G-Braves Sweep Toledo, Win Fourth Straight
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The Gwinnett Braves (21-30) utilized a five-run outburst in the first inning to coast to a 9-0 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens (15-36) on Sunday afternoon at Coolray Field. Every G-Braves’ hitter had at least one hit as the club matched season highs in runs (9) and hits (15) in the sweep-clinching win.
It wouldn’t have taken much for the G-Braves to sweep away the Mud Hens. Starter Tim Corcoran (W, 3-3) was on top of his game, pitching 6.0 innings of scoreless of baseball, yielding four hits and striking out two to collect his third victory of the season.
The bats backed Corcoran early. In the top of the first, the G-Braves tied a season high for runs in an inning, scoring five runs on six hits against Toledo starter Derek Hankins. With two runners on base, Ernesto Mejia provided the big blow, connecting for a three-run homer off the retaining wall in left field. Mejia’s 12th home run of the season, tied with Rochester’s Chris Colabello for the International League lead, staked Gwinnett to a 3-0 lead.
After the blast, the G-Braves continued their first-inning attack. Brandon Boggs singled and Joe Leonard doubled, and Matt Pagnozzi drove both runners in with a single to extend the lead to 5-0.
Todd Cunningham added RBI in the third and fifth innings. With the bases loaded in the third, the switch-hitting outfielder was hit by a pitch to bring in Pagnozzi. In the fifth inning, he singled home Corey Wimberly from second, pushing the lead to 7-0.
Boggs continued his hot homestand in the sixth inning, lacing a solo homer to right field to raise the lead to 8-0. In 18 games since joining the G-Braves, he is hitting .281 (18-for-64) with four homers and 12 RBI.
Gwinnett tacked on another run in the seventh on an RBI double by Alden Carrithers.
The bullpen took care of the large lead, as Ryan Buchter, Wirfin Obispo and Juan Cedeno completed the shutout. In the series, the Gwinnett bullpen hurled 14.2 innings of scoreless relief against the Mud Hens.
Hankins (L, 1-3) suffered the loss, giving up 12 hits, seven runs, six earned in 4.2 innings on the mound.
Offensively, each G-Braves hitter collected at least one hit, with Wimberly, Cunnningham, Carrithers, Boggs, Pagnozzi and Sean Kazmar recording two hits each. Cunningham added two runs and two RBI. Mejia led the way with three RBI.
The Mud Hens were held to just five hits by G-Braves’ pitching on the day. Danny Dorn’s 2-for-4 effort led Toledo, while Jordan Lennerton extended his season-best hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the sixth.
The Gwinnett Braves open a four-game road series against the Syracuse Chiefs on Monday night. First pitch from NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse, NY is set for 6:30 PM. Right-hander Omar Poveda (3-3, 2.52) will start for the G-Braves, while the Chiefs will counter with right-hander Ryan Tatusko (0-1, 2.97). Listen to the game on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.
The next G-Braves’ home game is Tuesday, June 4 against the Rochester Red Wings, first pitch scheduled for 6:05 PM. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or by visiting gwinnettbraves.com