Posted: Friday, June 20th 2014 at 11:30pm
G-Braves' pitching holds strong in 1-0 win
By Staff reports
LAWRENCEVILLE -– It took over eight innings, but the Gwinnett Braves (36-37) scored the game’s only run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Louisville Bats (38-37) 1-0 at Coolray Field. Joey Terdoslavich’s single to center scored Brandon Boggs to give the G-Braves a “walk-off” victory in the series opener.
In front 6,495 fans, the Bats and G-Braves kept each other scoreless through the first eight frames of the game. However, in the bottom of the ninth inning, Gwinnett finally scored the winning run. Boggs laced a two-out pinch-hit single to center off Tim Crabbe, moved to second on a walk to Mark Hamilton and scored on Terdoslavich’s ground ball to center.
“I was just trying to get a good pitch to hit and make solid contact,” said Terdoslavich about his game-winner in the ninth.
The G-Braves were kept in the game behind the strong pitching of starter Cody Martin. The right-hander pitched a solid game, hurling 6.0 scoreless innings, scattering five hits with four walks and six strikeouts. He threw 107 pitches, 62 for strikes.
Martin turned the game over to the bullpen in the seventh, and Gwinnett relievers combined for 3.0 scoreless innings. Atahualpa Severino kept the Bats off the scoreboard with 2.0 innings of scoreless relief, while James Hoyt (W, 1-0) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to collect the win in his Triple-A debut.
“The bats bailed us out at the beginning of the season, it was good to return the favor tonight,” said Gwinnett pitching coach Marty Reed. “Our pitchers did a tremendous job of getting out of trouble.”
Gwinnett won despite tying a season high with four errors. The Bats were never able to capitalize, going 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranding 13 baserunners.
Brett Marshall tossed a fine game for Louisville, working 5.0 scoreless innings. He allowed three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Elvin Ramirez, Ryan Dennick and Curtis Partch added scoreless frames, and Crabbe (L, 3-6) suffered the loss with a run over 0.2 innings.
Phil Gosselin paced the G-Braves’ attack, going 1-for-4 with a double, while Terdoslavich went 1-for-2 with two walks and one RBI.
Louisville was held to five hits on the night.
The Gwinnett Braves and Louisville Bats play game two of the four-game series on Saturday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Left-hander Daniel Rodriguez (4-8, 4.83) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Chien-Ming Wang (7-5, 3.57) will counter for the Bats. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call beginning at 6:50 PM on WDUN.com, GwinnettBraves.com, Tune-In Radio and the MiLB First Pitch app. The game will also be televised on the MeTV network, WSB-TV Channel 2.2 with broadcasters Mike Morgan, Dave Lezotte and Van Earl Wright.
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