Posted: Wednesday, July 9th 2014 at 10:25pm
Syracuse Doubles Up Gwinnett in Finale, 8-4
LAWRENCEVILLE – The Gwinnett Braves had a tough task on Wednesday night as they faced the No. 2 prospect in the Washington Nationals’ organization, pitcher A.J. Cole. The Syracuse right-hander allowed four runs over 6.0 innings, leading the Chiefs (55-37) to an 8-4 win over the G-Braves (43-50) at Coolray Field.
Cole (W, 1-0) scattered six hits and struck out five to collect his first Triple-A win.
Despite his victory, Cole struggled early as the G-Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Jose Constanza doubled to start the frame and scored on an RBI double by Phil Gosselin. Joey Terdoslavich then doubled home Gosselin, extending the lead to 2-0.
Syracuse tied the game in the top of the third inning, connecting for three straight hits against right-hander Aaron Northcraft. Emmanuel Burriss reached on a leadoff single and scored on a double by Jeff Kobernus. Kobernus scored on an RBI single by Steven Souza, Jr., making it 2-2.
Terdoslavich (7) opened the fourth inning with a solo home run to straightaway center off Cole, making it 3-2 Gwinnett.
The Chiefs regained the lead in the top of the fifth inning, as the top of the order recorded four hits and scored three runs. Souza drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly-out to center, while Tyler Moore and Zach Walters delivered RBI singles to push the lead to 5-3.
Edward Salcedo (7) cut into the deficit with a solo homer to left in the bottom of the fifth inning, making it 5-4.
But the Chiefs put the game out of reach, adding two more runs in the top of the sixth inning and one more in the ninth. Burriss laced his third hit of the game, scoring Sandy Leon who had doubled to start the sixth. Another run came home on a fielding error by Gosselin at third base, making it 7-4. Syracuse added their final run on a bases-loaded walk to Leon in the ninth.
Daniel Stange (H, 6) and Manny Delcarmen (S, 4) combined for 3.0 scoreless innings in relief to preserve the victory. Delcarmen picked up the save with 2.0 scoreless innings.
Northcraft (L, 0-2) took the loss for the G-Braves. The right-hander went 5.0 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits. He finished the night with four strikeouts.
Terdoslavich went 2-for-4 with the home run and two RBIs to lead the G-Braves. Gosselin added two hits, including his team-leading 24th double, and one RBI.
Burriss paced the offense for the Chiefs, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI. Souza added three hits on the night. He finished the four-game series hitting .750 (9-for-12) with three doubles, one triple and six RBIs.
The Gwinnett Braves hit the road for a five-game, four-day series against the Norfolk Tides. Thursday’s series opener at Harbor Park begins at 7:05 PM. Right-hander Cody Martin (6-6, 3.17) will start for the G-Braves against left-hander Chris Jones (5-5, 3.84) of the Tides. 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 G-Braves return to Coolray Field on Thursday, July 17 as they open a four-game series against the Durham Bulls. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM. 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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