G-Braves Blank Columbus in 1st Game of Twinbill

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

The Gwinnett Braves (36-32) shutout the Columbus Clippers, 4-0, (31-36) on the back of starter Todd Redmond in the first game of a doubleheader from Coolray Field on Friday night. The right-hander solidified his 2012 All-Star bid with a brilliant performance, shutting down a prolific International League offense. Redmond worked 7.0 innings of scoreless baseball for the complete game victory, his sixth win of the season. The G-Braves starter surrendered just four hits, while he struck out five and walked three.

Luis Durango was the offensive catalyst on Friday night, as the speedy centerfielder registered a 3-for-3 night with two runs scored and two stolen bases. With the two swipes, Durango boosts his IL-leading stolen base total to 26 in just 33 attempts this season. The starting pitcher for Columbus, Chris Seddon, just so happened to be teammates with Gwinnett catcher Jose Yepez last season in the Seattle Mariners organization. The catcher had a solid game against Seddon (L, 7-4), finished the first game of the doubleheader 2-for-3 from the plate with a run scored. Tyler Pastornicky extended his hit-streak to eight games with a 1-for-2 night with two clutch RBI for the Atlanta Braves Triple-A affiliate.

Photo courtesy of Chris Roughgarden

With the victory, the G-Braves move within 3.0 games of first place Charlotte in the IL South Division standings. Gwinnett has dropped 11 of their last 15 games, after fading out of first place, which they were atop the division since the first game of the regular season.

Eric Junge is on the bump for the G-Braves in the second game of the double-dip on Friday night. He will oppose southpaw David Huff for Columbus on a Fox 5 Fireworks Night at Coolray Field. Gwinnett trails Columbus 3-2 in the season series, but that could all change with a sweep of the Clippers during Friday night’s doubleheader. Junge will be trying to secure Gwinnett’s second win in a row.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess

By: Tony Piraro

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