Posted: Sunday, August 10th 2014 at 8:34pm
Gwinnett wins pitching duel with Norfolk
By Staff reports
LAWRENCEVILLE -– It had been nearly two months since the Gwinnett Braves (54-67) shut out another team, but on Sunday afternoon, five G-Braves’ hurlers combined to blank the Norfolk Tides (55-66), 2-0.
The shutout, Gwinnett’s sixth of the season, was their first since a 1-0 win on June 20 against Louisville.
The G-Braves broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning. Sean Kazmar singled to start the inning against Norfolk starter Mike Wright. He moved to second base on a single by Ozzie Martinez and scored on an RBI single by Edward Salcedo, making it 1-0.
Gwinnett added another run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jose Constanza reached on a fielding error by second baseman Steve Lombardozzi, stole third and scored on a fielder’s choice to make it 2-0. Elmer Reyes was credited with the RBI despite grounding out to drawn-in shortstop Cord Phelps, whose throw to the plate failed to get Constanza.
Terry Doyle (W, 2-2), in only his third start with Gwinnett, was brilliant. The right-hander tossed 5.0 scoreless innings, scattering five hits, walking two and striking out two.
The bullpen took over from there and combined on 4.0 scoreless innings. Gus Schlosser (H, 1) pitched well in relief, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings with no hits and two strikeouts. Daniel Rodriguez (H, 1) retired one of three batters faced in the eighth, and Pedro Beato (H, 7) added 1.1 scoreless innings into the ninth. Chasen Shreve (S, 2) recorded the save, striking out pinch hitter Steve Clevenger to end the game.
Wright (L, 3-11) was the tough-luck loser for Norfolk. He threw 7.0 innings, allowing one earned run on five hits and striking out two. Ryan Webb gave up an unearned run in 1.0 inning of work.
Salcedo went 1-for-3 with an RBI to lead Gwinnett. Joe Leonard extended his hitting streak to seven games, going 1-for-3 with a third-inning single. Constanza went 0-for-4, ending his 12-game hitting streak.
Julio Borbon and Christian Walker each went 2-for-4 for the Tides.
The Gwinnett Braves continue the homestand on Monday night at Coolray Field with game one of a four-game series against the Pawtucket Red Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Right-hander Zach Stewart (5-3, 4.42) will start for the G-Braves, while the starter for Pawtucket has yet to be announced. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call beginning at 1:50 p.m. on WDUN.com, GwinnettBraves.com, Tune-In Radio and the MiLB First Pitch app.
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