Posted: Sunday, August 10th 2014 at 1:18am
Texeira, G-Braves take down Tides
By staff reports
LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett Braves scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back, defeating the Norfolk Tides 7-1 on Saturday night at Coolray Field. Right-hander Kanekoa Texeira pitched a career-high 7.0 innings and allowed one run to guide the G-Braves to a 2-1 series lead.
The G-Braves got the scoring started early, plating five runs on five hits in the bottom of the first inning. Brandon Boggs knocked in the first run of the game, hitting a hard ground ball to third base with the bases loaded. Tides’ third baseman Jimmy Paredes booted it, allowing Tyler Pastornicky to score. A sacrifice fly by Elmer Reyes and three consecutive two-out RBI singles from Sean Kazmar, Ozzie Martinez and Edward Salcedo gave Gwinnett a 5-0 lead.
Left-hander Chris Jones was tagged for five runs – just one earned – in that first inning, but calmed down afterward. Jones (L, 6-8) exited after 4.2 innings with five runs on seven hits, one walk and one strikeout.
Right-hander Suk-Min Yoon took over in relief of Jones and yielded two more runs over 2.1 innings. An RBI single by Pastornicky and sacrifice fly by Christian Bethancourt opened a 7-1 Gwinnett lead in the sixth.
Texeira (W, 3-3) gave up 10 hits on the night, but induced a pair of double plays to help hold the Tides to one run. That run came in the fifth inning, when Julio Borbon beat out a potential inning-ending double play to score Cord Phelps from third base. Texeira walked none and struck out two in his second consecutive win for Gwinnett.
After the performance by Texeira, left-hander Ryan Buchter and right-hander James Hoyt each threw scoreless innings to finish the game. Hoyt struck out two in the non-save ninth.
The G-Braves finished with 13 hits on the night, as Pastornicky (2-for-5, RBI), Bethancourt (2-for-4, RBI), Reyes (2-for-3, RBI), Kazmar (2-for-4, RBI), Salcedo (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) and Todd Cunningham (2-for-4, R) all posted multi-hit games.
Paredes and Steve Clevenger each went 3-for-4 in the loss for Norfolk.
The Gwinnett Braves and Norfolk Tides conclude the four-game series at Coolray Field on Sunday afternoon, first pitch scheduled for 2:05 PM. Right-hander Gus Schlosser (7-6, 4.04) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Mike Wright (3-10, 5.73) will start for the Tides. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call beginning at 1:50 PM on WDUN.com, GwinnettBraves.com, Tune-In Radio and the MiLB First Pitch app. The game will also be televised on WSB-TV 2.2 MeTV with broadcasters Van Earl Wright and Dave Lezotte.
Sunday is “Family FunDay” at Coolray Field, featuring Pre-Game Catch in the Outfield and the Post-Game Kids Base Run, sponsored by Kid-to-Kid Buford. Join in on the fun for Chopper’s Birthday Celebration, as G-Braves’ mascot Chopper the Groundhog turns six years old! It’s also “RaceTrac Day,” as fans are encouraged to donate new or gently-used baseball equipment to Camp Sunshine at the main gate. Departure, a Journey cover band, will perform on the Coolray Field concourse for 30 minutes prior to the game and 60 minutes following the game.
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