DeVries Strong as Rochester Beats G-Braves, 4-2

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – In a rain-shortened eight-inning game on Wednesday night at Coolray Field, the Gwinnett Braves (25-36) could not find an answer for Rochester right-hander Cole DeVries.  The Red Wings’ hurler tossed 7.0 innings of two-run baseball to secure a 4-2 win, sending the G-Braves to their third-straight loss.

DeVries (W, 1-1), who was coming off 5.0 innings of two-run baseball against Charlotte on May 31, was even sharper on Wednesday night.  He scattered nine hits, yielded two runs, walked one and struck out two for the victory.

His offense helped him out early.  In the top of the second inning, the Red Wings utilized a little small ball to score their first run.  Jeff Clement walked and Deibinson Romero singled, putting runners on first and second with no outs.  After a bunt by Ray Olmedo, Doug Bernier hit into a fielder’s choice to score the first run of the game.

The G-Braves squared it up in the bottom half of the second inning.  Alden Carrithers doubled over the head of left fielder Brian Dinkelman and scored on a two-out single by Jose Yepez, making it a 1-1 game.

In the third, the Red Wings regained the lead, taking advantage of two walks and an RBI single by Chris Colabello to extend the lead to 2-1.

Gwinnett’s starter David Hale (L, 1-2), who was on a 45-pitch limit, was pulled just before the Colabello single.  He took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits over 2.1 innings.  Cole McCurry filled in nicely, giving up just two hits and striking out three over 3.1 innings, keeping the G-Braves within one.

 However, the Red Wings would strike in the seventh inning for another run off of reliever Kameron Loe. A leadoff single by Dinkelman set up an RBI double by Oswaldo Arcia, pushing the Rochester lead to 3-1.

 The G-Braves answered in the bottom half of the inning.  Carrithers picked up his third hit of the game, singling to left-center field.  He advanced to third base on a pair of wild pitches by DeVries and scored on sacrifice fly by Paul Janish, reducing the deficit to 3-2.

 The Red Wings tacked on another run against left-hander Joe Beimel in the top of the eighth before the rain came in the bottom half of the frame, ending the game at 4-2.

 Offensively the G-Braves out-hit the Red Wings 9-to-7.  Carrithers (3-for-3, double, 2 runs) and Yepez (2-for-3, RBI) led the offense.  Todd Cunningham added a 2-for-4 game.

 Arcia paced the Red Wings’ attack, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

 The Gwinnett Braves continue the series with game three against the Rochester Red Wings on Thursday night, first pitch scheduled for 6:05 PM.  Right-hander Omar Poveda (3-3, 3.14) will start for the G-Braves, while right-hander Vance Worley (1-1, 2.25) will start for the Red Wings.  The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.

 Thursday night is “$3 Thursday” at Coolray Field featuring $3 food and beverage specials all game long.  All Lawn Seats are also just $3. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or by visiting gwinnettbraves.com.

-JD-

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