Poveda, G-Braves Rout Clippers, 9-2
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – With the Triple-A All-Star Game looming, right-hander Omar Poveda promoted his candidacy by hurling 6.0 scoreless frames and leading the Gwinnett Braves (28-39) to a 9-2 victory over the Columbus Clippers (32-34) on Tuesday afternoon.
The talented Poveda had his hands full early, as he was matched up against former Major Leaguer Daisuke Matsuzaka. However, after throwing 2.2 scoreless innings, Matsuzaka had to leave the game with a blister on his throwing hand.
The G-Braves took advantage in the bottom of the fourth inning. Joey Terdoslavich and Brandon Boggs drew one-out walks from reliever Paolo Espino (L, 0-3), putting runners on first and second. After a strikeout, Paul Janish punched the ball through the hole at short, scoring Terdoslavich to make it 1-0.
In the fifth, Gwinnett added another run against Espino. Todd Cunningham walked with one out, advanced to second on a single by Tyler Pastornicky and scored on a throwing error by catcher Chris Wallace, extending the lead to 2-0.
The G-Braves would put it out of reach in the bottom of the seventh inning against reliever Cole Cook, sending ten hitters to the plate and scoring seven runs. The frame started innocently enough with a walk to Boggs, but back-to-back hits by Joe Leonard and Janish loaded the bases. Jose Yepez knocked a run in with a sacrifice fly, while Jose Constanza and Cunningham delivered RBI singles, pushing the lead to 5-0. With two outs, Ernesto Mejia drove both runners in with an RBI single, extending the lead to 7-0. Terdoslavich capped the scoring with a towering two-run homer over the right field fence, making it 9-0.
Poveda (W, 5-3) would take care of the rest, collecting his tenth quality start of the season. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out a season-high seven batters, lowering his ERA from 3.24 to 3.01.
The Clippers would add two runs off of G-Braves’ relievers, as Nate Spears smacked a solo homer off of Pat Egan in the seventh, while Lonnie Chisenhall doubled in Ezequiel Carrera for a run against Cory Rasmus in the ninth.
Espino suffered the loss, while Cook was tagged for six runs on five hits in 0.2 innings of relief work for Columbus.
Six G-Braves collected multi-hit games on the afternoon. Mejia led the way with a 2-for-4 day and two RBI, while Terdoslavich added his 12th home run of the season and two RBI.
Chisenhall paced the Clippers, going 4-for-5 with an RBI.
Following an off-day on Wednesday, the Gwinnett Braves will hit the road as they begin an eight game road trip on Thursday night against the Rochester Red Wings. Atlanta Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy (0-0, 3.00) is scheduled to make a minor league injury rehab start for Gwinnett, while left-hander Andrew Albers (4-2, 3.06) is set to pitch for the Red Wings. Listen to the game on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Tony Schiavone calling the play-by-play.
The G-Braves’ next home game is on Friday, June 21 at 7:05 PM against the Syracuse Chiefs. Tickets are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or by visiting gwinnettbraves.com.