Posted: Friday, June 27th 2014 at 11:28pm
Maya, G-Braves Earn Split vs. Toledo
LAWRENCEVILLE – After being pummeled by Toledo on Thursday night, the Gwinnett Braves (39-41) bounced back with a gem from right-hander Yunesky Maya in a 4-1 win over the Mud Hens (39-43) on Friday night at Coolray Field. Tyler Pastornicky’s two-run single snapped a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Maya was brilliant for the G-Braves, hurling 7.0 innings, scattering seven hits and allowing one unearned run. He walked one and struck out six, but did not factor in the decision as he exited in a 1-1 game.
Mud Hens’ starter Robbie Ray was equally strong, allowing one run on five hits over 7.0 innings. He walked one and struck out three in a no-decision.
The G-Braves took advantage of Ray’s exit, pushing across three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. With Corey Knebel in to pitch, Brandon Boggs singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Joe Leonard. Knebel walked the next two hitters to load the bases, but induced Phil Gosselin into a fielder’s choice force out at the plate. Pastornicky followed with a two-run single to right, making it 3-1. Gwinnett added another run on a wild pitch from Knebel to extend the lead to 4-1.
Jorge Reyes (W, 1-3) earned the win with a scoreless eighth inning, while James Hoyt (S, 1) recorded the save with a scoreless ninth. Knebel (L, 0-1) took the loss, giving up three runs on two hits.
Toledo scored their lone run of the game in the second inning, taking advantage of a fielding error by Pastornicky at second base. Brandon Douglas reached on the error, extending the inning for Ezequiel Carrera. His RBI single scored Jordan Lennerton for a 1-0 Mud Hens’ lead.
Gwinnett tied the score in the bottom of the fourth. Gosselin laced a leadoff double off Ray and scored on an RBI single by Pastornicky.
Pastornicky led the G-Braves, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Gosselin went 1-for-4 with his team-leading 19th double and two runs scored.
Carrera led the Mud Hens with two hits, one run scored and one RBI.
The Gwinnett Braves open a two-game series against the Charlotte Knights tomorrow at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. The starter for the G-Braves has yet to be officially announced, while the Knights will counter with right-hander Eric Johnson (1-5, 6.38). 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.
The first 2,000 fans in attendance on Saturday will receive a Chopper Bobble Bank courtesy of Delta Community Credit Union. Tickets are on sale now at the Coolray Field Ticket Office, call 678-277-0340 or visit GwinnettBraves.com to purchase.
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