Video: Felix Pie Slams His Way to Record Night

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Click this link to watch Felix Pie’s grand slam against Durham on Friday night

The Gwinnett Braves throttled the Durham Bulls, 13-1, in the finale of a four-game series on Friday night at Coolray Field. Felix Pie was the player of the game with his three-hit performance, including the first Gwinnett grand slam of the year and a team-high six RBIs, falling just a triple short of the cycle. With the win, Gwinnett splits the series and moves within 1.0 game of Durham for third place in the International League South Division.

For the first time on the homestand, Gwinnett scored first. The G-Braves plated seven runs on five hits against Durham starter Jim Paduch in the second inning. Ernesto Mejialed off the inning with a walk and took third on a single by Stefan GartrellTerry Tiffee drove home the first run of the game with an RBI double to right. Two hitters later, Jose Yepez signled home Gartrell to boost the lead to 2-0. Luis Durango singled to score Tiffee for his 41st RBI of the season, and Jack Wilson was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

That set the table for Pie, who launched a grand slam into the right-field bullpen to give Gwinnett a 7-0 lead. Pie’s slam off Paduch was the first by a G-Brave this season. The last Gwinnett hitter to hit a grand slam was Brandon Hicks, doing so on August 28, 2011 against the Norfolk Tides.

Photo courtesy of Karl Moore

Pie (2-for-4, GS, 6 RBI) and Mejia (2-for-4, double, 2 RBI) each had multi-hit, multi-RBI nights for the G-Braves. Tiffee concluded a hot series by going 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. Durango (2-for-4, 3 runs, RBI) and Gotay (2-for-4, HR, 2 runs, RBI) also had solid offensive nights for Gwinnett.

Gwinnett added two more runs in the fourth when Pie laced a two-run single into right-center, scoring Ruben Gotay and Durango for a 9-0 advantage. Pie finished his night a triple shy of the cycle at 3-for-5, including six RBIs. It was the most RBIs by G-Braves hitter since Mauro Gomez drove in eight runs on 4-for-5 hitting on July 25, 2011 at Norfolk.

By: Tony Piraro

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