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G-Braves earn doubleheader split with Mud Hens

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LAWRENCEVILLE - After dropping the first game in dramatic fashion 7-5 on Wednesday night, the Gwinnett Braves (38-40) earned a doubleheader split with the Toledo Mud Hens (38-42) with a 7-1 win in the nightcap. Right-hander Cody Martin tossed a 7.0-inning complete game to lead the G-Braves to victory in game two.

The first game started on Tuesday night, with Gwinnett jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning against Duane Below. Phil Gosselin (2) clubbed a solo home run to left to put the G-Braves on top, however, rain suspended the action in the second inning.

The G-Braves were eager to get back to diamond on Wednesday, scoring three runs on five hits against reliever Kyle Lobstein in the bottom of the third inning. Jose Constanza led off with a single, advanced to second on a single by Gosselin and scored on an RBI double by Tyler Pastornicky, making it 2-0. Gosselin would score on an RBI single by Joey Terdoslavich, while Pastornicky came across on a sacrifice fly by Christian Bethancourt, pushing the score to 4-0.

Tyler Collins cut the lead to three with one swing of the bat in the top of the fourth. The outfielder smacked an offering from reliever Kanekoa Texeira for a home run to right, making it 4-1.

Toledo scored another run off Texeira in the seventh, but the right-hander was solid in his debut for the G-Braves. He went 5.1 innings, scattering seven hits and allowing two runs.

He was in line for the victory, but Ryan Buchter (L, 2-3) was roughed up for five runs in the ninth inning. In his first game since being optioned back to Gwinnett by Atlanta, the left-hander loaded the bases and gave up a grand slam to Ben Guez, giving the Mud Hens a 6-4 lead. Toledo added another run on a solo homer by Brandon Douglas to extend the lead to 7-4.

The G-Braves tried to claw back in the bottom half of the frame, scoring a run on RBI single by Todd Cunningham and bringing the winning run to plate in Brandon Boggs, but Kevin Whelan (S, 16) got Boggs to fly out to end the game.

Lobstein (W, 5-7) picked up the win, tossing 7.0 innings and allowing three runs on nine hits. He struck out one and one walk.

In the nightcap, the G-Braves surged to a 3-0 lead in the third inning on three solo homers off Mike Belfiore. Gosselin (3) and Cunningham (3) hit back-to-back homers to start the frame, while Terdoslavich (4) homered for the first time since May 17 to push the lead to 3-0.

Gwinnett added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth against reliever Daniel Schlereth. The G-Braves sent eight men to plate and took advantage of three walks and two fielding errors to extend the lead to 6-0.

It was more than enough for Martin (W, 5-6), who allowed one run on three hits over 7.0 innings. His lone blemish came in the fifth inning, when he gave up a solo home run to Guez.

Belfiore (L, 2-4) took the loss in the second game. He went 3.0 innings, allowing three runs on six hits.

Gosselin led the G-Braves, going a combined 5-for-7 with two homers and two RBIs. Terdoslavich finished the day 3-for-9 with a homer and two RBIs.

Guez led the Mud Hens, going 4-for-6 with two homers and five RBIs.

The Gwinnett Braves and Toledo Mud Hens play game three of the four-game series at Coolray Field on Thursday night, first pitch scheduled for 6:35 PM. Left-hander Daniel Rodriguez (4-8, 4.55) is slated to start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Drew Verhagen (3-7, 4.07) will counter for the Mud Hens. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call beginning at 6:20 p.m. on,, 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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