Posted: Monday, June 23rd 2014 at 10:08pm
Schlosser stymies Bats, leads G-Braves to Victory
By staff reports
LAWRENCEVILLE -Ė After using five pitchers in their 12-inning affair on Sunday afternoon, the Gwinnett Braves were in need of a big pitching performance by highly-touted prospect Gus Schlosser. The right-hander delivered, tossing 7.0 innings of one-run baseball to lead the G-Braves to an 8-1 win over the Louisville Bats on Monday afternoon.
Schlosser (W, 4-3) won his fourth game of the year, scattering four hits and allowing one earned run on the day. He struck out six and walked one in his longest outing of the season.
Things didnít get off to a promising start for Schlosser, as Louisville jumped out to a 1-0 lead in top of the third. Kristopher Negron doubled and scored on a two-out triple by Jason Bourgeois, making it 1-0.
Schlosser settled down after the third inning, retiring 12 of the next 16 batters he faced and allowing Gwinnett to climb back in the game.
The G-Braves answered in the bottom half of the third inning against former Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens. Ozzie Martinez walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Schlosser and scored on an RBI single by Jose Constanza.
Gwinnett took the lead against Jurrjens in the sixth. With two outs, Mark Hamilton walked and Christian Bethancourt singled to put runners on the corners for Todd Cunningham. The outfielder delivered with an RBI double down the right field line, making it 2-1.
Gwinnett broke it open in the eighth inning, sending 11 men to the plate and scoring six runs on three hits. Constanza had the big knock, as his single scored two, while Brandon Boggs, Steve Lerud and Tyler Pastornicky each added an RBI during the frame.
Jurrjens (L, 1-2) was the tough-luck loser for Louisville. The one-time G-Brave tossed 6.1 innings, scattering nine hits and allowing two runs. He walked three and struck out three. Curtis Partch allowed five runs over 1.0 inning in relief.
Following Schlosserís outing, newest G-Braves reliever Terry Doyle (H, 1) added a scoreless eighth inning and James Hoyt pitched a scoreless non-save ninth.
Constanza led the G-Braves, going 4-for-5 with three RBIs, while Cunningham added two hits and an RBI.
Louisville was held to five hits on the day. Bourgeois finished 1-for-4 with an RBI triple.
The Gwinnett Braves continue the 10-game homestand on Tuesday night at Coolray Field as they open a four-game series against the Toledo Mud Hens. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. The starting pitcher for the G-Braves has yet to be announced, while the Mud Hens will start left-hander Duane Below (6-1, 3.94). 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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