Posted: Sunday, July 13th 2014 at 10:15pm
G-Braves head to All-Star break with a three-game losing streak
By staff reports
NORFOLK, Va. -– The Norfolk Tides (41-57) eased past the Gwinnett Braves (44-54) by a 2-1 score on Sunday night in the finale of the five-game series at Harbor Park.
The game was a pitching duel between starting pitchers Gus Schlosser of Gwinnett and Tyler Wilson of Norfolk. After a scoreless first inning, the G-Braves got on the board in the second on an unearned run. With one out, Steve Lerud walked and moved to second on a single to right by Ozzie Martinez. Jose Constanza hit a ground ball to second where the Tides were able to force out Martinez, but shortstop Ivan DeJesus threw the ball away at first allowing Lerud to score for a 1-0 lead.
The 1-0 advantage held until the bottom of the fourth when Schlosser walked Cord Phelps to lead off the inning. Xavier Paul singled to left to move Phelps to second. Brett Wallace then singled to center, but a fine throw from Todd Cunningham cut down Phelps at the plate and preserved the 1-0 lead. DeJesus singled to load the bases and Francisco Peguero hit a ball behind second that Martinez misplayed allowing Paul to score from third to tie the game at 1-1. Jemile Weeks followed with a single to center, scoring Wallace for a 2-1 lead. DeJesus tried to score as well, but another great throw from Cunningham from center prevented a second run from scoring on the hit.
However, the two-run bottom of the fourth would be all the Tides would need, as Gwinnett could only muster one hit, a single by Constanza, the rest of the way.
Schlosser (L, 5-5) pitched well enough to win but suffered his fifth loss of the season. He went 6.0 innings with five hits, two earned runs, three walks and four strikeouts. Jorge Reyes worked 2.0 innings with one hit and two strikeouts.
Wilson (W, 2-0) was strong in 7.0 innings with five hits, one unearned run, two walks and six strikeouts. Brock Huntzinger went 1.0 inning with one strikeout. Evan Meek (S, 4) pitched 1.0 inning with two strikeouts.
At the plate, Sean Kazmar and Martinez were each 1-for-3 for the G-Braves; Brandon Boggs, Joey Terdoslavich and Constanza were each 1-for-4. The hit by Terdoslavich extended his hitting streak to seven games.
For the Tides, Wallace was 2-for-4 with a run.
The Gwinnett Braves are off for the next three days for the Triple-A All-Star break. The club returns to action on Thursday, July 17 with the opener of an eight-game homestand at Coolray Field. Game one of a four-game series against the Durham Bulls begins at 6:35 p.m. Right-hander Aaron Northcraft (0-2, 7.04) is scheduled to start for Gwinnett. 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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