Posted: Friday, July 18th 2014 at 10:02pm
G-Braves blanked again by Bulls, 1-0
By staff reports
LAWRENCEVILLE -- For the second night in a row, the Durham pitching staff delivered a shutout as the Bulls claimed a 1-0 win over the Gwinnett Braves on Friday night at Coolray Field.
Right-hander Nathan Karns and relievers Steve Geltz and Josh Lueke combined on the three-hitter for the Bulls.
The G-Braves’ offense has now been held scoreless for 25.1 consecutive innings, the club’s longest scoring drought since a 28.1-inning streak from August 24-27, 2012.
The second rehab start for Atlanta Braves’ catcher Evan Gattis was a bright spot for Gwinnett (44-56). Even though he finished the game 0-for-2 with a groundout to third and a fly-out to right, Gattis was able to catch five innings before being replaced by Jose Yepez in the top of the sixth.
Right-hander Kanekoa Texeira (L, 1-2) was impressive over 6.0 innings, scattering three hits and allowing just one unearned run. Despite that strong outing, he took the loss as the Bulls (55-44) scratched out the game’s lone run in the fourth.
Vince Belnome drew a leadoff walk from Texeira, and two batters later, Jeremy Moore lined a single into right-center. Right fielder Edward Salcedo cut the ball off in the gap, but mishandled it for a fielding error. That miscue allowed Belnome to round third and score.
Texeira never yielded another hit after the Moore single, and relievers Carlos Fisher, Atahualpa Severino and Terry Doyle combined for one hit over 3.0 scoreless innings. However, the G-Braves’ offense never overcame the 1-0 deficit.
Geltz (H, 7) replaced Karns and added 1.1 scoreless innings, striking out one. Lueke (S, 6) worked around a one-out walk to Joey Terdoslavich in the ninth to preserve the win.
For the G-Braves, Terdoslavich reached base three times, going 1-for-2 to extend his hitting streak to nine games. Todd Cunningham and Salcedo both went 1-for-3. Phil Gosselin went 0-for-3, snapping his 10-game hitting streak.
Jayson Nix led the Bulls, going 2-for-3 with a double.
The Gwinnett Braves and the Durham Bulls play game three of the four-game series on Saturday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM. Right-hander Gus Schlosser (5-5, 4.00) will start for the G-Braves, while the Bulls will counter with right-hander Alex Colome (4-2, 3.86). 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 Van Earl Wright and Dave Lezotte.
On Saturday, the first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a Ron Gant Bobblehead courtesy of WAGA Fox 5 Atlanta and Coolray Heating & Cooling. Gant, a former Atlanta Brave and current co-host of Good Day Atlanta on Fox 5, will be on hand to sign autographs and throw out the ceremonial first pitch! 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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