Posted: Monday, July 21st 2014 at 10:54pm
G-Braves drop pitcher’s duel, 2-1
By staff reports
LAWRENCEVILLE -– In a tightly contested pitching duel, the Gwinnett Braves (46-57) squandered a solid start by right-hander Cody Martin and fell to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (48-54) 2-1 on Monday night.
Martin tossed a season-high 7.2 innings and allowed just one run in a no-decision, but his quality effort wasn’t enough as the RailRiders scored a run in the ninth to win the game.
Gwinnett got off to a solid start as Joey Terdoslavich connected for his eighth home run of the year in the bottom of the second inning. He took the first offering from right-hander Bruce Billings deep to right, giving the G-Braves a 1-0 lead.
Rob Refsnyder knotted the game up with a double in the top of the third inning against Martin. Taylor Dugas started the inning with an infield single, moved to second on a throwing error by third baseman Phil Gosselin and scored on the double, making it 1-1.
Martin set down 11 consecutive batters at one point, finishing with seven hits, no walks and six strikeouts in the longest outing by a G-Braves’ starter this season. He turned the ball over to left-hander Atahualpa Severino, who stranded an inherited runner in the eighth.
Severino (L, 3-3), however, was tagged for one run on two hits in the ninth. He allowed back-to-back singles to Adonis Garcia and Kyle Roller before exiting. Right-hander Carlos Fisher came on and got the first out on a sacrifice bunt by John Ryan Murphy, but Rob Segedin plated the winning run with a sacrifice fly to right field.
The RailRiders captured the one-run victory thanks to outstanding pitching. Billings tossed 7.0 innings with one run on six hits and six strikeouts. Right-hander Edgmer Escalona (W, 2-2) recorded the win with 2.0 scoreless frames.
Terdoslavich went 2-for-4 with the home run and one RBI for the G-Braves, extending his hitting streak to 12 games.
For Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Murphy went 2-for-3 while Garcia went 2-for-4 and scored the winning run.
The Gwinnett Braves and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders play game two of the four-game series on Tuesday night, first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Right-hander Aaron Northcraft (0-3, 7.84) will start for the G-Braves, while the RailRiders will counter with right-hander Bryan Mitchell (0-1, 6.75). 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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