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G-Braves settle for split at home

POSTED: June 1, 2012 12:14 a.m.

The Gwinnett Braves fell short of a series victory, settling for a split against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The G-Braves lost the series finale 14-4 at Coolray Field on Thursday.

Starter Todd Redmond yielded four runs over seven innings pitched and exited a 4-4 game, but Lehigh Valley scored 10 runs over the final two innings to win in a rout.

IronPigs first baseman John Suomi drove in the go-ahead run on his second hit of the night, this one a double down the right-field line that scored Kevin Frandsen in the eighth inning. Domonic Brown walked and scored on a sacrifice fly by Cody Overbeck to extend the lead to 6-4. Both runs were credited to right-hander Adam Russell, who picked up the loss in the game.

Jaye Chapman relieved Russell to get out of the eighth inning without any further damage, but loaded the bases to start the ninth before recording an out. The IronPigs piled on with help from a G-Braves fielding error en route to eight runs in the final inning. RBI singles by Kyle Hudson, Overbeck and Steve Susdorf chased Chapman, and Tuffy Gosewisch added a three-run homer off Anthony Varvaro to pu t the game well out of reach.

The G-Braves had an early lead in the game thanks to Ernesto Mejia’s team-leading 40th RBI of the season in the first inning. Christian Marrero added an RBI single in the inning to give the G-Braves an early 2-0 lead.

The lead wouldn’t hold up, however, as Lehigh Valley scored once in the third and three times in the sixth to take a 4-2 lead. Gwinnett tied the game in the seventh when Stefan Gartrell knocked an RBI single.

IronPigs’ reliever Phillippe Aumont picked up the win despite blowing the save, allowing a run over two innings pitched. Tyson Brummett worked a scoreless ninth inning to close the door for Lehigh Valley.


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