Gibson Outduels Gilmartin as G-Braves Fall, 4-3
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – In a battle of former first-round picks, Rochester’s Kyle Gibson outdueled Gwinnett’s Sean Gilmartin as the Red Wings (27-32) fended off the G-Braves (25-35) with a 4-3 win on Tuesday night at Coolray Field.
Atlanta’s first-round pick in 2011 out of Florida State University, Gilmartin (L, 3-5) was touched up for four runs in 6.0 innings for Gwinnett. Meanwhile, the first-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2009 out of the University of Missouri, Gibson (W, 5-5) went 6.0 innings with two earned runs allowed in the win for Rochester.
The G-Braves fell behind early. In the third inning, the Red Wings picked up three hits to score their first run. Singles by Doug Bernier and Eric Fryer put runners on first and second with no outs. Gilmartin looked to get out of it as he recorded two straight outs, but after a walk to load the bases, he gave up an RBI single to Deibinson Romero, making it 1-0 Rochester.
The Red Wings added three more runs in the top of the sixth. Jeff Clement singled to start the frame. After a strikeout of Dan Rohlfing, Eric Farris doubled, putting runners on second and third with one out. The G-Braves elected to intentionally walk Bernier to load the bases and set up the potential inning-ending double play, but Fryer smacked a bases-clearing double, extending the lead to 4-0.
After going five innings without getting to Gibson, the G-Braves finally answered in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs. Ernesto Mejia singled and Joey Terdoslavich walked, putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Two weak fly-outs and a wild pitch moved the runners into scoring position for Paul Janish. The shortstop delivered with a two-run single, cutting the deficit in half at 4-2.
The G-Braves added a run in the seventh, drawing three walks and scoring on a double play groundout from Tyler Pastornicky to make it a 4-3 game.
However, that would be as close as Gwinnett would get, as they left 10 runners on base and went 1-for-11 at the plate with runners in scoring position.
Following Gibson’s strong outing, Luis Perdomo yielded a run over 0.2 innings and Aaron Thompson (S, 3) worked 2.1 scoreless innings with two strikeouts for Rochester.
Gilmartin dropped his second-straight decision, allowing four runs for the second-straight start. Wirfin Obispo and Pat Egan finished the game, hurling a combined 3.0 shutout frames in relief.
Offensively, Jose Constanza led the G-Braves as he went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Janish went 1-for-3 with two RBI.
The Red Wings were led by the bottom half of the lineup, as the 7-8-9 hitters went 5-for-11 with three runs scored and three RBI. Fryer was the high man, going 2-for-3 with three RBI.
The Gwinnett Braves continue the series with game two against the Rochester Red Wings on Wednesday night, first pitch scheduled for 6:05 PM. Right-hander David Hale (1-1, 5.12) will start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Cole De Vries (0-1, 12.00) will start for the Red Wings. The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM, while the television broadcast will air on CSS.
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