After scoring 21 combined runs on Friday, the Gwinnett Braves and Rochester Red Wings plated six with the G-Braves coming out on top 4-2 in Saturday action at Coolray Field. Greg Paiml led the G-Braves offense with two hits and three RBI while reigning International League Pitcher of the Week Todd Redmond was solid in seven innings of work.
For the second night in a row Gwinnett found themselves down early, this time only by a run, after a second inning RBI sacrifice fly by Clete Thomas. Rochester would never lead again in the game as Gwinnett answered with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Following a lead-off walk to Felix Pie, catcher Jose Yepez singled for his third hit in the last two nights. Both runners came around to score on Paiml’s first of two-run scoring hits, a single to right, giving the G-Braves a 2-1 lead.
Rochester knotted the game up, 2-2, in the seventh inning on a Michael Hollimon lead-off home run off Redmond. Hollimon led the offensive attack for Rochester, registering a 3-for-4 game. Sean Burroughs was the only other Rochester hitter to record a multiple-hit game as he went 2-for-3.
Once again, Gwinnett wasted little time with an answer as Paiml and Luis Durango each recorded RBI hits in the bottom half of the inning. Paiml scored Josh Wilson all the way from first base on a double that followed Wilson’s two-out walk. Then, Durango drove home the G-Braves’ shortstop on an infield single moments later to push the lead to 4-2.
Redmond (W, 5-3) allowed just two runs (one earned) on five hits in his fourth-straight quality start. He struck out six batters and walked two en route to his team-leading fifth win of the 2012 season. Anthony Varvaro (S, 1) worked 2.0 scoreless frames to shut the door for Gwinnett, earning his first save of the year. The hard-throwing righty surrendered three hits while striking out one and walking two.
-Durango now has 21 RBI on the season. The Gwinnett center fielder was caught stealing for the sixth time but still leads the league with 22 SBs, three ahead of his closest challenger Quentin Berry of Toledo.
–Joey Terdoslavich’s play in the field continues to be a concern. The third baseman made his third error in two games giving him 20 for the season.
–Stefan Gartrell is tied for fourth in the IL in homers (11).
–Ernesto Mejia is tied for third in the IL in RBI (36). The big first baseman went hitless in Saturday’s game ending his hitting streak at 13 games.
– Catcher J.C. Boscan was called up to Atlanta after Friday’s action due to injuries to Brian McCann and David Ross. Boscan drove in his first ML RBI in Saturday’s game off Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg.
With the victory, the Gwinnett Braves (29-20) held their lead for the IL South Division at 2.5 games over Charlotte. The G-Braves will take on Rochester (20-28) for the final time of the regular season on Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Jair Jurrjens (2-2, 6.10) will take the mound for Gwinnett against the Red Wings right-hander Jeff Manship (4-1, 3.08) for a 2:05 PM scheduled first pitch at Coolray Field.
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