Posted: Tuesday, August 26th 2014 at 8:46pm
Stewart, G-Braves stifle Bulls, 7-1
By staff reports
LAWRENCEVILLE -– One day removed from winning the International League South Division title for the second straight season, the Durham Bulls (71-66) were shut down by the Gwinnett Braves (61-76) on Tuesday night. Right-hander Zach Stewart tossed 7 innings of one-run baseball, leading the G-Braves to a 7-1 victory at Coolray Field.
Stewart (W, 7-4) tied himself for the team lead in wins as he held the Bulls to a run on three hits, walked two and struck out seven. He carried a perfect game through four innings, but allowed a solo home run to Jeremy Moore to start the fifth. Stewart’s only blemish of the game proved to be a non-factor as the G-Braves connected on 15 hits in the rout.
Gwinnett jumped out to an early lead, scoring in the top of the first inning against Durham right-hander Nathan Karns. Todd Cunningham drew a one-out walk, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Joey Terdoslavich. His team-leading 57th RBI gave the G-Braves a 1-0 lead.
Christian Bethancourt (8) extended the lead to 2-0 with a solo home run off Karns in the bottom of the third inning. Gwinnett added another run on an RBI single by Edward Salcedo in the fourth inning, pushing the lead to 3-0.
Durham cut the lead to 3-1 in the fifth with Moore’s homer, but got no closer.
The G-Braves took a commanding lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring three runs on five hits and chasing Karns after 4.1 innings. Terdoslavich delivered a two-run single, while Ozzie Martinez added an RBI single to make it 6-1.
In the sixth, Bethancourt laced an RBI single up the middle to add another tally for the G-Braves. Bethancourt’s third hit of the game extended the lead to 7-1.
Right-handers Gus Schlosser and Juan Jaime combined on 2.0 scoreless, one-hit innings to finish the game for Gwinnett.
Karns (L, 9-8) took the loss for Durham, allowing six runs on 11 hits in 4.1 innings.
Bethancourt led the G-Braves at the plate, going 3-for-5 with the home run, two runs scored and two RBIs. Terdoslavich went 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Jose Constanza extended his hitting streak to 10 games, finishing 1-for-5 with a run scored.
Durham was held to four hits on the night. Moore finished 1-for-4 with a homer and an RBI.
The Gwinnett Braves conclude the two-game series with the Durham Bulls on Wednesday night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Right-hander Cody Martin (6-8, 3.62) will start for the G-Braves, while the Bulls will counter with right-hander Alex Colome (7-5, 3.47). Tony Schiavone has the play-by-play call at 6:20 p.m. on WDUN.com, GwinnettBraves.com, Tune-In Radio and the MiLB First Pitch app. The game will be televised on WSB-TV 2.2 MeTV with broadcasters Mike Morgan, Dave Lezotte and Van Earl Wright.
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