final run with sacrifice fly out right, making it 4-1.
It was more of the same in the bottom of the second as d’Arnaud and Andino greeted Rodriguez with back-to-back singles to start the frame. Matt Hague (10) crushed a three-run homer to deep left-center for a 7-1 lead. Indians added one more run in the frame, chasing Rodriguez’ after allowing eight runs in the contest.
Ian Thomas pitched very well after surrendering one inherited run. Thomas pitched 3.1 innings with three hits and five strikeouts.
With the Braves down by seven runs, the offense got to work in the fourth inning. Leonard led off with walk, and Brandon Boggs (4) followed with a two-run home run to left to cut the lead to 8-3.
But in the bottom of the seventh, G-Braves relief pitcher Atahualpa Severino gave up a one out triple to right center to Rojas and a single to Decker to push the Indianapolis lead to 9-3.
The final run of the game came off the bat of Gwinnett’s Mark Hamilton (6). The first baseman hit a long solo homer to right to start the eighth against reliever Josh Kinney to make it 9-4. However, that would be as close as the G-Braves would get.
Rodriguez (L, 4-8) had his shortest outing of the season, working only 1.2 innings with 10 hits, 8 earned runs, one walk and one strikeout to earn his team-leading eighth loss of the season.
Wilk (W, 5-5) tossed 7.0 innings with six hits, three earned runs, two walks and six strikeouts. Kinney went 1.0 inning with one hit, one earned run and one strikeout. Andy Oliver pitched 1.0 inning with one hit.
Gwinnett was led by Gosselin who was 2-for-4 with one run. Hamilton was 1-for-2 with his sixth homer of the season and one RBI. Both Leonard and Boggs were 1-for-3 with each contributing one RBI and Boggs connecting on his fourth homer of the season.
The G-Braves and Indians continue the four game series at Victory Field Monday night. RHP Gus Schlosser (3-2, 4.85) will get the start for Gwinnett. RHP Tyler Waldron (2-2, 3.64) is scheduled to start for the Indians. 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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