Posted: Tuesday, June 17th 2014 at 11:39pm
Gwinnett Holds Off Indianapolis, 2-1
INDIANAPOLIS – The Gwinnett Braves (35-36) broke a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Indianapolis Indians (42-30) on Tuesday night at Victory Field. Gwinnett’s win in game three of the four-game series was the club’s first in Indianapolis since July 18, 2012, snapping a string of seven consecutive losses.
The G-Braves rode the strong pitching of starter Yunesky Maya and the bullpen to win their second game on the current eight-game road trip. Maya (W, 3-1) pitched 6.2 scoreless, five-hit innings, extending his active scoreless streak to 15.1 innings dating back to June 7. He walked two and struck out five.
Christian Bethancourt (3) gave Gwinnett a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning with a one-out solo home run to left-center off Indianapolis starter A.J. Morris.
The lead grew to 2-0 in the top of the seventh. Ozzie Martinez singled to right off reliever Josh Wall, moved to second on a wild pitch and went to third on a single to right by Jose Constanza. The G-Braves then executed a double steal as Constanza swiped second, prompting a throw from Indians’ catcher Tony Sanchez. Martinez then broke for home and beat the return throw, scoring the run.
The Indians made a charge in the bottom of the seventh, but this time the G-Braves bullpen was up to the challenge. With the bases loaded and two outs, Kameron Loe (H, 1) came out of the bullpen to strike out Robert Andino to preserve the 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, Chase d’Arnaud led off with a double down the left field line and scored on a single to right by Matt Hague, cutting the lead to 2-1. Sanchez bunted Hague to second to put the tying run in scoring position. Left-hander Ryan Buchter (H, 4) replaced Loe and got Chris McGuiness to fly out deep to left-center for the second out. After a walk, Buchter struck out Michael Martinez to preserve the one-run lead.
Juan Jamie (S, 13) then struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth, converting his 13th consecutive save on the season.
Following the outstanding start by Maya, Atahualpa Severino, Loe, Buchter and Jaime combined to allow one run over the final 2.1 innings for Gwinnett.
Morris (L, 1-2) picked up the loss for the Indians in 5.0 innings of work. He gave up one earned run on five hits, walked two and struck out three. Wall went 2.0 innings with four hits, one earned run and four strikeouts. Josh Kinney worked the final 2.0 innings with one hit and one strikeout.
Bethancourt led the Gwinnett attack with a 3-for-4 night including his third homer of the year and one RBI. Phil Gosselin was 2-for-3 with a double, Constanza was 2-for-3 and Martinez was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Todd Cunningham, playing in his first game since being activated off the disabled list, was 1-for-4.
d’Arnaud was 2-for-3 for the Indians with a double and a run, while McGuiness was 2-for-4.
The Gwinnett Braves conclude their eight-game road trip with a 1:35 PM game against the Indianapolis Indians tomorrow at Victory Field. Left-hander Alex Wood (0-0, 0.00) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Nick Kingham (0-0, 0.00) will counter for the Indians. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call beginning at 1:20 PM on WDUN.com, GwinnettBraves.com, Tune-In Radio and the MiLB First Pitch app.
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