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The G-Braves lost their first game of the regular season Thursday night, 4-3, after a hard fought extra-inning affair. The reigning International League South Division Champion Durham Bulls took an early 2-0 lead, but the G-Braves worked their way back into the game late.
The Tampa Bays Rays prized prospect Alex Cobb struck out eight Gwinnett hitters through five innings of work. He allowed one earned run off six hits and left the game in line for the win.
For the G-Braves, Todd Redmond was nearly as sharp, working four innings of two-run (one earned) ball. The G-Braves righty struck out five Bulls through four innings, en route to the no decision.
Gwinnett tied the game in the eighth inning on a one-out double by Stefan Gartrell. Neither team would score again until the 12th inning. Gwinnett plated one in the top half of the frame, but Durham answered back with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning to grab the win, 4-3.
With the loss, the G-Braves move their 2012 record to 0-1, but will be looking for their first victory of the season Friday night when Erik Cordier (0-0, 0.00) takes the mound for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch from Durham, North Carolina.
The G-Braves loss Thursday night was their first-ever defeat on Opening Day since moving to Gwinnett from Richmond, VA in 2009.
If you missed Tony Schiavone and Judd Hickinbotham’s interview with the G-Braves manager Dave Brundage before Thursday’s game, have no fear, we have it here for your listening pleasure. Be sure to stay tuned to the G-Blog all season long for anything concerning the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.
(Photo courtesy of Karl Moore)