Glavine to start
Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine will make a rehabilitation start for the Gwinnett Braves at 2 p.m. today against the Indianapolis Indians.
The two-time National League Cy Young award winner is scheduled to throw 75 pitches according to G-Braves manager Dave Brundage.
LAWRENCEVILLE – James Parr’s season is one of indecision – 10 times, in fact.
The pitcher for the Gwinnett Braves made his second start of the season Wednesday with another no decision, allowing four hits and three earned runs over four innings in a 9-4 win against the Indianapolis Indians (21-24) at Gwinnett Stadium.
Trailing 3-1 in the fourth, Parr was let off the hook when the Braves scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning, avoiding his first loss since pitching with Double-A Mississippi in 2008.
Still, G-Braves manager Dave Brundage said it’s more important to throw quality innings than focus on keeping a pitcher in for a win. Parr, who threw 91 pitches in his last outing with Atlanta on May 21, stayed in the strike zone during his start with 71 pitches (48 for strikes) and only four hits allowed, two of which came off the bat of lead-off hitter Andrew McCutchen.
“I thought he threw the ball well tonight,” Brundage said. “It’s important for him to get back in sync, not like he wasn’t in sync before.”
“I felt good out there tonight,” Parr said. “Those four hits were just four mistakes on my part.”
Parr’s season has been up and down since making his only other starter at Gwinnett (26-21) against Charlotte on April 11.
Between his two starts, he made eight appearances in relief for the Atlanta Braves, compiling a 5.79 ERA and 14 innings pitched.
Parr would have been on course for his first decision in 2009 had it not been for the G-Braves’ hitting at the bottom of the order to start its fourth-inning rally. With two outs, Brian Barton drew an intentional walk and pinch hitter Reid Gorecki walked to load the bases.
Gregor Blanco followed with a first pitch, two-run RBI double for Gwinnett, that J.C. Holt followed with an RBI single. The G-Braves finished the night scoring seven runs with two outs.
“I think with two outs it just shows that we have to lock in and concentrate when there are two outs in the inning,” Holt said.
For the second consecutive night, Gorecki and Blanco stepped up big after Blanco’s walk-off walk scored Gorecki in Tuesday’s 10-inning win against the Indians.
McCutchen led the Indians with a two-run home run in the second, and a lead-off double in the first inning.
Boone Logan threw two innings in relief of Parr to earn the victory. He faced six hitters and recorded three strikeouts.
The G-Braves put the game out of reach with four runs, only one earned, in the sixth inning in large part to a pair of errors from Indianapolis second baseman Brian Bixler.
The first came on a single from Blanco and throw that got away from the first baseman that scored Van Pope.
Then Holt reached on a fielder’s choice and on the throw home pulled the catcher off the plate to score Wes Timmons.
With two outs and two on base, Barbaro Canizares connected on a two-run double off the center field wall scoring Holt and Blanco.
Conrad added a solo home run for the G-Braves in the fifth inning. Canizares finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
McCutchen finished 3-for-4 with two runs and a pair of RBIs for the Indians.