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G-Braves win big behind 6 RBIs from Pie

POSTED: July 28, 2012 12:00 a.m.

LAWRENCEVILLE – The Gwinnett Braves throttled the Durham Bulls, 13-1, in the finale of a four-game series on Friday night at Coolray Field.

Felix Pie was the player of the game with his three-hit performance, including the first Gwinnett grand slam of the year and a team-high six RBIs. With the win, Gwinnett splits the series and moves within a game of Durham for third place in the International League South Division.

Yohan Flande went seven innings of scoreless baseball for Gwinnett to pick up the win. The left-hander allowed just four hits, walked two and struck out four.

For the first time on the homestand, Gwinnett scored first. The G-Braves plated seven runs on five hits against Durham starter Jim Paduch in the second inning.

Ernesto Mejia led off the inning with a walk and took third on a single by Stefan Gartrell. Terry Tiffee drove home the first run of the game with an RBI double to right. Two hitters later, Jose Yepez singled home Gartrell to boost the lead to 2-0. Luis Durango singled to score Tiffee for his 41st RBI of the season, and Jack Wilson was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

That set the table for Pie, who launched a grand slam into the right-field bullpen to give Gwinnett a 7-0 lead. The last Gwinnett hitter to hit a grand slam was Brandon Hicks on Aug. 28, 2011, against the Norfolk Tides.

Gwinnett added two more runs in the fourth when Pie laced a two-run single into right-center, scoring Ruben Gotay and Durango for a 9-0 advantage. Pie finished his night a triple shy of the cycle at 3 for 5 and six RBIs.

The G-Braves (49-59) will head to Charlotte (61-46) on Saturday for the start of a four-game series at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, S.C. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Right-hander Miguel Batista (0-0, 0.00) is expected to start for the G-Braves.


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