G-Braves Edge Bisons, 4-3
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The Gwinnett Braves (35-45) continued their recent strong play behind a solid performance by left-hander Yohan Flande (W, 4-7) on Tuesday night at Coolray Field. The left-hander tossed 6.2 innings of two-run baseball as the G-Braves squeaked by the Buffalo Bisons (39-38), 4-3. Gwinnett has won seven of their last eight games.
After watching their six-game winning streak come to an end with a loss in game two of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, the G-Braves used clutch hits to start a new streak on Tuesday. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Gwinnett scored two runs on four hits to take a 2-0 lead. Phil Gosselin led off with a bunt single and advanced to second on a single by Matt Pagnozzi. With runners on first and second and one out, Sean Kazmar drove in Gosselin with a single to make it 1-0. Jose Constanza extended the lead to 2-0, driving in Pagnozzi with an RBI double.
The Bisons got both runs right back with one swing of the bat in the sixth inning. Jim Negrych drew a four-pitch walk and scored on a two-run homer by Mauro Gomez, knotting the game up at 2-2.
Gwinnett answered in the bottom half of the sixth. Brandon Boggs reached on an error and three-straight hits followed, giving the G-Braves a 3-2 lead. Pagnozzi delivered his third hit of the game to plate Boggs from third, but Gosselin was gunned down at the plate by Bisons’ left fielder Anthony Gose as he tried to score from second base.
Joey Terdoslavich made up for the missed opportunity for insurance in the seventh. He took a 2-0 fastball from right-hander Mickey Storey over the right field fence, extending the lead to 4-2. The blast was his 18th of the season, tying him with teammate Ernesto Mejia for second in the International League in home runs.
Gomez answered, however, cutting the lead to 4-3 as smacked his second homer of the night over the left-field fence. His league-leading 23rd home run came off of right-hander Luis Ayala in the eighth inning.
Despite giving up the run, Ayala (H, 3) was solid, hurling 1.1 innings, scattering two hits and striking out one in relief of Flande. Cory Rasmus (S, 8) allowed a one-out double to Gose in the ninth, but Gose was thrown out at third trying to advance on a ball in the dirt. Rasmus then induced Sean Ochinko into a game-ending fly-out to Constanza in deep left.
Justin Germano (L, 4-7) suffered the loss for Buffalo, giving up three runs, two earned on 10 hits in 6.0 innings.
Pagnozzi paced the offensive attack, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and one RBI. Terdoslavich finished 1-for-4 with the solo home run and one RBI.
Gomez went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI to lead the way for Buffalo. The right-handed hitting first baseman is just one homer shy of his season total from 2012, when he swatted 24 dingers in an IL MVP season for Pawtucket.
The Gwinnett Braves continue their series against the Buffalo Bisons Wednesday night at 6:05 PM. G-Braves right-hander David Hale (2-3, 4.37) will take the ball as he faces Buffalo right-hander Thad Weber (2-1, 2.01). Listen to the game on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM with Dave Lezotte calling the play-by-play. First pitch is 6:05 PM.
Wednesday night is “Winning Wednesday” at Coolray Field. All fans are invited to participate in Baseball Bingo for a chance to win great prizes. A fully cleared card will get you something extra special from the Gwinnett Braves. Also on Wednesday, if a G-Braves’ player hits a grand slam in the fifth inning, one lucky fan will win $5,000. To purchase tickets, call the Coolray Field Box Office at (678) 277-0340 or visit gwinnettbraves.com.