Posted: Thursday, July 17th 2014 at 10:11pm
G-Braves grounded by Andriese, Bulls
By staff reports
LAWRENCEVILLE -– Durham right-hander Matt Andriese fired 7 2/3 scoreless innings to lead the Bulls (54-44) to a 7-0 win over the Gwinnett Braves (44-55) on Thursday night at Coolray Field. Atlanta Braves’ catcher Evan Gattis began his minor league rehab stint as the G-Braves’ designated hitter and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Andriese (W, 11-4) limited the G-Braves to five hits – all singles – to pick up his 11th win of the season. He walked three and struck out six in a 94-pitch, 66-strike outing.
Gattis, on Atlanta’s 15-day disabled list with a bulging thoracic disc since June 29, played in his first game since June 27 at Philadelphia. He grounded into a double play, grounded out to third base, struck out swinging against Andriese and struck out swinging against reliever Adam Liberatore in his four at-bats.
Gwinnett right-hander Aaron Northcraft struggled in his fifth Triple-A start, yielding six runs on 11 hits over 5.1 innings. Northcraft (L, 0-3) walked one and struck out three.
The Bulls opened up a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Jeremy Moore doubled down the right-field line scoring Justin Christian and Vince Belnome. Durham added two more runs in the fourth inning on RBI singles by Wilson Betemit and Ali Solis; then increased the lead to 6-0 in the sixth on RBI singles by Solis and Hak-Ju Lee.
Right-hander Pedro Beato relieved Northcraft in the sixth and allowed the game’s final run in the seventh on another RBI single by Betemit. Left-hander Ryan Buchter and right-hander James Hoyt combined for 2.0 scoreless innings to finish the game for Gwinnett.
Liberatore followed Andriese with 1.1 scoreless innings, capping a five-hit shutout for the Bulls.
The G-Braves grounded into a season-high five double plays in the loss. Ozzie Martinez had two of the club’s five hits, going 2-for-2. Joey Terdoslavich went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
Betemit and Moore each finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs to lead Durham. Solis added a 2-for-4 game, including two RBIs.
The Gwinnett Braves and the Durham Bulls play game two of the four-game series on Friday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Kanekoa Texeira (1-1, 5.06) will start for the G-Braves, while the Bulls will counter with right-hander Nathan Karns (6-5, 5.63). Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call beginning at 6:50 p.m. 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 Van Earl Wright and Dave Lezotte.
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